Stumpy Oak

Ceilidh Band


Here are testimonials from ceilidhs we’ve played. You also might like to take a look at our list of recent and upcoming events, which includes a few public events.

“Thank you for being so fab on Saturday. It was a brilliant evening”
Emily, wedding ceilidh & disco, Henry Moore Foundation (August 2022)

“Stumpy oak exceeded our expectations and were so accommodating for us. I would not hesitate to book them again for future events. Thank you all for such a memorable and personal dance.”
Joshua, wedding ceilidh, Great Yarmouth (July 2022)

“Thank you so much. It was a lot of fun and your band was amazing”
Alfie, wedding ceilidh & DIY disco, Ashwell Herts (July 2022)

“I am writing to say how much we all enjoyed your playing on Saturday night. I think it must have been fairly obvious, especially in the freestyling at the end, that we were in our element! The music was wonderful, the calling perfect and your choice of dances spot on. Fantastic, thanks to all three of you! I really hope to have the chance to dance with you again. Many, many thanks.”
Lucy, graduation, birthday & anniversary party, Ashwell, Herts (July 2022)

“Thanks again to you all for a brilliant afternoon. You really made our party something to remember Such a great sound, wonderful calling and such good fun.”
John, party near Bury St Edmunds (July 2022)

“It was a lovely way to finish off our series of events this summer… Thank you all for being brilliant and lovely in equal measures. Until we meet again.”
David, The Froize, Suffolk (July 2022)

“We loved the ceilidh and the feedback we had was the same! Look forward to attending one of your events or booking you again!”
Claire, Newnham College, Cambridge (July 2022)

“So lovely to meet you all yesterday and for helping us pull off a fun event! You were all amazing and everyone loved it .. We will hopefully be able to see you all again sometime.”
Nicola, English Heritage away day in Castle Acre, Norfolk (June 2022)

“We had an amazing evening and we absolutely loved the band and the dances – we will definitely be doing again next summer”
Heidi, staff party in Norfolk (June 2022)

“I just wanted to send an email to thank you for the amazing ceilidh and disco at our wedding on Saturday 25 June! Everyone I spoke to absolutely loved it (a lot of whom had never done a ceilidh before… and definitely couldn’t even pronounce it!). There were so many people I saw dancing who I would have usually classed as quite introverted and shy… but they were getting involved and swinging their partners almost too enthusiastically! The transition to the DJ/disco part was also brilliant and very seamless. Thank you for playing all the requests. It was a brilliant evening. We’re actually going to a ceilidh next weekend in Max’s home village… unfortunately for them we do have very high expectations of how a ceilidh should be done now!”
Amanda, wedding ceilidh & disco near Lavenham, Suffolk (June 2022)

“Thank you so much, it was absolutely epic, you were all amazing. The guests loved it.”
Rosie & Sam, wedding ceilidh & disco in Norfolk (June 2022)

“We have received so many compliments about the band and the ceilidh and we just wanted to pass this on along with our thanks! Many of our guests had never done a ceilidh before and the way you adapted to them and made everyone have so much fun was incredible. We are sure people will bring up the ceilidh every time the wedding is mentioned for years to come! Thank you so much.”
Alice, wedding ceilidh at Pentney Abbey, Norfolk (June 2022)

“It was a wonderful day – so many people enjoying your fun music and it was so nice to see lots of people dancing! Many thanks to you all for helping to make our event a huge success.”
Debbie, Ely Market Jubilee celebration (June 2022)

“Thank you SO MUCH for such an amazing ceilidh! Our guests loved it, and many have said they wished they’d danced more ceilidh dances. Such a great ice breaker, your band were amazing and the caller was excellent, thank you so much. I am certain we will ceilidh again together soon – enjoy the rest of your summer!”
Natalie & Richard, wedding ceilidh at Tudor Barn, Belstead (June 2022)

“We had a brilliant night with you..! Really good and excellent caller. Cheers!”
Nick, wedding ceilidh at Smeetham Hall, Bulmer (May 2022)

“Loved, loved having you here!”
Wedding in Essex (May 2022)

“Stumpy Oak you were FABULOUS! I mean, I have watched your YouTube videos and thought you were great in them but they do not do you justice… Your sound was amazing! There’s just something about a live band! The volume was perfect, not over bearing to the point where no one could talk but loud enough to feel the beat on the floor. You were all so welcoming and friendly, so patient with getting everyone up on floor. The caller was so clear with teaching us all the moves; she was brilliant and showed such showmanship.

You arrived on time, your communication was second to none, your quote was so reasonable and I have no regrets in booking you; I definitely feel I got my money’s worth. The chemistry between yourselves as a group was lovely and that’s what makes a good band. You’ve helped create a fantastic memory of my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary, who 40 years ago on the same day had a barn dance at their wedding.

