- Old Time
Sophie is a Boston-based musician who draws inspiration from old time fiddling, percussive dance, and jazz improvisation. Raised in Staunton, VA by concert pianist Lynne Mackey and old time musician and dance caller Bill Wellington, her childhood was steeped in shared music and movement. Contra dances, choirs, music festivals and camps shaped her curiosity and inspired her to pursue music professionally. In 2021, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music. She majored in Professional Music with concentrations in vocal jazz performance and the American Roots Music Program.
Sophie’s education set the stage for an integration of musical influences. Since graduating, Sophie recorded and released her debut solo record Roving Jewel. This collection of fiddle tunes, dancing duets, and vocal jazz standards marks a new phase of her musicianship. Improvisation is at the heart of her relationship with sound and space. By using this spontaneous element to interpret rhythm, harmony, and melody, she engages the listener – and the music itself – in a conversation.
Her theme of summer 2022 has been “on the road again”! She released and promoted her new album through a short solo tour from Somerville, MA to Charlottesville, VA. She performed as a guest artist for Heifetz summer concert series. Along with performing and traveling to various musical gatherings along the east coast, Sophie has been teaching and working throughout the summer at various camps. She taught dance, string band techniques and repertory at Powers String Traditions Camp in Belmont, MA, worked as a staff musician at Augusta Heritage Center’s Old Time and Blues Week in Elkins, WV, and attended Earful of Fiddle Music and Dance Camp in Rodney, MI as a scholarship recipient.