Stornoway is a burgh in the Outer Hebrides and Stornoway the band do bear some Celtic-folk influences but they don’t come from Scotland, they’re actually from Oxford. On hearing Oxford, my immediate thought was that they had something to do with the University, and that was true to a degree (no pun intended).
One of the band has a masters degree, another is a part-time Russian translator and there is also a PhDÂ holder, who was once an editorial assistant on “Renal Monthly and Neuropathology Now”.
Their music doesn’t sound all sciency though, they play a sort of folk-pop, on a variety of instruments including the guitar, bass and drums as well as the banjo, trumpet and cello. The last couple of years have seen them quietly honing their art, and earlier in 2009 they released their first official single; the critically acclaimed Zorbing. Listen to it and others below:
Stornoway – Zorbing
Stornoway – On The Rocks
Stornoway – Unfaithful