Sara Spade Jonny Mattock Jonny Gee Rod Fogg
Sara Spade & The Noisy Boys have an ebullient Ukulele-led sound that has led to her playing at The Royal Albert Hall for BBC Radio 2’s massive D-Day 70th Gala, plus the National Centre for Early Music in Yorkshire (World War One centenary) – as well as being a popular face on the festival circuit, including Vintage, Wilderness & Bestival. She also just headlined a sold out Ukulele Festival of Great Britain 2015 and played the 5000 seater ‘Big Top’ at Camp Bestival 2015.
Retro-Pop & Vintage Swing form the core of Sara’s sound – with acoustic versions of soul classics like George Michael’s “Faith” dancing happily beside flapper & prohibition tunes, calypsos like “Rum & Coca Cola” and ballads like “Secret Love” from the 1953 movie Calamity Jane.
But where Sara Spade really stands apart from the crowd is with her own songs. Jools Holland agrees, saying she has “a fantastic voice – her band makes me want to dance – they have that magical element it’s almost impossible to put your finger on!”
Jools invited Sara Spade & The Noisy Boys to open his Viva La Diva festival in canary Wharf and has played his favourite tunes from Sara’s debut album Boy Next Door on BBC Radio 2 and the band have also performed at Abbey Road Studios and broadcast live from Broadcasting House on BBC Radio London.
With her eye on tomorrow’s acoustic music, and her roots in the music of the past, Sara Spade’s melodies & charisma pour off the stage. She loves breaking down musical boundaries…backed by her singing Noisy Boys: ex-Spiritualized Jonny Mattock on snare drum & jazz double bassist Jonny Gee.
Legendary guitarist Hank Marvin raved “If you haven’t heard and seen Sara Spade & The Noisy Boys you haven’t lived – HEAR THEM! SEE THEM! ASAP!” and Charles Earl Spencer invited Sara to give an exclusive private concert to his family & friends having heard her perform at his Althorpe Literary Festival.
Sara is a proud ambassador of the ukulele and resident tutor at The Stables. She has taught workshops & songwriting classes all over the country and has led a large group of pensioners singing songs from bygone days at Birmingham’s City Hall. With CBeebies TV presenter Katie Ashworth (best known from BBC’s I Can Cook) Sara has also written a show called “Welcome To Uketown” where kids get a chance to learn the uke and perform on stage with the band to their parents & friends.
Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank (Bestival Director) says “Beautiful voice…beautiful face!”, while Alan Rusbridger – music guru and editor of THE GUARDIAN – has just one word for her: “FANTASTIC!”
You can find Sara’s “Boy Next Door” video (the title track from her CD) on the media page here