Fezziwig are a small but perfectly formed ceilidh band, covering Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire. Antonella is one of the most admired callers in East Anglia. We sometimes hear reports of dance callers being hectoring or school-teacherish! Our Antonella is the complete opposite of that. She is empathetic and equally good at explaining the dance -steps to complete beginners, young children or experienced dancers. She also plays percussion and whistle. Ruth has been described as our ‘flash melodeon player’, and her toe-tapping squeezebox style will get you in the mood for dancing; while Liz provides rhythm on banjo or baritone ukulele.
In recent years we’ve been doing an increasing number of repeat bookings, i.e. people we’ve played for once come back and ask us to do it again another year. Either they’re all gluttons for punishment or it shows we must be doing something right!
But 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 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 great for all ages, and dancing helps you stay fit and burn off the calories when you’ve been celebrating with a big meal! 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 Valentine’s, Midsummer, Harvest time, Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night, Christmas or New Year. Or whatever, whenever!
And as there are just three of us, we can keep costs down. What more could you ask? But if there is anything, please get in touch. Or just book Fezziwig straightaway! See our Contact page or message us on Facebook.
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; Sibton Park, Saxmundham; The Elms Barn, Toft Monks. And hundreds of Village Halls!
PS: 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.)
And we have Public Liability Insurance for up to £10 million.
PPS. Gina Manning, who took some great photos at one of our recent wedding gigs, at College Farm, Thompson, has been kind enough to add our link to her blog. So let’s reciprocate! Anyone who’s organising a wedding or similar event, and needs a good photographer, why not contact Gina? (And if you need a ceilidh band, of course, you know where to come!)
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 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 also play at ceilidhs and barn dances open to the public, and you can find details of these on our Fezzigigs! page.