Still only twenty and studying on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland jazz course, pianist Fergus McCreadie from Dollar has been making a big impression on festival audiences particularly in recent months. His trio has won standing ovations at Edinburgh, Islay and Aberdeen jazz festivals and went down a storm at Gateshead Jazz Festival in April.
He has just won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year in 2018 (having previously twice won the under 17 category in previous years). Fergus gained valuable early experience with the highly productive Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra and then with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. He went on to play and record with saxophonist Tommy Smith’s youth jazz orchestra and his trio with bassist David Bowden and drummer Stephen Henderson won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2016.
The Trio released its first album, Turas, in April and has been described as joining the dots between American and European jazz giants McCoy Tyner and Esbjorn Svensson and the Scottish folk tradition.
‘Exhilarating’ The Herald
‘real personality … lucidly atmospheric … fire and virtuosity’ – The Times
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