A DOLLAR musician is set to star in a show in Stirling after receiving yet another award nomination.

Fergus McCreadie, a widely acclaimed jazz pianist, will take his trio to the Tolbooth in Stirling on Friday, October 5.

The 21-year-old, who won the Instrumentalist of the Year title at the Scottish Jazz Awards in June, recently made the shortlist for best newcomer in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, the UK's most prestigious annual jazz prizes.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate has been making audiences sit up and take notice since winning the U17s Young Scottish Jazz Musician Award at the age of 15 in 2013.

He went on to win the award a second time the following year. Then, in 2016, his trio won the much coveted Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, which has been competed for annually by young jazz musicians from across the UK since 1990 and has helped to launch the careers of Soweto Kinch, Empirical, and Roller Trio, now all leading lights on the European jazz scene.

Fergus graduated from the Conservatoire in June and embarked on his professional career by appearing at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oslo jazz festivals in quick succession.

His style, which blends jazz improvisation with the rhythms and phrasing of Scottish traditional music, has earned enthusiastic reviews.

The Scotsman awarded five stars to his debut album, Turas, which he released earlier this year, and the Times described his playing as showing "real personality, fire and virtuosity."

His Scottish influence is a combination of growing up with folk music, playing the bagpipes at 12, and being around the music scene in Glasgow as a student.

"I never became very good on the pipes but I always liked bagpipe music," he said. "Then I neglected that music while I studied jazz piano.

"But when I went to the Conservatoire, the more I heard folk music, the more I rediscovered my love for it and eventually it came forward in my compositions."

Turas is Gaelic for "journey" and many of the compositions on the album are inspired by places Fergus has been, whether by himself or with his trio.

He added: "The idea was that people listening to the whole album got taken on a small virtual tour of these different places and it's the same with live audiences.

"We want people to come with us all the way but if they can connect with even just one image, memory or landscape, then I would be achieving what I set out to achieve."

For tickets to the Tolbooth show, visit culturestirling.org/events/fergus-mccreadie-trio