January 2016:

HAPPY NEW YEAR :)

Delighted for my album ‘Songs’ to have been included in The Herald’s top 50 albums of 2015. In very good company with my neighbours Inge Thomson’s CD and Martin Green from Lau also in there – in fact Lau’s CD topped the bill, well done to them. There has obviously been some good water in our village during 2015!

Very excited about loads of great gigs in 2016, with my quartet with Louis Durra, my duo Bancroft & Lyne, and the new project: Colman, Carroll and Bancroft: Unleashed
Dates here.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Jazz Vocal Workshop in Pathhead with Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne (6 and 7th Feb)
Treat yourself to this fun, intimate and intensive workshop with a huge amount of individual focus as well as group work (4 workshop participants max) @ Sophie and Tom’s house. Full details here.

Easter in Cromarty (31st Mar to 3rd Apr) – An exceptional Vocal Jazz Workshop in the beautiful Cromarty on the Black Isle, just close to Inverness. This will be the first time we have run a workshop with the mega tutor team of Liane Carroll, Sara Colman, Fionna Duncan, Brian Kellock and myself, and we have a full day longer than our usual weekend workshops. It will be an amazing few days. 1 place left. Full details here.

 ‘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

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 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.