Fergus McCreadie, along with Greg Irons (drums) and Mark Hendry (bass) supported the Alternative Burns Night Fundraiser on the 27th of January. Organised and hosted by Purcell UK, funds raised will be used to help children at Seamab in Kinross-shire, Scotland and Global Action Nepal. Both charities work to make a difference to vulnerable children. Fergus, Greg and Mark provided music for the drinks reception which opened the evening and after dinner ably accompanied the well known jazz singer and broadcaster Stephen Duffy. All of the musicians generously donated their time and talent to support two great causes.
The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award will support Fergus to create his first album. Plans are already in place for intensive rehearsals in a special location which will inspire composition and improvisation. An experienced top producer has committed to the project and recording studio time is being booked. Watch this space for more updates on the album's development.
The Fergus McCreadie Trio will play the Swing Club in Glasgow on the 6th of January, thier first gig of 2017. Book here swingltd.co.uk/events/bridge-music-jazz-presents-2017-01-06/?e_date=2017-01-06
Fergus has been selected as an artist to watch in 2017. This follows on from his successes in 2016, which included being featured in a number of festivals across Scotland and being featured in the Glasgow Jazz Festival as one of the '30 under 30'.
'Great ideas and the skill to bring them to fruition in any situation - sols, trio, big bnad - mark him out'.
Fergus has won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award. A panel of jazz industry experts were wowed by his musicianship and unaminously agreed that Fergus would be the winner of the £5,000 award.
The award will go towards recording and album and touring in Europe. Fergus said 'I'm excited to begin work on recording an album and putting together a tour with the support I will receive from the award and Help Musians UK'.
The album will feature origain compostions which will be a fusion of Scottish traditional music and jazz, bringing Fergus's love of melody and improvisitional talents together.