With his second album, Cairn, released by leading European label Edition Records and picking up great early feedback (5 stars from Mojo and tipped as one of the jazz albums of 2021 by prominent radio presenters) Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie continues to excite listeners across the UK and Europe.
A phenomenal technician, McCreadie has developed a deeply personal style that captures Scotland’s musical traditions and landscapes while honouring his American and Nordic influences. His trio with David Bowden (double bass) and Stephen Henderson (drums) has developed into a formidable, superbly cohesive unit. They won the coveted Peter Whittingham Jazz Prize in 2016, and their debut album, Turas, won Album of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019 and Best Album at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2019, as well as reaching the shortlist for the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2019, a rare feat for a jazz group.
His trio's concerts, highlighting their thrilling virtuosity and brilliantly attuned collective dynamism and their music’s huge emotional charge, have earned five-star reviews and invitations to appear at London jazz mecca Ronnie Scotts’ International Piano Trio Festival as well as at Oslo and Stockholm jazz festivals. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the trio was chosen to represent Made in the UK at Rochester Jazz Festival in New York and was due to appear at the Love Supreme festival in Sussex, Europe's largest outdoor jazz event, which has now been rescheduled to take place in 2021.
Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019 - Album of the Year
Scottish Jazz Awards 2019 - Best Album
Scottish Jazz Awards 2018, 2020 - Best Instrumentalist
Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2016
Guy Jones Prize
The Joe Temperley Prize (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
The Linda Trahan Memorial Prize (St Andrews University)
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The outstanding pianist returns with an exciting and dynamic new album, Cairn, inspired by folk
tradition and the Scottish landscape! ★★★★★ Mojo magazine (UK)
An absolute highlight in contemporary jazz ★★★★★ Written in Music (Netherlands)
Jazz is forever undergoing reinventions; this is one of the best in some time ★★★★ The Times (UK)
“Simply outstanding” – Jazzwise (UK)
Certainly one of the musical treasures of this year - Citizen Jazz (France)
“Think Erik Satie running on Islay Malt rather than Absinthe” – The Scotsman
“Prodigious, cascading technique while communicating warmth of personality” – The Herald (Glasgow)