What people say about us

Hatty & Fabio

Dear George,

Thanks so much to you and the band for making our day so wonderful. The music, from processional and exit music in the abbey, to the strolling set in the garden and the tunes on the dance floor, was all phenomenal and touched the spot perfectly for our various guests. We are so pleased we had Hicksville Swing at our wedding and couldn’t have asked for anything to be different. The music really helped to create the right atmosphere and make the most of the beautiful setting. Our only regret is that we didn’t get more time to take it all in! Maybe one day we will get to enjoy the band’s music again as guests!
Best wishes and have a great season,
Love, Hattie and Fabio Xx
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Julia & Gavin

“Dear George

It’s been two and a half months since we got married at Chateau Fayolle and everyone is still talking about it. We wanted to say a belated, but¬†huge,¬†thank you for your performance that evening. What a fantastic band! While initially, the strolling minstrels had to come to the Chai to rouse us from our dining seats, from the first dance onwards the dancefloor was rammed. Your unique take on classics from a range of decade made sure that everyone was happy. My mum and dad got to demonstrate their 60s jiving, and at the other extreme, our Ibiza¬†DJ mate raved about you too.¬†You also saved the day when our first dance music failed to make the trip from the UK. Please extend our thanks to the rest of the band.”

Kathy & Fraser

“Hi George,

We are just back from honeymoon and catching up with all the post-wedding admin. Thank you so much for an exceptional performance on our wedding day РI think it was pretty clear on the day how much all our guests were enjoying themselves dancing and singing along to your music! We really were overwhelmed by the beautiful entrance music in the chapel and your performance with Ruth and Ian who have been so complimentary about how talented and easy you were to work with. The strolling set created the perfect atmosphere during the champagne reception and one of my favourite memories is all of the guests singing along with you as we were getting our photos taken with the beautiful French countryside as the backdrop. I always think the music can really make or break a wedding and one of my worst scenarios would have been a big empty dancefloor but thanks to your band I had nothing to worry about! Thank you so much for accommodating my singing attempt Рunfortunately there is video evidence of that and I had hoped to sound more in tune but nonetheless, the crowd still look like they are having an awesome time! All the very best for your future performances. I think our wedding has 

convinced a lot of our friends that getting married in SW France is an awesome idea so hopefully we might get to hear you guys again as a guest this time!”

James and Sophie

“Hi George‚ÄĚ

Just wanted to say a quick thank you for last night – you guys were great. I hope the below is of use…

Having just enjoyed the perfect wedding in Bordeaux, here are a couple of tips:

1. Book George Smith’s band¬†


These guys are AMAZING! They provide the perfect ambience for the ceremony and champagne reception, and absolutely ROCKED the party! Ours was only a 50 person wedding and they certainly got us partying and dancing right to the end. These guys are some seriously skilled musicians (you will be impressed) and can judge the tunes perfectly to completely SMASH IT!

Susi & Nat

“Dear George,

Now that the dust has settled, I just wanted to pass on our sincere thanks for playing so fabulously throughout the day of our wedding in Castelnau des Fieumarcon on 4 July 2015.

We cannot thank you enough for making it so special for us and for playing SUCH a brilliant set in the evening! A lot of dancing went on that evening! We particularly enjoyed our first dance – it was so memorable. I have a lovely photo of us dancing with the band in the background. I also have a few photos of the band as well looking particularly cool. These have come from the photographer, so I’ll forward them onto you once he’s sent the USB stick to me.

Lots of our guests commented on how brilliant the music was throughout the day. From the ceremony, through to the strolling minstrel set (which all the guests absolutely LOVED!) and finally the evening’s entertainment.¬†We knew it would be with you guys on board and we couldn’t have asked it be any more fun, entertaining and brilliant!

Thank you so much, once again. You really made our special day just that!

With very best wishes”

Sarah & Laurence

Sarah and Lawrence

Nice (France)

“I feel that we absolutely hit the jackpot with Hicksville Swing. Over our wedding weekend we decided to have them play during the canap√©s, after dinner and the following day at our barbecue, which we thought might be overkill but in truth, we could have¬†listened¬†to them for weeks. Each time they played they created an incredible atmosphere and I really feel that they made our wedding! Such brilliantly clever, talented musicians and equally lovely people. There is no doubt in my mind that I will use them again. I 100% recommend them for any celebration.”

