The Wren And The Salt Air

by Jenny Sturgeon

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'The Wren And The Salt Air' is a collection of songs and tunes to celebrate 30 years of St Kilda’s World Heritage Site status for nature. The music was written by Jenny during a visit to St Kilda in September 2016 and the tracks feature field recordings of island birds, including the distinctive St Kilda Wren, Leach’s Petrel and Black-Legged Kittiwake.

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10% of profits from the sale of this CD will go to support conservation work on St Kilda

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released February 17, 2017

Jenny Sturgeon - vocals, guitar, shruti box, field recordings of St Kilda Wren, Kittiwake and island weather
Jonny Hardie - fiddle, vocals
Pete MacCallum - guitar, vocals
Magnus Robb & The Sound Approach - field recordings of Leach's Petrel and Manx Shearwater
Will Miles - artwork

Recorded at Studio 1604
Produced by Sturgeon, Hardie and MacCallum
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering

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Track Name: The Wren And The Salt Air
Walking a path down to the sea
Past thrift and iris bright
On a chimney stack a tiny bird with a big voice
O’ what a voice
As salt air pinches skin

Where mountains touch the waters edge
Pushed up from years of brutal force
Steep cliffs climb and cut the line
Where salt air pinches skin

Time said goodbye and left us standing
Stock still
And restless
Watching the seasons change
Watching, and waiting

I walk a path down to the sea
Past thrift and iris bright
On a chimney stack a tiny bird with a big voice
O’ what a voice
Where salt air pinches skin
Track Name: Seabird
Dancing, floating on the wind
Off the cliff and to the air
Half a million strong
The sounds and smells throng
Each in their own defined layer

Captured in a moment
Bright white against the dark
Suspended in the squall,
From the sky they fall
As an arrow fired, straight and right on mark

They’re shifting and changing - with the tide
They’re shifting and changing - with the time

Climbing, scaling stacks and stone
Life line for a lonely isle
Feathers, flesh and oil
Results of daily toils
To help keep a body sustained

Shifting, soaring on the wing
Mismatch in a sea of change
The sliver fish peaks
Out of sync with begging beaks
And the journey goes on and on

They’re shifting and changing - with the tide
They’re shifting and changing - with the time