Bands to Watch #111: Stornoway

By on Thursday, 7th May 2009 at 1:00 pm

Stornoway (side)Stornoway are a five-piece outfit from Oxford, whose beautiful and effortlessly timeless acoustic-folk is much guaranteed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Indeed, what is so great about Stornoway is the fact that their music seemingly always comes complete with an under bubbling of pure glowing jolliness. They often make you feel like your at a super barn dance, and I fondly picture frontman Brian Brigg chewing down on a piece of straw while he merrily strums his acoustic (talking of Brigg – his voice really can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up – just listen to the beautifully epic ‘Unfaithful’ to see what I mean).

They echo the modern-day folk of Mumford and Sons, while rolled with the pure indie pop happiness of, say, Mystery Jets (check out ‘On the Rocks’). Unsurprisingly, Stornoway are making musical waves across the country, with everyone from BBC to The Guardian proclaiming their love for the Oxford band. They have already blagged a headline slot on Radio 1’s Big Weekend ‘Introducing Stage’ this weekend, and will also be playing at a selection of other big name festivals this year including Glastonbury, Wychwood and Winterwell.

If Stornoway sound like your sort of thing and you fancy checking out some of the band’s music, head over to their MySpace page now to learn more.

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[…] slowly fallen in love with Oxford’s Stornoway> over the past year. Jess first introduced them, and then I caught them live and interviewed them at Swindon’s Big Weekend last May. Now […]

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