The great skua (Stercorarius skua) is a large seabird, it is sometimes known by the name bonxie. The flight is direct and powerful. Due to its size, aggressive nature and fierce defence of its nest, the great skua has little to fear from other predators. Bonxies are at the top of the food chain. They are certainly a powerful, intimidating and ruthless predator.

The adjectives used to describe the bonxie are probably not those you would normally associate with Stornoway, who will be releasing their third long player, named after this Hebridean seabird on 13th April 2015 through Cooking Vinyl. However for this band, who debuted in 2010 with the 100,000 selling ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’, their new album is certainly one that has taken flight with a trajectory that is focused and commanding.

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For the first time the band enlisted a producer to captain the ship and the man in charge was none other than Gil Norton. Noted for his work with Pixies, Foo Fighters, Twin Atlantic, etc

The ‘Bonxie’ campaign has become airborne with first single, ‘The Road You Didn’t Take’ out Monday 16th Feb. Winner of the BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist it has already notched up high praise across the station.

The follow-up to this is the high flying ‘Get Low’ which will be released on Monday 13th April the same day as the album.

‘Bonxie’ and is out 13th April via Cooking Vinyl

The full track-listing for ‘Bonxie’ is as follows…

Between The Saltmarsh and the Sea

Get Low

Man on Wire

The Road You Didn’t Take

Lost Youth

Sing With Our Senses

When We Were Giants

When You’re Feeling Gentle

Heart of the Great Alone

Josephine

Love Song of the Beta Male

You can of course see the band live at one of these venues…

21st April – Engine Rooms, Southampton BUY TICKETS

22nd April – Sub 89, Reading BUY TICKETS

23rd April – Islington Assembly Hall, London BUY TICKETS

25th April – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill BUY TICKETS

28th April – Junction, Cambridge BUY TICKETS

29th April – Waterfront, Norwich BUY TICKETS

30th April – Art School, Glasgow BUY TICKETS

1st May – Riverside, Newcastle BUY TICKETS

2nd May – Town Hall, Live at Leeds BUY TICKETS

6th May – Globe, Cardiff BUY TICKETS

7th May – Gorilla, Manchester BUY TICKETS

8th May – Leadmill, Sheffield BUY TICKETS

9th May – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry BUY TICKETS

16th May – Museums At Night, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter BUY TICKETS

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Stornoway 'Bonxie'

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