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The Sparrows of Paris

"London now comes just after Bordeaux in terms of numbers of its urban French population, so it’s perhaps no great surprise to hear an Anglo-French group purveying authentic-sounding popular music from an era of berets, bars and bals musettes. Their admirably retro expatriate chanteuse, Carolyn Saint-Pé, is backed by four British sparrows on accordion (naturally), clarinet, acoustic guitar and double bass. Together they serve up eight morsels at a pace jaunty enough to propel the once slightly risqué close-physical Java dance that is helping to rekindle the popularity of the musette today. Two of the six vintage chansons, ‘La Java de Cézigue’ and ‘J’suis Mordue’, were once sung by the original ‘Little Sparrow’ herself, Edith Piaf. The two remaining numbers, ‘Chez Raymond’ and the playful ‘Brexzut!’, were composed by the band and speak of the modern-day ex-pat experience. It’s a somewhat brief taste of a bygone age, but The Sparrows of Paris do it with affection, brio and enough French polish to appeal to fans of a genre that once was lost, but now seems found. If you’re based in London, be sure to catch them live and have a yourself a ‘bal.’"

Songlines Magazine

issue 133 - 2017

Songlines article featuring french jazz-musette band The Sparrows of Paris
The Sparrows of Paris is a jazz-musette band based in the UK featuring french singer Carolyn Saint-Pé drawing by Sue Harding
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Private Clients Testimonials 

Maddi R
Hotel / Restaurant Event, London
We gave such a short notice and Carolyn was really willing to help. We had a French inspired event and she was just perfect! Amazing repertoire, lovely voice and she brought with her a very professional accordionist! Our guests had an amazing time!



BreatheArts - Concert in South Bank, London 
We have had the Sparrow of Paris play a number of times in our performing programme that we deliver into Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals, playing for patients staff and visitors. They bring a charm and unique blend of music and song to our hospital audience and their sensitivity and friendliness is always welcome.

Caroline E

School End of Year Celebration, London

Thank you to Carolyn for enchanting us at our end of school year party at Et Patati Patata french Saturday school in London!

“Even with the Thames and London Eye providing the ever-so-Anglophone backdrop, Les Moineaux de Paris, with their French java and bal-musette, will immediately transport you back to Paris in the 1920s…. For any Francophiles wanting to discover French culture or French expats wanting to feel closer to their roots, a song and a dance with Les Moineaux de Paris is a great way to French-ify your life!“​

My French Life​

My French Life article featuring french jazz-musette band The Sparrows of Paris

Marie-Hélène K
Birthday Party in London
I booked Carolyn Saint-Pé to sing at my 60th French-themed birthday party and it was a big success. Carolyn and I agreed on a set list, alternating waltzes, Javas and ballads and she sang beautifully while also encouraging the guests to dance and herself joining in as well. We also indulged in a bit of sing-along which was fun. I would totally recommend Carolyn for entertaining your guests à la française !

Susanne on Gig Heaven

Jan 2024

Thank you so much for a wonderful evening ... it was truly a relaxing evening listening to Carolyn's wonderful voice and the musicians behind her. We missed the band 4 years ago at beginning of lockdown. Truly worth the wait. Thank you Carolyn for heads up email to say you were performing. We will be back.

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