'As a qualified music teacher myself, I was impressed by the level of their musicianship.  Karen Gilmore has a wide vocal range with a particularly expressive timbre and effortlessly, the instrumentalists displayed a high degree of technical accomplishment, both in ensemble and solo work and it was obvious that the band as a whole have a great deal of experience playing together'. John Tattersfield, Arts Development Officer, Ashfield District Council (August 2009)

'I received comments from members of the audience who were surprised to find that the band consisted of such high quality musicians and the vocals were terrific!'  David Street, Landlord - Treaty of Commerce, Lincoln (November 2009)

'...loved your set, it was a pleasure to have you perform for us.  It was nice to listen to an accomplished band'. Chris Foster, Batley Fronter Club, Leeds (January  2010)

'A tremendous evening of first class entertainment was enjoyed by all and both Swansong and Old Nicks can be assured that no-one was disappointed'.
Old Nick's Tavern, Horncastle (April 2011)

'Last night's gig was excellent as was the singing - thank you!' Black Bull, Reeth (June 2011)

'I saw Swansong at a private party in Bodenham, Herefordshire and what an extremely professional band who really gave their all to entertain the guests that evening and had all ages on the dance floor and shouting for more. Karen is a hugely talented singer whose voice lends itself many different styles of music and is therefore able to appeal to a very diverse audience. Entertainment at its very best'. Jayne Hunt, Ross-on-Wye (June 2011)

'Karen has an exceptional singing voice that really rocked our pub on August Bank Holiday Monday. We have had so much positive feedback about you and Swansong's performance'. Naomi, White Hart, Calow (August 2011)

'Swansong always rock the place and play something for everyone in the audience - always a good night, thank you'. Pete, Landlord, Yellow Lion, Greasbrough (September 2012)

'As we are an event agency dealing mainly in the corporate functions we are always hesitant booking a new band we need not have worried. Swansong & Karen were punctual, professional and accommodating. They played a wide range of music with enthusiasm and fun. The evening was a great success'.
Kirstie Lamb, Events Organiser, Pixie Frog Event (November 2012)

'Absolutely Brilliant!' Horse and Jockey, Unstone (November 2012)

'....such a great performance on Saturday, all of our friends and family were very impressed and had a great time dancing to your playing, thank you!
Dan and Vanessa, Carlton Towers (wedding - 23/02/2013)

'The best band by far' (Chloe's Day - All Day Charity Event @ Back to the Nineties Club, Chesterfield (03/03/2013)

'We were delighted with the professionalism, togetherness and enthusiasm that Swansong brought to my wife's 40th birthday party.  They were a pleasure to deal with and great entertainment, in fact so good that they've been invited back to the same venue in a few weeks time.  Thank you for making our evening!'
Mark Dixon (re: Nina Dixon's birthday party @ The Star Hotel, Cudworth, Barnsley (07/-3/2013)

'The audience enjoyed the variety of songs, the sound was crisp and clear and not too loud ... very enjoyable'.
John Buxton, Organiser - Elton Beer Festival (28/09/2013)

'Really enjoyed your set on Wednesday. I chose the band to play MAGNA FESTIVAL because of the band's musicality, energy and tight performance.   You did not disappoint at the 2014 Magna Real Ale and Music Festival.  Talented musicians. Excellent note perfect vocals with clear diction, delivered with energy and style.  Lyrics complimented by exciting guitar solos, driving bass and tight rhythm. Swansong are professional in every way' David Homer, MAGNA Festival Organizer, Sheffield (05/03/2014)

'Thank you so much for Saturday night, it was just awesome.  There hasn't been so much dancing done in here before nor so much good music played...'
Tim and Amanda Rodgers (wedding - 03/10/2015)


'Thank you so much for your performance at the Fishpond last night.  Wayne was good enough to ask what we thought.  It was great, and we are not easily pleased, its just so enjoyable to see talented people live, delivering solid entertainment.  Your performance of Watchtower was the second time we have seen it live - the first time was at Woodstock in 1969. Oh memories - thank you'. Peter and Jackie Laight, Matlock (28/11/2015)


'Swansong were recommended to me while organizing Worksop Pride.  The band played the Pride finale and their performance was outstanding.  They were extremely amicable and professional and I look forward to working with the band again in the future'. Crystal Lucas, Worksop Pride Founder and Organizer (09/07/2016)


'Swansong performed at Rotherham Pride 2016 and proved to be well worth the recommendation.  Everybody enjoyed their performance and were specifically mentioned by a number of visitors on the feedback forms collected on the day'. Nichola, Rainbow Project - Rotherham Pride 16/07/2016

'Can't recommend Swansong enough. Fantastic band with a great selection of songs. Guitarist is brilliant. Also a lovely bunch of people'. Adam Greaves, 'Orange Fest' @ The Orange Tree, Altrincham (27/08/2017)

'A fantastic evening.. the entertainment was spot on'
Craig Thompson, All Arms Veterans Motorcycle Club, Sherburn in Elmet - Christmas Party (02/12/2017)