Deck the halls! The festive swing beckons:

Ho Ho Ho. Merry Christmas. Okay, so maybe we are a little early but that’s because bookings for the festive season have been coming at us like snowballs in a school playground.

If you’re planning your work’s Christmas party, or you’re in charge of your very own festive do, then look no further than Silk Street Swing to provide the Christmas party tunes with festive swing! But please, book early as December is filling up faster than Santa’s sleigh!

Think ‘All I want for Christmas’, think ‘Baby it’s cold outside’, think ‘I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus’. Christmas and swing music go hand in hand and we’ll eat our Santa hats if they don’t get your friends or colleagues moving on the dance floor.

SO, don’t miss out, get your entertainment booked up so that you’re not left with a face redder than Rudolph’s nose come party-day (last festive pun, we promise).


You can check out our full repertoire (excluding festive swing numbers) or take a look at the full band in action. Crucially, unlike many acts we’re able to scale up or down the size of our band to suit your occasion. i.e. we can have as many of Santa’s little helpers as the day requires – from a solo Santa all the way up to a five-piece Christmas Swing bonanza!

Keep weddings alive, with the sound of music:

So, you thought your wedding band was just for your first dance and a brief disco afterwards? Think again.

Veterans of the wedding circuit Silk Street Swing have performed just about every spot at weddings up and down the country – and so we like to think we know what works.

What we often realise when chatting to those planning their wedding, is just how many opportunities the day has for music – and just how much it can add! So, without further ado, here is a full run-down of every available traditional moment you could have your wedding swing band perform in – pick and choose a few or go for the whole lot, the choice is yours!

The pre-ceremony

While people are taking their seats and chatting away, excited to see what the happy couple look like, it works well to have some light acoustic music – something low-tempo and soft just to lift the atmosphere a little and build the suspense.

The pre-processional

Didn’t know this was a thing, did you!? Traditionally this is the time the music changes to a slightly louder number after the groom is at the front and just before the bride walks down the aisle.

The processional

The music announcing the bride (or groom)’s arrival. Very much one for the couple to decide on – again performed acoustically depending on the venue but slightly louder still than the previous numbers. I’ve always found something with a strong start works really well to let people know the ceremony has begun! We can even perform ‘Here Comes The Bride’ if required!

Signing the register

Some people choose to have the band start up again for a little while while the legal formalities are sorted. It stops the murmur of the crowds overwhelming the room and keeps people’s attentions.

The recessional

And they’re outta here! A number to make sure your guests leave happy and with the atmosphere at an all time high. Something celebratory and upbeat works really well here.


Okay, so while people tuck into their wedding breakfast or arrival drinks there definitely needs to be some ambiance-inducing tunes. Again, acoustic music works well – with a few soft horns. Loud enough to hear but quiet enough not to disturb people chatting and mingling.

The first dance

Finally, one you’ve all heard of. By this point the band can be plugged in and geared up for the reception. Far be it from me to suggest a song – but a good professional band like ourselves will be more than willing to learn whatever number you choose.

The party

Tunes to get the people moving and smiling. By this point the wedding swing band should be in full swing (pun intended) and the happy couple enjoying their evening.

If you would like to know more or would like a free quote from a great wedding swing band please do drop us a line via our website


Take your love of swing Beyond The Sea!:

Just imagine – the soothing motion of the boat, the gentle tapping of your feet, the cold cocktail in your hand and the Henley sunshine beaming down. Let the swinging sound of the band wash over you. Yes you’re at a swing show, but this is not just any swing show – it’s a Silk Street Swing show…and it’s on a boat!

TNO @ Regatta1

Swing up the Thames

We proud to be longstanding partners of the magnificent Hobbs of Henley, a river cruise company providing boat tours of the Thames since back in 1870.

As part of our partnership, we are available to hire for private cruises and parties which you plan via Hobbs of Henley. Whether it’s a birthday, corporate party or just a straight up celebration you’re planning, we’d be happy to perform at your boat party.

During your private swing cruise we’ll perform many classic jazz and swing numbers across the ages, from 1920s originals to re-worked renditions of modern classics. Our soulful sounds can be heard both by passers-by on the riverbank and by attending guests throughout your dinner. If the weather is nice, you can also sit out on the top deck to enjoy your favourite Swing and Dixieland tunes.

The New Orleans Boat

When booking with Hobbs of Henley and Silk Street Swing, there’s no better boat to choose than the aptly named ‘New Orleans’. The vessel is a real sight – a magnificent Mississippi sternwheeler with tall twin smoke stacks and paddle wheel.

What’s more, the New Orleans has two decks – a fully enclosed elegant saloon with stylish cocktail bar, and an open upper deck for viewing the stunning scenery by day or dancing under the stars at night.

