Fezziwig Ceilidh Band

As Churchill might have said, ‘This is not the end.  It is not even the beginning of the end.  But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning of the finish of the start of the conclusion of the commencement of the end.’  In other words, it really does look as if we can start dancing again by midsummer, and carry on from where we were when we were so rudely interrupted.  So for the second half of this year, we’re taking ceilidh bookings!  We’re looking forward to it, of course, and we’re also looking forward to our new line-up.  Because, sadly, our Liz hasn’t been in the best of health recently and she’s taking a back seat.  But we have a brilliant young fiddle-player, Dante, joining Antonella and Ruth.  So please get in touch, and let’s get dancing again!

Please see our Contacts page to get in touch.

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Fezziwig are a great little ceilidh band for Norfolk! 

We are a small but perfectly formed ceilidh band for Suffolk! 

And we’re the perfect ceilidh band for Cambridgeshire!

In short, we have been playing for ceilidh dancing and barn dances since 2003, in Norwich, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft, King’s Lynn, Cambridge, and all points in between.

So if you’re looking for a wedding band, a party band, or a dedicated ceilidh band, please get in touch.

Who are we?  You’d have to go a long way to find a dance caller to compare with Antonella, who is one of the most admired callers in East Anglia.  We sometimes hear reports of callers being bossy or school-teacherish!  Antonella is the complete opposite of that. She is equally empathetic whether explaining the dance-steps to complete beginners, young children or experienced dancers.  She has a large collection of dances, some simple, some more complex, and she has written dances of her own too.  Her philosophy is that a ceilidh should be fun, and it doesn’t matter at all if you make mistakes!  Just laugh and carry on!  She plays percussion and whistle.  Ruth is a founder-member of the band, and has been described as our ‘flash melodeon player’.  Her toe-tapping squeezebox style will get you in the mood for dancing; while our newest member, Dante, adds excitement and verve with his fiddle-playing.

(We can, incidentally, simply play pleasant, gentle background music for your party or event if, for any reason, you don’t want an entire evening of dancing.)

We are a great little team, and as there are just three of us, we can keep costs downAlthough, if you think you would prefer a larger band, we do have musicians we can call on to join us.  Please ask for details on that or any other queries you may have.  See our Contact page or message us on Facebook.

Why book a ceilidh band?  Presumably, as you’re on this website, you already know what you want.  But just in case you’re still wondering, a ceilidh is an evening of country dances from England, Scotland and Ireland.  No need to wear a cowboy hat, unless you really want to!  It is an ideal way to celebrate a wedding, a special birthday or an anniversary.  In some of the dances you change partners several times, and this is especially good for party guests to get to know each other.  Ceilidhs are fun for all ages, and dancing is a brilliant way to work out, helps you stay fit and burn off the calories when you’ve been celebrating with a big meal!  And if you’ve never done it before, don’t worry, as we have Antonella!  (See above.)  Ceilidhs, or barn dances (we don’t really distinguish between the two terms), are also an excellent idea for fund-raisers. Or simply an evening of Strictly Come Ceilidh, to celebrate Midsummer, Harvest Time, Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night, Christmas / Yule, New Year, Valentine’s Day or May Day.  Or whatever, whenever!  Anywhere in East Anglia. 

And by the way, we’re a well-established band and we’re not doing this simply as a hobby to amuse ourselves!  We enjoy what we do, but at the same time we try to be professional in our approach, aiming to tailor each evening to the occasion, to suit the requirements of the client.  And we think we must be doing something right; in recent years we’ve been doing more and more repeat bookings, i.e. people we’ve played for once come back and ask us to do it again.  We’ve been asked back to do Wroxham’s biennial French town-twinning dinner/dance for a fourth time,; and we played for the annual Valentine’s Dance at Rockland for the six years in a row!  In fact, you could say we have an ever-increasing number of Fezzifans throughout East Anglia!

 

For something a bit different, we can offer Antonella’s Marvellous Maypole!  (One of Roald Dahl’s lesser-known stories!)  For outdoor events – or possibly indoors – we’ll play music while Antonella explains how it’s done, weaving in and out of each other until the ribbons end up in an intricate pattern.  If this sounds like something you May like (see what I did there?), please phone or email to discuss your requirements.  (The dancing is much better than my joke, by the way!  And it doesn’t have to be in May.)

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You could call us The Three Miss Fezziwigs!  They appear in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in the scene where Mr and Mrs Fezziwig hold a party for their employees, as Scrooge remembers when he visits his past:-

‘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 Fezziwig Ceilidh Band aim to do.  After all, there’s nothing like a nice bit of affectionate grouping!