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FEZZIWIG CEILIDH BAND

‘as good as any five-piece band.’  

FEZZIWIG are possibly the best little ceilidh band for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.  Antonella, our caller, knows countless varied dances and is brilliant at talking you through the steps before each 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.  

So if you have a Wedding 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 SupperBonfire Night, Christmas or New Year’s Eve 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.

Now: we’re into the second half of spring already!  I know they try to tell you that 21st March is the official start of spring, but what do they know?  Who are These They, anyway, who try to impose official starting times for nature?  It’s as futile as Cnut sitting on the beach and telling the tide not to come in.  (Not that he did that anyway.  That’s something else They made up.)  Spring starts when the snowdrops and crocuses appear, and that was weeks ago.  We’re now halfway between mid-winter and mid-summer, and that makes it mid-spring. 

And, like it or not, now might be the time to start thinking about the autumn.  After all, what are you going to have to look forward to when you notice a chill in the air and the nights start drawing in?  A barn dance – that’s what!  There are all sorts of reasons to celebrate in the autumn: Michaelmas or the autumnal equinox, Harvest, Hallowe’en, Guy Fawkes’ Night.  Not that you need a reason.  You supply the venue, we supply the music, you do the dancing.  Just say the word – and the word is FEZZIWIG !

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.

COMING GIGS

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:-

On Saturday 6th June we’re at the St James South Elmham Village Hall, Suffolk IP19 0HR, for a Barn Dance.  Times: 8.00 – 11.00 p.m. Tickets £10 to include a hot and cold buffet, so booking is essential.  Phone Caroline on 01986 782545 or Lynda on 01986 782582, or email caroline@rodbourne.org.uk.  There is plenty of parking space in the car-park.

And we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be playing for the Saturday Night Ceilidh at this year’s Weybourne Folk Festival.  It’s on 15th August, beginning at 8.00 p.m., in the Weybourne Village Hall, Beach Lane, Weybourne, Norfolk NR25 7AH.  Phone 01263 588781 or email tonyandcarmen@btinternet.com.

Looking a bit further ahead, we’ll be playing at Spooner Row on 10th October; and at Rockland Village Hall again for their Valentine’s Dance on 13th February next year.  These are both return visits to gigs we’ve done before, so we must be doing something right!  Further details on these two gigs will be posted nearer the time, as will any new events as they come up.  Meanwhile, why not follow us on Facebook?

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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!