Thank you once again and should I ever plan another event like it, I’ll definitely be contacting you again.”
Lucy, anniversary ceilidh in Weeley, Essex (May 2022)

“We just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thanks so much for everything on Saturday! Everyone told us they had a fantastic time with the band and it was great to see everyone up dancing! Thanks for helping to make our wedding day such a special one!”
Rebecca & Matt, wedding ceilidh & disco, North Essex (May 2022)

“Thank you for providing such an amazing evening for everyone. Lots and lots of fun!”
Lauren, community ceilidh in Hintlesham, Suffolk (May 2022)

“So much fun… thank you very much”
Michaela, public ceilidh attendee (May 2022)

“Thanks to you all for a great evening. Everyone was very impressed with you all and we would be happy to recommend you. Great to have a good laugh at our own foolishness especially at the current time.Thanks again and hope to make fools of ourselves again with your help!”
Karen, birthday party near Colchester, Essex (April 2022)

“Thank you so much for playing for us! We had a wonderful time and an added bonus that I didn’t trip up the dress! We’ve had so many compliments about the Ceilidh – everyone loved it and I’m sure we will see you again!”
Lauren, wedding ceilidh in Fulbourn (March 2022)

“Thanks so much to you all for such a great evening last night. I have had so many lovely comments and everyone really enjoyed themselves… Lots of talk about doing it again next year, and we raised a lot of money for the School PTA.”
Alison & Andrew, Burns event in St Albans (January 2022)

“Last night was amazing!!!! We had the BEST time!”
Georgi & Iain, wedding ceilidh at South Farm (January 2022)

“Thank you so much… the ceilidh was so much fun and everyone really enjoyed it!”
Kerri, wedding ceilidh & disco in Braxted, Essex (December 2021)

“We just wanted to say a big thank you for coming to play at our wedding. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves thanks to you and the band. It was fab and we hope to do it all again at some point. We will certainly recommend you to anyone that’s considering it.”
John & Lauren, wedding ceilidh in Norwich (November 2021)

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the band and DJ from our wedding last Sunday.The band were absolutely amazing, the caller guided everyone through the dances really well so everyone from the ceilidh newbies to seasoned dancers knew what they were doing and there were even a few new dances for us to learn! Everyone had a fantastic time and it was the perfect way for us to celebrate our wedding. Thank you so much for sticking with us through all the postponements and I’m just so glad that restrictions lifted so we could have the ceilidh we planned. As two Scots getting married in England, it was so nice to be able to have what felt like a little bit of home on our wedding day. If I ever organise another ceilidh, I will be sure to book you guys again.”
Lisa & Ronan, wedding ceilidh & disco in Ely (October 2021)

“Thank you SO much for making our evening so memorable. We had a wonderful time and our guests (many of whom had never experienced a ceilidh before!) loved every minute of the music and dancing. A massive thank you to you and the band for being so brilliant. Hope we see you again in the not too distant future. Thank you again!”
Phoebe & Zac, wedding ceilidh in Walberswick, Suffolk (September 2021)

“Thanks so much again for the wonderful ceilidh at our wedding last week. We loved it and you all sounded amazing.”
Foggie & Dan, wedding ceilidh at Godwick Hall, Norfolk (September 2021)

“Thank you so much for a fantastic evening – everyone was saying how good the band was.”
Roxy & Mike, wedding ceilidh & iPod disco at Bruisyard Hall, Suffolk (September 2021)

“What a fantastic day! You guys were amazing! Thank you so much. We’ve all been waiting a long time that ceilidh… sounds like you could tell?! I can’t sing your praises enough; you had such a mix of people with ceilidh experience and everyone has been saying how wonderful you were. We will definitely do it again soon! 1 year wedding anniversary…?!”
Jess, wedding ceilidh & disco in Suffolk (August 2021)

“Hello all! Thanks so much for the email and thank you even more for such a great evening of barn dancing! We loved it and all the guests said it was amazing.You were all so fabulous and talented and we will definitely be recommending you to our friends.”
Rachel & Jonny, wedding ceilidh in Suffolk (August 2021)

“Thank you so much for playing on our wedding day on Saturday. It was a really special day and everyone said you were really fantastic and loved the music so much. I had lots of people say to me what a great choice of band that we picked and how they loved it.”
Hannah & Haybie, wedding in Cambridgeshire (July 2021)

Sorry about the gap! The global pandemic meant we were unable to go out to play…

“Thank you to you and all of the band members; they were excellent and we had a brilliant night – mind you – aching a bit yesterday!”
Katherine, organiser of company party in Kettering (March 2020)

“We absolutely loved the music and ceilidh from you guys. Will be sure to pass your name on if asked for recommendations!”
Helen, wedding ceilidh & disco at the Octagon Barn, Norfolk (February 2020)

“It was fabulous, thank you! The band made it easy – set-up so efficient! – and the music and lights made a great atmosphere, completely transforming the school hall. We’ve had lots of enthusiastic feedback from the parents.”
Sarah, PTA ceilidh organiser (February 2020)

“I just wanted to pass on my thanks for the great ceilidh tonight at Histon Infant School. The band and the caller were both fantastic.”
Ceilidh-goer at Histon PTA ceilidh (February 2020)

“WOW!! What a fantastic night last night. Thank you SO much to you all for the fantastic music, calling and general atmosphere created. I have been inundated with messages today saying how much they enjoyed the night and what great fun it was. I really can’t thank you enough, and especially to you Barry for all the organising; nothing was too much trouble and always a prompt response to my emails, you were all so very accommodating and I am so grateful; I had the best time! I would thoroughly recommend Stumpy Oak… Thanks once again for all your help and the fantastic memories created.”
Jenna, birthday party in Essex (February 2020)

“Barry and Erin, thank you so much for coming to play for our children during our ‘Feeling Good Week’ at nursery. The children thoroughly enjoyed the dancing and it was a great way to involve the parents. We’d love to have you back again sometime soon”.
Debbie, York Road Nursery in Hitchin (February 2020)