Val & Mike

Garden Party  

“During my speech of thanks to everyone who had contributed to my birthday party, I included you and the band, not knowing what a superb evening it was going to be. It¬†became a¬†fantastic success, beyond our expectations and¬†Hicksville Swing provided the catalyst to all the work that had gone before. Your performance was dynamic and perfectly tuned to the audience of our friends and family. So many of the guests made the same comment independently “I have never¬†seen everybody dancing at the same time, with every seat empty”.Bearing in mind that there were 66 of us, that is a testimony to the power and joy of your music and stagecraft.

There are times in the world of entertainment, when the audience and the performers are totally in sync and that August night in the Dordogne was one of those times.

¬†Un grand merci et¬†√†¬†bient√īt”

Andrea & Chris

Andrea and Chris

¬†“When you are getting married abroad it is often daunting to put your trust in people who you often do not meet until the day.

However, if you are lucky enough to have Hicksville Swing as your musicians then this is something you do not have to worry about in the slightest. We were blown away by how talented these guys are and their special music really made our day.

“The music you played during our ceremony was beyond perfection and the song you played especially as myself and mum walked down the aisle still has people talking.

Every aspect from the moment you arrived to when you packed up that night was magical, our first dance will be such a treasured memory forever and that is all down to you guys”

If you have the opportunity to have Hicksville Swing at your wedding day, or any event, grab it!

Thank you for everything George and I am sure that you are just gearing up for another manic wedding season, Best of luck with everything and send my sincere gratitude to all the guys!”

Daisy and Danny


Daisy and Danny


“Dear George,

So sorry to take so long to write – it has been a bit of a whirlwind but we are back into life now!

Thank you so much for the wonderful music! The ceremony, the party and the dancing – the band were phenomenal at every stage of the day and people absolutely loved it! We have not had a letter yet that hasn’t mentioned you and your wonderful team. Thank you too for being so patient when bus-mageddon threatened to set us back indefinitely and for learning and performing our first dance so beautifully – we are so glad to have a link to it – it hands down beats the original!¬†

Really hope we will see you at a wedding again soon! (When we are not in charge!) 

Best of luck for a brilliant summer of music making”,

Wedding Sam and George at Chateau St Paul

Dear George.

What an absolutely fantastic wedding which was completed by having the Hicksville swing band present. You guys absolutely put the cream on the cake and made our day perfect.

Your wandering set was so great and really started our wedding reception off perfectly.

The evening music was spot on, you guys were so kind in learning a new song for our first dance, but then kept the crowd dancing and enjoying with every note.

Thank you also for letting me jam with you guys towards the end of the night!

I couldn’t have asked for more and many of the guests said how great you were also.

George and Sam

“I can’t recommend them enough………….!! “

Ali and Ben at www.cazenac.fr


“Having a great band play at our wedding was a must have!¬† We wanted a talented band that could play a variety¬†of music and deliver a high quality of sound.¬† Hicksville Swing was able to deliver on this and more.¬† Not only are they some of the most talented musicians¬†that we have had the pleasure of listening to, but, they are all also absolute gentleman.¬† They made extra effort to accommodate all of our requirements and were fantastic in helping to look after our guests who all thought Hicksville Swing were fantastic.¬† I couldn’t recommend them enough to anyone looking for a ¬†highly¬†skilled group.”


Thanks again George,
Ben and Ali

Ben Hoppé

“You were everything that we could have hoped for and more!” 2017

Seb and I had a fabulous time at http://www.chateaurigaud.co.uk¬†– our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without Hicksville Swing!¬† We penned a few words for your website below, but to be honest, it’s difficult to do you guys justice.¬† You were everything that we could have hoped for and more!

“It was a privilege to have George and Hicksville Swing play at our wedding.¬† Their music was interwoven throughout the day showcasing their variety and versatility of repertoire and style.¬† We selected some traditional instrumental pieces for the church, followed by a rat pack inspired walking quartet during the champagne reception, and an energetic crowd-pleasing set for after-dinner dancing.¬† The strolling quartet received particularly good reviews from our guests, adding a novel entertainment factor to our reception and building an incredible atmosphere.¬† Throughout the planning stages, George could not have been more helpful and accommodating to our music requests.¬† On the day, his intuition of the crowd’s mood was exceptional, and kept the dance floor busy until the early hours.¬† Booking Hicksville Swing was one of the best decisions that we made.¬† We couldn’t recommend the band more highly.¬† First rate and five star!

Best of luck with the rest of the wedding season, and we look forward to booking you again for the anniversary tour!”

Jen and Seb.

Chateau de la Gauterie 2017

“George – just a quick one to say you guys were epic!!

Strolling set was absolute class and the evening music literally rocked the party.

Great feedback from everyone there.. thanks again for making our day even more special.

James + Bobby”