Fergus McCreadie Trio
Fri 23 04 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fergus McCreadie Trio
At Crookes Social Club, 8-11pm
Fergus McCreadie: piano
David Bowden: bass
Stephen Henderson: drums
The Fergus MaCreadie Trio’s Sheffield Jazz gig at Crookes in January 2020 was one of the highlights of the season and a real eye-opener for those who were unfamiliar with this phenomenal young pianist whose music reflects the Scottish landscape and traditions while honouring the American and Nordic jazz legacies. Their debut album ‘Turas’ earned five-star reviews and awards, winning Album of the Year in the 2019 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Their concerts, highlighting their thrilling virtuosity, brilliantly attuned collective dynamism and highly original compositions have earned five-star reviews and an invitation to appear at Ronnie Scotts’ International Piano Trio Festival in 2019. Expect elegant, captivating and emotionally charged music. “Simply outstanding” – Jazzwise
Recently signed to leading European label Edition Records, pianist Fergus McCreadie is one of Scotland’s most exciting young talents. Born in Jamestown, near Strathpeffer, he grew up in Dollar and graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018. As well as winning the prestigious Peter Wittingham Jazz Award with his trio in 2016, he has twice won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year under-17s Prize and is the winner of the Guy Jones Prize, the Joe Temperley Prize from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Linda Trahan Memorial Prize from St Andrews University. His trio has featured at the Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, Aberdeen and Islay jazz festivals regularly and has toured in Norway, Sweden, Lithuania and Estonia. The group has also appeared at Oslo and Stockholm jazz festivals and the Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival.
Released in Spring 2018, the Fergus McCreadie Trio’s self-released debut album ‘Turas’ has been praised for “reflecting his engagement with the Scottish landscape and musical traditions while also showing a firm grasp of the jazz piano tradition” (Jazz in Europe). It won Album of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019 and Best Album at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2019, following on from McCreadie’s Best Instrumentalist title at the 2018 awards. The album was also shortlisted for the cross-genre Scottish Album of the Year Award 2019, reaching the final ten from 290-plus candidates, a rare feat for a jazz album. McCreadie’s music is an innovative blend of jazz and Scottish traditional music. ‘Turas’ (Scottish Gaelic for ‘Journey’) features eight original compositions which are designed to take the listener on an auditory journey of Scotland. Depicting scenes from the Western Isles to the East Neuk of Fife, the music is evocative of the landscapes from which it has taken its inspiration. The band’s second album ‘Cairn is due for release in early 2021.
“A virtuosic technique…high in emotional depth” – Tommy Smith
“Think Erik Satie running on Islay Malt rather than Absinthe” – The Scotsman, 5* review of ‘Turas’
“Citing preeminent pianists McCoy Tyner and Esbjorn Svensson might seem to be placing too much of a burden on a 20-year-old’s shoulders but these are the names that immediately spring to mind on listening to Fergus McCreadie’s debut” ……..Prodigious, cascading technique while communicating warmth of personality” – The Herald review of ‘Turas’
David Bowden is an award-winning bass player and composer based in Glasgow, working primarily in the fields of jazz, folk and contemporary improvised music. A mainstay of the Scottish scene, David has toured the UK and Europe extensively. Originally from London, David studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduating with first class honours and the 2015 Yamaha Jazz Scholarship award. In 2017 he won the ‘BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year’. David is also a co-leader of the contemporary jazz quartet ‘Square One’ described as a ‘powerhouse of Scottish Jazz talent’ by BBC Radio Scotland. The band won the Peter Whittingham award 2015 and have released two albums to critical acclaim followed by a tour of the UK, Austria and Poland. David specialises in writing genre-spanning instrumental music for bespoke ensembles.
“A gifted bass player” – BBC Radio3
Since Graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2015 with first class honours, Stephen Henderson has been playing and touring in festivals across the UK and Europe. He plays in several award-winning bands in the current Scottish music scene including; Square One, Mezcla, the Fergus McCreadie Trio, Spark Trio and folk/rock band Dosca. Stephen has also performed with artists including James Tormè (LA) Leroy Jones, (New Orleans) Rob Luft, Alan Benzie and Enrico Zanisi.
“Stephen is a remarkable player: awe-inspiring, intelligent, cool, professional, committed and extremely meticulous in every musical environment he finds himself in.” –Tommy Smith
Full – £16
Over 60s, disabled and unemployed – £14
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free
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