Ukulele star to bring workshops to Northampton

Sara Spade & The Noisy Boys with Earl Spencer (left)
Sara Spade & The Noisy Boys with Earl Spencer (left)

Northamptonshire musician Sara Spade – who delighted Northampton with her ukulele skills last year – is set to return to the town next weekend to offer more people the chance to learn to play one of the nation’s favourite wartime instruments.

Once described by Jools Holland as having a “magical element” and a “fantastic voice,” Daventry-born Sara will be holding full-day ukulele workshops for beginners at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday, January 24, between 10am-3pm.

She is due to hold a further workshop at the same time and place on Saturday, 7 March, and a slightly more advanced class on Saturday, May 9.

The sessions are open to ages 16 and over and cost £34 per person. Booking is essential and instruments, teas and coffees are provided.

Sara said: “I am certainly looking forward to coming back to Northampton and we all had a great time at my last workshops; some of the same people are even returning for the higher level class.

“But tickets are going fast and after I sold out last time, I would advise anyone interested to book fast.”

Her full band, Sara Spade & The Noisy Boys, will be headlining the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain 2015 and their latest CD, Boy Next Door, has already been broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

As well as performing at Northamptonshire’s own Althorp Festival and Delapré Beer Festival, the band have also starred on the stage at the BBC Radio 2 D-Day Celebration Gala at the Royal Albert Hall in London and at various national festivals, including Bestival and Wilderness.

They describe their music as a retro-pop and vintage-swing combination, scattered with acoustic covers of soul and jazz classics. Further details about the band and their upcoming shows can be found at: www.saraspade.com/band.

To book tickets for the Northampton workshops, contact the museum on: Northampton 837397.