Of course, there are other boats available – the Waterman and the Hibernia for starters – though we always find the New Orleans makes a particularly good pairing with our American swing style.

paddle of TNO (2)


Not planning a cruise but want to experience our performance? Perfect! We’re pleased to perform at the famous Henley Regatta in conjunction with Hobbs of Henley. For a taste of the experience, keep an eye on the banks of the river during the Regatta – we’ll be performing for the masses.

Book now

If you’re planning a private cruise with Hobbs of Henley, we’d be delighted to perform for you and your guests.

We recently received a glowing recommendation from one of these cruises which we wanted to share with you below. We hope to see you soon!

“We all had such a lovely time on board The New Orleans – everything was perfect. Please do thank particularly the extremely helpful gentleman in charge of the catering – the food was fantastic and the staff calm and organised. Silk Street were superb: the music was just right for the occasion and I hope they felt appreciated. The crew, as always, were great – very solicitous of my elderly mother negotiating all those steps!”

Contact either Hobbs of Henley or get in contact directly with us so we can get your show on the road (or water!).


Our 5 most popular swing songs:

A lot of people ask us about the kind of music we perform as a full-time swing band for hire. The truth is we tend to tailor our set list depending on the setting. We’ve got songs to suit restaurants, weddings, corporate shows, product launches, office parties and much more.

We cover all the classic swing hits that you know and love – songs by Dean Martin, Bobby Darrin, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and the like. But we also love to perform modern swing classics from the likes of Michael Bublé, Jamie Cullum and Robbie Williams

With that said, we thought it’d be a good idea to highlight just a few of our more popular numbers:

Mack The Knife
We recently performed this at a corporate event for the fashion label Orla Kiely and it went down incredibly well. Originally a German song, the translated version is one of the best known songs in the world and given a swing twist it is a staple at almost every event we perform.

Dream a Little Dream of Me
One of the most beautiful numbers ever written. Given a swing make over the song takes on a life of its own. The Robbie Williams-esque version is a firm favourite at weddings and we’ve had it work really well as a first dance in the past.

What a Wonderful World
Of course, we mean the Louis Armstrong version. An absolute crowd pleaser and guaranteed sing-a-long song. Often best reserved until the last number of the night – to send revellers away from your party with a smile on their face

King of the Swingers
I mean, the clue is in the title – it’s a swing classic. One for both the adults and the kids in the room it’s a firm favourite of ours to perform. Covered by everyone from Paulo Nutini to Robbie Williams – I’d argue that our version has the edge

The numbers in this blog offer a little peak into the swing songs we perform up and down the country. Please do get in touch  or complete our quote request form with any requests or enquiries you may have – we’d love to help and more importantly, we’d love to put the SWING into your event.

Have yourself a swinging summer party this year:

Summer is fast approaching, and we can’t wait! It may seem cold outside but we’re racing through the year, even with the extra day that got thrown at us on 29th February. Pretty soon it’ll all be Pimms and lemonades, trips to the seaside and the swinging summer party!

It got us thinking, what is it that we most look forward to every summer?  

 We’ve put together these top 5 must haves for summer parties and would love to hear if you agree with our choices. Being a swing band, we have of course snuck a little soulful swing music in there too!


Being a swing band available for hire across the UK, we’re lucky enough to travel all over the country to get guests dancing, For us, there’s nothing better than being booked for a seaside town in the height of summer!


Not just any ice cream – the premium tubs of proper Cornish-style ice cream in a waffle cone. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.


Whether it’s sat out by the town band-stand or sunbathing in your own garden, nothing beats an ice cold beverage in the sun. Even the non-alcoholic versions have their place – freshly made lemonade on a summer’s day is just perfection.


We’re lucky enough to play hundreds of private parties and weddings throughout the year and as a swing band, there’s always something special about being hired to play outside with the sun on your back and the revellers dancing under a bright blue sky.


What better thing to look forward to than actually having more daylight for your swinging summer party? We dream about playing those beautiful summer weddings that go on long into the evening.


Put some swing into your summer

If you’re planning your summer wedding, party of event; why not give it some swing by booking the Silk Street Swing band to get the party started? Complete our quote request form today.

If Jazz and 1920’s music are more your thing, the Silk Street family also includes Silk Street Jazz and the Jazz Spivs.


Planning tips for a 1920s themed wedding:

1920s and vintage themed weddings have never been so popular. From the hugely successful remake of The Great Gatsby to Kris Jenner’s recent 60th birthday party, the glitz and glamour of the 1920s is hugely on trend at the moment!

A 1920s themed wedding

As well as films and parties, we’ve seen a real rise in the number of vintage and 1920s themed weddings too. The roaring 1920s provide the perfect backdrop for your beautiful day – but we’re sure there’ll be lots of planning required in order to recreate the feel of a decade!

