Labeled as "the most exciting new talent to emerge from Scotland in a decade" (Jazz Scotland), the Fergus McCreadie Trio are poised to take a place as one of Jazz's most compelling outfits. Comprising of McCreadie on Piano, David Bowden on Bass, and Stephen Henderson on drums, the music in an innovative blend of Jazz and Scottish Traditional Music. The compositions are new, fresh and exciting - but they also strike that point of familiarity for a listener that can make them seem like songs they have known since childhood. Improvisational freedom clashes with the rugged beauty of Scottish landscape to create a space where an audience can languish in the vivid imagery of Scotland's scenery while also being challenged by the unpredictable nature of improvised music. Particularly notable about the trio is their deep empathy and connection with one another - the band have a group dynamic that can only be achieved through years of playing, performing and recording together.
In 2018, the trio released their debut album, 'Turas' (Scottish Gaelic for Journey) to rave reviews. The album features 8 original compositions, designed to take the listener on an auditory journey of the band's native land. From the West Hebrides to the East Neuk of Fife, the music paints an evocative picture of the landscapes it has taken inspiration from. The Scotsman described the album as "Erik Satie on Islay Malt rather than Absinthe" while famous magazine JazzWise labeled the trio as "simply outstanding". The strength of the album was affirmed at the 2019 Scottish Jazz Awards, where the trio were awarded the prize for "Best Album". McCreadie, Bowden and Henderson are also awards winners in their own right - McCreadie is a winner of the Best Instrumentalist at the Scottish Jazz Awards, while Bowden is a former Young Scottish Jazz Musician and Henderson named "one to watch" by JazzWise.
in 2019, the trio embarked upon their first international tour - their 18 concerts took them to Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia, and Ronnie Scott's in London, as well as across Scotland. Future plans include more dates in Autumn (including a performance at Stockholm Jazz Festival), and another album in 2020.
"Precocious talent may abound in circles but it is rare that they elicit such a warm and positive feeling...compositions that are impeccably played, memorable and thought provoking by turns." – Jazz Views
“Simply outstanding” – Jazzwise
“A virtuosic technique…high in emotional depth” – Tommy Smith
“Think Erik Satie running on Islay Malt rather than Absinthe” – The Scotsman
“Prodigious, cascading technique while communicating warmth of personality” – The Herald