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Stornoway / May 2015 English Tour

By on Monday, 11th May 2015 at 9:00 am

Oxford folk rock quartet and birdwatching enthusiasts Stornoway have joined with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to present the first ever “Nature Reserves Tour” of England later this month.  In the official tour date announcement from last week, frontman Brian Briggs invites:

“Come hear us play a mix of new and old material completely unplugged on a May evening against the backdrop of the evening bird song. I’ll even point out any interesting wildlife that we see or hear. Come and have a wander around the reserve beforehand too and see what the RSPB is doing for nature.”

Ahead of the Suffolk show, the band will appear on BBC’s Springwatch Unsprung at RSPB Minsmere hosted by wildlife presenter Chris Packham.  Tickets for the following live shows are on sale now and are extremely limited, with only 40 tickets available for Suffolk and Essex, and 100 available for Bedfordshire.

Friday 29th May 2015 – Suffolk RSPB Minsmere
Saturday 30th May 2015 – Bedfordshire RSPB The Lodge
Sunday 31st May 2015 – Essex RSPB Rainham Marshes

Previous TGTF coverage of Stornoway, including editor Mary’s review of their recent Live at Leeds performance, can be found right here.



By on Sunday, 22nd April 2007 at 10:08 pm

Switches album coverWhilst most Sunday papers today have nominated Arctic Monkey’s return album as their “album of the week”, this week my band of the week is Switches, who release their debut album, “Heart Turned To Dead” tomorrow. This Essex four piece offer something that we all love – memorable, catchy guitar pop, with no strings attached. No fancy gimmick, no extensive backstory. Just Switches: Good music.

As they say themselves on their myspace, they are “music to fall in love to, dance to, shake your head to, shake your feet to, make some toast to, count to two hundred and twenty two to, clap your hands to, snap your cards to, drink a drink to, pull a sickie to, get dressed to, get undressed to, snd a txt msg 2, make a friend to, travel to texas and drink beer to” – in other words, like Oasis before them, a working class, peoples band. Throwbacks to the 60s, updated and made a bit better, Switches are instantly memorable, with tunes like “Lay Down The Law” and “Drama Queen” being perfect summer festival songs – keep an eye out for them when your at Glastonbury or your local major festival.

I saw them support We Are Scientists back in february at the NME awards show at the Astoria. Though they had to come on at 7pm, they still managed to electrify the audience more than the other two supports, one of the few bands that have managed this at all the gigs I’ve been to.

Whilst they may not be the most innovative band, they make great songs for getting ready to go out, then going out on a saturday night. If you get a chance, stop by a show or get their new album from your local record store from tomorrow.

(please note: I wrote this of my own accord… I’ve just realise I glow a bit too much about them!!)


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