We Loved Having You at Our Wedding…

Wedding Barn Dance South Milton Devon

Tessa and Al asked us to Paddy’s Whiskers to provide a full day’s musical entertainment at their wedding celebration at the beautiful Barn, South Milton back in July of this year…acoustic music for the drinks celebration, a rip roaring ceilidh and then a disco late into the night.

They sent us some lovely feedback:

“We loved having you at our wedding and thoroughly enjoyed the music as did our guests. We got numerous compliments regarding you guys and contributed to what we felt was a perfect day all round.”

Guests at Tessa and Al's Wedding Barn Dance

Guests at Tessa and Al’s Wedding Barn Dance

“Amazing Entertainment”

Matt and Hollie's Wedding Ceilidh Devon

Earlier in September, Paddy’s Whiskers played a wedding ceilidh for Hollie and Matt at New Barton Barns in Wembury, Devon. Matt and Hollie booked our “duo plus caller” line up – a smaller band for a smaller space but with all the full on party energy that we bring to all our gigs.

Hollie sent us some lovely feedback:

“Matt and I would just like to say a big thank you for providing amazing entertainment on our wedding evening. Everyone said how much fun they had and how much they enjoyed the Ceilidh!

You are both such lovely people as well!

Thanks again.”

“Amazing Band”

Wedding Barn Dance at Dunwell Farm, DevonWEdding Barn Dance at Dunwell Farm, Devon

In July we played a ceilidh and DJ’d for Charlotte and Andy’s lovely wedding celebration at Dunwell Farm, Devon. Charlotte gave us some great feedback:

“Thank you so so much for playing at our wedding! Was perfect! Loved every second of it! Amazing band! Cx”

“A Fabulous Performance”

Wedding Barn Dance Ceildh Higher Eggbeer Devon

Some lovely feedback from a wedding ceilidh barn dance we played recently at the amazing Higher Eggbeer, Devon for Jess and Tony..

“Just a quick note before we disappear on honeymoon to thank you for a fabulous performance on Saturday. The enthusiasm and talent you injected into the whole night made it all the more special for us and had everyone up and dancing….. thank you. It was a pleasure to meet you….”

Thanks again Jess and Tony – we had a fantastic night and you have a great crowd of family and friends.

So Much More Than A Ceilidh and Barn Dance Band…

Paddy's Whiskers - More Than A Ceilidh Barn Dance Band

Paddy’s Whiskers are honoured to play many gigs, barn dances and ceilidhs at weddings, parties and private functions in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and across the South West.

In the winter months, we take time off from private functions to write and rehearse new material, and to play a series of public gigs – when we can play our full range or Irish, American, Celtic and original material to our friends and fans.

Winter 2016/17 has been an exceptional time for us..starting with a long sold out New Year’s Eve party at The Boathouse, Paignton.

New Year's Eve at The boathouse

New Year’s Eve at The boathouse

What an awesome night we had – three hours of live music, bagpipes at midnight, a rocking crowd, Andrew from the Whiskers DJing,,, and a rebooking for NYE 2018…

Then in mid-January we were lucky enough to be asked to play a ceilidh for Kerry and James at Muddifords Court, Cullompton. Kerry and James had previously been to a couple of our public gigs, so it was great to meet them again. The venue was stunning:

Muddifords Court, Cullompton

The bride and groom:

Kerry and James

Kerry and James

and the party went long into the night, live music, barn dancing, DJ, surprises for the guests….

Then in February we played our annual winter warmer afternoon gig, back at The Boathouse. We love this gig as it gives us a chance to try out new material. The venue is close to our home, so all our friends come along…it was packed. Fun…and at these afternoon gigs, Blake (120 year old son of Andrew and Jules) gets to play a couple of numbers with the band.

February 2017 Gig Poster

And then..the madness that is St. Patrick’s Day. Always busy for Paddy’s Whiskers because we play and love Irish music..this year was the fifth in a row at The Snooty Fox, St. Marychurch, Torquay. What a day…what a night!

