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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rockin' at the Peabody

And we're not talking geology

NEW HAVEN - British Indie Pop Band “Stornoway” is scheduled to perform at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Great Hall of Dinosaurs at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

"Stornoway (shown) is a British indie pop quartet that has been hailed as the country’s most exciting nu-folk band," museum officials said in a statement.

The Guardian calls their songs “uniformly beautiful,” with lyrics that have a “disconcerting habit of winding you emotionally,” the statement said.

Venus calls them “effortlessly captivating. Stornoway’s tour of several continents brings them back to the United States where they performed in July at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge, the statement said.

Lead singer and guitarist Brian Briggs, a zoology graduate of the University of Oxford with a doctorate in ornithology, "has a knack for writing brilliant acoustic-pop songs enriched with ornithological and other zoological references, such as his romantic lyrics of soaring seabirds," the statement said.

This is "not a surprising interest considering his dad, Yale Peabody Museum Director Derek Briggs, is an invertebrate paleontologist," the statement said.

The band came together when Brian Briggs and fellow Oxford classmate John Ouin, a keys and string man, advertised for other band members. The sole applicant, South African Ollie Steadman, brought a screwdriver to the interview should the future band mates turn out to be thugs, the statement said.

Steadman, who plays bass guitar, was a fit and later convinced the duo to bring in his younger brother Rob on drums. Their debut album 'Beachcombers Windowsill' is a hit.

The performance is free with museum admission of $9 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and over, $5 for children 3-18 and college students. Children younger than 3, museum members and Yale I.D. holders are admitted free.

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