Fergus McCreadie is a complete and well-rounded musician, a passionate communicator and consummate performer, a composer of elegant, nuanced, and captivating music as well as a pianist and improviser of exceptional ability and originality.
McCreadie burst onto the national scene with his self-released debut album Turas in 2018. Rooted in a Scottish folk tradition and expressing advanced rhythmical flair, the album sparked a wake of interest from global promoters and industry, collecting Album of the Year at the Parliamentary and Scottish Jazz Awards and being shortlisted for the cross-genre Scottish Album of the Year Award 2019. In 2018 he was a BBC Jazz Musician of the Year Finalist.
With his trio, featuring long-term cohorts David Bowden and Stephen Henderson, he encompasses a rare freshness of sound in this well-trodden format reminiscent of the originality and personality with which the likes of The Bad Plus and EST emerged almost two decades ago. In a vastly changed era since then, Fergus and his trio, with their profoundly mesmerizing and compelling music, look set to evoke similar trajectories in developing a global audience. They certainly have the necessary instrumental command, communication, and originality. Two albums released on Edition Records, Cairn and Forest Floor, confirm that there is still much to be mined from the piano trio format.
Fergus McCreadie is riding high and it’s only a matter of time before he reaches new heights in developing global audiences. If ever there’s a band that can sing, excite and inspire, the Fergus McCreadie Trio is it. A melting pot of originality, freshness of sound and vitality, with all the potential to be one of the standout discoveries of recent times.
Press | Mike Gavin
Label | Edition Records