“You guys were amazing, I really got lucky when I booked you! Everyone had such a good time, and yeah it was awesome being so intimate with no electrics. I’ll recommend you guys wherever I can for sure – and hope to see you again some day soon at an event.”
Catrina, birthday party at The Old Neptune in Ipswich (February 2020)

“A fun night …thank you”
Michaela, guest at Hintlesham Golf Club Burns Event (January 2020)

“Thank you all. Everyone I’ve spoken with said what a great night it was and what a fantastic band you all were.”
Colin, Scout camp Burns event” (January 2020)

“Thanks Barry. You guys were great.”
Trevor, wedding at Smeetham Hall Barn (December 2019)

“Thank you to you and the team for such an amazing night; Jeremy did enjoy it as did everyone else… Look forward to dancing to you again soon.”
Cath, birthday party organiser, Suffolk (December 2019)

“What an amazing turnout of the most smiliest, happiest, friendliest folk, for my fundraiser ceilidh last night. Made perfect by the best ceilidh band EVERRRR…. Stumpy Oak Ceilidh Band… I had the best night…. Hope you did too!”
Fi, organiser for fundraising ceilidh, Woodbridge (November 2019)

“What a ceilidh last night – sparkling bright tunes, clear cheerful calling and enthusiastic dancers – what a great formula to warm a November night. With everyone on the floor for the last dance what a resounding thumbs up! I heard compliments on your playing, calling and stage setting. Thank you all; what lovely fun!”
Julie, organiser of Ceilidhs on the Move, Suffolk (November 2019)

“Thank YOU so much for playing at our wedding; it was everything we hoped for and we and all our guests just had so much fun! Your music was wonderful, your caller so clear and welcoming to ceilidh fans and people unsure of what to do, and it was enjoyed by all. So many people asked where we’d found you, so we shall make sure to recommend you whenever we can.”
Rosie & Mark, wedding in Cambridge (October 2019)

“Thank you for being amazing yesterday. We all had the best time although we’re exhausted today having danced our socks off! Already thinking of the next excuse to have a ceilidh!”
Caroline & Liz, birthday party in Essex (October 2019)

“Thank you so much for Saturday, it was wonderful!”
Kym, wedding ceilidh & disco in Cambridge (October 2019)

“Thank you…We had a fantastic day and everyone loved the ceilidh and said how good you guys were! We’ll definitely look out for your public events.”
Jenny, wedding ceilidh at Wood Farm Barn, Benacre (October 2019)

“We had a fantastic time. Thank you so much.”
Caroline, ceilidh goer at fundraiser in Gosbeck, Suffolk (October 2019)

“Thanks – it was a great night and Hattie had a lovely time. So glad they were all keen to dance. Lovely music, thanks – just wish it hadn’t had to end!”
Denise, organiser, 21st birthday ceilidh with iPod disco, Soham (September 2019)

“You guys were awesome – thank you so much for agreeing to play for us. We would love to come to a public event; we’ll keep our eyes peeled. High praises for the band throughout the night.”
Steffi & Richard, wedding ceilidh & disco at Langley Abbey, Norfolk (September 2019)

“You guys were so good! Excellent playing and calling and nothing too complicated – just perfect! Thanks so much.”
Jackie, birthday party, Suffolk coast (September 2019)

“Your music was amazing!”
Natalie, wedding ceilidh guest/professional trumpet player, Suffolk (August 2019)

“We loved it – thank you – you were amazing!”
Libby, ceilidh goer at FolkEast Festival (August 2019)

“Thank you to you all for everything – everyone had a great time and it was lovely to meet you x”
Nadia, 40th birthday, The Chellington Centre, Beds (July 2019)

“We had an absolute hoot! Everyone loved your music and my feet are still killing me – can’t think why! Many thanks and I very much hope to encounter Stumpy Oak again.”
Morna, family reunion in Seething, Norfolk (July 2019)

“David and I thoroughly enjoyed the dancing and lots of my guests have been in touch today to say how enjoyable the evening was. Please thank Sarah; I thought she made everything really fun and was very patient and all you musicians were brilliant – thank you.”
Catherine, 40th birthday at The Waterfront, Harwich (July 2019)

“We had such a fabulous time – fantastic musicianship and great calling – thank you!!”
Guest at 40th birthday in Essex (July 2019)

“Thank you so much to you all for being simply fantastic on Saturday; we had the best time! Everybody absolutely loved the ceilidh – it was so much fun and the disco after was brilliant….you were amazing.”
Emily & Ryan, wedding ceilidh & disco in Northampton (June 2019)

“Thanks so much to you and all your band for the fantastic playing and patience with everyone! It was perfect.”
Dom & Sarah, wedding ceilidh & disco near Royston (June 2019)

“We had a wonderful time and the band were fantastic. Thank you! We couldn’t have asked for more. Our guests kept telling us how great you were.”
Laura & Will, wedding in Essex (June 2019)

“Thank you sooooo much! Everyone loved it.”
Jo & Joe, wedding in Hertfordshire (June 2019)

“Thank you so much for coming and the performance at our wedding – it was amazing and we were so pleased and really really enjoyed it!”
Catherine & Sam, wedding ceilidh & disco in Northampton (May 2019)

“You guys were amazing!”
Helen, party organiser, Edible Ornamentals Chilli Ranch, Bedfordshire (May 2019)