From sequin embellished flapper dresses to cloche hats to champagne saucers, 1920s accessories are fabulous and we’re sure your guests will love the choice of theme.  But we also understand that there can be lots of planning involved, so to help you along the way we’ve created these a few top tips for planning a vintage themed wedding:

Art deco invitations

One of the best ways of letting your guests know about your wedding theme is through art deco invitations. There are lots of great options on the market and sending stationery which bears the iconic art deco style will highlight to your guests that there’s a 1920s themed wedding party coming up!

Set a 1920s dress code

One of the perks of hosting a 1920s themed wedding is that those attending your big day can join in the fun too.  Why not invite your guests to help you recreate the 1920s by setting a vintage dress code? For ladies this could be anything from an opulent head dress to an all-out flapper style sequin gown. Male guests can also don their best three piece suits or tweed accessories to ensure they look the part.

Choose 1920s table names

1920’s table names will get your guests talking as they take their seats. Some of our favourites are The Great Gatsby, Al Capone and The Charleston. And what about a Prohibition table for those alcohol loving guests?

Book a wedding band

Jazz music is an iconic part of the 1920s and the right music will complete your themed wedding. Every good wedding involves lots of dancing and what better way to get your guests on the dancefloor than with a live jazz or swing band?

Silk Street Swing are a sharply dressed, professional jazz and swing band who specialise in 1920s events. Silk Street perform at weddings of all shapes and sizes and understand that hiring a jazz band shouldn’t cost you the earth. We offer a range of line-ups to suit both your budget and your event and can also offer acoustic options too.

When it comes to your playlist, Silk Street Swing will happily offer a wide range from classic swing tunes through the jazz songs with a modern twist.  If you’re planning a vintage themed wedding and want that big band experience, we’d love to speak to you about how we can help, so please get in touch today or complete our quote request form.

If you’re looking for something a little different for your 1920s themed wedding, why not check out our other bands Silk Street Jazz and the Jazz Spivs?

Great Gatsby Christmas Party Band:

Bugsy Jazz Club - book the Jazz Spivs a great 1920s UK jazz band

Looking for a Great Gatsby Christmas party band for your 1920s christmas party?

We’re proud to present a sister project to Silk Street Swing, The Jazz Spivs – a band who encapsulate the Roaring Twenties like no other.

The Jazz Spivs - a Great Gatsby Christmas party band.

About us

1920s music has seen a surge in popularity after Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey and The Great Gatsby have graced our screens, and The Jazz Spivs have many years experience at entertaining in hotsy totsy speak-easies and wild prohibition parties. Take a look at our song list and reviews – we aim to provide professional 1920s entertainment to suit your precise requirements this Christmas so pick up the blower and give us a call on 0800 756 5512.

Silk Street Flappers

If you are worried no one will want to be first on the dance floor, let us take care of it by bringing the Silk Street Flappers, our four piece troupe of gorgeous and authentic 1920s dancers! Your guests will be on their feet in no time! They make the perfect addition to our Great Gatsby Christmas party band.

Want to find out more? Make an enquiry or fill out our online quote request form.

Silk Street Flappers – 1920s dancers:

Searching for something a little bit different? Even though this website is for Silk Street Swing, we’d like to draw your attention to one of our sister projects: our band of hardboiled hoofers, The Jazz Spivs and the hotsy-totsy 1920s dancers, the Silk Street Flappers!

With the new Gatsby film and the brooding and brilliant Boardwalk Empire series there has been a resurgence of interest in the Roaring Twenties. It’s no surprise to us because what better party theme can there be than a scandalous speak-easy or swanky gin joint? We are enjoying providing authentic 1920s music and dance to these events, and can appear at yours too if you contact us!

Silk Street Flappers - the ideal UK 1920s party dancers

Guaranteed to liven up any occasion, the Silk Street Flappers can be booked with or without an accompanying 1920s jazz band and can come as a solo or 4-piece act. They offer a free-styling and choreographed option and are available to dance to both live band or pre-recorded track. The Silk Street Flappers will get your guests up and dancing with the glamour and fun of the 1920s.

See the girls in action:

To make an enquiry just fill out our online form or call 0800 756 5512 – we’ll be happy to speak to you and find out how we can help!

Hire a Wedding Swing Band:

Silk Street Swing do it again! Thanks Ellie and Tom for your kind comments!


Hiring Silk Street Swing: Recent Wedding Reception:

We were delighted to have received a personal thank you card this week from Naomi and Monti’s wedding at Warbrook House back in September 2013. It looks like the bride, groom and guests enjoyed the jazz band!

Silk Street Swing Wedding

Considering Silk Street Swing for your wedding celebrations?

It’s easy to contact us by phone or email to make an enquiry and discuss your unique requirements for your Wedding reception. Give us a call today on 0800 756 5512 to discuss your Wedding reception jazz music.

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