Stornoway: is there a doctor in the band?
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.