our living rivers and glens

Gill is currently working with sound artist Pete Stollery on the inspiration phase of ’Our Living Rivers and Glens’ project run by the Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective (Aberdeenshire, funded by Creative Scotland). 

Participants are encouraged to wander, explore and connect with their local environment and generate responses through word, sound, video or images. These are uploaded to an online Google mapComposers then explore the map and use the content as inspiration for new music, so responding to the collective experience and connections the participants make with place.

We are very lucky to be able to wander freely through the wonderful landscapes of our rivers and glens in Aberdeenshire. Connecting with place is always very personal and depends on one’s own inspirations, experience, memory and imagination. 

The collective map is an artwork in itself, shows the diverse ranges of responses generated by our participants and the perceptive and insightful connections contributors made with the places inspiring them. Gill has been working on poems to capture this, using what3words for locations: 'poems for a map' (work in progress).
Gill and Pete talk ( in a zoom workshop for composers) about the process of participants wandering, exploring, collecting media and uploading to Google Earth Maps for the composers to respond to.

Below is Adam Sutherland, one of our composers at the Glen Gairn 'Ringing Stone'.  Adam was inspired by the 'Ringing Stone', one of the sites on the map chosen by Alan Carr. Adam says he is feeling 'very neolithic'!

The composers are currently in the process of responding to the map and writing music.

Hear an interview about the project on 'Travelling Folk'  BBC Radio Scotland with Helen Needham