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Today Tuesday December 10

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Jazz Coop September 9

Fergus McCreadie (piano); Mark Hendry (bass); Graham Costello (drums)
(Review by Steve H). 
What a great night was had by all at the Globe Jazz Bar on Saturday night. This young trio hailing from North of the Border gave a thoroughly uplifting and entertaining performance, delighting the Jazz Coop audience. McCreadie, despite his youth, is a phenomenal piano player - the speed and drive of his playing was at times breathtaking but he was also able to display a soft gentle side when playing a ballad. 
However, this was not just a one man band and Hendry on bass and Costello on drums not only provided admirable support but also enhanced the performance considerably.  The band were really able to find a groove which kept the audience tapping their feet and nodding in appreciation. The roots of the band couldn’t be more obvious even if the trio had been sporting kilts, sporrans and tam o’shanters. Influenced by his heritage and environment a deep vein of Scottish influence could be heard in all the compositions; there was even a full-on highland reel as an opening to one of the pieces. 
This may have not been Edinburgh rock but it was certainly Highland swing. I certainly recommend that you take the opportunity to see them play if you get the chance.
Steve H.

1 comment :

Minnie said...

I was spell-bound by these guys! They are so young, two of them still at Glasgow Uni (studying jazz of course!) - fabulous playing - and power to Fergus's elbow for composing all the music - every last piece was original and there was great diversity. I agree with Steve - definitely not to be missed if you get the opportunity!