“Thank you all so much for excellent music and general ambience. You really helped the evening go with a swing. As you can see, we love a party…and you guys made ours very special! Please thank the team. We had lots of guests comment on your brilliance! Hope to see you again soon. When is your next event?”
Bruce, 50th birthday in Ashdon, Herts (April 2019)

“Thank you for playing and calling the dances so well! We had a great evening… Brilliant night – music was amazing!”
Organisers of 50th birthday party, The Granary Estates, Woodditton (April 2019)

“Thank you again for a fantastic evening. A lot of people commented on how good you are – maybe we can have another event in the future.. Thank you again for an amazing evening.”
Daisy, fundraising ceilidh organiser (March 2019)

“Thanks so much for last Saturday. We are so pleased we had you guys – it was just as much fun as we remembered from Alex & Ella’s wedding a couple of years ago! This was a first ceilidh for most of our guests (as you probably sensed from the trepidation in the room), but it went down so well! Thanks again and all the best.”
Ed & Susie, wedding near Milton Keynes (March 2019)

“Everyone had a great evening – really lovely… Excellent tunes with were beautifully arranged and played. I enjoyed listening and dancing to the band. Thanks for journeying from quite long distances to make the evening so special.”

Tracey & Rob, public ceilidh organisers in Woodbridge (March 2019)

Dance Folkus public event, Woodbridge (March 2019)

“Dear Barry, Erin, Sarah and Darren,
I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for playing for us on Saturday evening. You were so fantastic – so many people have asked me where we found you/how to get in touch with you! Those who have been to ceilidhs before also commented on how you’re the best band they’ve heard and had (which I too agree with!).. I really really did appreciate your help and for just generally being absolutely fab and getting everyone involved & having a great time.

I’m also sorry about my questionable dance moves toward the end…(or throughout the whole night some might say!!!). Oops…

Again, the biggest thank you from me and on behalf of everyone who came. You made it a blast.”
Flora, 21st birthday at St Paul’s Church, Cambridge (February 2019)

“Thank you. You made it a fabulous evening and had us all exhausted by the end. Quite a few had never been to a ceilidh and absolutely loved it… We will certainly look out for your gigs.”
Will & Frances, birthday party in Cambridge (February 2019)

“Thanks for the excellent music. I wish you could come along and play for us every week!”
Ceilidh-goer at the Reel Club, Bury St Edmunds (January 2019)

“Thanks very much for coming – you guys were awesome and I’ve had plenty of people saying how good you were!”
James, Burns Night organiser (January 2019)

“John and I would like to thank you and Stumpy Oak so so much for making our party last night so enjoyable. The music was amazing and so infectious, every able-bodied person was up dancing for most of the night, and we hadn’t anticipated that!

You made the stage look brilliant with the lighting and your costumes and instruments, and the quality of the sound was fantastic. Your caller (I think that was Sarah) was really good, she was clear and easy to understand which made the dancing even more enjoyable. We also really appreciated the music you played while we were eating, which got us in the party mood straight away, and that you were flexible when dinner overran and needed to make a delayed start.

Please pass on our thanks to all the band, you were a big hit with not just us but all our guests, we’ve received lots of lovely comments about the band. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Stumpy Oak, or to book you again, if we ever have enough energy to have another party!! All the very best.”
Jan & John, 60th birthday in Suffolk (January 2019)

“Thank you to all of you for making our wedding reception one to remember. Everyone raved at how brilliant the band was and the enthusiasm you all had whilst playing. I thoroughly enjoyed the dancing, trying not to be hindered by the large dress! My mum said Queen Victoria loved a ceilidh and I take my hat off to anyone who can maintain decorum dancing those moves in layers of petticoats. We would love to join you at any future public events and hopefully we will make it look more like dancing and less like a rugby scrum! Once again thank you for a wonderful time. Many thanks and best wishes.”
Gemma & Chris, wedding at The Colchester Officers’ Club (December 2018)

“Thank you for sharing our wedding day! We had a fabulous time, and hope that you did too. Your music and assistance for the ceilidh was absolutely fantastic. Many guests commented on how wonderful the playing was, and many more asked for your details!”
Naomi, wedding in Cambridge (December 2018)

“Dear Barry, thank you to you, Erin and Sarah for the music and entertainment. Sarah was incredibly patient with us all. The family were all very pleased with Stumpy Oak! I suspect that you may be hearing from us again in a few years’ time!”
Ali, family gathering near Bury St Edmunds (November 2018)

“Many thanks for making Doug’s 60th extra special”
Claire & Doug, 60th birthday in Bedford (November 2018)

“Barry, it is safe to say that you and Stumpy Oak absolutely made the reception! I was overjoyed at the music and dances you did! Emma and I we’re both extremely impressed with the amount of people you got up on their feet! We enjoyed it so much we’re already talking about getting you guys to play again for us for one of our anniversaries!! For now we’re taking the spirit of the ceilidh with us on our honeymoon around Ireland! Thank you all so much once again… now for a pint of Guinness and more incredible tunes! Hope to see you again soon!”
Nick & Emma, wedding ceilidh at Oxnead Hall, Norfolk (October 2018)

“Thank you so much for a fantastic evening.. We had such a great time and have had so much positive feedback since.”
Nicky, Fundraiser for Thomas’ Fund, Elmswell (October 2018)

“Thanks for a fantastic evening!”
Sam, birthday party near Bury St Edmunds (September 2018)

“Thank you SO much!! You guys were brilliant and achieved what I wanted which was to surprise everyone! All I’ve heard from our guests is how brilliant you were! We loved it. Thank you!”
Nicky, wedding drinks reception music, Hintlesham Hall (September 2018)

“You were superb. Exactly what we had hoped for. Not only a great band but such lovely people to deal with. You made the evening really great and we have had so many comments about what a fantastic evening it was. So many people dancing….we will definitely be recommending you to others. Thanks again. Loved it.”

