Stornoway to auction guitar to raise funds for wildlife conservation
aaamusic | On 28, Aug 2011
Stornoway To Auction Signed Guitar In Bid To Save Wildlife
Award-winning folk-pop band Stornoway have donated a signed guitar to be auctioned online raising funds for wildlife conservation. Fans can bid for the Epiphone S-210 on Ebay between Friday 26 August and Monday 5 September 2011 via www.orangutans-sos.org/auction.
Money raised by the auction will go to the Concert4Conservation fund, benefiting conservation charities the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS), the Earth Trust and the RSPB.
Concert4Conservation takes place on Saturday 3 September at The Regal, Oxford, with Stornoway headlining. The Epipone S-210 will be played during the gig.
Brian Briggs, Stornoway’s lead singer said: “As an avid wildlife enthusiast I’m very concerned about the dramatic loss of species and habitats occurring worldwide. We decided to do the Concert4Conservation to raise funds for and awareness of the important conservation work the three charities carry out locally and abroad. We’ve also decided to sign and auction one of our beloved guitars to help raise extra money from the event. It’s a beautiful, fully functional Epiphone electric guitar and we hope the buyer enjoys playing it as much as we have!”
Stornoway won the Best British Album of 2010 Xfm New Music Award and this year played the main stage at Glastonbury and headlined at Somerset House as well as at numerous other gigs and festivals. Now working on their follow-up album, they will showcase brand new material at Concert4Conservation – the band’s first gig on home turf since 2010 – as well as old favourites. Stornoway have also announced that The North Sea Radio Orchestra will join them for special arrangements of some of their songs.
Brian Briggs said: “We discovered the North Sea Radio Orchestra at the Green Man Festival a few years ago, using woodwind, strings, percussion, guitar and synths in their own unusual and stunning compositions. We are very excited to be collaborating with them and have worked hard creating some special arrangements of our songs.”
Stornoway will be supported by The Epstein and The Dreaming Spires. The Epstein were highlighted as ‘one to watch in 2011’ by Music Week and The Dreaming Spires recently featured as Steve Lamacq’s Favourite New Band on BBC 6Music.
The three Concert4Conservation charities were chosen by Stornoway and funds raised by the gig and guitar auction will benefit local wildlife and threatened habitats and species overseas.
Helen Buckland, UK Director of SOS said: “The three charities are helping a huge range of species and habitats, many of which are endangered, so Concert4Conservation is for a great cause. It will be a very special night and now Stornoway fans have the chance to get their hands on one of the band’s own guitars too! We look forward to seeing the bids coming in.”