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Lena Margareta is a Swedish jazz singer, trumpet, bugle and autoharp player. Professional freelance musician since moving to London in 2013.

Lena Margareta grew up outside of Stockholm. She discovered Louis Armstrong and started playing the trumpet at the age of nine, but soon her love of singing took over. In her mid teens she received a scholarship to study jazz vocals privately for Margareta Thalén Ekstam, head of the vocal education at SMI, University College of Music Education in Stockholm. While developing as a professional jazz singer, Lena kept playing the trumpet as a second instrument. She entered the Stockholm independent ska scene and played, sang and wrote songs for numerous ska bands, touring Sweden and Poland with Krabb, and gigging in Germany with Lügchen, before starting her own ska/jazz band Bakelit. After re-locating to London in 2013 she took up the autoharp, and has since then played solo gigs with her own brand of jazz/ska/country, whilst also working with various constellations of London musicians. She has run a regular ska jam and her two own comedy nights, is frequently in demand as a quiz master and has recently developed her popular live music quiz. She is also regularly hired as a bugle player to play at funerals and military memorial services. Lena Margareta is a full time freelance musician, with a voice that has been compared to chocolate and Erykah Badu, a kind and friendly stage personality and a sunny disposition.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Swing, Jazz fusion, Ska, Reggae, Bossa nova, Pop, Acoustic, R&B, Soul, Vintage, Country
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Lyricist, Songwriter, Arranger, Actor, Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch
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Song list

SOLO, with autoharp:
Bad moon rising
Both sides now
Daddy, you've been on my mind
Don't think twice, it's alright
Hound dog
Let it be
Mack the Knife
Making Whoopee
Mister Big Stuff
Moon river
One after 909
Ring of fire
Rollerskates
Somebody
Summertime
Stormy weather
The final countdown
They're calling me Miss Pitiful
When they lay me down
ACOUSTIC DUO, with guitar and trumpet:
Aint no sunshine
All of me
As time goes by
Cherry
Come together
Fever
Fly me to the moon
Gee baby, aint I good to you
Georgia on my mind
Girl from Ipanema
Have you met miss Jones
Heard it through the grapevine
Hello Dolly
I'm in the mood for love
I want you back
I will survive
Kiss
Love for sale
Lover man
Misty
My baby
Night in Tunisia
Rehab
Signed sealed delivered
Son of a preacher man
There will never be another you
Valerie
What a wonderful world
Customer questions

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

I always strive to make room for some flexibility in my schedule, so if your timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know as soon as possible and I'll do my best to adapt.

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

I'm happy to help you plug your iPod through my PA before and between my sets. If you want to keep using the PA after the final set, let me know and I can stay until the venue closes for an extra fee.

How much time do you need to set up?

I like to arrive an hour before the performance time to set up.

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

Absolutely, you can pick and choose any songs you like from the list, and I'm also happy to discuss adding your favourite songs for an extra fee.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I can provide my own PA.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Do feel free to ask me, chances are I know the song even if it's not on my set list. And if it isn't I often learn new songs for a specific gig. Just let me know what song you would like, and I will make sure I can perform it to the utmost standard. I charge a fee of 30 pounds for rehearsal time when providing this service.

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Sarah M, 11 months ago

Lena is a very talented musician with a wide repertoire. I have worked with her in various events I have curated. Her rendition of "Santa Lucia" is divine. Sarah Michel, the Phoenix Sessions

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Rob R, 1 year ago

Lena Margareta has performed for me on many occasions. Not only is Lena a brilliant entertainer, a versatile musician and a jazzy, bluesy singer, she is both professional and personal. I have recommended Lena to others and have always had follow up reports of how well she has done and that others have been pleased with the performances. Rob Richier, owner of Fratelli restaurant and The Warrant Officer pub

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