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 might just sing you 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 available to join 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 May Day or Summer Solstice Celebration, 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 events, 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 soon:-
Stop Press! Norwich Folk Club have just invited us to play for their Old Year’s Night Party and Song Session, where there will be dancing and music to see in 2015. It’s on Wednesday 31st December (of course!), at the Christ Church Centre, Magdalen Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 4LA. Times: 8.30 p.m. – 12.30 a.m.. Bring your own drinks and some food to share. Tickets £4 (or £2 to members). Phone 01603 425546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Starts 7.30 p.m. Tickets £6. Bring your own refreshments as there is no bar. Phone 01502 573672 (evenings only) or email email@example.com.
Many thanks to Georgette and Tony Vale for their help with the recent Christmas Ceilidh in Wymondham, which was much enjoyed on a cold, icy night! The hot punch was much appreciated and everyone kept warm with lots of energetic dancing. Great fun!
We’ll put new events on here as soon as they come up. Meanwhile, why not follow us on Facebook?
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!