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Vintage jazz band

David McTea & The Swinging Magpies

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About David McTea & The Swinging Magpies

Under the influence of prohibition-era speakeasies, this inspired 5 piece plays a delightful mix of 1920s and 30s hot jazz and swing.
Vintage jazz band
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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. The band comprises: David McTea (vocals/baritone guitar) Lucinda Dunne (clarinet) Vicky Cowles (bassoon) Gregory Madge (guitar) Caroline Scott (percussion) 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 and private parties. David is also a swing and jazz dancer, and 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.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Jazz, Cabaret, Swing, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Ain't Misbehavin'
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me
Call Of The Freaks
Christopher Columbus (A Rhythm Cocktail)
Fat And Greasy
Get Happy
Honeysuckle Rose
I Got Rhythm
I Like Pie, I Like Cake
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
In The Mood
It Don’t Mean A Thing
Joshua (Fit The Battle Of Jericho)
Jumping At The Woodside
Just A Gigolo
La Cumparsita
My Very Good Friend The Milkman
Royal Garden Blues
Shake That Thing
Sing, Sing, Sing
T’Ain’t What You Do
Tea For Two
The Charleston
The Dipsy Doodle
The East St Louis Toodle-oo
The Lambeth Walk
The Old Man Of The Mountain
Tiger Rag
Walkin’ The Dog
When I Get Low I Get High
When The Saints Go Marching In
Your Feet’s Too Big
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Deck The Hall
Ding Dong, The Bells Are Chiming
Swinging Them Jingle Bells
New Year's Eve:
Auld Lang Syne


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Roger C, 3 years ago

David McTea and the Swinging Magpies played for the Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers Livery Company in the impressive surroundings of the Prince Albert room at London Zoo. The music they chose and the way in which it was played was exceptional and just what we wanted. We did not want the music to be too loud to interfere with conversation going on in the room yet it was perfect for dancing to on the dance floor. So well judged. I would recommend the band for any event where quality is required.

From other customers:

Sammy (, 3 years ago

These guys have to be one of the best, most professional and friendly bands I’ve ever had the privilege to work with! From initial contact to turning up on the day, David and the band have made everything so easy for us when we had other things to concentrate on. As most of our guests at the wedding were musicians (including ourselves) we wanted a band that had the potential to wow everyone and be out of the norm of normal wedding bands, and they certainly proved that. We’ve had nothing but raving reviews from our friends and family regarding the band, as everything from their sound quality, performance and get up was nothing less than perfect. Fantastically easy to work with and incredibly talented - they were worth more than what we paid for them.

Estelle P, 5 years ago

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.