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ABOUT US

Swing Train 42 is a swing/gypsy jazz trio that covers classic Django tunes and jazz standards with the unlikely instrumentation of mandolin and guitar. Whether you are looking for a bit a background music or some upbeat swinging grooves for your summer parties or special occasions, you will find them an unusual little treat!

Featuring experienced gypsy jazz guitar player Andrea Vergani, gypsy swing/bluegrass mandolinist Vivian Li and jazz double-bass player Chris Hyde-Harrison, Swing Train 42 will bring a unique sound and atmosphere to your event.

WE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE as

- QUARTET 42 FEATURING 2 GUITARS, MANDOLIN, DOUBLE-BASS

- QUINTET 42 FEATURING VOCALS, 2 GUITARS, MANDOLIN, DOUBLE-BASS

- AS QUARTET 42 FEATURING 2 GUITARs, MANDOLIN, DOUBLE-BASS

- CLASSIC Duo, mandolin & guitar

- GUITAR Duo, 2 guitars

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We specialise in these genres:

  • Trio
  • Gypsy jazz
  • Swing jazz
  • Django reinhardt
  • Jazz trio
  • Guitar duo
  • 1930s
  • 1920 -30's
  • Vintage jazz
  • Jazz guitar
  • Swing and french chanson
  • Acoustic duo
  • 1940-50's
  • Jazz
  • Jazz manouche
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We play these instruments:

  • Mandolin
  • Guitar
  • Jazz singer
  • Voice
  • Clarinet
  • Guitar and singer
  • Gypsy guitar
  • Double bass
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We are happy to perform at these events:

  • Birthday Party
  • Hotel / Restaurant Event
  • Wedding
  • Wedding Anniversary
  • Corporate Event
  • Private Party
  • Launch / Brand Activation
  • Engagement Party
  • Festival
  • Venue / Pub / Club Event
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We are based in London, United Kingdom.

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PRICING OPTIONS

  • Price from £ 390
    Swing Train 42
    Trio

    Includes:
    • PAT Tested
    • Public Liability Insurance (PLI)

    Additional Info:

    We perform our selection of gypsy jazz and swing tunes, repertoire can be provided on request

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  • Price from £ 284
    Swing Train 42 classico duo
    Duo

    Includes:
    • PAT Tested
    • Public Liability Insurance (PLI)

    Additional Info:

    We play our selection of gypsy jazz and swing tunes, repertoire available on request.

    Can be performed either acoustic or amplified.

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  • Price from £ 284
    Swing Train 42 guitar duo
    Duo

    Includes:
    • PAT Tested
    • Public Liability Insurance (PLI)

    Additional Info:

    We play our selection of gypsy jazz and swing tunes, repertoire available on request.

    Can be performed either acoustic or amplified.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

For our setup we requite access to electricity and 2 armless chairs.

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LISTEN TO OUR MUSIC

1 Set List

Swing Train 42
01
Minor Swing
02
All of Me
03
The Godfather
04
I have found a new baby
05
Bossa Dorado
06
Dark Eyes
07
On the Sunny Side of The Street
08
I can't give you anything but love
09
Hungaria
10
Daphne
11
Coquette
12
Joseph Joseph
13
Swing for Ninine
14
Night and Day
15
Bernie's Tune

REVIEWS

30 Reviews

Booked Swing Train 42 for a Wedding
5.0   Verified review

We booked Swing Train 42 for our wedding after seeing them play a local market. We are so pleased we did; they played straight after dinner which was a great way to break up the evening. Their music is catchy yet laid back, fun to watch, and ideal for getting people in the mood for dancing. The booking process was very smooth, and communication was always fast and responsive. They are a very genuine and nice bunch of people. We would highly recommend Swing Train 42 for events and would certainly book them again.

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Wedding
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Swing Train 42 were fantastic at our wedding. Andrea was very professional and easy to work with throughout the booking process and the performance itself was superb. Our guests really enjoyed the music and it made our special day that bit more special.

