Comment from yourwedding forum
'Hi, we got married in W. Sussex and had a really fantastic
barn dance with an excellent caller. They were one of things I was most happy
about for the whole day as they were soo sooo good!
They're based in Kent but they will travel (Surrey is prob no prob given that
they came to W Sussex).
Here's the details:
If you're interested, you can mention my name (Anna Jones married at Upwaltham Barns on 26 May) so you can get the exact same caller etc. And mention the Lady Godiva on Horseback.... a very good dance ;\)
Honestly couldn't recommend them enough. We've been to a few weddings with ceilidhs or barn dances and I would rate ours as the best one (well I would wouldn't I?) but honestly, they were so good and the caller made it really fun and also really clear about what to do. He walked around with the guests and made it really easy to understand.
ps just in case you're wondering, I do not know these people at all - I just really thought they were brilliant! :\)'
(The Petteridge Light Orchestra)
They were brilliant and everyone had a fabulous time. They even managed to get the teenage boys dancing which is close to a miracle!
Many thanks again
(Caller/musician, musician and backing tracks)
I hope you had a safe journey home. Thank you for the music, dances and calling. We've made it a happy and joyful evening which we'll remember for years to come;
(Barn dance in Paris - Barbara, Nick Pynn and Paul)
Just catching up a bit and coming back down to earth after such a good time
We did enjoy ourselves and so did all our friends thanks to the 3 of you
Many thanks for making our Birthdays special and memorable
Till next time hopefully
(Barn dance - the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Thank you so much for playing. The party was an absolute triumph, everything we had hoped for! Our guests loved the barn dance - super quality music and so much fun. Also worked really well with the disco for the last half hour.
Thanks to all of you.
(Barn dance - the Petteridge Light Orchestra with Nick Pynn, followed by a disco.)
... as the dust finally settles and we get through our lists
we really wanted to thank you again for a wonderful barn dance. It was exactly
as we had hoped. The photographs of it are amazing and the wonderful thing is
that everyone is smiling and laughing. The range of people who got up to dance
was often surprising and this helped to make sure all were included.
Thank you for your professionalism. We shall certainly be recommending you to friends and family.
(Caller with recordings of our band )
Firstly, I really wanted to let you know what a success your group was with everyone here. It's rare to find a band which so quickly moulds itself to the different ages and styles involved and gives everyone a great listening and dancing experience. I'm sure the children in the band will never forget playing with you all- it was a magical moment for the rest of us too. So, as you know, we'd very much like to book you again for next year...
(Barn dance with Malcolm calling, Paul squeezing boxes & tootling flutes and the amazing Nick Pynn on fiddle, bazouki and saw (this is not a typo.)
On behalf of my fellow octogenarians, I must thank you for the wonderful time we had at our party barndance at Bishop Ridley last night.
Malcolm was great and everyone enjoyed his calling. He had to put up with some terrible dancing from tiny toddlers up to one or two in their 90's, but all enjoyed themselves - making a point of telling us as they left at the end of the evening; even those who just came to watch, being too infirm to dance had a good time.
So, once again, thank you and please be sure to pass our thanks to Malcolm. He's great!
(Caller with recordings of our band )
The barn dance was great fun! Malcolm was excellent, he got everyone
involved without being too overpowering. It was thoroughly enjoyable and we've
got photographic evidence of people we would never have imagined joining in
dancing away and laughing!
Please say a big thank you to Malcolm. We were really pleased with it all and feel it was money well spent!
(Caller with recordings of our band )
'...everybody had a great time and thought your band was wonderful. David and I really enjoyed our evening, thank you for helping to make it great.'
(Barn dance - the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
was really great, we had wonderful feedback and I'm so pleased we did it. My
daughter said 'mummy it was the best night ever', another year 6 child called
me a genius for organising it (first time in my life I've been called a
genius). My only complaint is my face hurt from smiling so much!!!
Rob and Malcolm were fab.
Thank you all, we will be raving about it for a long time.
(Caller/musician, musician and backing tracks)
You were absolutely brilliant! Thank you it was so much fun!
(Georgian themed country dance for a wedding - the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Thank you Paul. Everyone had such fun - it's got us all in the mood now. Thanks for your enthusiasm and professionalism - you made it a great night. Lottie has almost reached her target so it was a great success.
(Fund raising barn dance - the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
I was so impressed with everything from Paul and his team.
Paul was very efficient and always responded to our emails very quickly, the communication before we booked was fantastic answering any questions I had (Which was quite a few) and then after we booked them (When usually communication levels drop) Paul still kept us in the loop with everything and was still very quick to respond to any emails sent, which was lovely and so helpful.
On the night the team were fantastic, I was so shocked at how many guests
wanted to get involved.
They were so inviting and so friendly and so good at making the guests want to
I seriously had a wonderful time. I was gutted I only got to do the first set.
(We got taken off to do photos, then distracted by other guests at bar) But
they were kind enough to come find us before they started their last set. So we
got to do the last dance as well :)
The guests all said how good the barn dance was
and I only wish I could have done all of them.
I would highly recommend the team to friends and I would certainly use them again if we would like another barn dance :) Wouldn't go anywhere else!!! Loved it :). Jemma and Craig
(Barn Dance - Malcolm and Rob)
We just wanted to thank you all
for entertaining us so brilliantly. It was such a lovely evening and we have
had lots of positive comments about everything. A couple of people have asked
for your details so fingers crossed there might be another one soon! I
was so thrilled that everyone joined in so enthusiastically - especially all
those teenagers who were so convinced beforehand that they were not going to
So thanks again, so pleased you enjoyed it too, and hope our paths cross again very soon.
(Barn dance - the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
you so much for an amazing night! Everybody had such a great time and commented
how good you were so thank you for making it so special.
(Barn dance - the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
We had an amazing wedding day and Rob and Malcolm really helped make the day. They were brilliant and just what we wanted. There was dancing chaos but that was all part of the fun.
