Stornoway are one of those bands that never really got the recognition they deserve. With three studio albums beneath their belt; they have now decided to call time on creating music together. They released the following message this morning announcing their decision:
Today we bring you some important news.
After a whole decade of wonderful adventures together, we have decided to call it a day. Stornoway will become Stornomore. Our friendship and love of music remains as strong as ever, but over the last couple of years the winds of change 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 are also immeasurably grateful to all the loyal fans whom we’ve had the pleasure of entertaining over the years. If you have ever come to one of our gigs, backed our Pledgemusic album campaign, bought the cd or the t-shirt, voted for us, 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 over the years. You have all played a vital part in helping us fulfil our musical dreams! There are too many individuals to list here… you know who you are.
We are intending to close this chapter in as celebratory a way as possible, so please 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
Definitely a band worth seeing live and this is your last chance now so if you’re in either of the above areas, definitely make the effort to see them!!