Chanson Française and Jazz Musette

The Sparrows of Paris 

French Chansons and Jazz-Musette
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The Sparrows of Paris is a jazz quartet headed by Parisian singer Carolyn Saint-Pé with accordion, guitar and double bass bringing you back to Paris of the 1930s and 40s with a repertoire of vintage French chansons, Gypsy Jazz and authentic Jazz-Musette.   

Carolyn sings the songs of Edith Piaf, Fréhel, Arletty, Mistinguet and many other singers of the period. The musicians also play gypsy jazz and authentic jazz musette as played by Django Reinhardt. 

 

The band brings vintage Paris to your event either as a romantic background or as a fun social dance called Bal Musette perfect for outdoor events and festivals. 

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Live in Concert

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Thursday 28 April 2022

The Green Note

106 Parkway

Camden Town London

NW1 7AN

CANCELLED

To book The Sparrows of Paris

please contact us at

+44 (0)7910301456

thesparrowsofparis@gmail.com

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for a copy of our CD, email us at thesparrowsofparis@gmail.com

"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

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“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​

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Our first album Javas features retro style dance tunes of the 1930s and 40s as well as two new javas written in the same style.  

Javas is available on all streaming platform

including on:

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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!

 

Tim

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!

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 !

The Sparrows of Paris

were featured on
played at the following venues
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  • Baranis Chancery Lane London, UK

  • Bastille Day Festival Français du Monde, Borough Market, London, UK

  • Bastille Day Festival, French School, Leeds, UK

  • Brasserie Blanc, London, UK

  • Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, London, UK

  • Breathe Arts, London, UK

  • BOZAR, Bruxelles, Belgium

  • Café Concerto, London, UK

  • Camberwell Music Festival, London, UK

  • King's Head Theatre Pub, London, UK

  • La Fête du Commerce, Montrouge, France

  • Le Quecumbar, London. UK

  • On The Edge World Music Festival Richmond London, UK

  • Soirée Pompette, London, UK

  • The Enlightenment Café, The Old Vic Tunnel, London, UK

  • The France Show, London, UK

  • The Green Note, London, UK

  • The Residence of the French Ambassador, London, UK

  • The Royal Academy of Art, London, UK

  • The Royal Albert Hall, Verdi Room, London, UK

  • The Troubadour, London, UK

  • The Wallace Collection, London, UK

  and private functions such as weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties​

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Les Moineaux de Paris Ltd is a company registered in England no 7901779