Thank you and your colleagues so much.
(Live duo with backing tracks)
thank you so much for the ceilidh last night it was brilliant, everyone had loads of fun, it was just a shame that the photos and my dress prevented me from dancing as much as i wanted to!!
thanks again - i will definitely be recommending you to others!
Emma and Steve
thanks so much for playing and DJing last night – it was really good fun and the mix of music was just right!
thank you very much for helping to make our day so special
Emma and Steve
(Barn dance followed by a disco - the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Just wanted to say how brilliant it all was on Saturday - we
were delighted with how the evening went. The feedback on the night and
over the last couple of days was that the barn dance was an overwhelming success.
Everyone enjoyed the music, calling, dancing, food, atmosphere and value
(Barn dance - the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
You and your band were brilliant! Professional yet relaxed, and so versatile and proficient.
Please thank them as well for helping to make the “do” on Saturday such an enjoyable occasion.
(Barn dance - the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Thank you so much for your performance yesterday, the day was perfect for us. My husband had never barn danced before and when I asked him last night what his favourite parts of the day had been, the barn dancing was one he listed.
(Barn dance with Malcolm calling, Paul squeezing boxes and the amazing Nick Pynn on fiddle, bazouki and bass pedals. John as DJ.)
Thank you for making our day so special. So many people commented on how much they had enjoyed the barn dancing. The DJ was perfect and it was lovely to have a disco where people could carry on with their conversations without the music being too loud!
Best wishes, Helen and John
(Malcolm calling, Paul & Mike plus Rob on backing tracks, John as DJ afterwards)
It was great and Malcolm was brilliant - we even managed to escape the rain and the kids had a great time dancing, many thanks.
(Caller with recordings of our band )
I wanted to say a big thank you more formally for Saturday
night. It was a massive success. To think we were frightened people wouldn't
take to the barn dance idea! We were falling over each other (which made it all
the more entertaining) there were so ,many of us on the dance floor at the same
time. Your music was brilliant and your caller made it such fun. We can't thank
Dave did a great job after you had left too. You also made it all very straightforward and seamless which I am very grateful for. As you know there is so much to think about that your experience at these things helped enormously.
Thank you again,
(Barn dance with Malcolm calling, Paul squeezing boxes and the amazing Nick Pynn on fiddle, bazouki and bass pedals. Dave on drum, then as DJ.)
We had an absolutely fantastic time on Saturday and you and your band were brilliant!
I have had a few people enquire about you so I have passed on your information to them so hopefully you may get some more bookings.
Thank you so much for a wonderful time - it is such a great thing to do as it suits all age ranges. I was surprised how much the teenagers enjoyed it - my daughter said it was the best night of her life!
(the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
A massive thank you on behalf of Liz and Matt for a brilliant evening of dancing and music at the Red Barn on Friday. We had a lovely day but the thing everyone is talking about is the barn dance in the evening. It was just fab! There's been a lot of discussion between the guests about when we can find another occasion to book you guys again and believe me if we can we will, as soon as possible. You were brilliant, the music was great, the caller was just so lively and funny, thank you so much again. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
(Barn dance with Malcolm calling, Paul squeezing boxes and the amazing Nick Pynn on fiddle, guitar and bass pedals)
A million thanks to you, you gave everyone the most amazing time and how hilarious that your sister and family were there - an extra treat for me! It was so lovely to have Nick there, I was definitely a bit star struck having seen him perform in Brighton a few times - can't thank you enough for that - and also for your musicianship too and you even provided Malcolm. Could you please pass on to them how special I thought you all made the whole thing!
I hope that you all enjoyed yourselves along with our guests, who say the barn dancing was BRILLIANT!
Here's to the next time is all I can say.
(Barn dance with Malcolm calling, Paul squeezing boxes and the amazing Nick Pynn on fiddle, guitar, dulcimer and saw)
"Thank you so much! We had a wonderful day and the barn dance was absolutely brilliant! It was so perfect for getting everyone up (and going a little crazy!). A lot of my friends have said they're stealing the idea for their wedding so I will be certain to pass on your details."
(Barn dance duo followed by a DJ and disco)
Paul, it went very well on Saturday and lots of fun was had by all. We raised over £300 for our charity which is great.
Malcolm, you were fabulous and I had lots of people comment to me on how great you were. Thank you for your patience in getting it all started and thank you for making it so entertaining!!
I will definitely be recommending the company.
Kind regards and many thanks,
(Caller with recordings of our band for a charity fund-raiser)
Thank you so much for the best wedding ceilidh EVER!
Everyone really enjoyed themselves - I've never seen so many people on the dance floor at a wedding before!
(Malcolm as caller)
What a truly wonderful evening, the entertainment was everything we hoped it would be and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. You guys were professional, fun and entertaining.
Thank you all very, very much.
(the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Michael and I would just like to thank you and your fellow musicians for doing such a wonderful job at our wedding in June. We enjoyed the barn dance enormously and so many of our guests have said how much fun they had. Thank you again and all the best
(the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Dear Paul, Malcolm and Rob
Thank you so much for playing at Laura and Luis’ wedding reception at the Old Kent Barn last Sunday. The ceilidh was the finishing touch to a magical day and everyone said what fun it was – both participants and spectators! The music was wonderful and your enthusiasm quite infectious, resulting in even the less practised at dancing somehow finding the required amount of energy, and more!
Laura and Luis also enjoyed being able to relax at last and revel in the moment.
We are very grateful to you for helping to make their wedding Day so special and memorable.
(the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Hi Malcolm, Robert and Nick,
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. We really enjoyed the dancing and it went down well with everyone there!
Malcolm, you are an excellent caller and the choice of dances / pace was nicely chosen to match the skill (or lack there of) of the guests and their deteriorating coordination as the the evening progressed. I thought the band did a great job and it all ran really smoothly.
I've recommended you to a couple who were viewing Dove Barn the next day, when we were back clearing out everything.
