One dollar musician shortlisted for two Jazz FM Awards
A promising jazz pianist and composer from Wee County drew not one, but two nominations in a prestigious awards program.
Piano prodigy Fergus McCreadie, who developed a passion for music growing up at Dollar, was nominated in two categories for the 2021 Jazz FM Awards.
The 24-year-old and his trio – including David Bowden on double bass and Stephen Henderson on drums – released their highly anticipated second album Cairn earlier this year.
All written by Fergus, it comprises nine compositions and is shortlisted for Album of the Year in the Public Voting categories.
McCreadie, who moved to Glasgow a few years ago to study at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland, was also shortlisted for the UK Jazz Act of the Year and he is establishing a presence as a composer, pianist and conductor.
Speaking to Advertiser, he said: “Just being nominated is quite surprising and enjoyable in itself.
“I don’t think it’s even on my radar that being in contention for one award, let alone two awards, was a possibility, so when the email came in that we were nominated, that was enough. surprising.
“Winning isn’t necessarily a priority for me, just being included among the truly respected musicians and being up for the prize is just pretty cool to me.”
McCreadie’s music is steeped in Scottish tradition, combining jazz and folk influences with reviews praising his elegant, nuanced and captivating music.
He began his musical journey at the age of seven, but admits that this did not appeal to him until he saw a jazz pianist perform live in what was a “moment of” ampule “.
Years of practice later he was accepted into the jazz course at Glasgow Conservatory, where the folk scene is booming.
The native of the dollar began to compose his own music because when it comes to jazz, many tunes – and indeed the genre – come from overseas.
He said: “While I really love playing all this American music, it might not feel authentic to me because obviously I’m not American, I’m Scottish.
“The way around this is to write music that I can really feel is authentic and mine is mine.”
Looking ahead, the trio have also been working hard on their next release with an album slated for next year.
He hasn’t been able to reveal a title yet, but told the Advertiser that all music has been recorded with artwork, titles and upcoming promotions.
McCreadie said, “The new album is similar to Cairn, perhaps in that it still emphasizes the fusion of jazz music and folk music.
“But, more than Cairn, the pieces I wrote fit together really well.”
Indeed, Cairn was more of a collection of tracks and McCreadie is hoping that the next CD will be closer to “a great suite of tracks that should hopefully connect well.”
Public voting is open for the Jazz FM Awards until Friday, September 24.
To learn more, visit jazzfmawards.com.