Whether listening to Fergus McCormick’s latest release, Jumping the Gun, or catching him live, listeners may think they’re eavesdropping as a roomful of spirits – Mark Knopfler, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Lyle Lovett, plus an old girlfriend or two – trade licks and share their secrets.
But get a little closer and hear the truth: McCormick has a voice all his own, a poet’s knack for twisting a phrase, and a well of melody that never seems to run dry.
Like those who have influenced him, in literature as well as music, McCormick knows how to build his works around characters, whom he sketches with spare but vivid imagery. Critics have certainly noticed: He’s been called “refined and intelligent (Rootshighway) and lauded for his “earth-toned vocal style” (Village Voice) with “something wonderful to offer” (CoffeeHouseTour).
The key to McCormick is his ability to perform at every critical level as a singer and composer. His voice is distinctive – a bit nasal in a way that suggests intimacy and conversation. It’s an ideally suited timbre for his songs, which stand on twin pillars of accessibility and intelligence. At one moment he might come up with an unexpected twist of phrase or melody, and then follow with a classic chord progression: Imagine Roy Orbison crooning the chorus of “Jumping the Gun” and McCormick’s credibility as a master of pop/rock form becomes evident.
In some ways that’s to be expected from a young man whose family harbored an appreciation for literature and travel. Raised in northern England, Spain, and Princeton, New Jersey, Fergus began writing songs at age thirteen and, even while earning his master’s degree in international affairs and launching a career as an economist, never lost his thirst for creating music.
When post-911 events led to a loss of his job, Fergus switched from crunching numbers to singing on subway platforms in New York. Soon he was performing at the Knitting Factory, the Cutting Room, Arlene’s Grocery, and other Manhattan venues, where audiences quickly bought more than a thousand copies of his self-produced debut CD, Fergus McCormick. His sophomore release, Jumping the Gun, earned enthusiastic reviews as well as the “editor’s pick” distinction from CoffeeHouseTour in July 2005.
Though universal in his appeal, McCormick is a product of the emerging multicultural scene centered in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He performs frequently as a solo artist in this neighborhood and, further afield, with his all-star band, which includes bassist Mike Davis (Norah Jones) and drummer Tim Vaill (Spottiswoode).
For further information, contact Emmanuel Zunz at Yeoman Entertainment (email@example.com or 1-646-301-4661) or visit www.fergusmccormick.org.
Fergus McCormick - Lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
Mike Davis - bass, background vocals
Tim Vaill - drums
LP - "Fergus McCormick" 2003
LP - "Jumping the Gun" 2005
Song - "The Caravan Queen" - on rotation on Pandora.com
Song - "Won't You Take It From Me" - on rotation on Pandora.com
All Music Guide
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“One of more noteworthy [singer/songwriters in the early to mid-2000s]… A pleasing, worthwhile examp...“One of more noteworthy [singer/songwriters in the early to mid-2000s]… A pleasing, worthwhile example of what the Big Apple folk scene can offer in the 21st century.”
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"Fergus is a rising star in the New York folk-rock songwriter scene. What a very thoughtful and skil..."Fergus is a rising star in the New York folk-rock songwriter scene. What a very thoughtful and skillful travel-writer does for literature, Fergus does for songwriting. The sights encountered and impressions made by wandering the globe are shared by Fergus through song."
The Village Voice
“An earth-toned vocal style.”
As a prolific songwriter, I typically select 9-10 songs per set (45-60 minutes), and choose from about 50 of my originals. I can play 1-3 sets per night.
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