The Swing Smiths

The Swing Smiths are a sensational swing and soul band performing a huge range of hits from the Big Band, Rat Pack, Soul & Motown eras. With a distinctive sound and unrivalled performance, they are guaranteed to transform the atmosphere of your event.

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Set List / Repertoire

Swing and Jive
Dean Martin
Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
That's Amore*

Nat 'King' Cole
Almost Like Being in Love
Let There Be Love
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Route 66
Straighten Up and Fly Right

Michael Bublé
All of Me
Save the Last Dance for Me*

Frank Sinatra
Come Fly With Me
Fly Me to the Moon
For Once in My Life
Have You Met Miss Jones
I Get a Kick Out of You
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
The Lady is a Tramp
Luck Be a Lady*
Mack the Knife
Me & My Shadow*
New York, New York
That’s Life
The Way You Look Tonight
They Can’t Take That Away From Me

Sam Cooke
Twistin’ the Night Away

Ella Fitzgerald
Cheek to Cheek
Mas Que Nada

Etta James
At Last

Kenny Ball
I Wanna Be Like You

Louis Prima
Buona Sera*
Jump Jive & Wail
Just a Gigolo*

Louis Jordan
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie

Louis Armstrong
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

Nina Simone
Feeling Good
My Baby Just Cares For Me

Harry Connick Jr.
It Had To Be You*

Peggy Lee
Why Don't You Do Right

Doris Day
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
Que Sera Sera
Natalie Cole
Orange Coloured Sky

Bobby Darin
Beyond The Sea

Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano

Benny Goodman
Sing Sing Sing*

Glenn Miller
American Patrol*
Chattanooga Choo Choo*
In the Mood*
Pennsylvania 6-5000*

Count Basie
All of Me
Well Alright, Okay, You Win

Robbie Williams & Various
Puttin’ on the Ritz

Paulo Nutini
Pencil Full of Lead

Rosemary Clooney
Mambo Italiano

Jackie Wilson
Reet Petite

Vintage Covers
Crazy In Love
Bad Romance
Plug in Baby
Livin’ on a Prayer
All About That Bass
Gangsta’s Paradise
Shake it Off
No Diggity

Soul, Motown and Pop
Aretha Franklin
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
I Say a Little Prayer For You
A Natural Woman
You’re All I Need to Get By*
Until You Come Back To Me

Stevie Wonder
Another Star
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing*
For Once in My Life
Isn’t She Lovely
Knocks Me Off My Feet
Love’s In Need of Love Today
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Sir Duke

Curtis Mayfield
Move On Up

Marvin Gaye
Heard It Through The Grapevine
Let’s Get It On

James Brown
I Feel Good

James Taylor
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

Otis Redding
My Girl
Try a Little Tenderness*

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Dancing In The Street

The Supremes
You Can't Hurry Love

Etta James
I Just Wanna Make Love to You

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
The Tracks of My Tears

Bill Withers
Lovely Day

Barry White
The First, The Last, My Everything
CeCe Peniston

Jackson 5
Blame it on the Boogie
I Want You Back

Candi Staton
Young Hearts Run Free

Chaka Khan
Ain't Nobody*
I'm Every Woman*

Lady Marmalade

The Emotions
Best of My Love*

Gloria Gaynor
I Will Survive

Tom Jones
It's Not Unusual

Earth, Wind and Fire

Lionel Richie
All Night Long

Jerry Lee Lewis
Great Balls of Fire

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)

Jackie Wilson
Higher and Higher

Rose Royce
Car Wash

The Monkees
I’m a Believer*

Walk The Moon
Shut Up And Dance

Gladys Knight & The Pips
Midnight Train To Georgia*
Amy Winehouse

Pharrell Williams

Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk
24K Magic*

Don’t Stop Me Now

Justin Timberlake
Can’t Stop the Feeling*

Dolly Parton
9 to 5

Andy Williams
Can't Take My Eyes Off You

Billy Joel
Just The Way You Are

Natalie Cole
(This Will Be) An Everlasting Love

Van Morrison

Tom Jones
It's Not Unusual

CeLo Green
Forget You

Rolling in the Deep

Hey Ya

Camila Cabello

Imelda May
Big Bad Handsome Man

Hava Nagila
Siman Tov! Mazel Tov!
Hevenu Shalom Aleichem
Chosn Kale Mazel Tov
Im Eshkachekh (traditional)

Mariah Carey
All I Want for Christmas Is You

Ella Fitzgerald
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve

Eartha Kitt/Kylie Minogue
Santa Baby

Andy Williams
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Frank Sinatra
Let It Snow

Michael Buble
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like

Bing Crosby/Andrews Sisters
Jingle Bells

Nat 'King' Cole
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
(The Christmas Song)

Brenda Lee
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Baby It's Cold Outside

Please note songs with an asterisk (*) can only be performed by certain line-ups.

