Eyemouth Hippodrome audience has a treat in store on Friday, January 22, when jazz singer and songer writer Sophie Bancroft takes to the stage alongside jazz pianist Louis Durra and bassist Tom Lyne.
A rare female in the male dominated world of jazz composers and songwriters, Sophie’s jazz pedigree includes brothers Tom and Phil Bancroft, both innovative and successful jazz musicians, her parents, who were semi-professional jazz musicians in their early years, and her great-grandmother Rose Bancroft was an established music hall entertainer in the early 1900s.
Sophie’s song Calgary Bay (written about the beautiful bay on the island of Mull) has recently been recorded by award-winning jazz vocalist Liane Carroll and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra on her new, 5 star CD Ballads and sits alongside some of the great classics such as Noel Coward’s Mad About The Boy and the Carey/Fischer jazz standard You’ve Changed.
A Scottish singer-songwriter Sophie has been compared to world-class artists, including Peggy Lee, Alison Krauss and Norah Jones.
A spokesperson for the new Hipprodrome venue said: “Our first four concerts showed that the venue works well as an intimate space for live music. The audience gets to sit close to the performance and there’s a chance to buy a CD and talk with the musicians during the interval.
“The concert on Friday, January 22, will feature the Songs Trio, with Bancroft, Lyne and Durra.
“Durra and Bancroft collaborated on the Songs Album which has been listed in the top 50 albums from 2015 by The Herald.”
Tom Lyne is originally from Edmonton, Canada, and he moved to Europe after graduating from McGill University with distinction on jazz bass. He has worked with Sophie for many years and last year the duo were were heralded as ‘Pick Of The Day’ at the ‘Made In The UK’ Showcase at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York.
The pair will be joined on stage in Eyemouth this Friday by jazz pianist Louis Durra who won a Herald Angel Award at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and had a USA radio jazz top five hit in June 2012.