Stornoway

For those unfamiliar with [Stornoway's] work, the band features multiinstrumentalists Brian Briggs and Jon Ouin who founded the band when they met while studying at Oxford University, before Oliver Steadman, and his kid brother, Robert, joined them. They are often accompanied by trumpeter (and doctor! [of ornithology]) Adam Briggs and violinist Rahul Satija, and their star has gradually risen over the past year. Having formed 4 1/2 years ago, their innocent, countrified sounds, which recall bands like Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, and London contemporaries Mumford & Sons, have acoustic guitars, banjos and rich harmonies.

It's a sound that's totally at odds with the mainstream music scene which Steadman describes as "fake", citing acts like Kesha and modern hip-hop and R n B for lacking heart. Their music has won them recognition, though, making the influential BBC Sound of 2010 poll, getting them signed to 4AD, and winning an appearance on Jools Holland. [Skiddle]

As it says above, the band Stornoway are from Oxford, not the Scottish town from which they take their name. Read more about them at the Guardian.

The band's debut, Beachcomber's Windowsill, is already out on 4AD in the UK and will be out in the States on August 10th. They'll be in the US for just two shows, both in NYC, on July 7th and 8th. The first will be at Union Hall (tickets) and the second at Mercury Lounge (tickets).

Album info and art, videos of the band on Jools Holland and of their song "Zorbing," and all tour dates (quite a bit around the UK) are below...

Stornoway

"BEACHCOMBER'S WINDOWSILL" tracklist
Zorbing
I Saw You Blink
Fuel Up
The Coldharbour Road
Boats And Trains
We Are The Battery Human
Here Comes The Blackout...!
Watching Birds
On The Rocks
The End Of The Movie
Long Distance Lullaby

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Stornoway - Fuel Up -- Live on Jools Holland's Show -- 6th November 2009

Stornoway Zorbing (Later Jools Holland)

Stornoway - Zorbing (Official video)

Stornoway - 2010 Tour Dates
June 19 Big Session Festival, De Montfort Hall, Leicester
June 26 Park Stage, Glastonbury Festival, Somerset
Jul 02 Hop Farm, Paddock Wood
Jul 07 Union Hall, Brooklyn
Jul 08 The Mercury Lounge, New York
Jul 17 Positivus Festival, Salacgriva
Jul 23 Womad Festival, Malmesbury
Jul 24 Truck Festival, Steventon
Jul 29 Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge
Jul 30 Camp Bestival, Dorset
Aug 01 Underage Festival, London
Aug 06 Belladrum Festival, Beauly
Aug 07 Hartlepool Tall Ships, Hartlepool
Aug 12 Haldern Pop, Haldern
Aug 14 Summer Sundae, Leicester
Aug 22 Beautiful Days, Ottery St Mary
Sep 04 Electric Picnic, Stradbally
Sep 11 Bestival, New Port
Nov 02 Birmingham Institute The Library, Birmingham
Nov 03 Anson Rooms, Bristol
Nov 04 Oxford Brookes University, Oxford
Nov 09 O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, Liverpool
Nov 10 Manchester Club Academy, Manchester
Nov 11 Leeds Cockpit, Leeds
Nov 13 Southampton University, Southampton
Nov 14 Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
Nov 15 Norwich Waterfront,
Nov 17 Shepherds Bush Empire, London