From Oxford comes folk-pop band Stornoway, with their only concert in Catalonia, which is part of the That’s all folks!/Amplificats del Auditori concert series. They present their third album, ‘Bronxie’ (2015), where they combine simple rhythms, clear music and danceable melodies full of acoustic pop guitar with well-oiled vocal harmonies. At last, in concert in Barcelona!
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. They cover the Yazz late-80’s dancefloor anthem “The Only Way Is Up”. The song originally started life in 1980 as a single by soul singer Otis Clay, with a funky,disco-influenced sound. The Yazz version, a poppy take on the acid house sound that was emerging at the time, was a *huge* omnipresent hit in 1988, the second best selling song of the whole year in the UK and massive across the rest of Europe. And then, 27 years later, new life is breathed into it by a folk-and-ornithology-influenced band from Oxford. And the song breathes.