"Sophie Wellington's dancing reveals a deep knowledge and love of Appalachian music and spot on rhythmic sensibilities, enhanced by a jazz education. Her singular approach to percussive dance opens new possibilities where we thought there were none left!"
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.
During summer 2022, Sophie toured around the eastern United States attending festivals and camps as a guest teaching artist and performer. She was a featured guest artist for the Heifetz Hootenanny, their traditional music concert series. She taught dance, string band arrangement techniques and stylistic 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 full scholarship recipient. She gave a workshop at Ethno USA on improvisational approaches when integrating old time fiddle and percussive dance as a solo performer.