Clare & Chris, wedding ceilidh & disco at South Farm, Royston (September 2018)

“Thank you, so much to you and your fantastic band! Everyone said how much they enjoyed the dancing and one of my friends is even thinking of booking you for her wedding… Once again thank you for making our day special.”
Lorraine, wedding in St Neots (September 2018)

“Thank you very much for all the fun you and the band gave us last night. It was great fun…. You all seem to be enjoying it so much yourselves too, which is completely infectious! Please thank all the band members on my behalf and I’ve had so many comments today from friends who thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Sue, party in Cambridge (September 2018)

“Thank you so much for the playing at our wedding. We had a great time and so did everyone else! The dances were fantastic and we thought the first dance went really well! Good luck with the rest of the year. I hope it is less busy now for a bit.”
Sam & Liz, wedding in Rutland (September 2018)

“A huge thanks to you…! The band was excellent. Great music, great caller and lots of patience with our incompetence!”
Joyce, party in Cambridgeshire (September 2018)

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for last night. Your performing and bringing of joy to the party was excellent. Just what we wanted. Wouldn’t have changed a thing. Please say thanks to all the band.”
Guy & Derek, wedding in Bedfordshire (August 2018)

“We absolutely loved it – it was the most fun part of the whole day, the guests said how much they enjoyed it and that you were the best wedding band ever. Paul was hesitant when I first mentioned a ceilidh band but he is now completely converted and my whole family are having withdrawal symptoms!!!”
Sarah, wedding ceilidh & disco in Essex (August 2018)

“Thank you again for being such stars and helping make the dance tent a special place to be.”
Fiona, dance tent organiser at FolkEast festival (August 2018)

“Heard so many people raving about both your sets – nephews loved the family ceilidh. Please book these again for 2019.”
Vicki, festival-goer at FolkEast festival (August 2018)

“It was a pleasure – great music, loads of energy and fantastic tune choices – what more could one ask for!!? Hope we can work together again.”
Barry Goodman, guest caller at Sidmouth Folk Week Late Night Extra (August 2018)

“Thank you for playing at our wedding – it was absolutely brilliant and got everybody up and dancing – the perfect way to get people to mix. Your choice of music and dances were very fitting for the audience and we all thoroughly enjoyed it…. You even had an 80 year old ceilidh-ing! We were also so pleased with the DJ as he listened to us [regarding the choice of music]. Hooray!!!”
Susan, wedding ceilidh & disco in Cambridge (August 2018)

“Thank you so much – we absolutely loved having you at our wedding – it really made it such a fantastic evening. Please pass on to the band how much we enjoyed it – we’ve had so many comments from guests about how fun it was and how great the music was.”
Kara, wedding in Linton (August 2018)

“Best ceilidh ever!!! Thank you so much to Stumpy Oak for making the wedding such a joyous night for us all. You are awesome!”
Lesley, wedding near Stevenage (July 2018)

“We would like to say thank you for the fabulous entertainment by Stumpy Oak! Absolutely brilliant!”
Csilla, wedding in Cambridge (July 2018)

“Thanks again for the wonderful ceilidh”
Nicole, wedding at Layer Marney Tower (July 2018)

“Thank you so much for providing two amazing sets for us on Saturday night. As well as being brilliant musicians and a great caller, you were all utterly lovely and totally chilled. It was an absolute joy having you all there – please pass on my thanks.”
Pam, party in Cambridgeshire (June 2018)

“What a gig! I know I said it in person but here it is in writing – you and the Stumpies were fab! Seriously good music. Would very happily listen to you without dancing. You had every aspect of the experience covered. The calling was lean and fast with the focus on getting dances underway and letting us learn by doing. Great stuff. I have heard nothing but praise from all those who partook…Thanks again for your part in making such a memorable evening.”
Richard, party in Cambridgeshire (June 2018)

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for being absolutely fabulous at our Wolferton Wedfest wedding on 23rd June. You were amazing and one of my friends has already asked for your details. Thank you so much – it was my first ceilidh and I loved it! Please thank Nick the DJ as well.”
Leanne, wedding ceilidh & disco in Norfolk (June 2018)

“Just wanted to drop you a line to pass on our thanks to the band for a great party on Saturday night. We really enjoyed the music and dancing and so did all of our guests.”
Dawn, party in Suffolk (June 2018)

“Thank you so much! You were all amazing and made a perfect atmosphere for our wedding! I think everyone had fun and there were lots of achy legs from all the dancing. Can’t thank you enough!!”
Becky & Rob, wedding ceilidh & disco in Essex (June 2018)

“The band were absolutely fantastic and surpassed even our highest expectations! Loved the lighting.”
Miles, groom and music teacher, wedding in Cambridge (May 2018)

“Hello! Just wanted to say a big thanks for the ceilidh last night! Everyone loved it and joined in and has told us how brilliant it was! We love you guys and hope to see you again soon! Will look out for some upcoming gigs!!”
Emma, wedding in Cambridgeshire (May 2018)

