New Bancroft & Lyne CD: MONDAY NIGHTS
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.
ABOUT EACH OF US
SOPHIE heralds from one of Britain’s top jazz families. Enjoying a career as a jazz vocalist over the last three decades she has also received much acclaim as a songwriter and composer, with her work being used in major US TV shows such as ‘Six Feet Under’ and her songs recorded and performed by award-winning jazz luminaries such as US pianist Louis Durra and UK vocalist Liane Carroll to name but a few.
“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
Sophie’s website – www.sophiebancroft.co.uk
TOM, originally from Edmonton, Canada, moved to Europe after graduating from McGill University with distinction on jazz bass. His diverse roots, including old school R+B, psychedelic rock, experimental fusion and an early initiation in jazz and improvised music has created a melodic sensitivity and interpretive power in his playing. He capitalises on the unique colours and ranges of the double bass and electric 5 string in the sparse setting of the duo. Aside from working with Sophie he is the bassist in the Dave Milligan Trio, The Unusual Suspects and this own group The Band Lyne. Previous work has included Martha Reeves and The Vandelas, Charlie Hunter, Kevin MacKenzie, Karine Polwart and Brian Kellock.
Tom Lyne’s website – http://tomlyne.co.uk/
REVIEWS OF NEW CD 'MONDAY NIGHTS'
“Bancroft & Lyne succeed in doing is add a veneer of most eloquent intimacy to the art of the [voice and bass] duet.” JAZZDAGAMA
“The music here is jazz and folk, delivered with an intimacy and joy.” Michael Dohery’s Music Log
“If there ever was a jazz orientated album to induce a sense of calm and tranquillity to the listener, this one is surely it.” JAZZVIEWS
“This is music to chill to, possibly over a nightcap. Bancroft’s lyrics are thoughtful and poignant, the overall sound calming and warm – just the ticket for the present, Covid times.” London Jazz News