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Artist of the Month: Phil Bancroft Quartet

Phil Bancroft Quartet
Tour dates
Tune Up

Phil Bancroft Quartet

Fast becoming recognised as one of the leading players in European jazz, saxophonist Phil Bancroft first came to prominence in the late 1980s.  He was the main composer in the trailblazing John Rae Collective and has since been a mainstay in many of the major bands to emerge from Scotland over the past 15 years.

Phil Bancroft beside a washing machine; Photo: Louis DeCarlo Having studied with George Garzone, David Liebman and Steve Coleman, Phil has taken his talents across the continents.  He's blown on to the New York and Amsterdam scenes, jammed in the townships of South Africa and played for an Indian classical saxophone virtuoso in his Chennai house.

He has collaborated with may great musicians including Reid Anderson, David Berkman and French collective ARFI among many others.

Phil's music is rooted in the classical American tradition but also has influence from other sources including Celtic, Indian and Western classical music.  He expresses a unique voice through his tenor and soprano saxophones resulting in distinctive, evocative music.

The quartet features:

  • Thomas StrØnen, a star drummer from Norway
  • Steve Watts, a leading bassist
  • Mike Walker, a guitar genius from England

The foursome represent some of the most charismatic and individual performers from some of the strongest contemporary music scenes in the world.


Phil Bancroft standing in Waverley train station; Photo: Louis DeCarlo

The quartet's album 'Headlong' was released in 2004 to rave reviews. The group will be playing music from the recording on tour and copies can be bought from the Caber Music website.

The CD features each of the four instruments playing around with some haunting melodies.  The music has fantastic layers of percussion and guitar chords play over some solid bass playing.

The Caber Music site also features reviews of 'Headlong' and of the quartet's live gigs, as well as other recordings of other bands that Phil Bancroft been involved with.

Tour dates

The Tune Up tour is taking Phil and the rest of the quartet right across Scotland and to some fantastic venues.  For information on times and box office details have a look at the Phil's page on the Tune Up website.

  • 29 March 2005 - Newcastle
  • 30 March 2005 - London
  • 31 March 2005 - London
  • 1 April 2005 - Henry's, Edinburgh
Phil Bancroft on a couch; Photo: Louis DeCarlo

Tune Up

Tune Up logo Tune Up is the Scottish Arts Council's music touring programme.  It's aim is to take more music to more people and more places, more of the time.

The lottery-funded scheme takes some of the best Scottish and international music talent to venues across the country.  The programme offers an eclectic range of music - from traditional Scottish music to contemporary classical, from jazz and world music to Scottish pop and cutting edge Scottish electro funk, to some memorable musical fusions.

For more information have a look at the Tune Up website.

Phil Bancroft's Tune Up tour was supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.

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* Phil Bancroft Quartet
* Caber Music
* Tune Up
* Bladnoch Distillery
* Eastgate Arts Centre
* The Ceilidh Place
* Tolbooth
* Sabhal Mor Ostaig
* Scottish Music Centre
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