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Matt Carmichael Quintet

19 Apr 2024 20:00 - 22:45 (Doors open 19:20)

Matt Carmichael is a rising star in the burgeoning Scottish jazz scene and one of its leading voices. A frequent award winner and a finalist in the 2020 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition, Matt draws inspiration from the dramatic moods and expansiveness of Scotland’s coastal imagery and his jazz background brings a unique focus on the country’s folk tradition.

His band, still in their early twenties, have played together for many years and built a unique chemistry together. Expect a captivating blend of lyrical jazz with a focus on melody and collective improvisation from a standout artist.

Matt Carmichael: tenor saxophone
Charlie Stewart: fiddle
Tom Gibbs: piano
Ali Watson: bass
Tom Potter: drums



Full – £17
Over 60, disabled, unemployed – £15
Student with NUS card – £10
15 – 17 year olds – £5
Under 15s – Free

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Matt Carmichael has been mentored by his fellow saxophonist Tommy Smith, who described him as being “better than I was at that age”. The recipient of the 2019 Peter Whittingham Development Award, this prestigious prize together with a successful Crowdfunder campaign helped finance the recording of his self- released début album ‘Where Will The River Flow’ which amassed over 5 Million streams. He was subsequently signed to Edition Records who released his second album ‘Marram’. Both albums feature acclaimed pianist Fergus McCreadie who has played with Matt for many years. He has performed throughout Europe as well as being a guest soloist with the Grammy Award winning WDR Big Band where his music was arranged by Bob Mintzer.


“Like Charles Lloyd and Abdullah Ibrahim, Carmichael has the gift of uplift in his music”‘ – BBC Music Magazine

“…can make you laugh and shed a tear within the turn of a bar” – Jazzwise


“He’s going to be huge” – The Times


Charlie Stewart, a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was voted BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017.


Tom Gibbs, a Jazzwise ‘One to Watch’ in 2011 gained a Masters with distinction at York University where we was mentored by John Taylor and Julian Arguelles. He also studied in New York with Jason Moran and Oslo with Ralph Alessi.