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The Sparrows of Paris / Les Moineaux de Paris

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About The Sparrows of Paris / Les Moineaux de Paris

French group
London
gypsy jazz, vintage french chansons and authentic 1930s jazz-musette with singer, accordion, guitar, double bass sometimes clarinet

Headed by Parisian chanteuse Carolyn Saint-Pé, The Sparrows of Paris transport you in time and place to Paris in the 1930s with a repertoire of vintage french chansons, jazz-musette and gypsy jazz with accordion, guitar, double bass and clarinet. The Sparrows of Paris have been playing in the UK, France and Belgium for the last 6 years and are known by their french speaking fans by their french name Les Moineaux de Paris. The Sparrows of Paris continue the tradition of the bals musette, the popular social dances of the 1930s with javas, valses musette, tangos and the odd foxtrots. The Sparrows of Paris’ repertoire also includes the authentic musette of the 1930s and 40s (now renamed jazz-musette to differentiate it from the musette of the 1960s onwards) as well as gypsy jazz as played by Django Reinhardt, Gus Viseur, Emile Prud’Homme, the Péguri brothers, Emile Vacher, Tony Murena and other great accordionists and jazz-musette musicians of the authentic musette music genre. The band plays vintage french chansons originally sung by Edith Piaf, Frehel, Mistinguett, Arletty, Charles Trenet and many more and can tailor their repertoire to provide vintage french lounge music for a more sophisticated sound.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform with backing tracks
We can perform while walking around a venue
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
French music
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Types:
French group, Gypsy jazz band, Vintage-themed jazz band
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Gypsy Jazz
Douce Ambiance
Honeysuckle Rose
J'attendrai
Les Feuilles Mortes / Autumn Leaves
Nuages
Melodie au Crepuscule
La Mer
Les Yeux Noirs / Dark Eyes
Undecided
Javas - popular dance of the 1930s and 40s
Chez Raymond (Les Moineaux de Paris)
J’Suis Mordue (Edith Piaf) 
La Der des Der (Fréhel) 
La Java (Arletty, Mistinguett) 
La Java Bleue (Fréhel)
La java de Cézigue (Edith Piaf) 
Si Vous Étiez Un Coquin (Fréhel)
Valses Musette and Valses:
A Paris Dans Chaque Faubourg (Lys Gauty)
La Mer (Charles Trenet) 
Mon Amant de Saint Jean (Lucienne Delyle)
Sous Le Ciel de Paris (Edith Piaf)
Sous Les Ponts de Paris (Lucienne Delyle)
Sur Les Quais du Vieux Paris (Lucienne Delyle)
Tangos:
Mon Homme (Mistinguett)
Parle Moi d’Autre Chose (Lucienne Boyer)
Si Tu Reviens (Rina Ketty)
Foxtrots:
Ménilmontant (Charles Trenet)
Edith Piaf - Chansons:
L’Accordéoniste
La Foule
La Goualante du Pauvre Jean 
La Vie En Rose
Milord 
Mon Manège à Moi
Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien
Padam Padam
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

yes we can perform as a duo with singer and accordion, as a trio with singer accordion and double bass or singer, guitar and double bass, as a quartet with singer, accordion, guitar and double bass or singer, guitar, double bass and clarinet and as a quintet with singer, accordion, guitar, double bass and clarinet

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

we always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

yes

How much time do you need to set up?

20 minutes or less

Can you roam around while you perform?

this can be arranged for a duo

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

the quote includes a small PA for up to 80 people or a medium size room. We have found in the past that larger events or outdoor events already have their own PA system organised so we do not provide a large PA system.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We are happy to prepare some new songs if the timing between the booking and the performance allows.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our French Bal Musette set (jazz-musette and french chansons) which recreates a vintage french social dance atmosphere is perfect for outdoor events and parties / weddings as we provide music which is fun to dance to or just have in the background. Our gypsy jazz and french chansons set is perfect for events where background music is required.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

French Ambassador's Residence in London The Royal Academy of Art Outdoor Event outside Paris - Bal du Commerce The Olympia for the France Show Old Mary's Bar at The Mitre in Lancaster Gate The Green Note in Camden BOZAR in Brussels The Verdi Room at The Royal Albert Hall Brasserie Blanc, London The Central Hall at St Thomas' Hospital

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Edith Piaf, Django Reinhardt, Frehel, Mistinguett, Arletty, Lucienne Boyer, Damia and all the great gypsy jazz and jazz-musette musicians of the 1930s

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

French Ambassador's Residence in London

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

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Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£690
Up to 2 hours£690
Up to 3 hours£690

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Risa T, 4 months ago

The Sparrows of Paris perform regularly at Green Note and delight our patrons with a mix of vintage french chansons and french jazz. They are loved by our audience in search of a Parisian feel reminiscent of old french cinema and Edith Piaf but also of the classic gypsy jazz tunes of Django Reinhardt.

Ici L, 3 years ago

Semblés sortis tout droit d’un vieux film français, Carolyn Saint-Pé et son groupe vous emmène dans une ambiance vintage et jazzy du Paris d’autrefois. Accordéon, musette et voix suave vous feront voyager dans un autre temps.

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