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“I knew when I had looked for a long time that I had hardly begun to see.” Nan Shepherd


The Living Mountain is an audio-visual performance inspired by Nan Shepherd's celebrated book of the same nam. The project was devised and created by Jenny Sturgeon and explores Nan's writing, the Cairngorm mountain range and human connections with the wild through lyrical, melodic and visual interpretation. Visuals are curated by Shona Thomson and feature stunning imagery from Scotland: The Big Picture, filmmaker Robyn Spice 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.  The Living Mountain album was recorded and produced by Andy Bell of Hudson Records (Furrow Collective, Northern Flyway, Jon Boden) at Clashnettie Arts Centre in the Cairngorm National Park and released on CD/LP/DL in 2020. 

The Living Mountain toured extensively in the UK in 2022/23, as well as a 10 day tour in Germany.

If you are interested in booking The Living Mountain (solo or trio) for your venue or festival please contact gail(at)

"Outstanding piece of multi-media art... inspired literature, gorgeously curated music and innovative filmmaking collide in a mosaic of integrated art." 

Live review by Three Chords and The Truth (full review here)

"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

"A bewitching work of wisdom and light and, for the truth it expresses, the most important record you will listen to this year." 

From the Margins


Photography by Anne Campbell
and Hannah Bailey

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