Gypsy jazz band

Swing Train 42

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About Swing Train 42

Gypsy jazz band
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Gypsy swing jazz trio that covers classic Django tunes and jazz standards with the unlikely instrumentation of mandolin and guitar.

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 doublebass. 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!

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Our equipment is PAT tested
Jazz, Swing, Gypsy jazz
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Gypsy jazz band, Jazz duo, Jazz band, Jazz trio, Vintage-themed jazz band
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Event types:
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
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Song list

Honeysuckle rose
All of Me
After you’ve gone
Bossa Dorado
Minor Swing
Lady be good
Dark Eyes
There will never be another you
Sweet Georgia Brown
Out of nowhere
Swingtime in Springtime
It had to be you
I can't give you anything but love
Beautiful Love
The Sheik of Araby
The Godfather
Swing 42
Joseph Joseph
Swing Train 42 Blues
Things aren't what they used to be
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Cantina Band
Paper Moon
Customer questions

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.

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 sets-up and 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 lightning 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.

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 in the London circuit of pubs, small venues, events.

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!


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£460
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£760


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Gunnar L, 7 days ago

Great, professional, curteous, and they played really well. Thanks!

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Alexandra C, 7 months ago

Friendly and professional lovely to work with

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Kevin P, 1 year ago

We booked Swing Train 42 for our launch party and it was a big success! Our client's commented about the live entertainment and how much they enjoyed it

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Alex H, 26 days ago

Choosing musicians for a smaller, more intimate wedding is harder than you might imagine. You want something upbeat but not excessively so, something that will add depth and eloquence without overwhelming everything else you do, and something distinctive and a little bit alternative, so that your guests will remember *this* particular wedding, rather than all the other weddings they've attended. For us, Swing Train 42 was absolutely perfect on all these counts. After flipping through dozens of promotional videos for different bands, looking at smooth Jazz, classic Jazz, Swing and pure Acoustic and Folk, we quickly realised that very little fitted what we wanted. Brass and sax were just too pushy; the Folk was usually too melancholy, and for Jazz we just couldn't find the right balance of melodic accessibility and intimate originality. ST42 however was unique in striking the exact right balance of melody, musicianship, and the particular, very attractrive sonal quality of a bass, guitar and mandolin. So far as the booking itself goes, ST42 were a breeze to work with, accommodating and helpful with great communication. They like to do 2x or 3x 45 minute sets, but were happy to accommodate our preference for 4x 30 minute sets instead, so that we could have music to accompany all the important parts of the wedding. We also asked if they could manage several off-repetoire songs, some of which were in a similar style (Paolo Conte), but one of which was totally leftfield (Bob Marley's "Is this Love?") Needless to say, they rose to the occasion with aplomb and did a fantastic job! Andrea, Vivian and Chris are not only first class musicians; they are also really nice people, unassuming and fantastic at what they do. So with ST42 you are hiring some of the best musicians in the country, at a very good price. The one thing I'd like to point out is that their online videos don't do justice to their range of ability, and they are actually even better than their videos suggest!

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Billie D, 3 months ago

Swing Train 42 were brilliant! Their performance was fantastic and so well received by all in attendance. It set the mood perfectly. From the get-go, they were so helpful over email in the lead up to the event, and even when they arrived they were so calm and helpful when we were trying to find an appropriate power source! They were also incredibly good value for money. I would thoroughly recommend hiring Swing Train 42 and hope to hire them for another event soon. You guys are great!

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