Pianist Fergus McCreadie and saxophonist Matt Carmichael bring their groups to Celtic Connections in Glasgow over the weekend of January 29 and 30.
Two of the leading musicians on the currently vibrant, young Scottish jazz scene, McCreadie and Carmichael have both release highly acclaimed albums during 2021.
McCreadie’s Cairn, the follow-up to his award-winning debut, Turas, received five stars from Mojo magazine and four stars from Jazzwise as well being “longlisted” (top 20 from over 300 entries) for the cross-genre Scottish Album of the Year Award.
Carmichael’s first album, Where Will the River Flow, also reached the SAY longlist and received five stars from BBC Music Magazine. Carmichael, who followed McCreadie in graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland jazz course this summer, also won all three of the awards presented at the end of the academic year at the RCS – for composition, arranging and improvisation – the first student to scoop all three awards.
Carmichael’s quintet, including BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, fiddler Charlie Stewart, appears at the Mackintosh Church on Saturday January 29. McCreadie’s trio, which was nominated for the Jazz FM Awards 2021 and the Scottish Jazz Awards 2021, plays the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall’s New Auditorium on Sunday, January 30.
Fergus McCreadie (photo by Dave Stapleton) & Matt Carmichael (publicity photo)