Music: Stornoway announce their Farewell Tour
by Polly Hember
After over a decade of playing together, Oxford born folk band Stornoway announced their Farewell Tour. Bringing us genuine indie-folk charm, complex and clever lyrics, themed albums influenced by the environment, the natural world and flights of birds, two other studio albums, a surprise mini album and two Eps, a nuanced, heartfelt and unique approach to singer-song writing – Stornoway will be missed intensely. However, the small band are determined not to end their creative work with sadness or bitter feelings – signing off with a quickly open letter to their fans and the announcement of a final farewell tour which comes to Bristol tonight at The Lantern at the Colston Hall.
Read their farewell letter below and get last-minute tickets here.
After a whole decade of wonderful adventures together, we have decided to call it a day. Stornoway will become ‘Stor-no-more’. Our friendship and love of music remains as strong as ever, but over the last couple of years the winds of change seem to have blown us all in different directions.
For Brian the call of the wild has lured him back into the world of wildlife conservation, and he now works as a nature reserve warden in South Wales. Rob has followed his heart across the Atlantic to NYC. Having gone straight from school onto the road with Stornoway, he is now finding time for a mixture of university study and music over there. Oli has been drawn into the bustle of London where he is running a successful start-up for gig-lovers, called Tigmus, and playing Zulu music from his home country. Jon is still making music in Oxford - the band’s home and birthplace - and is realising his dream of writing and recording music for radio, film and theatre.
We are immensely proud of the music we have created together. We have truly achieved so much more as a band than we ever dared to dream back when we were students annoying the neighbours in a drafty east Oxford garage.
We also want to take this opportunity to say how grateful we are to all the loyal fans that we have had the pleasure of entertaining over the years. If you have ever come to one of our gigs, backed our Pledge album campaign, bought an album or a t-shirt, badgered a DJ to play our music on the radio, spread the word – whatever it may be – we want to say a huge ‘THANK YOU’ for supporting the band along the way. You have all played a vital part in helping us fulfil our musical dreams!
We are intending to close this chapter in as celebratory a way as we can, so please do come and join us for one last big blast, in the form of our Farewell Tour in Spring 2017 (gig details are below)! We would dearly love to see as many of you as possible - we are only sorry that we can't travel further and wider to play to you all!
With love and thanks,
Brian, Oli, Rob and Jon""
27th Feb – Gateshead – Sage Gateshead
28th Feb – Bristol – Colston Hall, The Lantern
1st March - Cardiff - Tramshed
2nd March – Exeter – The Phoenix
4th March – Manchester – Academy 3
5th March – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
6th March – Glasgow – Oran Mor
8th March – Brighton – Komedia
9th March – Cambridge – The Junction
10th March – London – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
12th March – Oxford – New Theatre
Stornoway - A Fond Farewell