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

“We Had A Fantastic Time….”

Whiskers Wedding Ceilidh Dance

We played a wedding ceilidh for Scott and Suzy at the beautiful Colehayes Park, hidden away just outside Bovey Tracey on the way to Hay Tor last weekend.

Colehayes Park

Colehayes Park

We’d met Scott and Suzy a few times at our public gigs, so we were delighted to be asked to play for them.

We started the evening dancing with a first dance – which we announced when the time was right and then played for them through our PA. They chose the track “The One” by Kodaline. Lovely.

Scott and Suzy's First Dance

Scott and Suzy’s First Dance

Then we launched the ceilidh with our own unique wedding dance…”The Whiskers Wedding Arch”…where guests all join the happy couple on the floor for a straightforward fun barn dance – which involves making an arch for the bride and groom to dance under. Usually with loads of clapping and cheering…

Wedding Arch Barn Dance

Whiskers Wedding Arch


We always take a few photos from the band’s perspective at our gigs – and we sent a bunch of them to Scott and Suzy…we got some lovely feedback in return:

“Many thanks for the photos, they’re great! We had a fantastic time on Saturday night and all of our guests commented how much fun they had at the ceilidh. We’re currently on our honeymoon in the Scottish highlands and will definitely be frequenting your gigs in future!”

See you both soon!

Birthday Barn Dance at Red Rocks Brewery, Devon

The view from Humber Barn, Devon, Barn Dance

Thank you to Becky and Pat for asking us to play a barn dance at The Humber Barn, Red Rocks Brewery, Devon a couple of weeks ago.

Becky had been at one of our parties at the same venue a couple of years ago and decided to invite us to play for a joint party to celebrate her birthday and that of her good friend Pat.

We had a lovely evening..the views from Humber Barn are amazing and the crowd were totally up for dancing…it was wild!!

Some lovely feedback from Becky:

“Hi Andrew, thank you too for playing such great music and keeping everyone up dancing! I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed it (we certainly did) we had loads of compliments about the band and how well organised the dancing was.

We’ll have to find an excuse for another party, I don’t want to wait another 10 years!”

Barn Dance at Red Rock Brewery, Devon

Big Boxing Day Barn Dance In The Alpujarras, Spain

Boxing Day Ceilidh In Southern Spain

Andrew, Jules and Blake (from Paddy’s Whiskers) together with long term friend and musical collaborator Sorrel, were lucky enough to be invited to play a ceilidh for an amazing group of people in the mountains of Southern Spain on Boxing Day 2017….we had a great team of callers for the day – thanks to Bates, Lesley, and Huw…..We’ll be back in the region soon so if you would like to book a ceilidh, barn dance or kicking band playing upbeat contemporary Irish, Celtic and American folk music – for your wedding, party, bar or festival – give us a ring on 0044 (0)7514064558 or email info@paddyswhiskers.co.uk

Boxing Day Barn Dance In The Alpujarras, Spain

Boxing Day Barn Dance In The Alpujarras, Spain

“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

“You Were All Incredible….” Feedback From Wedding Barn Dance at Noss Mayo, Devon

Wedding Ceilidh Barn Dance at Noss Mayo, Devon

At the end of July, Paddy’s Whiskers were lucky enough to be asked to play a wedding ceilidh or barn dance for Andy and Naomi in a beautiful marquee in the picturesque village of Noss Mayo, Devon.

Paddy's Whiskers Playing a Barn Dance in Devon

Andy was kind enough to email us with a few words for our website:

“Thank you so much for helping us celebrate our wedding in Noss Mayo, Devon on 30th July 2016. You were all incredible and made our special day end on such a high. Every song got people on their feet and the village was filled with the sound of Paddy’s Whiskers. Thanks!”

Thank you both so much – we rather like the idea of the village being filled with the sound of Paddy’s Whiskers!

Paddy's Whiskers' Wedding Arch Ceilidh Dance

Paddy’s Whiskers’ Wedding Arch Ceilidh Dance

The Last Barn Dance of The Night

The Last Barn Dance of The Night

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”

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