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Swing Train 42

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About Swing Train 42

Gypsy swing jazz trio that covers classic Django tunes and jazz standards with the unlikely instrumentation of mandolin and guitar.
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Initially formed as mandolin and guitar duo in 2016 , Swing Train 42 quickly moved onto a trio setting aiming to articulate the sound of Hot Club De France at its best! Regularly playing on the London scene as well as for private events, Swing Train 42 is recreating the acoustic sound of gypsy and swing music with the unusual combination of mandolin, guitar and double bass. Whether you are looking for a bit of a background music or some upbeat swinging grooves for your parties or special occasions, you will find us an unusual little treat! We can offer you our music as a trio, including also a singer and all the way up to a quintet, with our recently formed Quintet 42! Available in various formats: - CLASSIC TRIO MANDOLIN, GUITAR, DOUBLEBASS - CLASSIC DUO MANDOLIN, GUITAR - QUARTET FEATURING 2 GUITARS MANDOLIN, DOUBLE-BASS - GUITAR DUO Previous clients include: • French Corner •  Mercato Metropolitano •  Nikita London •  Eurostar • Bucks County Museum & many private clients for private functions. How long do we play for? We offer the following set lengths: • 2 sets of 45 mins • 1 set of 45/60 mins • 3 sets of 45 mins How much space do we require? We don't take much space, we will only require enough space for 2 armless chairs and one standing person with double bass. Get in touch for any enquiries or bookings through the Encore Enquiry form, we will get back to you asap!

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Gypsy jazz, Jazz, Swing
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Cruise
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Song list

1 - After You've Gone dfb (C)
2 - All Of Me (C)
3 - Anouman dfb (D-)
4 - Artillerie Lourde dfb (C)
5 - Autumn Leaves 1 (E-)
6 - Avalon dfb (F)
7 - Beautiful Love (D-)
8 - Belleville dfb (D)
9 - Bernie's Tune 1 (D-)
10 - Blue Drag dfb (D-)
11 - Bossa Dorado dfb (D-)
12 - Bye Bye Blackbird (F)
13 - Cantina Band dfb (F)
14 - Clair de Lune dfb (D-)
15 - Coquette dfb (D)
16 - Daphne dfb (D)
17 - Dark Eyes (w intro) dfb (D-)
18 - Days Of Wine And Roses (F)
19 - Dinette dfb (Ab)
20 - Djangology dfb (G)
21 - Don't Get Around Much Anymore (C)
22 - Douce Ambiance (G)
23 - Exactly Like You - dfb (C)
24 - Have You Met Miss Jones? (F)
25 - Honeysuckle rose dfb (F)
26 - Hungaria dfb (G)
27 - I Can't Give You - dfb (F)
28 - I'll See You In My Dreams dfb (F)
29 - I've Found A New Baby dfb (F)
30 - It Don't Mean A Thing 1 (Bb)
31 - It Had To Be You dfb (G)
32 - J'attendrai dfb (C)
33 - Joseph Joseph (A-)
34 - Just Friends 1 (G)
35 - La Vie En Rose dfb (C)
36 - Lady Be Good (Oh) dfb (G)
37 - Limehouse Blues dfb (G)
38 - Lulu Swing - dfb (D)
39 - Minor Blues 1 (G-)
40 - My Melancholy Baby dfb (C)
41 - Night And Day dfb (C)
42 - Nuages dfb (G)
43 - On A Slow Boat To China (Bb)
44 - On The Sunny Side Of The Street (C)
45 - Oû Es-Tu, Mon Amour? dfb (A-)
46 - Out Of Nowhere dfb (G)
47 - Place De Broukere dfb (Bb)
48 - Poinciana (D)
49 - Seule ce Soir dfb (C)
50 - Sheik Of Araby dfb (Bb)
51 - Some Of These Days (G) (G)
52 - Summertime 1 (A-)
53 - Sweet Georgia Brown dfb (F)
54 - Sweet Sue (Just You) dfb (G)
55 - Swing 39 dfb (G)
56 - Swing 42 dfb (C)
57 - Swing 48 dfb (G-)
58 - Swing de Paris dfb (C)
59 - Swingtime In Springtime - dfb (F)
60 - Take The A Train (C)
61 - Them There Eyes (QHCF) dfb (D)
62 - There Is No Greater Love (Bb)
63 - There Will Never Be Another You 1 (Eb)
64 - Time After Time (C)
65 - Two Cigarettes In The Dark dfb (F)
66 - What Is This Thing Called Love (C)
67 - I Saw Stars dfb (C)
68 - China Boy - dfb (F)
69 - Indifférence dfb 1 (G)
70 - Tico Tico dfb (A-)
71 - Russian Lullaby dfb (D-)
72 - Je ne veux pas travailler 1 (G)
73 - Ménilmontant dfb (D)
74 - Si Tu Vois Ma Mere (Bb)
75 - La Javanaise dfb (Bb)
76 - Mon Amant De Saint Jean (A-)
77 - Sous Le Ciel De Paris (Under Paris Skies) dfb (B-)
78 - Que Reste-t-il de Nos Amours dfb (C)
79 - La Foule (C)
80 - Montagne Sainte-Genevieve (E-)
81 - Chez Jaquet (D)
82 - Indifference (E-)
83 - Flambee Montalbanaise (C-)
84 - Petit Fleur (G-)
85 - I Love Paris (G-)
86 - Ta Main (D)
87 - Rua Madureira (C-)
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We are a trio of happy and smiley musicians that love performing their music! Our clients love our friendliness, professionally and enthusiasm that we put into every single performance!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We play and have played in many of the London circuit of pubs, small venues, events. Individually we are musicians that have performed at Southbank Centre, Ronnie Scott, Green Note, Bull's Head, Savoy Hotel, Stafford Hotel London, Bears Club Luton, Zedel, and many more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Django Reinhardt! The master of gyspy jazz & swing! And many more other artist from the great jazz era.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

