Stornoway: is there a doc­tor in the band?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film -

Should their wide-eyed folky pop and shin­ing shanties ever fall out of favour, Stornoway’s quin­tet of troubadours have some big-brain “other stuff” to rely on to pay the bills.

Front­man Dr Brian Briggs is a qual­i­fied ecol­o­gist with a doc­tor­ate in ducks; key­board and strings dude Jonathan Ouin is a part-time Rus­sian trans­la­tor; and there is also a med­i­cal doc­tor in their ranks.

Yet it’s highly likely that the band from Ox­ford, named af­ter a re­mote is­land in the Outer He­brides, will be for­sak­ing their proper jobs for quite some time.

A re­cent ap­pear­ance on Later with Jools Hol­land topped a year which also saw them play at Glas­ton­bury and release the fan­tas­tic Zorb­ing sin­gle. Trivia fans should note that the lat­ter was also prob­a­bly the only sin­gle re­leased in ’09 ref­er­enc­ing that sport where you “do a Wayne Coyne” and roll down a hill in a big plas­tic bub­ble.

Zorb­ing, though, is just the tip of the ice­berg. Stornoway have plenty more tunes with soar­ing melodies, rous­ing cho­ruses and melan­cholic airs to come.

You’ll be hum­ming along with them over and over again in the com­ing months.

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