Ukulele features on Sara’s latest album

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A former Daventry woman, whose songs have been played by Jools Holland on his radio show, launches her new album at the end of the month.

Sara Spade will launch her 12- track album called Boy Next Door at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery on Friday, January 31.

Talking about her album, Sara said: “It is a mixture of original pieces which I have written and there are four tracks which you would say are from the vintage era of music.

“There is one from the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. All of the songs are played on the ukulele.”

Having released previous albums with the guitar, she decided on a more cheerful style of music for the new album.

Sara added: “I used to play the guitar exclusively and the songs were very deep and introspective, a little sombre.

“I was really at the stage of my career where I was looking to play music which was a little more feel good and then I discovered the ukulele, which was perfect for playing this style of music. It is such a great instrument, and very easy to pick up and play.

“I wanted to play songs which would get people up and dancing.

“We haven’t really got a category for this album but I am calling it retro-pop-swing which was coined by a radio presenter; I really like it.”

Sara’s album launch won praise after her work showcased on Jools Holland’s radio show.

She said: “He has been playing songs from the album on his show and we were invited to open his Viva La Diva festival. We have had some really nice comments from him.

“We have been pre-selling the album at gigs we have done and I have had a lot of emails and texts from people who’s babies were dancing along to the album. There was even one woman who went for a CAT scan and she asked if she could play the album in the background as she went into the machine because the album made her feel so joyful.”

The launch starts at 7.30pm. Tickets for the event are £6 in advance or £8 on the door. Booking is recommended. Visit www.northampton.gov.uk/museumperformingarts or call 01604 838111.

For further information about upcoming shows or to buy a copy of the album, visit www.saraspade.com.