Stornoway are back on tour

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WHEN Stornoway first burst on the music scene a couple of years ago, helped by a memorable appearance on Jools Holland, they were tipped for great things.

The band – who may be named after a town on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, but are in fact from Oxford – released an award winning album Beachcomber’s Windowsill shortly afterwards, which to date has sold over 75,000 copies in the UK.

Then all went a little quiet. But the band, best described as winsome folk indie, are back with a new record Tales From Terra Firma (which has earned rave reviews) and are currently in the midst of a nationwide tour.

And that’s the reason for writing this. They are at Preston’s 53 Degrees on Sunday and there are tickets still available.

With Tales From Terra Firma, Stornaway have undergone a musical graduation. The second album marks a significant progression both in composition and lyrically. But while more intelligent and sophisticated, Tales From Terra Firma retains the unique charm of their debut that entranced so many.

A 25-date UK tour in support of the new album kicked off last month and included two hometown shows on at Oxford Town Hall.

The tour concludes on Wednesday March 27 at The Forum in London. These will be their first UK headline concerts since their acclaimed, sold-out Somerset House performance in front of an audience of 3,000 fans in August 2011.

Tickets for Sunday’s gig are £12.50 and available from