Northern Flyway

Catch Northern Flyway, a brand-new music and visual creation exploring the ecology, folklore, symbolism and mythology of birds and birdsong, at Pleasance Courtyard on 17th September!

Northern Flyway

About Northern Flyway

“Like watching a David Attenborough documentary but with awesome music!” Audience.

Humans have always looked to the birds. In mythology, they are carriers of souls, messengers to the gods, our familiars. In ecology, they are our measure, our meter, they mark the seasons…

A Flyway is a migration route used by birds travelling from their breeding to wintering grounds and back each year. Northern - as the project is focusing on birds from the Northern Hemisphere, specifically those in Northern Europe.

The project is the brainchild of Jenny Sturgeon (Salt House, Jenny Sturgeon Trio) and Inge Thomson (Karine Polwart Trio, Da Fishing Hands). In 2017 they wrote and created Northern Flyway – an audio-visual production exploring the ecology, folklore, symbolism and mythology of birds and birdsong.

Alongside Jenny and Inge, Northern Flyway also features singer/multi-instrumentalist Sarah Hayes (Admiral Fallow, Rachel Newton Band) and vocal sculptor/beatboxer Jason Singh (Follow the Fleet, Tweet Music). Jason improvises on all the songs creating different soundscapes during each show.

The live show combines vocal and instrumental composition, interviews Jenny and Inge conducted with the public, well over 50 different bird songs, instrumental bird mimicry, sonic experimentation and lush visual footage of landscapes, flocks and murmurations. The imagery is stunning, with high quality footage from Scotland: The Big Picture and Shetland videographer Richard Shucksmith. The show is popular because it contains so many different elements – sonically (music, bird song, interviews, soundscapes) and visually (projections, set design, musician stage wear designed by NielaNell).

Themes of human and avian migration, the seasons’ cycle and humanity’s relationship with nature resonate through this multi-dimensional work. 

The music draws on the extensive field recordings of birdsong expert Magnus Robb, Sturgeon’s background working as a bird biologist and Thomson’s home turf of Fair Isle, Shetland.

Northern Flyway premiered to a sold-out audience at The Barn (Banchory) in January 2018 and a CD of the songs was recorded at Mareel, Shetland, over four days in early February 2018.

Northern Flyway features many birds including - Whooper swan, Rosefinch, Swift, Siskin, Gannet, Curlew, Snipe, Lapwing, Linnet, Crested Tit, Osprey, Gold Crest, Black Grouse, Dotterel, Golden Plover, Red Grouse, Snow Bunting, Ptarmigan, Golden Eagle, White Fronted Goose, Waxwing, Redwing, Ural Owl, Tawny Owl, Goldeneye, Raven.

This project was made possible through support from Creative Scotland, PRS Foundation, The Scottish Ornithologists Club, The Barn, Northlink Ferries and LoganAir.

“Your group have created something very special with Northern Flyway. Pulling together all those visual and aural elements is so impressive.
You captured so many different moods and landscapes but throughout the balance was perfect – a wonderful example of artistic synergy.
In fact synergy was at the very heart of what you all created.” Audience

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Northern Flyway are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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