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Stornoway

In the last few years, I've noticed a bumper crop of bands that are mixing indie rock and pop with folk music...but it's not new. For example, the in the 80s, Celtic rock was done by bands like The Waterboys and...

 

 

Now, lots of bands are mixing folk with indie rock: for example, Seattle's The Head the The Heart and Fleet Foxes. Out of the "West London Folk Scene" (what some music media call it), there's Noah & the Whale, Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons...and one of my favourites (not from that West London Folk Scene, though): Stornoway. They've been together since 2006, and put keyboards into the mix, too.

The first time Stornoway was played oin the air was in March 2006, and it was the demo version of "I Saw You Blink". It was on BBC Oxford Introducing with host Tim Bearder, who was totally behind the band from the start, probably their earliest champion.  Here where it's kind of funny:  Tim was suspended from work after barricading himself in the studio and playing an hour of Stornoway songs from their demo EP The Early Adventures of Stornoway.  That reminds me of  something I heard involving The Smiths (their music, anyway).  Years ago, I read a magazine interview with Morrissey, who'd read a newspaper article about a Smiths fan breaking into a radio station and holding the DJ at gunpoint, demanding the station play The Smiths for 24 hours straight.  Yes, fans of The Smiths are bit cray cray sometimes (I once tackled Morrissey after a Moz show, and was kicked out of the venue...with a mild concussion.  That was a looooong time ago!). 

Stornoway now has more than a demo out: their debut, full-length album, Beachcomber's Windowsill, is out and on it is the studio version of "I Saw You Blink".

 

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