The Band

Under the influence of prohibition-era speakeasies, this inspired 5 piece plays a delightful mix of 1920s and 30s hot jazz and early swing.

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 [1] (vocals/baritone guitar)
  • Emma Stubbs/Lucinda Dunne (clarinet)
  • Vicky Cowles (bassoon)
  • Gregory Madge (guitar)
  • Caroline Scott/Rebecca McChrystal (percussion)

[1] : a one time bootlegger and, if you listen to the rumours, member of the European aristocracy on the run from his destiny as King of Spain.

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?


Showreel - Medley
  1. Tiger Rag (Original Dixieland Jazz Band)
  2. The Old Man Of The Mountain (Young)
  3. Jumping At The Woodside (Basie)

Song List

This 5 piece, with unique instrumentation, offer quick-witted arrangements that encapsulate the best of hot jazz sensibilities. Watch them shuffle and boogie with flair and brio, evoking the energy of that bygone era. 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.

Examples of songs in repertoire
  1. A Revival
  2. Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
  3. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me
  4. Call Of The Freaks
  5. Christopher Columbus (A Rhythm Cocktail)
  6. Dinah
  7. Fat And Greasy
  8. Find Out What They Like And How They Like It
  9. Get Happy
  10. Honeysuckle Rose
  11. I Got Rhythm
  12. I Like Pie, I Like Cake
  13. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
  14. Ireland
  15. It Don’t Mean A Thing
  16. Joshua (Fit The Battle Of Jericho)
  17. Jumping At The Woodside
  18. My Very Good Friend The MIlkman
  19. Quisiera Ser
  20. Ragged Trousers Blues
  21. Shake That Thing
  22. Sing, Sing, Sing
  23. T’Ain’t What You Do
  24. Tea For Two
  25. The Dipsy Doodle
  26. The East St Louis Toodle-oo
  27. The Lambeth Walk
  28. The Morning Werewolf
  29. The Old Man Of The Mountain
  30. Tiger Rag
  31. Walkin’ The Dog
  32. When The Saints Go Marching In
  33. Where The Kids Are
  34. Your Feet’s Too Big
Bonfire Night:
  1. Bonfire Night Rag
  1. Baby It’s Cold Outside
  2. Deck The Hall
  3. Ding Dong, The Bells Are Chiming


For booking enquiries please contact:
Cate Davies
07863 331 386