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“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

 What a great year it’s been for my duo  ‘Bancroft & Lyne’  including our performances at Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York, which really were a highlight. Many thanks to all the fantastic audiences that have listened so intently to our music. Our website is www.bancroftlyne.com which provides full info on what we have been up to, and our music.

I am very excited to announce that my new CD titled SONGS is currently at the pressing plant and I will take delivery of it by christmas.  The CD features some of my old, some of my new, some borrowed and some blue songs, all wrapped up in the beautiful arrangements of the wonderful pianist Louis Durra, with Tom Lyne on bass, Stuart Brown on drums, and of course me on voice and guitar. Dave Milligan at Van Gill Media has done a beautiful job on the cover design, and I am very excited that it involves my photography too – see below. Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios did an amazing job in recording and mixing the tracks, and Jerry Kalaf at Studio J in Los Angeles did an extremely caring mastering of the mixes. I am honoured to have had all these guys working on my music.

 cd cover for websiteThis recording has been made possible by the funding I received from the Creative Scotland Quality Production Fund who also funded my initial collaboration with Louis Durra at the  ‘Made In Scotland’ Showcase  2013 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Big thanks go to them.

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.