In the shadows of Pyrenees in Southern France lives a musical outfit consisting of a Scot, an Italian, a Frenchman, a brace of tap-dancing sax players (one of them Belgian) and a Jewish percussionist. Fergus McKay & Nothing Concrete have an acoustic-led combination folk, 30’s swing Jazz and a bluesy country cabaret polka. All of which is encapsulated with their bohemian swagger with an edge.
Their sound is unlike anything else and reflects their lifestyle by shunning technology where possible and returning to all things elemental. From their self-sustained crops to embracing acoustic instruments and the art of storytelling through song.
Fergus has travelled extensively over the years around Europe, soaking in the many lives he’s observed and woven them into many of his songs. Fergus McKay & Nothing Concrete’s ethos is to inspire those who crave tranquillity away from the rat race to follow their dreams.
The band have built their own studio in an old semi-abandoned farm house surrounded by gypsy wagons and the wilds of nature. There album was recorded in an organic way. The female members of the band, Gaia, Saskia and Angie, all balance their full-time recording and touring with the band alongside raising their children – a concept which they hope will inspire others who are reticent to embrace alternative ways of living.
Watch their video for ‘Old Black Crow‘ below:
About ‘Old Black Crow’:
Old Black Crow was written about ten years ago and was part of Fergus’ busking set all over Europe. The song tells of a mysterious getaway – a group of renegades on the run, overseen by an old black crow. The accompanying video sees the band aboard a double decker bus converted into a theatre, interspersed with clips from Georges Méliès’ 1906 film, A Desperate Crime – an unlikely collision of art forms which absolutely typifies the unpredictable nature of a quite unique band.
Words: Tom Guilfoyle | @covenantofarca1