Folk group supports Oxon wildlife charities

Stornoway ahead of their Concert4Conservation gig in Oxford on September 3.''***Copyright www.mimsaxl.com***
Stornoway ahead of their Concert4Conservation gig in Oxford on September 3.''***Copyright www.mimsaxl.com***
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MUSIC lovers can help raise money for three Oxfordshire charities at an end-of-summer gig featuring one of the county’s hottest bands.

Oxford-based indie folk group Stornoway will headline at the Concert4Conservation gig on Saturday, September 3, which will raise money for the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS), the Earth Trust, and the RSPB.

The RSPB’s Otmoor wetland reserve near Bicester is one of southern England’s most important sites for wading birds and migrating wildfowl.

Lead singer Brian Briggs, who has a PhD in wild bird conservation, said: “I’ve been passionate about wildlife conservation for longer than I’ve been passionate about making music.

“Concert4Conservation was the most obvious way for me to combine my interests and support three great conservation charities.”

He added: “Nearly all of my songs are set at least partly in the outdoors. Watching Birds is about my PhD on wildfowl conservation, We Are The Battery Human is about the importance of spending time in nature for our own sakes as well as for wildlife’s.”

Winners of the Best British Album of 2010 Xfm New Music Award, Stornoway’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire show sold out two months in advance.

This year they have already toured America, headlined at Somerset House and performed at Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and T in the Park.

Stornoway will perform new material and old favourites at the event.

Band members Brian Briggs, Jon Ouin, and Ollie and Rob Steadman will be joined by trumpeter Adam Briggs and violinist Rahul Satija. Concert4Conservation, a Truck Fest production, will be held in The Regal in Oxford. Visit www.seetickets.com for details.