FEZZIWIG are a great little ceilidh band for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Antonella, one of the most popular callers in East Anglia, knows all sorts of different dances and is just wonderful at talking you through the steps and sorting out any queries, before each dance begins. She also plays percussion and whistle. Ruth, a founder-member of FEZZIWIG back in 2003, is an experienced player on the melodeon, and her punchy melodic rhythms will put you in the mood to dance the night away. And we have Liz, who plays banjo and has now added a delightfully warm-toned baritone ukulele to her armoury.
As there are just the three of us we can keep costs down. It’s been said that we’re just as good as a five- or six-piece band, and after all, you can dance just as well to a small one! But should you prefer more musicians, we can sometimes expand to a larger line-up. Please ask for details.
So if you have a Wedding coming up (same sex or the other sort), or one of those significant Birthdays or Anniversaries, book FEZZIWIG! (The great thing about ceilidh dancing at weddings, by the way, is that it’s a brilliant way for the two families and their friends to get to know each other. There are several dances where you change partners frequently during the dance.)
And if you’re planning a Harvest Supper, Hallowe’en or Bonfire Night, Christmas or New Year’s Eve Party, Valentine’s Night, May Day or Summer Solstice Celebration; if you have an empty barn and don’t know what to do with it, or if you just feel like having an evening of Strictly Come Ceilidh, for no reason at all, how about a barn dance? You supply the venue, we supply the music, you do the dancing. Just say the word – and the word is FEZZIWIG ! To get in touch – see our Contact page.
Here are just a few of the prestigious venues we’ve played at over the last few years:- Sussex Barn, Burnham Market; Hunter’s Hall, Swanton Morley; Hickling Barn, Norfolk; The Tithe Barn, Sproughton, Ipswich; Voewood House, Holt; Mannington Hall, Norfolk; Crow’s Hall, Debenham; Helmingham Hall, Suffolk; Preston Priory Barn near Lavenham.
BTW: You may like to know that we currently have PAT certificates for our electrical equipment. (We can, however, play acoustically when appropriate, for smaller venues. Please contact us to discuss this if you think it is an option.)
We also have Public Liability Insurance for up to £10 million.
And in case you’re wondering, our band is named after Mr and Mrs Fezziwig (and the three Miss Fezziwigs), 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! The Fezziwigs 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!
NB. Most of our gigs are private functions, of course. But we do play at ceilidhs and barn dances open to the public, and you can find details of these on our Fezzigigs! page.