FEZZIWIG CEILIDH BAND
FEZZIWIG are the ideal ceilidh band for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Antonella, our caller, knows all sorts of dances and is a brilliant tutor and communicator, talking you through the steps before the dance begins. 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 will sing the odd cowboy song, ballad or comic number to keep you amused between dances. Between them, the three will also play, from time to time, other instruments such as mandolin, whistle, guitar, flute and percussion.
And we are now pleased to announce that Gary Ames, a first-class musician on fiddle, is joining the band, meaning that we can expand to a four-piece line-up when required.
So if you have a Wedding or Civil Partnership coming up, or one of those significant Birthdays or Anniversaries, book FEZZIWIG for an evening of Strictly Come Ceilidh! And if you’re planning a Harvest Supper, Bonfire Night or Christmas Party, if you have an empty barn and don’t know what to do with it, or if you just feel like having a fun evening for no reason at all, how about a barn dance? Just get in touch – see the Contact Us page.
FEZZIWIG are also available to play in schools, typically spending an hour with each class, throughout a day, playing for ceilidh dancing. And Antonella has a maypole, which can be used for these or any other events! See our Pictures page.
For bookings confirmed before the end of 2014 we are now offering a 15% discount off our usual fee (three-piece line-up only). Please contact us for further details. See our Contact Us page.
The majority of our gigs are private affairs, such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries etc. But we do play for dances open to the public, and here are details of some which are coming up:-
On Saturday 13th December, we’re playing for a Christmas Ceilidh at the North Wymondham Community Centre, Lime Tree Avenue, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0HH. This is a fund-raiser for the Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper (www.watn.org.uk). Times: 6.30 – 9.30 p.m.. Bring your own drinks and food to share. Tickets £5. Box office 01953 605434 or email email@example.com. This is an excellent opportunity to come along and see us in action, with Antonella calling the dances. Don’t worry if you’ve never done ceilidh dancing before – it’s huge fun and keeps you fit! Dance off some pounds before you put them on again for Christmas!
Confirmed for 2015:-
In the spring (not long now!) FEZZIWIG will be at Rockland Village Hall, Low Lane, Rockland All Saints, Norfolk NR17 1TP (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 to find out 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. It’s at the Community Centre, Hall Road, Carlton Colville, Suffolk NR33 8BT. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!