FAR FROM MARS single released 19th October 2020
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New CD ‘MONDAY NIGHTS’
Release Date: Monday 23rd November 2020
As a long-running husband & wife duo, Scottish-based Sophie Bancroft & Tom Lyne took full advantage of being ‘locked down’ together in Spring this year.
They launched a weekly Monday night livestream session, direct from their living room, which not only garnered thousands of views, but also allowed them to rehearse and refine a catalogue of their favourite songs.
The result is Monday Nights; a mix of reimagined classics and original compositions featuring British singer-songwriter Sophie on vocals and guitar alongside Canadian expat Tom Lyne on acoustic & electric bass.
Review for ‘MONDAY NIGHTS’ https://lance-bebopspokenhere.blogspot.com/2020/10/album-review-sophie-bancroft-and-tom.html
Bancroft & Lyne have already won plaudits for previous albums, both in the UK and internationally, but Monday Nights showcases a leap forward in the sound and sensitivity of this ever-challenging duo format.
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”
“Stripped-down, intimate, warm and inviting jazz”
Democrat & Chronicle
“Hip, cool and simply beautiful.”
“Stunning, fantastic, superb, amazing – all words and sentiments which were readily flowing last evening and quite so. A magical performance – thank you” MITR Venue Director, April 2016
BLUE ROOM – VIDEO AND SINGLE RELEASE 23/03/18
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“Nothing short of completely captivating” David Kidman, FATEA online magazine
“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
“Their performance, imbued with warmth and humour, was delightful” The Herald
“Theirs is new jazz from Scotland, and sounds amazingly full and powerful. You don’t miss the other instruments at all!” Alyn Shipton, The Guardian
“Sophie does the impossible. She makes jazz accessible and reaches people who wouldn’t normally touch jazz with a barge pole. Elements of Billie Holiday,
Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.” The Big Issue
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CD: YOU TURNED THE TABLES ON ME (Lisaleo 0701): Released August 2012
‘ You Turned The Tables On Me’ Featuring some of the most wonderful jazz standards alongside some of Sophie’s original songs inspired by a lifetime of listening to, performing and teaching jazz standards, their repertoire serves up a delightful combination of new and old songs from the mainstream and modern jazz tradition.
Reviews of CD ‘YOU TURNED THE TABLES ON ME’ (LISALEO 0701)
“It’a not easy to triumph in the exposed setting of bass and voice, but Sophie Bancroft succeeds with aplomb and more. If she’d made a straight melody reading on the opening ‘Doxy’ it would have been enough, but she drives into place all manner of subtle and engaging variations in both lyric and a spirited scat break. She does jazz everywhere too, not precious about her Scottish roots: on the traditional ‘O Can Ye Sew Cushions’ we get blues, not Brit-folk-as-jazz. It’s brave, bright and engaging throughout and much easier to tour than a big band, with no lack of presence.” Jazz Journal, Dec 2012
“Their intriguing new duo album” Alyn Shipton, BBC Radio 3, Oct 2012
“A mixture of standards (Ellington, Jobim, Rodgers and Hammerstein) and self-penned songs, this is a warmly evocative and relaxed set which will please a wide audience. Sophie sings and plays acoustic guitar in a duo with long-time partner Tom Lyne (bass). There isn’t really a duff track – and the subtle guitar and bass backing really enhance the vocals. Standout tracks: Sonny Rollins’ Doxy, Bancroft’s own Just Like the Leaves (especially Tom’s quoting of Autumn Leaves in the intro) and I’ll Love Him Still, and the title-track. Great late-night listening.” Martin Price, FATEA, Oct 2012