(the Petteridge Light Orchestra, with the amazing Nick Pynn as guest)
We thought you guys were fantastic and really made our party. We had the most brilliant time and thought everything came together perfectly. I'll pass on your comments to Marjie and her team and thanks again for making our celebration so memorable.
(the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Chris and I were so happy you were able to play for us and what a night you made it. All of our guests commented on the band and the brilliant calling of the dances. It was exactly how we wanted our evening to be so we would like to thank you immensely for making it such a great night.
We are now looking for a reason to have another ceilidh!
(the Petteridge Light Orchestra, with Nick Pynn as guest musician)
'It was fantastic! Malcolm was brilliant - hearing him shout DAAAANNCE will live on in my dreams for many nights to come!!
I may well be back in touch with you about a charity do in a few months!'
(solo caller with recordings of our band)
'To Rob, Paul + Malcolm
Thank you for your music at our wedding. You provided an amazing atmosphere for our special day. Everyone had an incredible time and so many people commented how much fun the dancing was. Thank you so much'.
(the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
I just thought I would drop you a line to say thank you. Everyone enjoyed the evening and said how much they enjoyed having a barndance which brought back memories of our wedding day for us and our friends. I will certainly recommend you to anyone looking for a barndance band or as an alternative to a disco for a great evenings fun.'
I was going to email you today anyway, to thank you and the band so much for playing for us. We had a really fun evening, and a number of the guests complimented us on how much they were enjoying the evening too.
I'm ashamed to admit I forget his name, but particular thanks to your caller (Malcolm), whose enthusiasm and encouragement helped make the dances so enjoyable. Everything was just as we would have wished, from the first dance through to the final numbers. Even your announcement of Hilary tossing the bouquet was brilliant!
So thank you all once again for helping make our day so special.
With best wishes,'
We just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you and the rest of the band for your good work on Saturday. We had a fantastic day and thought that the band (and what we saw of the disco) was a perfect way to end.
We were aiming for a relaxed and fun atmosphere and many of our guests commented on how well we achieved that. Combined with the beautiful weather, we think that many of them were happy sitting on the patio chatting. With that in mind, we thought that the pace of the barn dance was absolutely perfect for the evening - so thank you for making it such a great day! (Wedding, barn dance then disco)
Just wanted to say thanks so much for your wonderful contribution to our wedding, from the background music to the dance itself. Oli had never been to a barn dance before and we're now going to be planning our next trip to the UK around when we can go to a barn dance while we're there, so I suppose it was a hit! My mum has also said I have to book you guys for her 70th birthday! All the comments have been overwhelming positive and it really added to our wedding, so thanks again.
...a real dancers' dance band. (Folk Festival)
...thanks for giving us such a great evening, we'll always remember that last dance. (Wedding)
Thanks for everything, it was much appreciated.
...the encouragement of the caller ensured that everyone was keen to join in the dance, so making it a truly social occasion - one to remember. By the end of the evening our faces ached from continuous smiling and laughter.
It was excellent, everyone had a lot of fun, really good.
Thank you so much for such a wonderful evening. The band really made the event for us. Please pass on our thanks to Trevor (the caller) and the rest of the band.
Just to say a really big thank you to you and all the musicians who ensured that we had a really memorable evening. You responded exactly to our requests and in being so adaptable (and fun!) created exactly the right atmosphere. So many of our friends commented on the excellent music and how it was just right for the occasion and the setting. (Wedding)
Your caller was excellent - professional, friendly and with a great sense of humour - which he certainly needed (We're not a very nimble-footed crowd. Keen perhaps, but not gifted!). I have a horror of condescending and bullying callers - yours was the exact opposite. Thank you for all your help (and prompt responses),I would certainly recommend you to any of my friends as a contact for marriages or whatever the occasion. (Wedding)
Thank you so much for all of the time and effort you put in to make our wedding so memorable - the musicians, singing ladies, Malcolm (the 'caller' and M.C.), so so many things, all of which worked so well. You seemed to know exactly what was in our minds and it was just as we thought it would be - BRILLIANT!
All of the guests thought the music and dancing were such good fun - they never thought that they would actually enjoy themselves! They were all thrilled with the brilliant time that they had
We will never forget our wonderful day, and neither will our guests.
On behalf of our client, I would like to thank you for entertaining us on the Family Fun Day. The day was voted a great success and...we have had a great response to you and your colleagues. Thank you very much for the excellent band. Many people said how good you were, which really makes the evening a great success, we raised 1,733.00 pounds. If we run another event I will certainly use your band again. (Charity Dance)
The 18th July was a magical day for us, and thank you for playing your part - the band were great and everyone had a wonderful time. Please pass on our thanks to all concerned. Thanks again for all your help Paul. (Wedding)
(Comments from previous web site)
Just a quick note to say how delighted Amy and I were with the band that you organised. The quality and choice of the music was perfect. What was especially pleasing was the way they adapted to the reception playing both inside and outside the marquee. The 'caller' Malcolm was excellent and coerced people into participating in a very friendly way. The feedback we have received from our guests certainly echoes our appreciation. Could you please pass on our thanks to the whole band and we shall certainly be recommending your service to anyone else looking for band to hire. Many thanks again. (Wedding)
I just wanted to say that Saturday night went wonderfully and that they (the band) were really super in getting everybody up and going. Really it was super, thanks very much indeed.
Just a brief note to thank you for all you did for Jane & Chris' wedding on Saturday...Thank you again for helping to make it run so smoothly. Thank you so much for making our evening so memorable. Everyone enjoyed themselves and said it was one of the best receptions they've been to. We had a perfect day – thank you for contributing to it. Thank you for your excellent music.
Thank you so much for providing band for our wedding. Please pass on our thanks to the band, and let them know we enjoyed it so much. Everybody has commented on what fun they had – they even managed to get my Dad dancing which is a 1st. We just wish we could do it all again – if not only to enjoy the band and do some more dancing. Thanks again
The band were excellent, and all that attended enjoyed themselves...Thank you for all your help in arranging this, I will have no hesitation in calling you again and putting your name forward to anyone who may be looking for similar arrangements (social evening). Thank you once again.
