The Wren And The Salt Air

by Jenny Sturgeon

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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
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St Kilda Set 05:45
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Seabird 02:27
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
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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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Jenny Sturgeon Scotland, UK

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. ... more

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