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Imbued with a joyful exuberance, David McTea and the Swinging Magpies perform an intoxicating blend of period jazz standards and original material, lovingly crafted in the vintage style. Their repertoire includes a vibrant and fresh interpretation of many jazz standards of the 1920s and 30s. Heavily influenced by legends of the era, such as Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and the Washboard Rhythm Kings, David McTea and the Swinging Magpies show a true appreciation and love of the craft and artistry of trad jazz and swing.

The band comprises: David McTea (vocals/baritone guitar), Lucinda Dunne (clarinet), Vicky Cowles (bassoon), Gregory Madge (guitar), Caroline Scott (percussion)

David is also an accomplished swing and jazz dancer, entertaining the masses and fully convinced that it don't mean a thing if it aint got that swing! Such gifts add an aura of excitement and showmanship to performances and David is always more than happy to provide a friendly and fun dance lesson to break the ice and get your night off to a swinging start.

Bringing an authentic jazz feel to any occasion, David McTea and the Swinging Magpies are available for public and private bookings, providing stylish live music and effortless sophistication to all manner of events, from weddings to corporate shindigs to private parties. Does there need to be an occasion?

"I really enjoyed his singing and playing. I loved the fact that the tempo was really really good." - Lindyverse, 22 October 2014

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We specialise in these genres:

  • Vintage
  • 1920s
  • 1930s
  • Jazz
  • Swing
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We play these instruments:

  • Clarinet
  • Vocals
  • Percussion
  • Bassoon
  • Baritone guitar
  • Guitar
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We are happy to perform at these events:

  • Corporate Event
  • Birthday Party
  • Festival
  • Wedding
  • Private Party
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We are based in London, United Kingdom.


Willing to travel nationwide.

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  • Price from £ 590
    Quintet - Corporate events and weddings

    • PA
    • PAT Tested
    • Public Liability Insurance (PLI)

    Additional Info:

    5 piece band (singer/baritone guitar, clarinet, bassoon, guitar, percussion)

    *Rate for London zones 1-5, not including congestion charge or parking. Rates allow one hour for set-up and sound check.

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1 Review

Booked The Swinging Magpies for a Private Party

This band are great! Really friendly players, music was top notch and exactly what our 1920s night needed - they created the perfect atmosphere. Would happily book them again.

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