Fergus McCreadie Trio

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Fergus McCreadie Trio

Fri 03 09 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Fergus McCreadie Trio

At Crookes Social Club, 8-11 pm

Fergus McCreadie: piano
David Bowden: bass
Stephen Henderson: drums

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Fergus McCreadie’s Trio returns to Sheffield after their stunning debut here in Spring 2020, 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 acclaimed debut album ‘Turas’ won Album of the Year in the 2019 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards while its successor ‘Cairn’ was chosen as Jazz FM’s album of the week and has been met with even more widespread praise, earning glowing reviews from Mojo, Jazzwise and The Times. It marks the further development of McCreadie’s composing talents and the trio’s ability to think, create and play with one voice, qualities that make their live performances such exuberant, uplifting and soul-stirring experiences. “A trio capable of rivalling EST or The Bad Plus for sheer excitement…” – Mojo.


Highly original pianist and composer Fergus McCreadie is one of Scotland’s most exciting young talents. A graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018, Fergus has won numerous awards including the prestigious Peter Wittingham Jazz Award with his trio in 2016. McCreadie’s music is an innovative blend of jazz and Scottish traditional music.

Released in Spring 2018 to critical acclaim, his trio’s self-released debut album ‘Turas’ (Scottish Gaelic for ‘Journey’) features eight original compositions which are designed to take the listener on an auditory journey of Scotland. The music is evocative of the landscapes from which it has taken its inspiration. The album reached the final ten shortlisted for the cross-genre Scottish Album of the Year Award 2019, a rare feat for a jazz album. Having signed to leading European label Edition Records The band’s second album ‘Cairn’ was release in early 2021 and has been received with even more widespread enthusiasm, earning five stars from music magazine Mojo and the leading Dutch music website Written in Music and four stars from Jazzwise and The Times. It was also chosen as Jazz FM’s Album of the Week and cited by industry observers as one of the most significant jazz albums before it was released.

Their live performances, highlighting their thrilling virtuosity, brilliantly attuned collective dynamism and highly original compositions earned them an invitation to appear at Ronnie Scotts’ International Piano Trio Festival in 2019 They have appeared at the Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, Aberdeen and Islay jazz festivals regularly and have toured in Norway, Sweden, Lithuania and Estonia, appearing at the Oslo and Stockholm jazz festivals.

“Simply outstanding” – Jazzwise

“Jazz is forever undergoing reinventions; this is one of the best in some time…real personality …. lucidly atmospheric … fire and virtuosity” 4review of ‘Cairn’,  The Times


Originally from London bass player and composer David Bowden 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’. A mainstay of the Scottish scene, David has toured the UK and Europe extensively. He specialises in writing genre-spanning instrumental music for bespoke ensembles and leads the world music-influenced band Mezcla, which released its debut album, Shoot the Moon on Ubuntu Records in February 2020. 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.

“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 on the current Scottish music scene, including Square One, Mezcla, 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. A Jazzwise magazine ‘One to Watch’ in 2018, Stephen formed his own group Modern Vikings in 2019.

“Stephen is a remarkable player: awe-inspiring, intelligent, cool, professional, committed and extremely meticulous in every musical environment he finds himself in.”  –Tommy Smith

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Ticket Prices

Full – £16
Over 60s, disabled and unemployed – £14
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free

For now we are continuing to restrict numbers and use reserved seating. So we encourage you to book seats online in advance, to secure the seat you want and avoid missing out and to make life easier and safer for our Door Team.  It will be possible to pay for entry at the door (preferably by contactless payment) if seats are available.

Advance tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/sheffield-jazz


Fri 03 09 2021
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


Crookes Social Club
Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD + Google Map
0114 266 0114