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!
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.
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!
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
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.
If you want to keep up to date with Paddy’s Whiskers’ latest adventures, see photographs from recent gigs and get news on forthcoming public gigs, ceilidhs and barn dances, don’t forget to “like” us on facebook, and follow us on twitter….we regularly update both, and love to get feedback from you all…
Paddy’s Whiskers played a wedding barn dance at Bickley Mill, a beautiful venue in the countryside outside Newton Abbot last Saturday – to celebrate the marriage of Rebecca and Matt.
We arrived a bit early so we could get all the PA gear into the venue before guests arrived. Once we’d set up and sound checked (which takes us an hour or so) – we got to enjoy food from the lovely barbecue – sitting outside on an unseasonably warm October evening.
At 8pm, Matt and Rebecca cut their wedding cake….then we went straight into their first dance (This Year’s Love – by David Gray), which they’d chosen before hand so we could play it through the Whiskers sound system. Beautiful. Here’s a picture:
Wedding First Dance
And then we kicked off the barn dance….with Paddy’s Whiskers’ unique ceilidh dance (invented by our caller Gil Jefferies)…where the guests all take the floor, and during the dance, make an arch for the bride and groom to dance under. Lovely.
We had a packed dance floor all night – what a brilliant crowd – so up for it. A great party.
The ceilidh ran until 11pm and then for the last hour, Andrew from the Whiskers DJ’d for a disco playing tracks chosen before hand by the bride and groom.
A ceilidh or barn dance makes brilliant wedding party entertainment. Paddy’s Whiskers provide a unique blend of music and energy – banjos, bagpipes, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle – and our music, although traditional, is played with in an upbeat contemporary style that appeals to all the generations, from the oldsters who remember “country dancing” at school, to the hipsters into Mumford and Sons and Ray De La Montagne. We bring great lighting (look at the pictures!) and a high quality PA system to make sure the sound is excellent.