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Hercules Linton was born in Inverbervie in 1837 and is best known as the designer of the Cutty Sark. The Cutty Sark (named after the nightgown of the witch, Nannie Dee, in Robert Burns’s 1791 poem Tam o' Shanter) was one of the last tea clippers to be built and was also one of the fastest.


Can’t you see the sun light shining?
Heavin', haulin', bound away
On Market Square, a dream on paper
To speed away, she’ll speed away
From Linton’s plans, with jigs and frames
The Leven busy dusk till dawn
Teak and elm are forming now
The clipper treasure for the trading
End to end like bricks and mortar
Steam bent ribs are carved like wishbones
Brass bolts fasten through her flesh
And Nannie Dee fierce o’er the bow
Melt the pitch o’er coal and flames
And caulk with oakum on her belly
Sails like clouds pick up the wind
‘Weel done, Cutty-Sark’ he called out
She sits like rays of light in summer
And dances lightly o’er the waves


from From The Skein, released June 10, 2016
Written by Jenny Sturgeon and featuring Jonny Hardie on guitar, Grant Anderson on double bass, Davy Cattanach on percussion, Fraser Fifield on whistle and vocals by Rahul Ravindran.


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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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