The Kaje talks Summer Sundae Weekender to Stornoway

Given that the Oxford based quartet (and occasional sextet) Stornoway as a “living, breathing Mark Twain novel”, it is little surprise to hear that they are all excited to be spending their summer out and about at various festivals.  Amongst their summer highlights is Summer Sundae Weekender, about which an excited Stornoway told us more…

Summer Sundae Weekender kicks off in August. What’s your favourite thing about summer festivals?

Playing hackisack with friends in the sunshine, preferably with The Destroyers or Hot Club Of Cowtown playing on the stage next door. We’re getting our own Storno-hackisacks made in time for this summer and will be demonstrating the technique on Main Stage Saturday, please come along! We are most pleased to be coming to SS to perform with our friends Gaggle and Low Anthem… of Montreal also played a year or two ago!

What can we expect from your show?

We will be playing mostly from our album Beachcomber’s Windowsill, plus a cover of Black Box – Ride On Time, as well as a new song or two. Instead of the usual free Jazz soundscapes he creates to accompany Brian’s fact-telling, Rob is going to prepare and eat a different flavour of sundae between each song.

Summer Sundae is renowned for showcasing emerging talent. Which new band are you most looking forward to catching?

Goldheart Assembly and Leisure Society! We’ve played with both several times and looking forward to hearing them again.

The festival has also been graced by legends like Patti Smith, Billy Bragg and Chrissie Hynde. What’s your fondest festival memory?

Cramming our whole band with added trumpet and violin into an ice cream truck, to perform unplugged for Laura Barton at Glastonbury last year. We then had to run through the one torrential downpour of the weekend carrying the double bass over us as shelter – it still has the grass of Pilton stuck to it.

The festival turns ten this year – how did you celebrate your tenth birthday?

A karting party with friends from school; it resulted in a skinned broken finger on Rob, a candy-fused tooth ripped out of my mouth, and a sprained arm when I arrived home to be knocked down by an over-enthusiastic terrier called Scuppers.


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