Full Biography

* A sensational 6 to 18 piece function band consisting of highly experienced swing and soul musicians
* Exceptional female vocals accompanied by an outstanding rhythm section and horn section
* Additional male vocals, female vocals, percussion, strings and dancers can be added for an even more energetic show
* A huge repertoire featuring classic songs from the Swing, Rat Pack, Soul and Motown eras along with pop and Postmodern Jukebox repertoire
* Constantly in demand performing at corporate and private events in London, throughout the UK and internationally
* Self-contained with top-quality lights and sound equipment for audiences up to 250 people, with deluxe PA and lighting packages for larger events
* Recorded music provided between sets free of charge
* Available in smaller function band line-ups, and as The Silver Screen Jazz Band performing background music earlier in the evening - with great discounts if booked together with the main band
* Also able to provide classical or contemporary music including string quartet for wedding ceremonies

Please note: The Swing Smiths use three lead female vocalists (please see videos). Requests for a specific vocalist can be made but may not always be fulfilled due to availability.

Recently described by Deborah Meaden (BBC's Dragons' Den) as "exceptional", The Swing Smiths are a sensational 6- to 18-piece function band performing a fantastic mix of Swing, Rat Pack, Soul and Motown music to give you a party to remember!  A fantastic female vocalist is backed by a dynamic and experienced band, providing unforgettable live entertainment at great value.

The Swing Smiths have been performing up and down the country for 15 years, and are one of the most in-demand function bands in the UK today. Previous clients include Ferrari, BMW, Triumph, Virgin, Lindt Chocolate and E-On and previous venues include Claridge's Hotel, Pinewood Studios, The Shard, Wembley Stadium and the Natural History Museum. They have performed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and as far afield as Amman, Jordan and Marrakesh, Morocco.

The band plays a huge range of music from the Swing, Soul and Motown eras - and the set list is carefully planned to appeal to audiences of all ages, getting everyone on the dance floor all night long.

The Swing Smiths are also able to provide musical entertainment for other parts of your event - from classical music for your wedding ceremony to background jazz music for the drinks reception. With a wealth of experience performing at hundreds of events and venues throughout the country, The Swing Smiths have all the ingredients to make your event a success.

Ceremony Music
The Swing Smiths also provide classical or contemporary music for your wedding reception.  Bandleader Mike is a highly trained pianist and church organist, and has played at over 500 wedding ceremonies. He will work with you to choose music that suits your religious or non-religious ceremony. Additional musicians, such as a singer, trumpeter, cellist, string quartet or vocalist can join with Mike to perform before the service and during the Signing of the Register.

Background Jazz Band
Musicians from The Swing Smiths can perform in smaller ensembles providing background music earlier in the day. Options available include:

  • Vocal-led roaming pop band (3- to 7-piece) performing walkabout music
  • Instrumental jazz bands, from a cocktail pianist to a jazz quartet
  • Vocal-led soul bands, performing relaxed pop and soul music.

The Swing Smiths are also available as The Silver Screen Jazz Band - a 3-5 piece jazz band creating a perfect 1920s-themed atmosphere for cocktail parties, dinner events, or during a drinks reception.

Speak to your agent for more information and for a quote for great package deals.

Christmas Parties
The Swing Smiths are perfect for Christmas parties, performing carefully selected Christmas hits made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Williams and The Jackson 5 alongside their usual Swing and Soul repertoire.

Your Event
Your event is special to the band and every event is treated separately, ensuring that your requirements are met. From choosing the perfect line-up to suit your event to smaller details such as the dress code, special requests and performance times, The Swing Smiths aim to be completely flexible to make sure that you get the perfect entertainment.

Deluxe Sound & Lighting Package
The Swing Smiths highly recommend their deluxe sound and lighting package for events with more than 250 guests.

The Swing Smiths deluxe sound and lighting package can include:

- 6kW PA system suitable for audiences from 300 to 1000+
- Sound engineer
- Additional lighting and effects
- DJ package also available on request.

Please speak to an Alive Network booking agent for more information and prices.

Vintage Dancers (see booking options for more details)
Add extra class to your event with vintage dancers: The Strutters are a troupe of dancers who can teach your guests simple 1920s and 1940s dance moves before the band start performing.  Once the band start, the dancers will get your guests up and dancing Charleston, Lindy hop and jive right from the first song - adding an amazing touch to your party.  You can even book several pairs of dancers for a troupe performance with the live band.