What a brilliant evening we had on Saturday. Thank you so much for providing such wonderful music and entering into the spirit of the occasion so wholeheartedly. The choice of music and dances was just right for the mix of people attending. Some of us are more willing than able but Malcolm's calm, patient manner and sense of fun was just what we needed to encourage us to try. Your send off for (Bride and Groom) was wonderful and stopped their departure from becoming an anti-climax...you can be assured you will be top of our list for entertainment
Paul, I must thank you for providing us with a most excellent band and caller last night. The evening went perfectly, and it was made all the more pleasant and enjoyable by the 5 guys that you sent for us. All of them were very pleasant and polite, a pleasure to listen and dance to.
My parents were overjoyed with the entire evening, and I think had we had different entertainment it would have been a different story.
Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to all those involved, a Thoroughly Professional Performance. I will be recommending you to all who ask.(Birthday Party)
Everyone is raving about the barn dance, they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves + the video we have is just full of laughter, which is exactly what we wanted.
Thanks for contributing to our wonderful day!(Wedding)
I wish to convey my thanks to 'Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra' and Malcolm for the splendid job you all did at my Barn Dance party on 15th May '99.
From the feedback I have received so far, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. A special mention to Phil for his performance on the Hurdy-Gurdy, and to Malcolm the caller, who galvanised everyone into glorious chaotic action on the dance floor. I have no reservations in recommending your organisation to anyone, and I hope that you may receive further bookings from amongst my small gathering in the future. (Birthday Party)
Thanks so much for a wonderful evening of entertainment it was even better than we could have imagined and really made the day. Everyone has been talking very excitedly about your band and the dancing. Please pass on our heart-felt thanks to the rest of the band. (Wedding, members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra at Lympne Castle)
The feedback from the Leavers' Party has been tremendous, everyone really loved the Barn Dance element of the evening – so thanks again, and we'll certainly keep you in mind next time we're planning a party! (School)
Just a quick note to thank you very much for the band on Saturday at (village) Cricket Club ... all the people who went had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves .... thank you for all your help and for the band, we had a brilliant evening.
May I thank you and your band for running the Ceilidh. What a lovely evening. Everybody was very complimentary about the success of the event.
The day was a hugely enjoyable affair, nice and relaxed. The band (jazz trio) got the mood exactly as I had hoped for. Thank you for your efforts on this, rest assured we will be in touch for our next event! (Christening Party)
I didn't get round to thank you personally for Thursday night, so on behalf of everyone at (military base), many thanks. Your efforts were greatly appreciated... We were, as you will probably have gathered, very concerned that the evening was a success, given the large number of Scots at the wedding. Your playing was exactly what we were looking for and we are immensely grateful. Many people, both Scots and English (! ! !) have said how much they enjoyed the evening and that it was tremendous good fun. I don't know if you use endorsements in your publicity but I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the band (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra) in the strongest possible terms. Many thanks once again. (Scottish / English Wedding)
...thanks for your part in helping to make August7th such a superb day for us. Whilst we can't give you credit for the perfect weather, we can say THANK YOU for arranging Elizabeth the harpist as well as Desperate Measures. Both acts were ideal for the occasion and went down a treat with all the guests. Needless to say, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend your services and, who knows, we may well come back to you should we ever decide to organise anything as wonderfully crazy again! Please pass on our thanks to (the performers), thanks to you for tracking down and booking these guys. (Wedding)
...the band was brilliant, absolutely brilliant! They really set the scene and got the whole weekend off to a wonderful start. Special mentions for the band leader Adrian, who I think worked hard at getting the whole thing together musically and the caller who not only knows a good bit of Dutch, but knows how to get people on the floor and enjoying themselves. It would be wonderful to get them together again some time in the future.
It was for the Dutch side of our families a great introduction to a barn dance and they all thought it great. Even 16 year old cooooool kids were on the floor and dancing. Thank you and the band again for your help in creating a memorable weekend, now entering the annals of the family as the greatest. (Eight piece Anglo / Irish 'Super band' put together for a special event in Holland)
Very many thanks for running our barn dance yesterday. Everybody enjoyed it immensely and those who know about such things were impressed with the quality of the playing of the group of musicians. The caller was commended also. 60th Birthday party
From the number of comments we received on the evening and in the days following the event, the band 'Careless Talk' was a great success playing music that was appreciated by all in a very mixed audience. Allders staff party
Just a quick note to thank you, Jenny and the 'Boys' for providing the sounds for a brilliant evening on Saturday. You were all totally professional, talented and just great to have around and the sense of relief from me when you first struck up was overwhelming and I knew we were in for a great night. It is most unusual to receive thank-you notes from guests in a school situation, but they are coming through and every one is most complimentary about the music and that says it all really. School's - Highland Fling Evening
I am most grateful for your support and professionalism throughout the planning and indeed, on the night. Please pass on my thanks to 'The Team''. - Millennium event
We very much enjoyed your performance on New Year's Day and would like to thank you for an excellent evening's entertainment. We will certainly contact you whenever we need any future arrangements. Corporate Party
Dear Paul, Many thanks for a splendid evening's entertainment - thoroughly enjoyed by all our guests. Masses of compliments for the pipe band and the dancer and your delightful singer (sorry but I can't remember his name) and of course I earned millions of brownie points for organising it all! Many thanks - the evening was exactly what I had hoped for. - Corporate Event
Paul, thanks for a great night - feedback from guests has been 'great fun', 'brilliant musicians', 'super caller', so on and so forth.
Please thank the piper (Phil Martin) for the cake-cutting piece.
