Margot Antignac & The Swing of Delight

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Last Show: Sunday 18 th February 2024

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Margot Antignac & The Swing of Delight  are thrilled to be returning to The Pheasantry Club after their sell-out show in 2022. The band’s music stretches from the 1930s to the 21st Century, across American, mainland European, and British artists. In the band's mixed specialities ranging from jazz, bossa nova, to funk and R&B they showcase their impressive versatility, supplemented by Margot's special blend of different languages throughout. In her dazzling stage-presence, Margot performs iconic songs by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Edith Piaf, Cesária Evora, Pink Martini, and Paloma Faith. Simultaneously, this show will reveal the band’s first original compositions and a glimpse of Margot’s debut album which is to be released in the upcoming year. 

The first 10 people to purchase tickets will receive a free album and their names will be mentioned on the album cover!

With a total of over 100 years of playing experience, you can expect to be thoroughly entertained by the musician's original interpretations alongside Margot's joyous delivery which will have you singing and dancing along. Increasingly establishing themselves across the London jazz scene, in the past year they have been described as 'Soho superstars, showcasing their cool vibe for all to enjoy' by the Rye Jazz Festival as well as described as ‘absolutely amazing…wonderful!' by Carrie Grant and her team on BBC Radio London’s Jo Goode Show. Margot Antignac & The Swing of Delight is really unique. They are always very excited to be performing and to be united with the audience in everybody's common love for music. 

Margot Antignac

Margot is a remarkable artist with a diverse cultural background and a deep connection to music. Born to a German mother and a French father but raised in the UK, she effortlessly speaks all three languages, but considers music her first. Having started out as a classical singer, she transitioned towards jazz as she was scouted by Sam Shaker, a figure known for giving Amy Winehouse one of her first platforms to perform on, during a chance encounter in a Soho Jazz Club. This marked her first significant entry into the artistic sector. Swiftly, Margot's talent drew attention, leading to invitations for gigs at various prestigious venues. She assembled her band ‘The Swing of Delight’, initially focusing on cover songs. Within a year, Margot and her band achieved milestones like a sold-out show at The Pheasantry Club Pizza Express, a standout performance at the Rye Winter Jazz Festival, and a slot on BBC London’s Jo Goode Show. Starting to establish herself and her band on the London jazz scene, they have now set their sights on creating original music. In parallel, she has been composing music for her own debut album which is to be released later this year! The album touches on her understanding of identity in a multicultural universe and her relationship to music whilst she was growing up. Margot is absolutely thrilled to be playing with her band at The Pheasantry Club. She hopes that the audience will be left with a feeling of freedom, which she aims to evoke across her performance.

Simon Pires (Musical director and bass player of The Swing of Delight)

Simon has been playing and performing music for more than 35 years and loves all genres of music from around the world including jazz, classical and world music from India to Afro-Cuban. He is also very fond of classic rock and 70's soul and funk. His first musical experience was when he was 8 years old, where his father was making a recording with his band 'The Beathovens" in Toronto, Canada. Simon was exposed to many of the guitar greats including George Benson, Mark Knopfler, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Larry Cornell and Carlos Santana at an early age, plus all of the great jazz and world music pioneers from the golden era of experimental jazz from Chick Corea to John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Simon is a multi-instrumenatalist, engineer, arranger and composer and regularly performs in the London music scene. He believes in excellence and integrity, and sees music as a unique language that anyone can understand, a vehicle to help the human spirit to transcend and evolve.


Band Line Up

Margot Antignac (vocals) 

Simon Pires (electric bass)

Richard Davies (piano)

Dirk Vetter (saxophone)

Harold Daniel (drums)