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OCTOBER

THURSDAY 29

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Abbie Finn Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity (upstairs). It’s Abbie’s birthday!

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00-10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 30

Neil William & Ben Holland - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Jazz standards from the 1920s & 30s.

SATURDAY 31

Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. £10.00. Online booking (to book a table). Limited capacity. Alice & Pav join a multi-bill of entertainers (magician etc) to celebrate Prohibition Bar’s fifth anniversary. SOLD OUT!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Jazz Co-op Live Stream: Fergus McCreadie - May 31

Fergus McCreadie (keyboard)

Fergus McCreadie makes interesting viewing, very dramatic and enthusiastic, head bobbing, body bending towards the keyboard, unruly hair. I'm not surprised that he is a prize-winning performer as he played mostly original compositions with great aplomb.

Unfortunately the first 20 minutes or so of tonight's gig was marred by cutouts after every few notes. After Fergus made some technical adjustments this was sorted but it was rather frustrating and people may wish to catch up on the YouTube recording.

I missed the title of the first tune and Fergus is softly-spoken so I may have missed other titles. The piece began with very low left hand notes, fragmented, until the tune emerged, but stayed mostly in a powerful left hand. A tune played by Bill Evans, possibly composed by Harold Arlen, we were told. Next came Young and Foolish, sweet and flowing, but foreshortened by a 2 minute break to sort out the sound. No problems from then on.

This was followed by an original from his second CD, a tune called Across The Flatlands (I think) my favourite of the night, very Scottish and atmospheric, a 3-note repeated riff with a highland dance tune above it and short bagpipe-like swirls of sound, becoming more jazz-like, before the tune ends, seemingly in the middle. Then a tune composed during lockdown, as yet untitled, a slower meditative folky love song type of tune.

Fergus said that only 30 per cent of his listening is jazz, (good to get other influences) and he enjoys singer-songwriters, so he did a cover of the song Forgotten Eyes, a very singable melody, with improvisation and full use of the keyboard.  A request from the chat list next, Ardbeg  from the album Turas, another Highland influenced tune. The final offering was a tune with the working title Glasgow, a slow melody which could be a love song, very enjoyable but nothing at all like the Glasgow I remember from my last visit there, many years ago. You'd expect a tune from that city to have more punch!

A very enjoyable music session, despite the sound problems at the beginning.
Ann Alex

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