... bringing rock classics to life!


See our Facebook page for event details, pictures and videos! Upcoming gig: Saturday 4th March, The Plough, Tilehurst ...


About Swallow

Based in Reading, Berkshire, rock covers band Swallow started life as the brainchild of vocalist Jane 'Jetblack' Setter and bass player Diane 'Mistress Mercy' Fox. Old schoolfriends and best mates, Jane and Di had only had fleeting chances to play together (including gecko hunting in Thailand, carousing in Hong Kong and numerous parties in Thanet - centre of the universe!) until Jane moved to Reading. Guitarist Nick Martin and (very recently!) drummer Adrian Ogden joined us, and Swallow is the result.
Our motto?  "We just like to ROCK!!!"

 Members of the band have played events such as the Hong Kong 1997 Handover to China party at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, the Johnny Walker 1998 Golf Classic in Thailand, various Kent Beer Festivals, the 2003 Edinburgh Festival, the Bracknell Jazz Festival and venues all over the Midlands, London and the South East. Swallow has most recently played venues around Reading such as The Turks, The Eldon Arms, The and The Swan at Arborfield, and also appeared at the Reading Beer Festival in 2003, 2004 and 2013-2016, and the Lion Rally in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Click on our pictures link for shots of the band in action!

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Band Bios

Di and Jane Jane 'Jetblack' Setter (vocals): Phonetician, sophisticate, babe, intellectual, natural wit, vocalist extraordinaire, and extremely modest to boot - Jane's got it all really. Described as an "exceptional frontwoman", with a range and style which copes easily with the rigours of Robert Plant, the attitude of Deborah Harry, the range of Rainbow's various vocalists and the cool of Hendrix, it is Jane's versatility and stage presence which make the Swallow experience one not to be missed. Jane also sings in originals prog rock band Crimson Sky, and even plays the tambourine ... So come on down!

Diane 'Mistress Mercy' Fox (bass and vocals): You'd never guess this gothic chick had a very strict upbringing ... or would you? Dark horse Di's a bit of a celebrity on the Reading music scene; her activities range from bass-playing with Swallow, Aisle 22, Symphony of Pain and, formerly, the Jason Manners Blues Band, A F Harrold & his All Star Band, to working as a bass technician and merchandiser across Europe for the likes of John Wetton, It Bites, King's X, Arena, Pendragon and The Urbane. She has jammed with no less than Filmore Slim, aka Clarence 'guitar' Sims, at a Jason Manners gig in Reading's Purple Turtle. Di just can't stop herself from picking up her sexy little purple number ... and how grateful are we for that??

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Nick Nick Martin (guitar and vocals): Nick started playing guitar a long time ago and hasn't stopped yet. His early obsession with Deep Purple gave way to forays into Fusion, Art Rock, Melodic Rock and eventually Prog (hurrah!). He has plied his trade at shows up and down the land in bands such as Medicine Man and Adrian Merchant's Vice, sometimes even to an audience. Nick suffers from GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and is never happier than when he has a new toy to play with. Swallow are proud to say that his playing styles run the whole gamut from A to B (and back again). That a new guitar, Nick ..?

Adrian Ogden (drums): To lose one drummer may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two seems like carelessness. But that's how the band found Adrian, when he joined Jane in Run Like Hell, and a year later was recruited into Swallow as well. Having played rock, pop, blues and soul over the years - with local band Loose Tourniquet, The Briefcase Blues Brothers, and XTC tribute X-sTatiC among others - he's enjoying the chance to throw a bit of Prog into the mix as well. Adrian also plays with the Syn City Rockers, and when not behind the drums can often be found under a weatherbeaten panama hat.

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View Swallow's current set list from HERE.

Download sample  .mp3 files from here:

Hangin' on the Telephone

What Is and What Should Never Be

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Upcoming Gigs


Saturday 21st January 2017
The Butler, Reading


Saturday 4th March 2017
The Plough, Tilehurst, Reading


Friday 28th April 2017
Reading Beer and Cider Festival


Saturday 20th May 2017 - cancelled
The Butler, Reading


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Contact Swallow

For information on how to book Swallow, contact Jane:


Telephone: 07876 301955

Find us on Facebook!

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