Stumpy Oak

Ceilidh Band


Here are some testimonials from ceilidhs and discos 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.

“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 (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 in Layer Marney (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 in 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 conference delegates (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)