Summer 2015:

Bancroft & Lyne had some fantastic gigs around the Highlands this summer, in Cromarty, Strathpeffer and Corran. Thanks to all who came. Many great memories and the most stunning locations ever. And Sara Colman and I ran our first Song-writing Workshop which was a great success. We are very much looking forward to the next one. Sign up for my mailing list (see side of webpage) for all info on upcoming workshops and gigs.

Fri 2nd (evening) – Sun 4th Oct: PATHHEAD VOCAL JAZZ WORKSHOP with tutors Fionna Duncan/ Sophie Bancroft / Brian Kellock / Tom Lyne – A few places still available!

Master classes (max 4 people with each tutor) plus group work / Workshop focus areas: interpretation, phrasing, technique, performance focus, communication with musicians and much more / Student concert on Sunday afternoon @ The Stair Arms, Pathhead, with students accompanied by Brian Kellock plus a set from Fionna Duncan and Brian Kellock – the major highlight of last years workshop / Workshop Location: Pathhead, Midlothian, EH37 / Travel: Pathhead is a 45 minute bus journey from Edinburgh city centre, and transport from Edinburgh airport to Pathhead (30 minute drive) is easily arranged / Workshop fee £395 – includes Friday buffet supper, Sat evening meal and merriment chez Sophie, Sat + Sun lunches, refreshments and all tuition / Monthly payment plan possible / B+B & Premier Inn available nearby if required

 

 ‘Songs’ – Sophie Bancroft with Louis Durra

cd cover for website‘Songs’ is available from the shop here (CDs or downloads) and from ITunes, Amazon and TheShop@BirnamCD
“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 Heraldfull 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

Greeting Cards

Please check out the website at www.designby32.com to view our first greeting cards collection – More than a card: Heartfelt messages of love and friendship conveyed through images and songs.

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REVIEWS

Sophie Bancroft is a Scottish singer-songwriter with jazz and folk roots. 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
Gorgeous, original acoustic music. THE SCOTSMAN
 Refreshing and magical. THE HERALD

 Highlights of 2014

Bancroft & Lyne’s performances at Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York as part of the ‘Made In The UK Showcase’ and their performance for the American-Scottish Foundation in New York City.

Bancroft & Lyne’s Highland Tour July 2014.

Recording with Louis Durra, Tom Lyne and Stuart Brown at Castlesound Studios for the new CD ‘Songs’.

Bancroft & Lyne at the wonderful Smailholm Village Hall.

Creating phototypes of my new lyrical greeting cards using my photos and song lyrics.

Using my photos on the CD cover design for the new CD ‘Songs’.

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.