Please thank the caller (Malcolm Thomas) who obviously enjoys his work - he made the evening for us all. I'm sorry I didn't have time to chat and meet you all but please convey our heartfelt thanks to ALL the musicians for a super wedding party night. Regards, we can't wait to book you for our anniversaries (Wedding)
Thank you – the music was all wonderful! Everyone really enjoyed the dancing. Thanks again for all your help. (Classical duo, Highland Piper & Scottish band)
Thank you so much for playing for us at The Kent County Show last Friday. It was a huge success...I am sure more people were drawn to our stand to listen to your music. We received so many nice comments when you were playing...It is such a gift to be able to play a musical instrument with professionalism and your talent was greatly appreciated. (Mixed period & traditional group)
It is difficult to express how grateful Paul and I are to you regarding the part you played in making this years event, probably, the most successful we have held so far. Thursday evening’s entertainment was totally different to anything we have previously done and its success due largely to your watchful eye over the audience. We have received numerous complimentary letters from our clients, both from those who participated and those fortunate enough not to be singled out for a forfeit. Paul has been spotted as a must for the next series of 'Stars in Their Eyes'!! On a serious note, we are both sincerely grateful to yourself and your very talented friends who helped make the evening very special and particularly memorable. We have made a note of the murder/mystery theme! (Corporate medieval banquet)
Many thanks for providing an excellent evening's entertainment on Wednesday. I would like to make a further booking for next year. (School's 'End of Term' party)
I just wanted to write and thank you for organising a fantastic Barn Dance band for our wedding. We had a fantastic day and the barn dance in the evening went down really well. The band members were all very friendly (and patient while we finished the speeches!) and Chris the Caller was especially helpful to keep the whole evening running smoothly. I'm sure you will pass on our thanks to them all. You'll be pleased to hear that lots of people enquired about the band and my parents felt they were acting as agents for you, taking down the names of villagers to call with your details. Watch this space... you should be getting some more gigs in Egerton now!
Please thank the band for their brilliant entertainment and patience at Carl and Amy's party on Sunday 27th. We have had very complimentary comments from our friends and family about the party and thank you for your part in it. We will certainly recommend you to friends and our schools when organising social events. Many thanks. (Joint 10th and 40th birthday party). I'm writing to thank you very much for joining in so enthusiastically with everything last Monday and doing SO MUCH to make it a successful day. So many people have said how wonderful it was to have real old-fashioned Country Fair things going on, and how much they enjoyed it all. Please thank everyone who took part in the melodrama on my behalf! The Barn Dance was a real highlight of the day, and lots of people have said how they hope we can have another big village Barn Dance next year! Please will you thank everyone in the band for me? But especially THANK YOU – it was wonderful. (Actors, sound system, caller and musician at village fair, members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Many thanks! A great success. (Sound system hire)
Thanks Paul...had a fantastic day/evening – everyone thought that the barn dance was a great idea. Will definitely pass on your details to anyone who is thinking of having a barn dance themselves! We have had so many letters from our guests giving the barn dance as the highlight. I appreciate your tasteful approach to a barn dance and patience and professionalism setting up, especially when the power went off! (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
We enclose the video so you can recycle it, though it doesn't do you justice! Thanks again! (Wedding) Thank you so much for organising the harpist and flautist on Saturday the 9th, my birthday party. It was brilliant, the whole thing went really, really well and those two girls were absolutely excellent. (Party)
We had a sensational day. The music and the barndance were truly great. You really managed to get everyone going. I also wanted to thank you for staying around after the barn dance and supplying your own music to keep people dancing. It was great to see everyone on stage with you, and having such a fun time. Every person I have spoken to, without exception has said how brilliant the barn dance was. My congratulations to you and your team. Rest assured, I would recommend you to anyone. (Wedding, members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
My mother recently died, and a piper arranged by us through yourself was present to play at the funeral. This letter is to say how much his performance was appreciated. He liaised with us concerning choice of tunes, and pitched his performance to suit the occasion. It really made the day – my mother would have loved it! Thank you so much. (Funeral)
...the last English people have just left us and we feel quite exhausted. Thank you very much again for the wonderful evening and I hope you didn't regret the long journey...I hope we'll meet again one day and I will send you some pictures next week. (Barn dance and concert for a 40th Birthday party in Cologne, Germany, members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
I would like to thank you and your entire band that performed at our school barn dance last night, for providing us with a fantastic evening. We all enjoyed ourselves tremendously, and it was good to have a laugh at our own expense. PTA Evening
Paul, Many thanks to you and your colleagues for the significant contribution you made to the evening of my daughter's wedding reception - we had a great party. We hope you enjoyed it too! I recommend you to anyone considering a barn dance. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Dear Paul. Thank you so much for a fantastic evening. Everybody who I have spoken to since thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The involvement was perfect and the children really enjoyed themselves. I would like to say a special thank you to the Lord Chamberlain, (Malcolm Thomas) who played his part especially well. Many thanks to you as well for all the help that you have given me in booking this. I will be in touch should I ever need you help again. All best wishes. (Corporate banquet)
Dear Paul, Thanks for email and as I told Malcolm -it was a brilliant performance and extremely well-received by the audience. I think he did a wonderful job writing the thing, and apart from the need to concentrate (which I found impossible, as I was being the hostess), I still don't know who dunnit but I could see how much the parents and staff enjoyed the evening. I will in fact be retiring from the Committee in March so will make sure that the incoming Chairman knows your details - we probably won't speak from now on, so many thanks for the splendid do's you have arranged for us and we will definitely use your company in the future. Murder Mystery evening for a school parents' evening
Dear Paul and band, Sorry that it has taken so long for this but we have been rather busy on returning from our honeymoon. What we would like to say is how much we enjoyed the band that played at our wedding (Eastwell Manor). It really made the evening special and all of our guests thought it was brilliant fun. We would definitely recommend you to anyone who was having any kind of celebration. Hopefully we can find an excuse in the near future to use you again. Once again, many thanks in making our day so special. (Gothic themed wedding, members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Dear Paul. Thanks for your assistance and talented troop of players and actors- it helped make Canterbury day very special The Canterbury Tales
This is just a quick letter to thank you and especially Mr Lyndsey, for supplying us with such a great piper! Mr Lyndsey played a treat and we shall certainly be re booking next year. Once again thank you for your contribution towards making our Burns Night a huge success.
