My new blog – Sophie’s Words: Spoken, Written and Sung
to share some of my new writing.
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RUNNING: I signed up and ran (yikes!!!!) the 5K ‘Race For Life’ on May 14th 2017 at Hopetoun House, South Queensferry. Being a walker not a runner, this was a big challenge for me. I used the fantastic NHS: Couch to 5K podcasts for my training programme – highly recommended, and have ended up a very keen runner, most unexpectedly :). This was all to raise money for Cancer Research, thank you so much to everyone who donated:
TRIO CCB – Colman, Carroll & Bancroft Unleashed – more info here
We’ve been recording tracks for our new EP. Watch this space for more info!
Review in reviewsphere – full review here
“The love in the room was tangible, the talent (singing and songwriting, musicianship and chest slapping!) top drawer and the sense of fun and playfulness infectious. But behind it all lay two qualities which elevate the great from the good: fearlessness and honesty. ”
“In The presence of greatness tonight” Soundhouse Organisation
“Who put the riff in te-riff-ic? Liane Carroll, Sophie Bancroft and Sara Colman, whose gig at The Traverse was just that” – audience tweet
Listen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZBxUFYCLaE
BANCROFT & LYNE
What a fantastic gig and lovely audience we had at Rhythms In The Yurt in Oxfordshire on April 21st. Looking forward now to filming, recording and getting lots of new stuff out there, and working on gigs around the UK in 2018.
In the setting of voice, bass and guitar, Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne create a dynamic, entertaining and intimate interpretation of beautiful songs. Their repertoire spans a century of songwriting in the jazz genre including Sophie’s original contemporary folk-inflected jazz songs and songs dating back to the early 1900s, informed by both the vibrant Scottish jazz scene and the rich traditional music culture in which she has grown up, stunning jazz standards and songs from other genres which invite the jazz treatment, including songs by the Bard himself, Robbie Burns, and the likes of Dolly Parton. Recent performance highlights include the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 2014 in New York where they were heralded as a ‘must see’ act.
“Brave, bright and engaging throughout and much easier to tour than a big band,
with no lack of presence.”
“Stripped-down, intimate, warm and inviting jazz”
Democrat & Chronicle
“Hip, cool and simply beautiful.”
‘Songs’ – Sophie Bancroft with Louis Durra
‘Songs’ has been listed in the top 50 albums of 2015 by The Herald
“Bancroft’s best album by some distance. Her voice as beautifully recorded as I’ve heard it and the music covering her songwriting career.” The Herald – full review here
“If Dolly Parton was from Scotland and sang jazz for a living then that’s exactly how Jolene would have sounded.” Roddy Hart, BBC Radio Scotland
“Nothing short of completely captivating. This is perfect late-night listening for a bright spring day (if you get my drift!).” David Kidman, FATEA Online Magazine
full review here
“Folk-inflected jazz. Mellifluously jazz-informed vocals with a certain folk sensibility.
A jazzy languor with rootsy warm-heartedness.” The Scotsman Weekend Life Magazine – full article here
Please check out the website at www.designby32.com to view my first greeting cards collection – More than a card: Heartfelt messages of love and friendship conveyed through images and songs.