“Thank you so much for your brilliant performance on Saturday! You were amazing! We had such a lovely day, and thank you so much for being part of it, and making the evening go so well. Thanks again, and we’ll start saving up for future events so we can have you again!”
Sue & Chris, wedding in Norwich (April 2018)

“Thank you SO much for making our day so special! Everyone has been telling me how much they loved the ceilidh and the dancing afterwards. You were amazing! I can’t thank you enough. I am really happy to hear that you enjoyed it too.”
Natalie, wedding in Cambridge (April 2018)

“Such a great evening. Thanks so much for making it such a success.”
Sue, 21st birthday party in Cambridge (April 2018)

“We are now back in the UK and just wanted to say thank you for a fabulous evening. The band are excellent. The ceilidh was great fun and a fantastic way to kick off the evening and the disco was fabulous. The feedback from everyone for both was extremely positive and I don’t think we have ever seen a dance floor that was always so full at a wedding – Christian is a great DJ (and caller!). We would happily recommend Stumpy Oak…”
Frank, wedding in Northants (March 2018)

“Many thanks for your time last evening; the music was enjoyed by all and I have already had people suggest we should book you again…so watch this space.”
Alan, golf club St Patrick’s Day dance in Stoke by Nayland (March 2018)

“Many thanks, it was a great night. We will definitely be organising another evening and will definitely be in touch.”
Vicky, public event in Woodbridge (March 2018)

“Thank you again for the brilliant ceilidh and disco. Everyone had a fantastic time and Tom maintains the ceilidh was his favourite part of his day (better than the ceremony!). We are glad to hear that you enjoyed playing almost as much as we enjoyed dancing! We hope we might cross paths again; we are already speaking about a ceilidh in a few years’ time for our 40th birthdays!”
Sophie & Tom, wedding ceilidh & disco in Woodbridge (February 2018)

“Thanks so much for last night. The band were brilliant and Dad was thrilled you played all his favourites. Will certainly recommend you.”
Ruth, birthday party in Cambridgeshire (February 2018)

“Thank you for a great evening. I really really enjoyed the ceilidh and everyone I have spoken did too.”
Andrew, Burns Night ceilidh for the RAF (February 2018)

“Thank you again for some excellent music on Burns Night”
Adrian, Burns Night ceilidh for the RAF (January 2018)

“Another huge huge thanks from us! We loved every minute! You guys were amazing and the venue are hoping to add you guys to their recommended list as they thought you were fab too!”
Sarah & Sam, wedding ceilidh & disco at Godwick Hall Barn, Norfolk (December 2017)

“Thank you so much! You guys were awesome!”
Grace & Greg, wedding ceilidh & disco in Huntingdon (December 2017)

“Everyone had such a good time. I have your business cards now and I would definitely recommend you in the future.”
Jules, Henry Moore Trust (December 2017)

“I knew I had chosen the right Ceilidh band when I noticed my guests coming up the stairs moving to your music, and these were friends who aren’t known to dance! Stumpy Oak complimented superbly, the best local venue for dance & space, and my local caterers, The Smugglers. I am still receiving compliments from guests and regrets from friends & family who couldn’t come for their own reasons. Once again thank you for playing at my 60th and help making it the success it was.”
Mark, 60th birthday party in Sudbury (November 2017)

“What a great dance last night! Thank you all so much – great tunes played with vim, clear calling and fun, danceable dances..”
Julie, Ceilidhs On The Move organiser (November 2017)

“Thank you so much – had an excellent night!”
Katrina & Sam, wedding in Norwich (October 2017)

“We absolutely loved having you there – everyone thoroughly enjoyed the ceilidh! Thank you so much! Really hope to see you at another ceilidh sometime.”
Imogen & Ben, wedding in Saffron Walden (October 2017)

“Thank you so much! We had a great evening and loads of people have said how much they enjoyed the ceilidh/disco. All the musicians present were very impressed including Paul Carrack who you were talking to!”
Jake, wedding in Cambridge (September 2017)

“We absolutely loved having Stumpy Oak play at our wedding, and Dad really enjoyed playing with you! It was a great ceilidh and really topped off a lovely day.”
Jenny, wedding in Cambridge (September 2017)

“Just wanted to say thank you again for the music on Saturday! We had a great time.”
Karen, birthday disco in Ely (September 2017)

“Thank you so much for a fantastic evening. The band were truly brilliant and all of us who came had a fabulous time.”
Sophie, PTA family ceilidh in Suffolk (September 2017)

“A massive thank you for our ceilidh and disco on 2nd September. Stumpy Oak were fantastic and the caller was great at getting everyone on the dance floor. The guests have said how much fun they had. Please also pass on our thanks to the DJ who played some great tunes – including the conga – a hilarious highlight of the night!”
Nyree, wedding ceilidh & disco in Cambridge (September 2017)

“Hello! Just wanted to say thank you from Ed and I for your performance last night. It was so much fun and lots of our guests have since told us how much they also enjoyed the dancing and music. Doing the basket in a wedding dress was a high point!”
Michèle, wedding ceilidh & disco in Cambridge (August 2017)

“We just wanted to say a huge thank you to the band for their performance at our party on Saturday 26th August. We had the most wonderful evening and our friends and family haven’t stopped raving about how fantastic the band were. It was a perfect evening and better than we’d even hoped. Thank you once again.”
Estelle & Marcus, anniversary in Norfolk (August 2017)

“Thank you for playing at our wedding on July 15th at Madlingley Hall. You were great and everyone really enjoyed the music and dancing. I’ll look out for any events you are doing locally and hopefully get to hear you play again.”
Penny & Alan, wedding ceilidh & disco in Cambridge (July 2017)

