Jazz pianist is bound for the CatStrand
Young Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie will bring his trio to the CatStrand in New Galloway tomorrow night. Fergus has joined the small band of musicians who have had appearances at both leading London jazz club Ronnie Scott’s and Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline confirmed.
The 21-year-old made a big impression with the judges in the televised BBCYoung Jazz Musician Final 2018, despite not winning the title in the end.
His initially reluctant piano studies were interrupted by a brief but unsuccessful attempt to master the bagpipes and since discovering jazz in his early teens he has become dedicated to following his heroes, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau in the jazz world.
The bagpipe influence can still be heard in his compositions, which reflect the Scottish landscape and musical traditions, although he remains deeply enthusiastic about his American and Nordic influences too.
“Studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, it was impossible not to come into contact with Scottish music and just living in Scotland. traditional music influences you without you even realising it,”he said.
Gig Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie will be at the Catstrand tomorrow night