“Refreshing and utterly magical” The Herald
“Over the years she’s drawn comparison to several world-class artists, including Peggy Lee, Alison Krauss and Norah Jones. That sort of information comes as no great surprise once you’ve had the chance to hear Bancroft sing. Her voice is a perfect instrument.” Leicester Bangs
‘SONGS’ the seventh CD from singer-songwriter Sophie Bancroft, features songs new, old, borrowed and blue, encased in Louis Durra’s stunning arrangements.
Bringing to mind Rickie Lee Jones, Norah Jones, Suzanne Vega and KT Tunstall, ‘SONGS’ takes the listener on a journey that could be about a year in a life, or indeed a lifetime, with songs of love lost, found and long-term – intertwined with the spirit of Scotland’s natural beauty, an inspiration for much of Sophie’s writing. “I am thrilled to have my landscape photography on the CD cover. These images from my many walks, reflect the influence of the countryside on my song-writing.”
With the help of Creative Scotland, Sophie brought together Louis Durra, Tom Lyne on bass and Stuart Brown on drums to record beautifully empathetic arrangements of Sophie’s repertoire.
Sophie’s first collaboration with Louis Durra was for the ‘Made In Scotland Showcase’ in 2013 at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “Highly imaginative…inventive style…intriguing territory” The Scotsman. Louis, (based in LA at the time, now residing in Berlin) had come across Sophie’s music before performing at Fringe in 2011. Haunted by her music, Louis began playing her songs as jazz instrumentals. Meeting in 2012 during Louis’ second Fringe run led to performing together, and ‘SONGS’ is the result.
Sophie has a strong music pedigree; great-grandmother Rose Bancroft was a music-hall entertainer in the early 1900’s, parents who were semi-professional jazz musicians in their earlier years and brothers Tom and Phil Bancroft, innovative jazz musicians in the current scene. Sophie’s songs have been heard on the HBO hit TV series Six Feet Under, and award-winning vocalist Liane Carroll recently recorded ‘Calgary Bay’ with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra on her CD ‘Ballads’. “…equally rewarding is her interpretation of Sophie Bancroft’s evocative Calgary Bay” – MOJO
A successful recording musician in the musical shark-tank of Los Angeles, Louis has travelled a sharp-angled creative path: experimental theatre in Iceland, tours with Captain Beefheart band members, sound editing for kickboxing movies… His pop deconstructions in jazz trio format led to a Herald Angel Award during the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a USA radio jazz top five hit in 2012. “Spinning jazz gold from the unlikeliest material “- HERALD
‘Songs’ is already available on ITunes,
and will shortly be available on Amazon, and Sophie’s website.
I am also excited to report that I am in the process of putting together a selection of cards entitled SEA, SKY, TREES AND SONGS, which bring together the images I capture on the many walks I take around Scotland and the song lyrics inspired by them. These should be ready for purchase early in the new year.
Meanwhile, keep track of all the vocal workshop dates on the TEACHING WORKSHOPS PAGE as these workshops do all tend to sell out.
Highlights of 2013
Sophie’s song ‘Calgary Bay’ recorded by LIANE CARROLL and the PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA with orchestration by Grammy award-winning orchestrator CHRIS WALDEN and Grammy nominated producer JAMES McMILLAN. Released on QuietMoney Recordings in April 2013.
Sophie was selected to showcase her song-writing with American jazz pianist LOUIS DURRA during the 2013 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in the prestigious MADE IN SCOTLAND SHOWCASE.
Sophie’s ‘Made In Scotland Showcase’ concerts with Louis Durra were listed as one of the TOP 50 MUST-SEE EVENTS IN THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL by THE SCOTSMAN.
SOPHIE BANCROFT and TOM LYNE performed to sell out audiences in Alberta, Canada, the Gala Concert at the Leith Jazz Festival and the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival.
Sophie is a member of the renowned PATHHEAD MUSIC COLLECTIVE who were awarded the CREATIVE PLACE AWARD 2013 by CREATIVE SCOTLAND.