Just a quick note to say thank you for helping to make 7th April so special for us - the band and the dancing really were excellent. We've had many comments from people to say how much they enjoyed both the high standard of the music and the caller (Malcolm) who was able to get everyone involved (even Rodney so you must have been good!) Thanks again. (Wedding, members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
#Thanks for the evening. I had numerous calls after thanking me and (saying) how much they enjoyed the band and dancing. You did a great job and I shall look forward to booking you again. Social evening Paul we loved it all and your musicians are such super chaps. Roll on the next two daughters, weddings. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Sorry its taken me so long to get in touch but I do want to thank you and the band for a fantastic evening. The band were absolutely marvellous and played their socks off all evening. I have had so many complements from friends and relatives who really enjoyed themselves. Only one complaint actually and that was about aching muscles 2 days later, particularly across the chest area which we put down to the Basket dance!!! (Blazing Strings)
Thank you again for helping to make such a successful and memorable 30th birthday for me.
Thank you so much for providing the musical entertainment at our wedding. It was an amazing evening, and much of the thanks for this goes to you and your band. So many people have told me how much they enjoyed the country dancing, it really made everyone relaxed and get into the party spirit! We also loved the disco, even if we must apologise for some of our friends dancing! We will recommend you to anyone else who is having a party (and we know of a few coming up next year!). Paul, I wonder if you would be good enough to pass this on to Phil. He was terrific at the wedding by the way. Thank you!
Dear Paul, Thank you very much to Malcolm and yourself for your musical contribution to our Fun Day and also for the calling. Everyone said how much they enjoyed listening to you and our families all said they and their children had had a good time.
Tab and the band were absolutely fantastic; in fact the music would have been entertaining enough without the dancing! However all our guests enjoyed the whole thing and I was amazed at seeing some of them trying to dance for the first time in many years. Fantastic. Thanks.
Thanks very much for Friday evening – everyone said how fantastic you were. The guitar player set the scene very well for the wedding ceremony and also played outside while guests had champagne and the photos were taken. We were all delighted.
Just a quick note to thank you very much for entertaining us so well on Saturday. Everyone I have spoken to since said what a good evening it was and how hard the three of you worked. (Medieval banquet for a social club)
I just to let you know that the band were brilliant and the evening was a great success. Thank you for all your help. (Wedding)
I am just writing to thank you both for providing the music for our Golden Wedding party. It really made all the difference and everyone was fascinated by the various musical instruments. Secondly Malc how can we thank you enough for making another Barn Dance so special. All the folks that hadn't been to Mum's and said what a fantastic group of musicians & caller – said it at this party! Sheila said in a letter to me isn't Malc a man of many talents!! Seriously though thank you for all the special effort you made to make it such a lovely night for us. Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the group & Paul. (Birthday dance, members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Many thanks for a great evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Casino evening
Thanks v much Paul, it was perfect. Please extend our thanks and best wishes to Tab & co., the application of their talent and professionalism was more than we could have hoped for.(Wedding)
Just a quick letter to say thank you for providing Keith, what an absolute gem of a guy! Our Burns' Night was a huge success again this year, made even more enjoyable by the presence of one of your excellent Highland Pipers. I do hope you will pass on our gratitude to Keith and will be in touch again next year. Once again Thank You!
Dear Paul. Thanks very much for Saturday night and I'm sorry I didn't get to thank you before you left. Everyone we spoke to thought the barn dance was excellent – even those who were a bit unsure before the evening! They particularly liked the informality of it and the way that the caller was relaxed and didn't mind when people went wrong. I think the fact that everyone was still up and dancing when the CD came on at the end shows how much everyone enjoyed it. Thanks also for allowing our friends to use your equipment for their bit. That was certainly an experience everyone who was there will not forget! Thanks again for helping to make the evening so good. We will certainly be recommending you if anyone else is thinking of a barn dance. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Paul, a big thanks from Stewart and I for your performance on the wedding day. Everyone really enjoyed it. Special thanks to the caller who was excellent. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Dry' and cold aside rarely have I seen such an animated crowd in spite of the circumstances. Please give all our regards and congratulations. Malcolm I imagine is often the one noticed and he has the mark of a true showman but all showed their professional colours and calm, collected and sharper than yer average kitchen devil. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Thanks for a wonderful evening – we had a tremendous time and everyone has been raving about the evening so much, they are really keen to have another one later this year. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Thank you very much for the fantastic entertainment your band provided at our wedding at Cooling Castle Barn on 9thFebruary. It was the first barn dance I've been to + I can't wait to go to another one! I laughed so much. It was great to look around and see people of all ages dancing – from cousin Harry aged 6 to Adam's Nan aged 86. So much better than a disco. Please pass on our thanks to your fellow band members. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
To Paul and the band, a very big 'Thank You' for the fabulous music, calling and entertainment you provided for our evening wedding do. We all had such a fun and energetic time, and so many of our family and friends have commented how much they enjoyed it all. So thank you all for the smiles, laughter and calories we burned through such a great night and hope we get the chance to use you again on a future occasion. We shall certainly recommend! (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Our thanks to you too, the band and especially your caller who did such a grand job. (Malcolm & members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra) Dear Mr Martin, just a little note to thank you for the wonderful music you provided us with at Herstmonceux during our wedding last Friday. It seemed our guests were really interested in your hurdy gurdy and it was a shame they didn't more time to quiz you about it! We had a super mood and you really helped us set the mood – thank you!
