One of Scotland’s most highly-acclaimed young jazz groups will perform in Moray next month.
Fergus McCreadie’s trio is among the new wave of musicians energising the Scottish jazz scene and they will play at St Giles Church in Elgin on Saturday, February 29.
Organisers of the event have said that audiences can expect a great night of top-class musicianship and jazz favourites from the multi-award-winning pianist and his band.
Mr McCreadie said: “There’s a good feeling around jazz right now and there are a lot of good young players coming through, especially at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow.
“They are attracting interest from music fans as well as the press. And it is exciting.”
He added: “We’ll be playing music from our first album, which won the Album of the Year title at both the Parliamentary Jazz Awards and the Scottish Jazz Awards last year, as well as tracks from the new album we’ve just recorded.
“It’s influenced by Scottish folk music as well as the American and Nordic musicians I have listened to a lot. We try to make it as exciting and melodic as possible and we put a lot of passion into it.”
“We’re really looking forward to playing in St Giles Church. I know it from working on the Let It Snow Christmas show and it’s a great venue.
“We like playing in churches. Quite a lot of jazz concerts happen in churches or former churches, like the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, and we enjoy playing in them.”
As one of Scotland’s most exciting young talents, Mr McCreadie was born in Jamestown, near Strathpeffer and grew up in Dollar.
His band has performed at the Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, Aberdeen and Islay jazz festivals regularly and has toured in Norway, Sweden, Lithuania and Estonia.
The group has also appeared at the Oslo and Stockholm jazz festivals and the Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival.
Tickets are available from IT Central, South Street Elgin and www.forteproductions.co.uk