Meet The First Ever Talent Is Timeless Winner - Fergus McNeill
In March 2021 Glaswegian Criminologist Fergus McNeill became the first ever national Talent Is Timeless songwriting competition winner with his touching song ‘Bloodrush’.
Among the prizes he won for first place was a record deal with Jam Records, recording at Abbey Road Studios and play listing in all 700 Caffe Nero branches across the country.
Fergus started writing songs only in his mid-40s.
In his day-job as an academic criminologist, he had stumbled upon the idea of using collaborative songwriting to explore crime and justice. To that end, in 2013 he co-founded the arts organisation Vox Liminis (www.voxliminis.co.uk) with his friend and colleague, Alison Urie.
He soon found himself part of songwriting workshops and, very quickly, the songwriting bug had him firmly in its grip. Over the last 8 years, he has written many songs, but Bloodrush is the first and only one to be studio-recorded and commercially released.
Fergus lives in Glasgow with his wife and two teenage children.
'Bloodrush' by Talent Is Timeless winner 2021 Fergus McNeill
Filmed and recorded at Abbey Road Studios
Words and music: Fergus McNeill
Drums and Percussion: Louis Abbott
Backing vocals: Saskia Griffiths-Moore
Piano and backing vocals: Donna Maciocia
Electric guitar: James Mackay
Vocals and acoustic guitar: Fergus McNeill
Violin: Jill O’Sullivan
Double bass: Thomas Holder
Engineered by: William Baker
Produced by: Kris Gorski, Audioplanet
Mastered by: Magdalena Piotrowska, Hear Candy
Videography by Carl Russ-Mohl (Muphovi Ltd)
‘Bloodrush’ is available on all streaming platforms.
HALL OF FAME
Monthly Songwriting Challenge Winners
Here we talk to Talent Is Timeless members who have won one of our monthly songwriting challenges on Facebook or in the membership site. The monthly challenge winners are decided by popular vote, and it’s been great fun to get to know our real members!
Enter next month’s competition to have a chance to win an interview like this with you.
And enjoy getting to know our winning songwriters!
Nicky Haxby - #Colourchallenge
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Cath Harney - #Conflictedchallenge
Monthly winner Cath Harney talks to founder Saskia Griffiths-Moore about her song ‘Head Full Of Hope’ and the concept of a 30 word song.
Steve Strawhead - #Releasechallenge
Monthly winner Steve Strawhead talks about the song he wrote for his son age 17 full of optimism and support, and what he hopes for for the future of his music.
Trudi Brunskill - #Thresholdchallenge
From Trudi Brunskill’s kitchen table in North Yorkshire, which has become famous to us Talent Is Timeless memes as we follow her prolific songwriting journey that lead her to being one of our monthly winners.
2021 Winners & Shortlist
Top 3 Places
1) Fergus McNeill: https://soundcloud.com/user-57337486/bloodrush
2) Tony Szymanski: https://www.facebook.com/100007444635911/videos/2898137087111084/
3) Ben Heneghan: https://soundcloud.com/fieldgatemusic/sets/single-day-solo/s-Hlusvxv17Ms
Shortlist (in random order)
Mark Lewczynski: https://soundcloud.com/user-579116975/noelia-enex-restore-your-smile
Maria Waldron: https://api.typeform.com/responses/files/
Patricia-Annette McGillicuddy: https://soundcloud.com/1trishanne
David Evans: https://soundcloud.com/davidgrantevans-yahoo-co-uk/we-are-the-ones-who-cannot-see
Retini Dunleavy: https://soundcloud.com/retini_dunleavy/01-the-streets-of-paris-with-pr
Nick Endacott: https://youtu.be/Y-L_1gjCxXE
Leiza Alpass: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RTUA0hIQ76c
Bob Gallie: https://soundcloud.com/bob-gallie/autumn-winds
Dave Walmisley: https://youtu.be/WtasN_RWaak
Liz Pearson: https://soundcloud.com/chalkhorsemusic/human-touch/s-3LV8jgJChxf
Ben Walker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcfMyYlAr9E
Emma Kirkbride: https://open.spotify.com/track/1wyGD9VBSBQKZHWBw2oWMe?si=4TtGdjRIQVmUSzuL6o0fWA
Tony Winn: https://youtu.be/T03sPRulQJA
Tim Conway: https://soundcloud.com/thepannacottaarmy/sea-of-love
Peter Wakefield: https://soundcloud.com/petewakefield/moment-in-the-sun
Terry Stacey: https://api.typeform.com/responses/files/45a5b0d3a8b8896dbe775afed700801644c70e0bf455c455f0db4f8e9ef5d373/03_Berries_in_the_Tree.m4a
Andrea Cooke: https://youtu.be/7R87Kvg3i9o