“Dear Barry, Erin, Sarah and Joe,

We’re back in the North and resting up after a wonderful and very busy few days! Sorry about Uncle Bill – he was a liability but had a lot of fun! Thank you all so much for playing at our wedding. We went to the wedding of friends in April 2013 where I hardly knew anyone. They had a ceilidh in the evening and I had a great time because everyone danced with everyone else and it was very social. I decided then that if Tom and I got married then a ceilidh would be the perfect evening dance, and on Wednesday you made it happen! You are an absolutely fantastic band, and all of our guests absolutely loved the ceilidh. Many of them commented that you were the best ceilidh band that they had been to, and we certainly agree! It was the best way to end a wonderful day.”
Heather & Tom, wedding in Suffolk (July 2017)

“The band were absolutely great and everyone loved the dancing – it was so much fun. DJ was also fabulous and played some great music. We wish we could do it all again or at least have another party with a ceilidh!”
Katie & Jason, wedding in Suffolk (July 2017)

“Hello Barry, Darren, Emily & Sarah. Thank you very much for such a fantastic evening.. We have had so many great comments about how great you were and how much fun everyone found it, many guests never seen a ceilidh before. Thank you again for making it such a memorable day.”
Andrew & Alan, wedding in Suffolk (July 2017)

“Thank you for a superb night – you guys were just fantastic.. We had a few people come up and ask for your contact details and were delighted with your music. It was a memorable night for me and Ann, and everyone else. Please relay our thanks to everyone and hope to see you in the future.”
Frank & Ann, 50th anniversary celebration in Bedfordshire (June 2017)

“Thanks again for an amazing night we will never forget”
Soizic & Mark, wedding ceilidh & disco, Cambridge (June 2017)

“Just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding on the 31st May at Crondon Park. Everyone commented on how fun the ceilidh was and how good you guys were.”
Sarah & Richard, wedding ceilidh & disco, Essex (May 2017)

“I just wanted to write to say thank you so much for playing at Lizzi and Himanshu’s marriage blessing on Monday. Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed the music and what great fun the ceilidh was. Thank you so much for a really great evening.”
Pamela, marriage blessing in Suffolk (May 2017)

“Thank you for being so amazing! We are still buzzing from the memories!”
Dawn, ceilidh & disco for birthday party in Essex (May 2017)

“I cannot thank you enough for providing us with entertainment for last night. It was a fantastic evening, and the music was incredible. We had quite a few wheelchairs, and it meant the world to us that there were routines that could accommodate them too. We weren’t coordinated, and it wasn’t pretty, but we had so much fun!”
Beth, birthday party in Norfolk (May 2017)

“I am sorry we have not been in touch sooner to say how absolutely wonderful the band were; they brought such a buzz to our evening and we have received so many complements for Stumpy Oak! Thank you all so much for being part of our special day!”
Lissie & James, wedding in Suffolk (May 2017)

“Thank you so very much for an amazing evening! It was a joy to see so many people dancing. We were thrilled that even people who wouldn’t normally dance joined in! It was such fun and it was absolutely hilarious when things went wrong! Our guests have been raving about you! We all had the best time ever! Thank you once again.”
Anna & Richard, wedding in Suffolk (April 2017)

“We really enjoyed the party and your contribution towards that was key. It really made my evening seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces as they did their best to do the ceilidh dances.”
Bryan & Moira, birthday party in Essex (April 2017)

“Many thanks. It was a great pleasure working with you and your team.”
Yu, Cambridge Judge Business School ceilidh for Chinese executives (April 2017)

“Dear Stumpy Oak, we cannot thank you enough for the amazing ceilidh last Saturday. Our wedding guests couldn’t stop raving about how much they loved it (many of which hadn’t been to a ceilidh before). We are so pleased we stumbled across you for the impromptu dance in Littleport this time last year! We will certainly recommend you to all of our friends and hope we can find a reason to book you again in the future. Special thanks to Barry in particular for the excellent communication on the run-up and staying late because our guests couldn’t stop dancing/my Dad couldn’t stop singing! Thanks again.”
Ella & Alex, wedding in Norfolk (April 2017)

“I would like to thank you very much for a unforgettable evening for our wedding on the 8th April. Mike, myself and all of our guests truly had a brilliant time and will definitely recommend your band to our friends in the future. I remember the dance floor being packed for every dance, which is a great sign that everyone really enjoyed themselves. We’ve had several guests tell us how much they loved the ceilidh and I had lovely comments from Sarah and the band at the end of the evening to say how much they also enjoyed it – we’re so glad it went both ways!”
Rosie, wedding near Sudbury, Suffolk (April 2017)

“I would not hesitate to recommend Stumpy Oak for an event! Our delegates had the best time and the dancefloor was packed from start to finish. Thank you so much!”
Stacy, Conference Manager, In Conference Ltd (April 2017)

“Dear Stumpies – great big thanks for last night’s dance. What lovely fun – zingy, infectious music, clear, inviting calling and a great crowd enjoying themselves with gusto. We must do it again sometime!”
Julie, Ceilidhs on the Move, Clopton, Suffolk (February 2017)

