Matt Carmichael & Fergus McCreadie
Saxophonist Matt Carmichael and pianist Fergus McCreadie are two of the vibrant young Scottish jazz scene’s trailblazers and have been described as among the most exciting young jazz musicians in Europe.
Their music, individually and collectively, is fresh and invigorating, reflecting their Highland birthplaces and their love of the Scottish landscape and musical traditions as well as their studies of American and European jazz.
Recently signed to the prestigious Edition Records label, Matt made a huge impression with his self-released debut album, Where Will the River Flow in 2021. BBC Music Magazine hailed Matt as “a distinctive new voice in a crowded scene” and The Times predicted that “he’s going to be huge.”
Fergus has now added BBC Radio Three New Generation Artist status to his extensive list of awards and titles. His first album, Turas, won Album of the Year at both the Parliamentary Jazz Awards and the Scottish Jazz Awards and the subsequent Cairn and this year’s Forest Floor have earned five-star reviews and critical acclaim including “the most beautiful music you can hear in jazz at the moment” from Dutch website Written in Music.
“has created an exciting Scottish style of his own” – The Scotsman on Matt
“Artists like Matt Carmichael are rare to come by” – Jazz UK on Matt
“a first-class creative musician, beyond any category” – WIndout (Italy) on Matt
“real personality … lucidly atmospheric … fire and virtuosity” – The Times on Fergus
“Simply outstanding” – Jazzwise on Fergus
“Prodigious, cascading technique while communicating warmth of personality” – The Herald on Fergus
Heart of Hawick
Friday 18 November 20:00
Adult ticket £15