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Sassenach's Song

By Stephen Picton

I was born in England but always belonged in the Highlands. Since being bought here as a young boy from Kent by my parents on holiday - golden eagle spotting! - the majesty and mystery of the Highlands have stayed in my soul and I have always known I would end up living here. My wife and I finally moved to the Highlands eight years ago. She is a GP in Inverness and I divide my time between being a songwriter and running an Airbnb for visitors to enjoy the beautiful Moray Coast.

As a songwriter the Highlands are my muse. I am currently writing a song cycle called Musicalmanac - a year of human emotion in song - inspired by nature and the beautiful Scottish countryside, one song for every month of an extraordinary year. I wrote Sassenach's Song (attached) shortly after moving here to explain my feelings for the extraordinary place I am now lucky enough to call my home - it's sung by my good friend and fellow musician Josie Black (I play everything else). There's a video too, which you can view here (I'm the guy playing guitar!)

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