“A fantastic evening of fun, laughter, friendship, dancing and music at Clopton Village Hall last night. How could anyone not be infected by the absolute joy you all show when you are playing music…? And what excellent music it was too. The calling was friendly and informative; shame my brain didn’t always follow the instructions but all added to the fun. Well done Stumpy Oak. Looking forward to the next one….once my legs recover.”
Jo, public ceilidh, Suffolk (February 2017)

“Stumpy Oak were really fantastic at last night’s Ceilidh in Clopton Village Hall. What an impressive and talented group they are! Would highly recommend them for a fun night! People of all ages joined in and thoroughly enjoyed all the dances! Look forward to the next Stumpy Oak Ceilidh!”
Carol, public ceilidh, Suffolk (February 2017)

“Thanks to the band for being absolutely great on the night”
Chris, wedding groom, Suffolk (January 2017)

“The students of St. John’s were very impressed by your performance, energy, and friendliness for our annual ceilidh. Gratitude was expressed at your willingness to work with beginners who’d never danced before, and everyone had a great time overall.”
Britton, Christmas post-grad ceilidh, University of Cambridge (December 2016)

“A huge thank you to Sarah and the wonderful musicians who played last night. They were just brilliant, everyone danced non-stop and I just wanted to ask you to pass on my thanks to them all for helping to make my 50th party such a huge success and happy occasion.”
Orla, birthday party (September 2016)

“Dear Barry and all of Stumpy Oak, we just wanted to drop you a very belated email to say thank you so much again for performing so brilliantly at our wedding in September – the music was wonderful and everyone had a great time, both at the ceilidh and disco.”
Miriam & Chris, wedding in Essex (September 2016)


“Hi Christian, Barry, Erin and Matt. Thank you SO much for playing at our wedding! The ceilidh was brilliant – we all had so much fun! And it was very entertaining for the spectators when things didn’t quite go as instructed during all of the dances..”
Sally, wedding (August 2016)

“I just want to say that we had an amazing time dancing to your amazing music.. You all brought such a sparkle to the occasion. I am now looking for excuses to suggest a ceilidh! Thank you all.”
Wendy, wedding (August 2016)

“We had so much fun! I’m glad it was such a good crowd and that you thought so too. All of our friends loved it! Thank you again!”
Alice & Adam, wedding (July 2016)

“Hi Stumpy Oak and a belated massive thank you for our wonderful wedding ceilidh last July. The music and dancing made for a perfect day – we didn’t want it to end! Please don’t hesitate to give people my details if they are considering a wedding ceilidh and would like a reference.”
Sally & Tom, wedding (July 2016)

“We just wanted to thank you so much for playing at our wedding yesterday. We had so much fun and we think our guests loved it too. We were shattered this morning, so that’s definitely a good sign that we danced the night away. We were proud to have you at our wedding and it all finished the day off perfectly!”
Robyne & David, wedding (July 2016)

“Just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding at Glemham hall on Saturday. Our guests absolutely LOVED the ceilidh and we had so much fun.”
Emily & Ceirnan, wedding (June 2016)

“Thank you for all the wonderful music at our wedding… We LOVED the band and the disco music. EVERYONE loved you all. It was a big surprise for my parents, and I shall never forget the expression on my Dad’s face when I came off the dance floor after the first ceilidh dance. He was beaming from ear to ear with the biggest smile… he looked like a big kid. He was so happy and enjoyed you all playing so much. He was almost speechless….. and just said wonderful.. wonderful, wonderful!”
Sam & Brian, wedding (June 2016)

“Many thanks again for your wonderful music & also for keeping our spirits up as the rain came down.”
Dennis & Pat, party (June 2016)

“Thanks for being such a great band at our wedding. We loved it and lots of guests said how much they enjoyed it.”
Alice & Karl, wedding (May 2016)

“You were awesome and will be remembered vividly!”
Belinda, charity art event (April 2016)

“Thank you so much for the great music and dances – it was a great night – primarily because of your contribution. So many people have commented on the band and the dances, so wanted to feed their comments and my thanks back to you. A great way to start my 50s!”
Adelle, birthday party (April 2016)

“Thanks again for a great time last night. The Eye Department, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust salute you!”
Dawn, NHS staff party (April 2016)

“Thank you, again, for such a brilliant ceilidh! You made the evening go with such a swing, and you looked to be enjoying yourselves as much as the guests! Would be delighted to recommend Stumpy Oak.”

Judith, 35th birthday party (January 2016)


“Thank you so much for making my 40th birthday party so memorable. We loved the music and the dancing, and our guests all commented what a great party it was and what a great
band you are.”
Michael, 40th birthday party (January 2016)

“You really made our party go with a swing and we’ve had lots of feedback about how much fun it was – we now have several more ceilidh fans. I hope you enjoyed it and weren’t too disappointed at our lack of knowing our lefts from our rights and how to form a square! We’ll certainly be recommending you to others – thanks again.”
Jane, Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall (December 2015)

“Thank you so much for last night – every single person had an amazing time! It really was a memorable evening.”
Olivia, wedding reception (November 2015)

“It was great – everyone is raving about it!”
Sam, public ceilidh (November 2015)

“Thank you!! You were awesome and just what we were after. Everyone really enjoyed it and it was so good for getting everyone up and dancing. You were brilliant and thank you!”
Charlotte & Lee, wedding (September 2015)

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Stumpy Oak for making our wedding evening so special – everyone we spoke to absolutely loved the music and dancing and you made sure that everyone could get involved. The caller was so clear and easy to understand, even for our guests who spoke little English.”
Rebecca & Hamish, wedding (May 2015)