Stornoway are one of my favourite bands of all time. I remember stumbling on one of their Youtube videos when I was maybe 15 or 16? It was before even their first album had come out, and just something about their music kind of spoke to me. I fell in love with it. On the first day their first album, Beachcomber’s Windowsill, was released in 2010, I left sixth form early to travel all the way into Sheffield to buy a copy from the only shop that I knew would definitely have it in stock.
Since then, I’ve seen them perform live quite a few times, many when I was living in Oxford. One of my favourite times was in this tiny little local community centre. There were maybe 60 people there and Brian played this short little set, just him and his guitar, and it was lovely.
This was one of the first dates of their Bonxie tour and it was brilliant! One of my work friends got us tickets for my birthday and it was the best night!
Farewell Tour, Oxford, 2017
This was the most amazing and emotional and perfect night. I’m happy I could be there. My photos from the night aren’t technically the best, but I do love them because I think I caught some really cute and special moments between the band.
Warwick Arts Centre, 2015
This gig was amazing and it was played in a church near my old flat. Strangely enough, a couple of years before I even moved to Oxford, I’d seen Spring Offensive play here once. It’s a beautiful building and the sound in there is gorgeous.
The first time I got to see Stornoway play live wasn’t until 2013 but it was incredible. Honestly, it was probably one of the most creative performances I’d ever seen up until that point – take a look around the stage in the photos, they literally used things like a saw and plank of wood in their music…