‘Dear Fezziwigs,

‘Thank you very much for your beautiful playing at our wedding in April.  The guests were absolute ceilidh converts, many admitting it was heaps more fun than a wedding with a DJ.  Thank you for adding to our most magical and special day.

‘Love from Poppy and Gary xx’




‘Dear Ruth,

‘We would all like to thank you and the other ladies for such a wonderful afternoon of entertainment last Saturday.  We had such fun.  [Our Polish guests] had never come across anything like it, and the Scottish guests thought the rest of us were mad !!!!  … everyone had great fun and said they will never forget such a lovely day.  Thank you all so much for being part of it.’  PV.


‘Dear Ruth, Liz and Antonella.

‘Just a quick message to say a big THANK YOU for Saturday night.

‘What a wonderful evening and how amazing you got just about everyone up on the dance floor.

‘Your instructions were clear and you made us all feel like “old hands” by the end of the evening.

‘We had such a fun time and many guests have got back to me to say how much they enjoyed it.

‘An absolute pleasure.’  LC.


‘Thank you sooo much for such fun and beautiful wedding music!  Everyone enjoyed dancing!  …Great fun everyone having a go, joining in and coming together to dance to such celebratory happy music!  Thank you!’  LJ.


‘… I just wanted to thank you for a great evening on Saturday.  All of us had a marvellous time and we’ll be doing it again next year!  We will get back to you with a date at some point, but wanted to let you know how much people enjoyed themselves.  Thanks again, kindest wishes.’  SC.


‘Thank you so much for a great evening, Ruth, and pass it on to the band.  Our guests and family loved it.’  HS.


‘Many thanks for Sunday’s performance.  You were all wonderful – thank you.’  VB.


‘Please accept our heartfelt thanks following our party last Saturday night.  Absolutely everyone thoroughly enjoyed your amazing contribution which helped make our evening such a wonderful and memorable occasion.  We also really appreciated your patience with us all – it got a little tricky when we occasionally lost our partner, or had to crawl under a very small arch made by our little ones (our youngest granddaughter had celebrated her second birthday the day before our party and kept on going till the end), but to see their excited faces and the energy which they brought to their first ceilidh will stay with us forever.  It was also lovely to see you enjoying yourselves too! We would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who may be looking for a first-class ceilidh band, and we wish you all the best for your future events.’  KW.


‘Hello Ruth.  Thank you so much for the wonderful music you played for us last night.  You really helped to make our party a very special occasion….  Lots of our friends said how much they enjoyed your band…’  TL


‘Hi Ruth, Just to say a big thank you for Sunday, everyone really enjoyed themselves and I hope you did too.  I will recommend you to anyone who are looking for a good party band.’  DM.


‘Thanks Fezziwig, you made the evening such fun.  And thanks too for your patience – it was like herding cats, but we got there and danced our socks off.  What a fun workout.  You were all amazing…’  NH.


‘Hi Ruth.  Thank you for a wonderful evening on Saturday.  We are receiving a huge amount of appreciation from those attending and saying what fun it was.  That is down to you lovely ladies who made the evening go with a swing.  We will certainly recommend you for any future occasion that arises.’  SJ.


‘Thank you very much for … a very enjoyable evening… everyone really enjoyed themselves.  Great playing and calling; super fun.  We shall be in touch when [our French town-twinning friends] return in two years for their biennial visit and shall certainly recommend you to other groups.’  PM.


‘A brilliant time again this year [at the Harmony Festival]; restful, relaxing and the ceilidh Saturday night was an absolute hoot….  You were brilliant and dealt with our ineptitude brilliantly, great fun x’  HO.


‘Hi Ruth.  Firstly, may I say thank you very much for Sunday evening.  We have had so many emails / phone calls etc. saying how much fun they had and how much they enjoyed the dancing and the band.  Not even the weather dampened their spirits.  Please pass on our appreciation to Liz and Antonella, who was really lovely and friendly.  Please thank them both for me.’  JT.


‘I would just like to thank you all very much for a brilliant night last night.  I had a wonderful time and I know everyone else really enjoyed themselves as well.  Thank you once again.’  HC.


‘Good morning Ruth.  Just a little note to say thank you all so much for another great night last night.  I think everyone had a good time….’  LL.


‘Thank you for playing!  We had a whale of a time!  You added so much to the celebrations – we couldn’t have picked a better band! Everyone said how much they’d enjoyed it.  I would recommend you to anyone.’  CB.


‘[We] want to say how much we enjoyed your performance on Saturday evening.  We think it was very clear that all our guests did too.  We feel that you really sensed what you could do and contributed greatly to the success of the night… keep up the good work.’  AM.


‘… Brilliant, exactly what [we’d] been hoping for, absolutely made the evening, lots of friends calling … to say what a marvellous time they’d had’.  ML.


‘We had an absolutely fantastic time last week, and Fezziwig was just what we needed to get our party swinging.  We have received so many emails and cards this week from everyone who came, saying how much fun they had.  We were delighted too that everyone was keen to get up and dance, have fun, and generally make fools of themselves….  The band was great, they did a wonderful job getting us up and taking us gently through our paces….  I liked the way the dances got steadily more difficult as the evening progressed….  One of the younger guests – who originally wasn’t too keen on the idea of a ceilidh, let alone actually getting up and dancing – emailed: “Thank you so much for an awesome weekend.  I haven’t enjoyed myself so much in a long time. It put me in such a good mood for the week.” ’  JH.


‘Just to say thank you for your excellent music for our ceilidh – we were very impressed.  We had a wonderful evening – so much so that we’re considering a first anniversary ceilidh celebration next year!’  ZW.



‘… the good old-fashioned dance, which has the least of vanity and the most of merriment in it… that half-rustic rhythm which seems to banish pretentious etiquette. ’
Marian Evans, aka George Eliot (The Mill On The Floss, 1860).

 “ You be bound to dance at Christmas because ‘tis the time of the year; you must dance at weddings because ‘tis the time o’ life.  At christenings folk will even smuggle in a reel or two…” ’
Thomas Hardy (The Return Of The Native, 1878).

Dance, dance, for the figure is easy, The tune is catching and will not stop; Dance till the stars come down from the rafters; Dance, dance, dance till you drop.’
W H Auden.

‘We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.’
Friedrich Nietzsche.

‘Dance is the hidden language of the soul.’
Martha Graham.

‘La danse, c’est la poésie avec des bras et des jambs.’ (Dance is poetry with arms and legs.)