Soundwalk with The Bard of the Birds

Repertoire Canntaireachd, by Ruta Vitkauskaite; The Blackbird Pageant, by Gemma McGregor; The Oracle of Many Winds, by Ruta Vitkauskaite; Gannery, by Emily Doolittle; Two Ravens, by Gemma McGregor; Machair Flowers, by Emily Doolittle

Join us from YOUR home for a walk around YOUR area. Event starts on Zoom, you will be given sound-track with walking instructions.



As dark winter is approaching, The Bard of the Birds invites you to join her for a new music and storytelling experience where you will experience your surroundings in a new way.

Whether you live in the city or countryside your days are getting shorter, and nature is colouring her greenery in brown and grey, and sharing echoes of sunlight and birdsong. It can be easy to miss the beauty of these details.

The event starts on Zoom with an introduction from The Bard of the Birds. You will then be invited to take a walk (approx. 45 min) around your area. You don't need to travel to any particular location.

On your walk, you will listen to a soundtrack which will give you various instructions to follow and invites you to pay attention to particular details. Guided by the Bard of the Birds you will be asked to collect impressions, thoughts, ideas, colours, shapes, or even objects you find along your walk.

When you return from your walk, we will meet you back on Zoom and invite you to share your experiences with us.

The event duration is approx. 90 minutes.


Closed captions will be provided during the live element on Zoom. A PDF document with full transcript of instructions and poems will be available to download prior to the walk upon request. A one page PDF document with instruction summary and suggested map will be also available to download prior to the walk.

For further information or access requirements please contact

What you will need:

- A smartphone or iPhone

- Heaphones

- Internet connection while at home (not required on the walk)

- Suitable outdoor clothing

Once you've registered for the event, you will receive:

- Confirmation details

- A soundtrack (max. 125 MB) will be sent to you during the week prior to the event which you can download to your smartphone or iPhone prior to the walk along with a single-sided sheet of instructions for the walk so you can plan your route in advance if you wish.

For the soundwalk element you will decide your own route and length of journey. There is no requirement to cover a particular distance and people with limited mobility or wheelchair users are welcome to take part in the event.

The team

The soundtrack will feature poems and stories by Dawn Wood, nature-inspired music by Ruta Vitkauskaite, Gemma McGregor, and Emily Doolittle, performed by clarinettist Joanna Nicholson and violist Katherine Wren with electronic sounds by Ellie Cherry and sound design by Chris Adams.

This event is supported by Creative Scotland, Sound Aberdeen, and Book Week Scotland.

Performers Katherine Wren, Joanna Nicholson
Promoter Ruta Vitkauskaite
Submitted by Ruta Vitkauskaite

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