Oh dear, oh lor! It would appear that messages sent to the Fezziwig email address have not been getting through. We often had the same problem in our early days, when our carrier-pigeons, Peter and Paul, kept getting blown off course. If you’ve tried to contact us recently please try again using the address now shown on our Contacts page. (If that fails, write c/o Peter and Paul, The Bird Table, Fezziwig Mansions.)
FEZZIWIG CEILIDH BAND
FEZZIWIG are the Go-To ceilidh band for Norfolk, plus the northern half of Suffolk and eastern bits of Cambridgeshire! We might even be persuaded to go further afield on occasion. Since we were formed in 2003 we have played for numerous weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, barn dances and lots more besides. Some of the appreciative comments of our clients are listed elsewhere – see our Testimonials page.
Currently, we usually perform as a 3-piece band, including fiddle-player Paul Keeler, together with Ruth Frazer on melodeon. We can also change to a 2-piece or 4-piece line-up when required. Whatever the line-up we always include our caller, Colin Clegg, who also plays bass guitar, and he will talk you through all the dances. However…
CHANGES ARE AFOOT!
Gasps of amazement all round! Hello, this is Ruth, and I’m here to announce that from October 2014 we’ll be featuring a New Look Fezziwig Ceilidh Band. Our caller, Colin, who has done sterling service since 2005, will be hanging up his bass guitar and his little book of dances, and moving on to pursue other interests. Let’s hope he catches them. Heartfelt thanks are due to him and also to Kate Kemsley, Trevor Simpson and Paul Keeler, who have all played fiddle for us at various times. Our last gig with the present line-up will be on 4th October at Spooner Row, Norfolk. Please come along and see us if you can, to say Goodbye, Good Riddance, or whatever you feel is appropriate. Details below.
After that date we’ll carry on with a new-look Fezziwig, in which we aim to bring you not just toe-tapping tunes, dancing and an expert caller, but more songs and entertainment in between dances. Details are still being finalised, but please get in touch via our Contacts page and we can put you in the picture.
We already have two events lined up for early next year at which you can see our new line-up in action. Details below.
Last chance to see our present line-up: we’ll be playing at a Family Ceilidh on Saturday 4th October, from 6.00 until 9.00 p.m. It’s at Spooner Row Village Hall (not far from Wymondham, Norfolk). There will be a licensed bar and food available. Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children. To procure yours phone Jo on 07730953100. Proceeds will go to the Friends of Spooner Row Primary School, and the school office can also supply tickets.
And the new-look band will be making its début at Rockland Village Hall, Norfolk (between Attleborough and Watton), for a St Valentine’s Dance on Saturday 14th February 2015. We’ll put full details on here nearer the time, but if you want to know more phone Ann Burroughes on 01953 483226.
We’ll also be playing for the Marsh Maidens WI of Carlton Colville (near Lowestoft), for a ceilidh on Friday 20th March 2015. Details to follow shortly. Watch this space!
Meanwhile, if you’re planning a Harvest Supper, Bonfire Night or Christmas party, how about a barn dance to help celebrate? And of course, if you have a wedding or civil partnership coming up, one of those significant birthdays or anniversaries, if you have an empty barn and wonder what to do with it, or if you just feel like having a fun evening for no reason at all – please get in touch! See our Contact page.
Incidentally, if you are getting married you may need some piccies! You could try Nic Skerten Photography, who’s been with us at several weddings. His website is www.nicskerten.co.uk. You might even spot a few pictures of us on there!
And in case you’re wondering, our band is named after Mr and Mrs Fezziwig in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol :
‘ “Hilli-ho!” cried old Fezziwig, skipping down from the high desk, with wonderful agility. “Clear away, my lads, and let’s have lots of room here…!”
‘In they all came, one after another; some shyly, some boldly, some gracefully, some awkwardly, some pushing, some pulling…. Away they all went, twenty couple at once, hands half round and back again the other way; down the middle and up again; round and round in various stages of affectionate grouping….’
In other words, they have a ball! Mr and Mrs Fezziwig provide an evening of merriment and dancing to the delight of one and all. Which is, of course, exactly what we aim to do. After all, there’s nothing like a nice bit of affectionate grouping!