Stumpy Oak Ceilidh Band
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Stumpy Oak present a rhythmic, frenetic performance of tunes from across the British Isles.
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Scottish music
A selection of our favourite dances - feel free to request your own favourites!
Cumberland Square Eight
Strip The Willow
Waves of Tory
Canadian Barn Dance
Small Circle Dance
Bridge of Athone
Dashing White Sergeant
Coming Round the Mountain
Flint Street Gallop
The New Mrs Arrowsmith
Stoke Golding Country Dance
St. Bernard's Waltz
Town and Country Square dance
Cornish Six Hand Reel
Boston Tea Party
Stepping Stone Rag
Strip The Willow Square
Can you perform covers?
Unfortunately we don't perform Pop/Rock covers but will certainly consider folk songs by special request.
Do you have different line-up options?
Stumpy Oak boasts an unusually large sound. Fiery fiddle, accordion and guitar are complimented by guitar sub-octaves (giving a bass guitar sound) and a stompbox (like a bass drum). Options for further instruments include a bodhran and second fiddle.
What if my timings change after I've booked you?
We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.
Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?
Absolutely we can provide an iPod service before and between our sets. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service through our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional fee - please contact us for a quote.
How much time do you need to set up?
We usually set up about 60 minutes before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!
Do you provide a caller?
Yes we do! We have a fantastic, friendly, patient caller as part of our ceilidh band. She will talk guests through the dance moves prior to/during each dance so that everyone knows what to do and can have fun.
Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?
Our dance repertoire is put together from our experience of hundreds of ceilidhs for mixed ability groups. Feel free to request your favourite dances and we will do our best to accommodate this. For the DJ playlist we will invite you to set a brief which specifies the styles of music/songs you would like us to play (and not play!)
Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA) included in your quote?
All our quotes include a professional, full range PA system and lighting. All items are PAT tested at 12 month intervals. We provide an electronic copy of safety/insurance documents for your venue at the time of booking.
Can you learn song requests before the event?
Yes - we can learn one or two of your favourite folk songs/tunes by special request.
What do your clients love most about your performances?
High energy performance with a much larger sound than all other ceilidh bands. A consistent line up - not a pool of deputy musicians. Professional conduct and appearance. Lighting included with every event. Help with sorting through the finer details to ensure a really special party atmosphere. Friendly communications with fast replies.
Which venues have you performed at in the past?
South Farm - Royston Kings College - Cambridge Easton Grange - Woodbridge Henry Moore Trust - Herts The Junction - Cambridge Snape Maltings Concert Hall - Suffolk Assembly Rooms - Norwich Jesus College - Cambridge Layer Marney Tower - Essex Glemham Hall - Suffolk Madingley Hall - Cambridge Godwick Barn - Norfolk FolkEast and Sidmouth Folk Festivals
What is the most high profile gig you've performed?
Two main stage performances at the country's leading folk festival - Sidmouth Folk Week. Also teaching over 100 Chinese CEO delegates English folk dancing!
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