Would you also pass out thanks to Paul Hurst for the organisation. We will certainly consider using 'Barn Dance to Banquet' again! (Minstrel)
The whole evening was excellent. Could not improve on your performance. So many people have said it's the best wedding they have been to we are thinking of having another Barn Dance on our Wedding Anniversary! ! (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
It was all very good. A great time was had by all. The musicians went out of their way to fit in with our arrangements. (International event, members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Thank you, everything exactly as we would have wished. And the dance calling was a great success, much enjoyed by all. (Surprise party, 'Blazing Strings')
We are still talking to kids (and parents) who say that the magic was the best part of the wedding. We were not sure how the timings would work, but you were so professional that we had no worries. (Magician for a wedding reception)
The first time Joanna and I met you at your house, we knew you understood what we wanted. You serenaded us with the pipes (English bagpipes) and we knew that you would make our wedding swing. It all went so well – from the piping us in to the hall to the full ceilidh. Everyone had such a good time, and that is the only criteria to judge by. At times it was beautifully orchestrated chaos on the dance floor. In fact our only regret is that you did not play all night. Thank you for making our special day even more special. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra at Lympne Castle)
A wonderful entertaining evening, can't think of anyway you can improve the service. Loved every minute of it – thank you all so much. (Blazing Strings, Wedding)
It was all excellent. 'Tab & Co' were very punctual, and made our evening with their wonderful music. I had lots of good feedback about them. All the music was wonderful and the 'Caller' was excellent. (Blazing Strings, staff party).
Every time the band comes here the whole pub asks when they are coming back. ('Crooked Style'). Thank you so much for the absolutely perfect music last Friday evening. It was so atmospheric I just loved the pipes. (Petteridge Light Orchestra, garden party, with two sets of English half-long bagpipes).
It was a fantastic night, I have had a lot of positive feedback from many who attended, it could not be improved!! This was our 1st barn dance, the reason we chose a barn dance was that we had had comments from parents that previous social events were 'clicky'. This was solved on the night with everyone joining in the dancing & speaking to people they previously only had eye contact with. The band were brilliant!! and I look forward to seeing them again. Thank you very much for a wonderful evening.('Blazing Strings', School P.T.A. evening).
Many thanks for yet another successful evening. It is becoming a regular feature on the school calendar; therefore, if you are available I would like to book next year. Please give my thanks to all your team for a wonderful evening's entertainment. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra, School Leavers' Party) ...even for the first dance, everyone got up and was dancing. We had a fantastic evening and everyone we have spoken to has said how excellent you were. The children's dance was also a very good idea. Thank you very much. (Mike Winser and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra - surprise birthday party)
Dear Paul. Many thanks for arranging for Phil to come and play for us on Sunday 28th August in Boarshead. Despite the heat he performed brilliantly and was much admired for his music and interesting repertoire....We hope to be in a position to call upon you again in the future. (Minstrel for a garden party)
..you organised a 'murder mystery' event for my hen night (the Gupta Gem mystery) in North London last September. I have another friend who is organising something similar, and I would like to recommend you, as I really appreciated your professionalism, your flexibility and your helpfulness! (Gallery Theatre)
- It was excellent – much better than we thought it was going to be. Walking across the drawbridge with you playing and the Norman & Saxon song you did during the wedding breakfast was excellent – something I will never forget. The whole day was brilliant– thank you so much for making it so special. (Medieval themed wedding at Herstmonceux Castle)
...it was fantastic ...both acoustic and barndance. We only wish we'd had longer for barndancing (our fault for over-running!) but we really enjoyed your performance & so did our guests. Thank you. (Wedding, Petteridge Light Orchestra)
The performance was great. I wouldn't change a thing. The whole package was great, we will certainly recommend you to our clients. (Acoustic barn dance, members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Dear Paul, just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for the fantastic entertainment you provided at my wedding. It really was the icing on the cake. Loads of people have commented on how much they enjoyed the day, the music, the songs, the banter, then the barn dancing in the evening. It really was a day to remember!! Many thanks again. (Medieval themed wedding)
Musicians were talented & caller was excellent. Everyone enjoyed both the music & dancing. Many thanks for a memorable evening (Adrian Turnham & band)
Everything was brilliant – music – instruments –caller! People particularly liked the way the caller came into the 'dance floor' & didn't treat them like idiots. Once again, your group gave a terrific performance and everyone had a grand time. So many people complimented us on our choice of musicians & caller and ask to have you back again. (Malcolm Thomas & members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra, Village Fair)
Everyone had a wonderful time – we have had lots of appreciative comments. Excellent, enthusiastic calling – we enjoyed the music and dancing most! Thank you for a lovely evening. (Malcolm Thomas& Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra, Private Party)
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. All our guests said that they had a lovely time. It was a brilliant evening –thank you for your energy and enthusiasm! (Wedding, members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
...they were delightful to talk to and played hard. It was excellent – Opera singing – The melodious English variety of sound appealed to everyone. It made the event very harmonious and unique. (Jon Loomes and Mick Beeke performing for a garden party) The feedback from our guests was 100% positive. Most of the young had never done this sort of dancing before & they all loved it. A great ice breaker. The caller and musicians were great. (Mike Winser and a duo from the Petteridge Light Orchestra, pre-disco 'warm-up')
Thank you so much for such a delightful evening. Everyone was raving about the band and Malcolm was so relaxed and got everyone in the mood. It was such fun! (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra, Garden Party)
We all enjoyed you both throughout the ceremony. It certainly was an entrance for me, when you played the pipes down the aisle. It was a great surprise for my family and friends. Everyone agreed it was very different yet fitted in with our theme. Your dress code was excellent, sitting in the courtyard and being involved in our wedding photos was lovely. We will never forget our day. Thank you so, so, much - I would recommend you highly. (Phil Martin & Paul Hurst, Lympne Castle)
