Jenny’s passion for music lies in her interest in traditional folk song combined with the enjoyment of creating fresh new compositions. The inspiration for her lyrics comes from folklore, historical events and observations of modern society, and as a biologist her enthusiasm for nature creeps in to all her work. “Singer-songwriter Jenny Sturgeon sings with a confidence and warmth that endears her to listeners far beyond her native Aberdeenshire. Alongside beautiful interpretations of traditional song, Jenny writes and performs her own songs with a strong traditional feel delighting audiences wherever she sings.” Aaron Jones (Litha, Kate Rusby Band)
“Singer/songwriter Jenny Sturgeon sings with a confidence and warmth that endears her to listeners far beyond her native Aberdeenshire. Alongside beautiful interpretations of traditional song, Jenny writes and performs her own songs with a strong traditional feel delighting audiences wherever she sings.”
Aaron Jones (Litha, Kate Rusby Band)
“Outstanding…spine-tingling…properly inspirational” Folk Radio UK”This young woman can really sing! Natural and flowing, it’s the kind of voice you are happy to listen to all evening… She collaborates with weel-kent musicians including Jonny Hardie and Davy Cattanach of Old Blind Dogs. From the tuneful arrangements down to the easy banter between the band members, it was clear that Jenny fitted seamlessly in with this highly professional troupe. Remember the name – Jenny Sturgeon – she’s worth seeking out!”
Blue Lamp review, Aberdeen
Jonny Hardie was brought up in Aberdeenshire – an area of Scotland culturally rich in ballads and fiddle tunes. At the age of eight Jonny started playing fiddle. After leaving school he studied viola at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Jonny then returned to Aberdeen to concentrate on traditional music and soon became involved in various local bands. It was during this time that Old Blind Dogs were formed, along with Ian Benzie and Buzzby McMillan.
Over the last decade Jonny has toured extensively with Old Blind Dogs and has been involved with a variety of projects including theatre and production work.
Apart from OBD’s work Jonny has recorded two CDs with Gavin Marwick (‘Up In The Air’ and ‘The Blue Lamp’), recorded and produced ‘The Captains Collection’ (recording from Captain Simon Fraser’s 1816 collection) and a CD featuring the music Inverness fiddler Donald Riddle (called ‘A Highland Fiddler’). In 2006 Jonny released his first solo album ‘Lucky Jonny’. Over the last few years Jonny has been much in demand as a producer and guitarist working with Ronan Martin, Bruce McGregor, Back of the Moon and many others. Last year OBD’s released the award winning album ‘Four on the Floor’ and were once again voted Folk Band of the Year.
Apart from Old Blind Dogs Jonny is currently working with Alyth McCormack and featuring as a regular guest with The Chieftains.