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 song to keep you entertained 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 Supper, Bonfire 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.
We’re now into Autumn and the nights are drawing in. What, you might be wondering, is there to look forward to, with a chill in the air and the days getting noticeably shorter? 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 !
BTW: 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.) We also have Public Liability Insurance for up to £10 million.
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:-
We’ll be making a return visit to the Christ Church Centre, New Catton, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 4LA on Old Year’s Night, to see in 2016 with Norwich Folk Club (phone 01603 425546); and at Rockland Village Hall, The Street, Rockland All Saints, Norfolk NR17 1TP for their St. Valentine’s Dance on 13th February (01953 483226). These are both return visits to venues we’ve played at before, so we must be doing something right!
Further details on these will be posted nearer the time, as will any new events as they come up. If you’d like to be put on a mailing list, so that we can email you with all our public dances / ceilidhs, please let us know. Email Ruth on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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!