FEZZIWIG CEILIDH BAND
FEZZIWIG are the go-to ceilidh band for Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and further afield. We are now coming up to our tenth anniversary, having been established in 2003, playing for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, barn dances and lots more besides.) Some of the appreciative comments of our clients are listed elsewhere – see our Testimonials page.)
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, and he will talk you through all the dances. (See our Who Are Fezziwig? page.)
BARN DANCE: HILL’s FARM, CRANES ROAD, HETHEL, NORFOLK
Saturday 15th June 2013.
Barn dance with barbecue and bar. From 7.30 pm.
Tickets (including barbecue) £12.50 for adults; £7.00 for children. Available from Cathy Nicholls 01508 570557; Janet Feltham 01508 578714; Susie Whitehouse 01508 570954.
FEZZIWIG AFLOAT! NORFOLK BROADS CRUISES 2013
Three dates have been announced for Fezziwig to play on evening cruises this summer on the Norfolk Broads, sailing from Wroxham at 7.30. The dates are 25th July, 8th August and 22nd August, all Thursdays. To book, or for more information, contact Broads Tours, The Bridge, Wroxham, Norfolk NR12 8RX (phone 01603 782207).
We did two of these cruises in 2012 and they were wonderful gigs, with people on board The Vintage Broadsman tapping their feet and occasionally waltzing on the upper deck as we sailed from Wroxham to Horning and back. In July we were lucky to have a balmy summer evening, while swans swam on the sun-dappled water, and herons posed majestically. After a while we saw people on the banks swaying about, waving their arms and dancing as we passed, in time to our music. There was even a field of cows who seemed tempted to join in too, but I think we upset them when we started playing Buffalo Girls! Eventually the sun sank and we returned to Wroxham with a golden gibbous moon shining in the rippling water. In August we sailed again. These were two magical evenings – book now for 2013!
Most of our gigs are private family functions, but we’ll keep you posted whenever further public appearances are confirmed. Meanwhile, if you’re planning a May Day or Midsummer party, 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 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!