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Arts / Jenny scoops Scottish acoustic award

Levenwick-based folk musician Jenny Sturgeon has been hom aboot much more than usual in 2020 but still found time to release a new album and win a Scottish Alternative Music award. Photo: Fiona Stephen

LEVENWICK-based folk singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Jenny Sturgeon has gained national recognition for her work.

On Wednesday it was announced she had won the “best acoustic” category in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards.

While Covid-19 has put paid to most of her touring plans for 2020, Sturgeon – who also plays in acclaimed Scottish folk trio Salt House – did release a new album, The Living Mountain, last month.

She said: “I’m absolutely honoured to have won this award! SAMA are doing brilliant work highlighting the alternative music scene in Scotland – which is thriving!

“I’m delighted that my new record has resonated so much with listeners. A huge thank you to everyone who has encouraged me and supported my music over the years.”

Keep an eye out for a more in-depth feature on The Living Mountain – a collection of songs and films inspired by Nan Shepherd’s book of the same name – in the pages of Shetland News in the coming weeks.