Jenny Sturgeon - The Living Mountain
Jenny Sturgeon is a singer-songwriter "who brings together the old and new with a rare
skill" (R2 Magazine). Jenny's music is rich with imagery and her songs are bound together
by common threads of folklore, nature and the connection people have with the wild.
Sturgeon’s songcraft is at the centre of her engaging and honest performance, with
accompaniment on guitar, harmonium and dulcimer she has been described as “a
wonderful singer who can change the atmosphere in the room with her affecting
delivery” (Boo Hewerdine). In 2018 she was nominated as Composer Of The Year in the
Scots Trad Music Awards.
Jenny is currently working on audio-visual project 'The Living Mountain' alongside Shona
Thomson - a collection of songs and films inspired by Nan Shepherd's book of the same
name. Supported by Creative Scotland and Help Musicians, and on tour in 2021.
Musical collaborations include writing and performing in the critically acclaimed alt-folk
band Salt House and in the bird and migration inspired project, Northern Flyway; a
Creative Scotland and PRS Foundation funded audio-visual project that Jenny co-wrote
with Inge Thomson - described as "like watching a David Attenborough documentary but
with awesome music!”.
Jenny’s music has been played on BBC Radio Scotland, Radio 3, Radio 6 Music, Radio 2,
and Radio Nan Gaidheal - including being featured as artist of the week and doing live
sessions for Travelling Folk and BBC Radio 3. Jenny's release 'The Wren and The Salt Air'
- a commission for The National Trust of Scotland - featured on national STV news. Her
song ‘Charmer’ was featured at number 9 of The Herald’s best 100 songs of 2018.
THE LIVING MOUNTAIN
“The mountain gives itself most completely when I have no destination, when I reach
nowhere in particular, but have gone out merely to be with the mountain as one visits a
friend, with no intention but to be with him.” Nan Shepherd
The Living Mountain is an audio-visual performance inspired by Nan Shepherd's
celebrated book of the same name. The project explores Nan's writing, the
Cairngorm mountain range and human connections with the wild through
lyrical, melodic and visual interpretation. Jenny is working alongside film curator
Shona Thomson and filmmaker Robyn Spice. Visuals feature stunning imagery from
Scotland: The Big Picture and 1940s archive film from National Library of Scotland
Moving Image Archive. The meditative experience of the combined audio and
imagery are a soothing and poignant exploration of what it means to connect with a
landscape and to find a sense of place.