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Launch / Brand Activation
5.0  

A wonderful band and a lovely addition to our launch event. They played acoustic on the day for us and it was beautiful background music. Would highly recommend for any corporate event, wedding or any occasion! Thank you again for you time

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Wedding
5.0  

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. Andrea doesn't blow his own trumpet (if you'll forgive the mixed metaphor), so I didn't appreciate when we made the booking that he also performs at Ronnie Scott's! 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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5.0  

Swing Train 42 were really fantastic at our school's graduation ceremony and reception. Andrea was so easy to work with from the start, being very quick to respond to messages and answering all my questions and reassuring me. The music was really great and they were the perfect match for the ambience of our ceremony! It was fun, relaxed but spot on with timings. They are such a lovely trio of musicians and I couldn't recommend them highly enough.

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Corporate Event
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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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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Birthday Party
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From start to finish, Andrea was really helpful, staying in touch and talking about my party plans. My friends loved their music - it created a really relaxed vibe. I had hired a room in a pub in Chelsea and when they started playing, I could tell the room livened up! They looked so smart too, in black tie, and added a really special live music feel to the event. Thanks, Andrea and Jonas!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Corporate Event
5.0  

I just wanted to say a huge thank you from both myself & Dan here at Two PennyBlue for bringing the 'SwingTrain 42' to perform at our event at the weekend, and please pass on our gratitude to all the band members they all did a brilliant job. It was great that you could come and join us at this year's event and the positive feedback we have had from the client about the whole event has been tremendous. Thank you again for helping to make it such a fantastic day

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Birthday Party
5.0  

All our guests without exception commented on how excellent you were. Your unique, rich, warm sound created & set the atmosphere for the whole day! your chemistry & love of playing comes across. thank you so much again.

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Launch / Brand Activation
5.0  

Swing Train 42 They were fantastic. good music professional team and good atmosphere! The right choice for every event! Thank you guys!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Wedding
5.0  

Wow what a unique sound you have. We were honoured to have you perform at our wedding last week and I can't recommend you enough!! Swing Train 42 is perfect for such events, they added style and class to ours which we were most grateful of! Lovely, flexible people too which is another bonus! Thank you again for such a fabulous contribution to our wedding.

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Private Party
5.0  

We were absolutely blown away by Swing Train 42. They played flawlessly, created the most beautiful atmosphere and filled our evening with stunning music. We loved them and would heartily recommend them! They were a pleasure to work with. Book them quickly, you won't be disappointed!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Wedding
5.0  

Andrea and Vivian played at our wedding reception yesterday. The music was fantastic! Light, happy, fun, the perfect accompaniment to a happy day! Lots of our guests said how much they enjoyed it. Always replied promptly to emails, organised and good value. Thank you so much. We will use you again I'm sure!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Wedding
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Thank you very much for your great music on our special day, we all enjoyed your music. Many of our guests wanted to find out how we found Swing Train 42. Swing Train 42 was accommodating to our requests from the start to finish. We had an amazing time on our wedding day. We highly recommend Swing Train 42!!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Venue / Pub / Club Event
5.0  

Swing Train 42 played at our market and were fantastic, professional and great to work with. I would recommend and re-book!!!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Wedding
5.0  

Fantastic swing music delivered during our wedding reception, absolutely brilliant and completely professional. Thank you.

