COME VISIT MY BLOG – Sophie’s Words: Spoken, Written and Sung
As part of my new year’s resolution I am aiming to share a piece of writing here each weekend during 2018. Please visit here.
SINGING RETREATS 2018 – I am very excited to be leading some singing retreats at the stunning Gartmore House in the Trossach’s National Park:
Full info and booking contact is here
BANCROFT & LYNE
This transatlantic duo delivers a dynamic, entertaining and intimate interpretation of beautiful songs. Sophie Bancroft’s voice and effortless guitar is gorgeous over Tom Lyne’s virtuoso bass. Alongside Bancroft’s original contemporary jazz-based songs, the duo selects an eclectic repertoire ranging from classic jazz to the likes of Robbie Burns, Erykah Badu and Dolly Parton.
Their captivating storytelling through song choice and musicality is enhanced by moments of Bancroft’s spoken word poetry. Echoes of Sia, Rickie Lee Jones and Peggy Lee spring to mind.
Recent performance highlights include the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York where they were heralded as a “must see” act. Little wonder multi-award winning jazz vocalist Liane Carroll recorded Bancroft’s ballad, Calgary Bay, with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
“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.