"Dear Mike, I know I thanked you on the night but just wanted to do so again in the cold light of day. You and your band were fantastic, not just brilliant at the music but also lovely, helpful and a total pleasure to work with. Thank you so much and please pass my thanks on to your team. My mother literally had the party of her life and you were a big part of were exceptional."
Deborah Meaden (Dragons' Den), private party, November 2016

"Mike and the band were absolutely fantastic. During the set up on the day they were punctual and professional, and they were totally accommodating to our wacky requests (processional music down a field). The music was exceptional - they're experts at reading the 'mood' of the room and got everyone up on their feet dancing. So many of the guests came up to us afterwards to tell us how good they were. I couldn't recommend the band more highly."
Liz and Sam, wedding reception, Dorset, September 2017

"The band were absolutely amazing. Everyone is talking about how great you were. I can't believe how much energy you all put in- even at nearly midnight after two sets with barely a break as far as I recall! You had some of my grumpiest guests up and dancing - and the whole wedding party was humming New York, New York at brunch on Sunday. Please, please pass my thanks to all the band members/ forward the email. I would highly recommend you to anyone planning an event, both for your professional and friendly service, and for your outstanding performance."
Becky Dobra, wedding reception, Hatfield House, October 2014

Please note: Due to availability or illness, deputy musicians of a high professional standard may sometimes be used.


Default lineup: 7 members

Standard line up: 7-piece band - female vocals, piano, bass, drums, guitar, tenor sax, trumpet

Alternative line up's available (see booking options):

6-piece band (budget option) - female vocals, piano, bass, drums, tenor sax then guitar or trumpet
7-piece band - female vocals, piano, bass, drums, guitar, tenor sax, trumpet
9-piece band - as above plus alto sax and second trumpet
10-piece band - plus male vocalist
12-piece - plus percussion, baritone saxophone
15-piece – plus two additional female vocalists, keyboards
18-piece - plus three string players (2 violins, 1 cello)

(Please note that these are suggested lineups - The Swing Smiths can perform with any number of musicians from a 6 to an 18 piece band. Feel free to get in touch to discuss the perfect lineup for your event!)

Contemporary dancers – 2 to 8 dancers can be added to the lineup when booking the 12-piece band and above for a spectacular stage show.

Vintage dancers - 2 to 12 dancers can be added to the lineup when booking the 7-piece band and above for an extra touch of class.

Small bands (3-5 piece) - available in any combination, e.g. quartet - piano, bass, drums, tenor sax - see The Silver Screen Jazz Band page for more information!

Performance Times

3 x 40 minutes sets

From £3396 + travel

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2 x 60 minutes sets

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3 x 45 minutes sets

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Price from £3,396 + VAT + travel from London

Based on 7 members performing 2 x 60 minute sets

  • South East From £3,396 + VAT
  • East Midlands From £3,523 + VAT
  • East of England From £3,523 + VAT
  • North West From £3,523 + VAT
  • West Midlands From £3,523 + VAT
  • South West From £3,840 + VAT
  • Yorkshire and the Humber From £3,840 + VAT
  • North East From £4,791 + VAT
  • Scotland From £5,425 + VAT
  • Wales From £5,425 + VAT
  • Northern Ireland From £8,596 + VAT
  • Republic of Ireland From £8,596 + VAT

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67 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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The event on Friday was a great success!

5 stars - The Swing Smiths are Highly Recommended
booked The Swing Smiths for their event

“Dear Mike, The event on Friday was a great success and the members all really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for coming along and performing. I will certainly keep your contact details on record and be in touch should we have any other events that we could consider you for. Many thanks”

You were exceptional. A total pleasure to work with.

5 stars - The Swing Smiths are Highly Recommended
booked The Swing Smiths for their event

“Dear Mike, I know I thanked you on the night but just wanted to do so again in the cold light of day. You and your band were fantastic, not just brilliant at the music but also lovely, helpful and a total pleasure to work with. Thank you so much and please pass my thanks on to your team. My Mother literally had the party of her life and you were a big part of that.... you were exceptional.”

You guys were fantastic!

5 stars - The Swing Smiths are Highly Recommended
booked The Swing Smiths for their event

“Thank you so much for your performance on Saturday – you guys were fantastic! And I’ve had such great feedback from our guests too. It’s been a pleasure to work with you and if it’s ok I will keep you in mind for any future events we may have!”

I've heard only good feedback about them

5 stars - The Swing Smiths are Highly Recommended
booked The Swing Smiths for their event

“Everything went great thank you. As these things often go, we didn't run to time exactly as planned so I really appreciated the band's flexibility and going with the flow. They did a marvellous job, were the perfect addition to the event and I've heard only good feedback about them. So thank you very much! It's a bit of a guide at the moment but it looks like we raised a total of £45,000 from the event which is absolutely fantastic. We're thrilled of course. Thank you for supporting the event and helping us make sure as much of that as possible is going towards our patient care services. Kind regards”

They certainly add value to your event

5 stars - The Swing Smiths are Highly Recommended
booked The Swing Smiths for their event

“What a fantastic band! We booked Down for the Count for a Charity Gala Ball, and what a wonderful addition to the event they were. All our guests made for the dance floor and were thoroughly entertained and I can't recommend them highly enough. Delightful people and they certainly add value to your event!”

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