It was gutting to hear back in October that Oxfordshire folk band Stornoway were splitting up. Their first album, Beachcomber’s Windowsill, is a huge favourite, and has been pretty much constantly on my playlist since it was released back in 2011.

It has a magical mix of melancholy, nostalgia, beautiful harmonies and a surprisingly cutting insight into the human condition (see Battery Human). Zorbing is probably their most famous song, but others like Fuel Up or The End of the Movie deserve to be the soundtrack to anyone’s life.

I wonder if future generations will discover this gem of an album long after Stornoway are finished and be surprised the band weren’t given the recognition they maybe deserved.

The farewell tour in March is going to be emotional.


Stornoway – Fuel Up (4AD Session)

Stornoway – Zorbing

Stornoway – The End of the Movie



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