When we learned that Stornoway's album "Beachcomber's Windowsill" required more than a hundred different instruments, we knew we had to take a listen. Sure enough, we heard the chimes of a church bell, one Morse Code message and, more obscurely, the sound of chopping carrots. The British folk four-piece band walks down memory lane throughout the album, reflecting on the computer age, ornithology and first love. This project has been described as a piece of extraordinary beauty and is a clear indication that Stornoway is currently one of Britain's most talented young bands.

The band will be playing the Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) Wednesday night, with Field Report opening. Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door and $13 in advance. Go to to purchase your ticket early.

Spotlight on Wednesday, May 1


We've promoted several book signings and author talks at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I St. NW) over the past few months. We thought we'd switch things up and promote its latest musical event featuring Israel's acclaimed female vocalist Mika Karni and her ensemble of Israeli, Moroccan, Yemenite and Ethiopian musicians and singers.

The talented group will combine traditional Jewish melodies with African ethnic rhythms and a dash of folk to re-interpret one of the world's most beautiful love longs, "Shir Ha'Shirim," or the Song of Songs. The ensemble recently concluded a very successful tour around the U.S., playing at the Sephardic Music Festival in New York, Rodeph Shalom Philly, Salisbury University and the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

Tickets for Wednesday night's performance are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. You can get your ticket at The concert starts at 8 p.m.