Sarah Clay & the StarCats

What a joy to work with these guys! Draa Hobbs on guitar and Steve Bulmer on bass. 

2024 Concert Theme: Blue Skies (Earth & Climate)

Each year, the StarCats create a new themed  concert, a coherent program that is both informative and entertaining. In 2024 our concert is inspired by  Earth's environment and climate. 

Whimsical tunes  about the weather contrast with  more menacing themes of wildfire, climate change, even dystopic visions of scorched earth! We include Jobim's classic Bossa Nova Dindi, an ode to beloved farmland. From Irving Berlin to Stevie Wonder, it's a great mix of jazz standards and retro-pop tunes, arranged by Steve Bulmer, plus an original composition by Draa Hobbs.


“Sarah Clay and the StarCats have smooth grooves, great solos and a fun theme for every show."  -Matt Atwood, Dickinson Memorial Library 


When the StarCats play, it's more than just a jazz gig, it's a concertwith custom arrangements, exquisite tone, and a thoughtful playlist. 

“I just have to say again how much I enjoyed your concert last night. I wish I had your jazz chops -- so refined. And I loved the variety of selections. Your band members are also fantastic, lucky you!” 
– Lola Reid, enthusiastic audience member

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“Huge stage presence. The crowd loved it. Two weeks later I am still hearing people comment about Sarah's presentation.”  – Desi Smelcer, South Hadley Public Library 


Each annual concert program explores a concept or evokes a mood. We select and research songs to fit the theme, using a wide variety of sources. 

Previous themes include: 

Whisper Not (songs that tell a story)

Stolen Moments (Summer escapes)

Moon & Stars (celestial bodies)

Pure Imagination (fantasy, myth & legend)

“The music was gorgeous, and the stories were fascinating! Really made the songs come alive!” - Mike Jones, a happy audience member 

Who hosts StarCats Concerts?

A StarCats concert  works well in libraries, senior centers, historical sites, museums and house concerts. If your audience likes to learn a bit while being entertained, this will be a great fit. 

Grant Funding

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In Massachusetts, some programs of merit can be funded by a Local Cultural Council grant. I'd be happy to work with you to apply for funding from your town. Annual application are due in mid-October.

“Working with Sarah Clay is pleasure! Her good organization, quick yet thoughtful communication, and excellent preparation makes program planning a snap.” - Matthew Jaquith, Librarian Springfield City Library

Let's bring a Sarah Clay & the StarCats to your audience. Contact Sarah today!