We treat every performance as the most high profile gig! We have played at castles, private houses, cinema events, outdoor markets, foodie spots - you name it, we did it and loved it! So it's difficult to pin down one event, even though maybe the highest event up to date as been the 25th Anniversary of Eurostar at The Savoy Ballroom!

Do you have different line-up options?

Our main line-up is the Classic Trio mandolin/guitar/doublebass (or 2 guitars, doublebass) We can also perform as duo (mandolin/guitar or 2 guitars), or quartet including either a vocalist or a 2nd guitar.

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event, just let us know and we can accommodate.

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

At the moment we don't provide iPod/DJ service, but we will be happy to help you finding a suitable iPod playlist if needed!

How much time do you need to set up?

Our set-up takes 30 mins, where we unload, set-up our equipment and do a soundcheck.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes - we would slightly change our setup using a regular acoustic guitar but apart for this we could arrange for this option.

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

Usually our setlist are fine-tuned to specific events considering our experience from our past performances, however we would be definitely happy to discuss specific choices of songs to be included in advance.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Our quote includes our instrumentation and amplification. We don't provide a PA and lighting system at the moment.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We are happy to discuss in advance any specific song you might want us to perform, however we reserve the right to suggest other options, as some songs might not be suitable to the style of our sets and music. Depending on the complexity of the songs we might also apply a small extra fee to take into account the rehearsal time needed for the song.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£500
Up to 2 hours£640
Up to 3 hours£830
Drinks reception3 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony3 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
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Gypsy Jazz Guitar Workshop
I will teach you how to get started in the gypsy jazz genre, by working you through the fundamentals of the style: - main chords shapes -how to play la pompe - main scales/arpeggios - how to solo - repertoire
Recorded Live Performance
We will perform a short set of songs from our repertoire. The length of the set can be discussed, this pricing is for a performance of 3 songs and include a personalised introduction and end, where our band leader will introduce the band and songs, delivering any message you might want to have for your event/birthday/party etc... it includes a quick editing of max 2hours.


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Sophie P
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

What a fantastic band! We are so happy we included them in our wedding day. From start to finish, Andrea and the Swing Train 42 were responsive, kind and lost importantly played brilliant music ! Highly recommend & thanks so much. Sophie and Josh

Reply from Swing Train 42
3 months ago

Thank you so much Sophie and Josh, we really enjoyed playing for your and your guests - the venue was amazing and you were lovely! All the best for your future life together!

Christine R
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

We really enjoyed Swing Train 42. They performed at a 40th Birthday garden party (for all ages) in Norfolk, and provided the perfect atmosphere for our event. They were very professional and pleasant, with excellent communication before and during our booking. We would highly recommend.

Reply from Swing Train 42
3 months ago

Thank you so much for your kind words, we really enjoyed playing at your party, lovely location!

Claire D
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Swing Train 42 played at our wedding in Somerset and it was a real highlight of the reception. They were really easy to communicate with, accommodating on a couple of last minute logistical changes and most importantly played a fantastic couple of sets. Several of our guests asked for their details and everyone really enjoyed having them play. Could not recommend more highly!!

Kate S
5 months ago
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4.5 out of 5

The Duo played a great range of music and provided a perfect complement to the wonderful surroundings of The Walled Garden. We and our guests were delighted with the fun and lively programme launched the lunch party perfectly. Thank you Andrea and Vivian. I would certainly recommend you to friends.

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Jenny F
18 days ago, for a Birthday party in Warlingham
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5 out of 5

Swing Train 42 were a fantastic addition to our birthday celebrations. So easy to deal with (thank you Andrea), music was fabulous and really professional. Definitely recommend! Thank you.

Iacopo L
4 months ago, for a Birthday party in London SE10 8EJ
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5 out of 5

We booked Swing Train 42 for a 70 Birthday party in Greenwich Park. Communicating and arranging things with Andrea was really easy. Andrea and co showed up on time and played their repertoire for an hour, with the sweet addition of a swingy happy birthday to start the set. Would definitely use again in the future.

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