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Stornoway are a British alternative indie folk band from the Cowley area of Oxford. It consists of singer, lyricist, and guitarist Brian Briggs; keyboard player Jon Ouin, bassist Oli Steadman and his brother Rob Steadman on drums. Their sound incorporates an ever-changing selection of stringed instruments and keyboards, supported by a typical pop backline of guitar, drums, and bass guitar.

Briggs and Ouin met during Freshers' week at Oxford; Briggs thought Ouin looked like a member of Teenage Fanclub, a band both of them liked that became a topic of their first conversation. Soon after, the two began playing music together. They advertised for a bass player, and Oli Steadman was the only person to respond to their advert. Oli Steadman's younger brother Rob Steadman later auditioned for the role of drummer.

The band is named after the Scottish town of Stornoway on the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, which appears on all British televised weather reports and shipping forecasts. The band had never been to Stornoway when they decided to name themselves after the town. They played their first gig there on 9 April 2010 and also signed their contract with label 4AD, a British independent record label part of Beggars Group, there as well. In a 2010 interview with British music blog There Goes the Fear, Brian Briggs described the band's hunt for a name: "We were looking for somewhere that sounded a bit distant and remote and coastal. And it was a very long process, and quite a fun process that I think every band goes through trying to get the right band name. And we had a massive list, pages and pages, and the only thing that they had in common was that they were all slightly coastal or maritime-themed. So we were looking in books about knots and, I dunno, guides to natural history of the seashore. And we tried quite a few out and they all failed, and this [Stornoway] was the only one that stuck, and it was reinforced by the fact that if you see at the BBC weather forecast, Stornoway is up there…so we get this wonderful free promotion every time there’s a weather report."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Beachcomber’s Windowsill Stornoway 5 3
2013 Tales From Terra Firma Stornoway 2
2015 Bonxie Stornoway 4


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Zorbing Stornoway 5 2
2009 Unfaithful Stornoway 5 1
2010 I Saw You Blink Stornoway 5 1
2010 Fuel Up / Boy Stornoway / Ra Ra Riot 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 The Early Adventures of Stornoway Stornoway 5 1
2007 Letters From Lewis Stornoway 5 1
2008 On the Rocks Stornoway 5 1
2013 You Don't Know Anything Stornoway 1
2015 Bonxie Unplucked Stornoway 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 iTunes Festival: London 2010 Stornoway 1

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