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Wedding
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What a wonderful set! The Swing Train 42 gave the perfect touch to our wedding reception. Their vibe makes the atmosphere so chilled, sunny and chic. Thanks again for performing for us, you were amazing!!!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Venue / Pub / Club Event
5.0  

WE LOVE SWING TRAIN 42! So much in fact that we have them performing on a regular basis. Very professional and accommodating. See you in a few weeks!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Birthday Party
5.0  

We hired SwingTrain 42 as a 3-piece band for an afternoon family party. They were punctual, accommodating, played at a sensible volume appropriate for the event and were charming & very easy to deal with. The gypsy swing was perfect for our event and many guests said how much they had enjoyed the music. Thank you Andrea

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Wedding
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Absolutely amazing. We asked Swing Train 42 to play before our wedding ceremony and during the drinks reception afterwards and we were blown away! They were fantastic and it was just what we had envisaged. I could not recommend more highly - they were so flexible in accommodating our requests (playing something slightly slower before the ceremony, for example) and everything went perfectly. We received so many comments on how great they were. Thank you so much! We had the best day and largely I think that was down to the fact that we had so many great people helping to make it go so smoothly. Thank you again.

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Wedding
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We had Swing Train 42 to play at our wedding and they were fantastic! Their music is wonderful and really helped to create a fun and relaxing atmosphere for our drinks reception outside in the sun. Many of our guests commented on how good the music was and the whole band were extremely friendly on the day, as well as Andrea being so easy and pleasant to deal with when arranging things before the day. Thank you so much! We would definitely recommend Swing Train 42 to anyone!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Corporate Event
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Swing Train 42 performed at our company's summer party this year. The music was brilliant and the atmosphere created was very warming. Throughout the process of organising the band was efficient and friendly. Great work - thank you!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Venue / Pub / Club Event
5.0  

We were just delighted with Swing Train 42's performance at our first Gin and Jazz event on Sunday 5 August 2018 held at Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury. Visitor feedback was overwhelmingly positive about the excellent quality of the band and the selection of music. Many said they would definitely return to hear this band play again. The musicians were very accommodating to our requests and a pleasure to deal with. Thoroughly recommend them! Sue Shave, Museum Director. Bucks County Museum Trust.

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Birthday Party
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These musicians are absolutely wonderful! We had Vivian and Andrea provide beautiful background music for our family party and they were brilliant. They listened to exactly what I wanted and did a perfect job of getting the volume correct so that guests could still talk, rather than having to shout at each other. The communication before the event was excellent and they arrived in plenty of time on the day so they were all set up well before the first guests arrived. They even offered to play Happy Birthday whilst we cut the cake which was such a lovely thing to do. They were cheerful, exceptionally polite and a delight to have at our party. Thank you so so much!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Wedding
5.0  

Andrea, Vivian and Chris played a 2 x 45 min set, and they were excellent! In fact many of our guests have told us since about how much they enjoyed Swingtrain 42's music. Also besides the quality of their music they were professional and friendly, and great value. We highly recommend them, thanks guys!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Wedding
5.0   Verified review

After a bit of online research we took the plunge and booked these guys to play as a quartet (vocals, guitar, double bass & clarinet). I was a bit nervous booking a band I hadn't seen play live but they were every bit as good as their show reel and friendly, helpful and professional to boot. We've had many compliments about our party and the atmosphere the band helped create. Thanks so much - highly recommended!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Wedding Anniversary
5.0  

Wonderful band, pitch perfect and professional with large and flexible repertoire. Also excellent communication. Would definitely invite them back!

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Venue / Pub / Club Event
5.0  

Really happy to have them every week at The French Corner. Cant wait for our Tuesday night! Its always an amazing and lot of fun.

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Booked Swing Train 42 for a Festival
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After enjoying their music at The French Corner, we booked Swing Train 42 after for a repeat slot at our Christmas venue. Across our six week run Andrea and the gang delivered excellent performance after excellent performance. With a mix of upbeat gipsy swing and jazz, Swing Train 42 created an awesome atmosphere that got everyone dancing. I would thoroughly recommend Swing Train 42 as they were an absolute pleasure to work with, alway professional and awesome musicians.

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5.0  

Swing train 42 are a real pleasure to have them paying at your event. Their music is really entertaining which makes you stop from what you do and watch them playing. All the band’s members were really friendly and pleasant to deal with. I will consider hiring their service again in future.

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