Wed, 18 May|
The Blue Lamp
Jenny Sturgeon - 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 nature and the connection people have within the landscape.
Time & Location
18 May 2022, 19:30
The Blue Lamp, 121 Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BU, UK
About the event
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 nature and the connection people have within the
Sturgeon’s songcraft is at the centre of her engaging and honest performance, with
accompaniment on guitar, harmonium and piano she has been described as “a
wonderful singer who can change the atmosphere in the room with her affecting
delivery” (Boo Hewerdine). Her album ‘The Living Mountain’ was nominated for the
Scottish Album of the Year awards in 2021, and in 2020 won Best Acoustic at the Scottish
Alternative Music Awards.
Musical collaborations include writing and performing in the critically acclaimed altfolk
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 musician 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, live sessions
for Travelling Folk and BBC Radio 3 and being featured on BBC Radio 4 Front Row.
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 Living Mountain is a solo 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. The live performance features music by Jenny Sturgeon and film
curated by Shona Thomson; with stunning imagery from Scotland The Big Picture,
filmmakers Robyn Spice and Hannah Bailey, as well as 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.
The Living Mountain November 2021 tour sold out at the majority of venues and was
described as an "outstanding piece of multi-media art… [where] inspired literature,
gorgeously curated music and innovative filmmaking collide in a mosaic of integrated
art” (Three Chords and The Truth - live review here).
Jenny will be touring The Living Mountain in 2022.
The Living Mountain album was released on Hudson Records 16.10.20 CD/LP/DL.
“An exquisite, spellbinding, life-affirming and totally immersive experience.” Folking.com
“One might argue it's only when moulded in the hands of artists like Jenny Sturgeon that
powerful messages of the wilderness have the potential to move all our lives in a green
direction” Irish Music Magazine
“Musically superb, absolutely fascinating and utterly charming”
“A genuinely inspiring work”
R2 Magazine - review of The Wren And The Salt Air
“as close to an organic folksinger/songwriter as you can get” Folk All - read full review here
“Jenny pushes her music far beyond the realms of singer/songwriter, to a wider sphere where
words, music and creativity combine in an inspired and thoroughly engaging work.”
Folk Radio UK