The morning kicked off with a live slot on BBC Radio Devon…at 7:15am!! And the reporter posted a live video of us playing a couple of jigs..you can see the film


4.8 thousand hits and rising…..

We’d have dressed up if we knew he was gonna bring a camera! That’s our boy Blake on whistle.

And the Snooty Fox in the evening..a set long on Irish Tunes, well known songs (Dirty Old Town, Irish Rover, Wild Rover, Whiskey In The Jar) and fast and furious jigs and reels. Perhaps the busiest night ever at the pub…wild. Everybody dancing from 9pm til well past midnight. Guinness flowing..The picture at the top of this post is from the night.

Thank you everybody who made the night such a success. We’ll be back. March 17th 2018.

Andrew at The Snooty Fox March 2017

Andrew at The Snooty Fox March 2017

Wedding Barn Dance: “Thank you all SO much…..”

We were lucky enough to be asked to play a wedding barndance to celebrate Aaron and Juliette’s wedding at the lovely Higher Eggbeer Farm, just outside Exeter, Devon, a couple of weeks ago. Juliette left us some lovely feedback on Facebook:

“Thank you all SO much for playing at our wedding on Wednesday, you were BRILLIANT! Our guests really enjoyed it and the quality of the music (and calling!) was so high. Hope to see you for another dance soon! xx”

Here are some more pictures:

Summer Is Here…The Whiskers are Busy!

Barn Dance at Dartington Great Hall, Devon

It’s busy season for Paddy’s Whiskers – we are now full booked until mid-October and the diary for 2016 is filling up.

The sun is shining, love is in the air, and we are enjoying making ceilidhs and barn dances for lovely couples across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Paddy’s Whiskers are full time professional musicians – we are equally at home performing for concerts as we are playing barn dances or ceilidhs. When we are not gigging then we teach music – violin, banjo, mandolin, guitar and octave mandola.

When you book the Whiskers for your event, you can be sure that you’ll get a great party – we specialise in giving everybody a night to remember – and we are friendly, funky, efficient – we dress well and we look to make a cool contemporary vibe whilst playing footstomping traditional music.

Sam and Ali's Wedding Ceilidh

Sam and Ali’s Wedding Ceilidh

If you’d like to catch us live we’ve a big public barn dance at Occombe Farm, Paignton on 4th July. Tickets are available from this link.

We’d love to see you!

Best Feedback Ever…??

Devon Wedding Ceilidh

From our Wedding Barn Dance at The Corn Barn, Cullompton, Devon back in December…

“You played at John and I’s wedding on 6th December. Sorry it’s taken us a while to get in touch -life’s been totally hectic. Just wanted to say a huge thank you. You and the band were unbelievable – we absolutely loved you as did everyone else. Apologies for the rowdy rabble – they had a great time and sooo many people have told me how perfect you guys were and how much they loved you. Great muscians, great with the crowd and really good fun. You set exactly the right tone to finish a brilliant day. Ive never ever seen so many people want to dance at a wedding and although it was chaos it was brilliant!!!!

Best band ever! Thanks so much you were honestly the perfect end to our day we can’t thank you enough.

Are you guys gigging at all? We’d love to come and see you again

Hope you’re well,
Ali x”

Thank you Ali and John….it was an amazing night….

“Wicked Night, Wicked Band.” Happy New Year!!

Just some of the lovely feedback after our New Year’s Eve gig at The Boathouse, Paignton:

“Really was a great New Years Eve..great company great music #PaddysWhiskers ..danced our butts off”

“Wicked night, Wicked band”

“Excellent night thanks to you guys, absolutely love your music! Happy New Year xx”

“Well we all had an awesome night at the boathouse last night with the fabulous Paddys Whiskers! Brilliant way to see in the new year.”

Thanks to everybody who came and partied! It would not have been the same without you! Don’t forget we are playing at The Boathouse again on Sunday 8th February at 2pm. No tickets needed but you might want to book a table!