Luca Manning (Voice) and Joe Williamson (Guitar) have a long running musical friendship. Joe (Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year 2018) and Luca (Rising Star winner at the 2018 Scottish Jazz Awards) both have established careers and met working with various ensembles through the busy Scottish Jazz Scene. They started playing duo a few years ago and soon found they enjoyed working together. This duo often takes well-loved jazz repertoire and aims to find a way to make it unique and new. Joe’s multi-genre approach to his instrument coupled with Luca’s love for improvising makes for a distinct and exciting sound. The duo were featured on a special edition of “Jazz Nights at the Quay” in partnership with BBC Introducing in 2017 and also played at Islay Jazz Festival 2018.
Fergus McCreadie is one of Scotland’s most exciting young artists. Awarded the Best Instrumentalist Award at the Scottish Jazz Awards aged only 20, he has been gigging frequently around Scotland since his mid-teens. His debut album with his trio, ‘Turas,’ has been praised for ‘reflecting his engagement with the Scottish landscape and musical tradition while also showing a firm grasp of the Jazz Piano tradition.’ (Jazz In Europe) He is also a member of Graham Costello’s STRATA, described as ‘groovy yet cerebral’ by BBC Radio Scotland, and of the Mark Hendry Octet and the Matthew Carmichael Quartet, both of whom have recently released their debut album. He is also a frequent sideman to electronic artist Werkha, having travelled to Estonia recently to perform with the band. As well as the Best Instrumentalist award, Fergus is a winner of the coveted Peter Wittingham Jazz Award, the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year u17s Prize, the Guy Jones, Joe Temperly and George Duncan prizes from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Linda Trahan Memorial Prize from St Andrews University. He has also been featured on BBC Radio Scotland regularly over the past 4 years, and has appeared alongside Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Iain Ballamy, Tommy Smith, Kestustis Vaiginis, Pat from Hue and Cry, Mario Caribe, Paul Towndrow and Alyn Cosker.