Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Shirel & Michael's Wedding

Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle - Saturday 1st Dec 2012

What a great gig! The room looked amazing, especially as the red Mr Swing stands matched the red theme that Shirel and Michael had chosen.

And the red theme continued in abundance as not one, not two but 36 bridesmaids (yes 36, not a typo!) arrived wearing identical red dresses!

Shirel runs a cheerleading club and had enlisted her troupe in performing carefully choreographed dances, joining the bride and groom after their first dance.


When it came to 'Delilah', instead of the customary boys versus girls or bride's family and friends versus those of the groom, we ended up with mothers versus daughters!


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - British Geriatrics Society
Majestic Hotel, Harrogate - Thursday 29th November 2012

You'd be forgiven for thinking our audience was mainly made up of octogenarians pushing zimmer frames but this event marked the final night of the conference for those learned folk working in the field of geriatrics!

It's a gig the Yorkshire swing band has done a couple of times before and, as usual after a few days heavy conferencing, everyone was ready to let their hair down. Mr Swing went down so well they've already booked us for next year.

Took this snap before the guests came in for dinner. Beautiful tree, even though it was still November...


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - St. Gemma's Winter Ball
Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United - Sat 24th Nov 2012

It was an honour to be invited back to play for the wonderful supporters of St. Gemma's Hospice.

Well over 300 guests raised a massive £25,000 for the charity with raffles, auctions and quizzes keeping the money rolling in during the evening.

Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra went down well with the chessboard dancefloor remaining full throughout.


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Jill & Simon's Wedding
Beamish Hall Hotel, Co Durham - Saturday 8th Sept 2012

This one had been a long time coming. Jill and Simon had booked Mr Swing for their big day in October 2010!

As the guests played lawn games after the wedding breakfast and speeches I set up in the beautiful Winter Rooms of Beamish Hall. All pillars and ornate features with a white lace starcloth as a backdrop to the band.

The bride and groom had chosen Dean Martin's That's Amoré as their first dance; a dance they had to do twice as some of their guests were busy finishing a nailbiting game of croquet and missed the first rendition!

The evening was rounded off in traditional style with family and friends circling the happy couple in 'New York New York' before Jill and Simon lead the congas to 'Amarillo'.

Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Beth & Carl's Wedding
The Hospitium, York - Friday 25th May 2012

Déjà vu!  Our second May wedding at York's beautiful Hospitium.

This time it was the turn of Beth and Carl who met on the Ultimate Frisbee team at York University.

Many family and friends had seen the happy couple exit the ceremony to the finale music from Star Wars earlier in the day and were well up for a party in the evening.


With Beth hailing from New York, there was a good number of guests from the Big Apple dancing away to Mr Swing's rendition of Rat-pack favourites. Sinatra's New York New York was an obvious choice and the encore of Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline went down a storm, especially with the transatlantic crowd who were heard shouting "So good, so good, so good" in the choruses.

Talk of Engelbert and Jedward's Eurovision hopes was somewhat lost on them though!


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Laura & Andy's Wedding
The Hospitium, York - Friday 4th May 2012

Since its refurbishment a couple of years ago, The Hospitium in York's magnificent Museum Gardens is now one of the most beautiful places in Yorkshire to get married. Laura and Andy had booked Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra to entertain them and their guests after seeing the swing band at its own Christmas Ball in December. (Thank you to Georgina Harrison Photography)
The downstairs room at The Hospitium is perfect for dancing and everyone was up on their feet from start to finish; the highlight being the four bridesmaids choosing an usher each to dance with to 'I Get A Kick Out Of You'.

A really great night in one of York's best wedding venues.