We, and everyone at the party thought you were all terrific! I am so pleased we hooked up! Thank you for your kind comments and for organizing everything so well! If we have another party we'll be in touch. I have had so many cards mentioning the music– well done! (Phil Martin & Paul Hurst, then 'Dab Hands' Jazz Quartet at a private party in Deal Castle)
I just had to write and thank Jon Loomes &Mike Beeke for entertaining us at my daughter Sophie's wedding on the14th Sept. They really did work hard & play well & we are very grateful to them for adding so much to the occasion. Just a quick line to say a big thank you for arranging for Jon and Mike to play at our wedding last month. They were absolutely brilliant – and charming with it... they quietly got on with the job, and added immensely to the atmosphere of the afternoon. (Jon Loomes and Mick Beeke performing for a wedding)
Couldn't have been improved. Appreciated it when the band paraded through the house to encourage people to dance – it worked! Numerous people commented on how well you played and special thanks to the caller who made it more fun!!! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves – a few ached the next day – used muscles they didn't know they had!! Thanks again Paul for making it a special night. (Malcolm Thomas and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
The performance was excellent. The piper was courteous, obliging and very adaptable. His arrival was very punctual, so we could get acquainted. Surprise was achieved – my husband was moved with emotion and hasn't stopped talking about his 'surprise' since it happened. Thank you both so much for all your patience and co-operation. We all had a wonderful evening. (Duncan Matthews, Highland Piper)
The whole event exceeded our expectations!...it was superb!! The performers were extremely friendly, the music was wonderful and our caller, he was great fun. Just wished we'd booked you for the full evening!!! (Mike Winser and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra, pre-disco 'warm up' at a wedding)
Dear Paul & Co. Musicians, this is just a quick line to thank you all properly for such an effort on our behalf on Saturday. Your music helped so much to make our Apple Day! It was lovely. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra at a charity garden party)
We found the whole evening fantastic. Music sounded great, caller was great fun, liked by all and this made the occasion even more enjoyable. Thank you very much. We would if possible in the future arrange this again, especially with the caller we had. (Gill and 'Blazing strings')
We were really delighted with the good atmosphere the music brought in. Our friends had a really good time and commented on how good a choice we made. I thought it was very good that the band would just set up and start playing anywhere, e.g. outside while waiting for the part to start (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra, wedding at Lympne Castle)
The whole evening was excellent, and we have had very positive feedback from many of our guests. Part enjoyed the most –Being piped (and drummed into the dance hall. The caller (Mike Winser)made an excellent contribution to the evening. Well done to the whole band! (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra, wedding at Lympne Castle) We enjoyed every minute of the evening & it was thanks to you all. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra -wedding)
The piper was excellent. Everyone was delighted and felt welcome to the event. I even had guests using mobile phones to let their friends and partners at home hear the bagpipes! (Duncan Matthews, Highland Piper at a company re-union dinner)
Everyone loved it + commented on how hard you all worked. It was a great success! (Petteridge Minstrels & Thespians – Tudor banquet)
Thank you so much for a most enjoyable evening. The band gave an excellent performance and I do not think they could have improved their performance at all. The caller had the right approach so that novices like myself did not feel intimidated or embarrassed if they could not master the steps immediately or even at all. Together they worked extremely hard...I cannot single out one particular part that was enjoyed the most although it will be difficult to forget 'Lady Godiva on Horseback!!! Well done to all and thank you for making us so welcome'. ..the evening was brilliantly arranged, everybody joined in and I had a really good time. The caller was excellent. (Malcolm Thomas and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra – Staff party)
Excellent performance. Everyone said how much they enjoyed it.. Thanks for making Frank's birthday 'do' a great night.(Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra - party)
Everyone loved the performance. It was the crowning glory of a very good night. The piper was superb & very friendly and willing to play any tunes the audience requested. EXCELLENT. (Duncan Matthews)
Dear Paul, we just wanted to say thank you to yourself & all the entertainers who were at our wedding at Lympne Castle. It was the most wonderful day, which was helped by all the minstrels, jesters, Lord Chamberlain, Lord of the Manor and musicians who took part. All the music, barn dance & play were exactly as we wanted it. And so many people commented on how good you all were. Once again thank you so much you all added to make our wedding magical. (Petteridge Minstrels and Thespians – a five-piece group of actors and musicians for an all-day Anglo/American wedding complete with murder-mystery play written for the occasion).
Everything was exceptional. I don't think that it could have been bettered. As organiser, I was very pleased that the group were flexible and nothing was a problem for them. (Blazing Strings)
It was great. Just perfect. Friendly, varied music, great fun dances. We will certainly recommend your services – thanks for a great evening (Blazing Strings, wedding).
Please pass on our thanks to (Phil Martin) – he made a great contribution to a fantastic evening.
...excellent service and good feedback from our people. Perfect every time. Many thanks for being such a good bunch. Your enthusiasm & ability to create a party atmosphere(allowed) people to really thoroughly enjoy themselves. The service was excellent – we will recommend you at every opportunity we get. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra at a corporate charity dance. There had been a power cut earlier that night, the band played a three and a half barn dance by candlelight with no sound system Malcolm and Mike calling – one each end of the barn!). It was all very professional and they organised us very well. Everyone enjoyed the whole evening. Thank you for all your help. (Petteridge Minstrels & Thespians – Medieval Banquet).
I don't think that it could have been better. Everyone commented on the band very favourably. (Blazing Strings, St. Patrick's Day Dance).
The Lord Chancellor was excellent in getting everyone to participate, and into the spirit of the event. Many staff members said that they would not normally have joined in, but the atmosphere was such that they did not feel embarrassed, or likely to be embarrassed. Thank you for a great evening. (Petteridge Minstrels & Thespians – Medieval Banquet).
Please pass on our thanks to Phil Martin – He made a great contribution to a fantastic evening. (Two minstrels at a private party).
Thank you for all your help with my numerous enquiries on the 'phone previous to our 'Big Day' We had a wonderful day. A day to remember. The musicians & caller were excellent –everyone commented (& a couple have booked you for May 6th on the strength of it) on the music. It had the desired effect of getting all (most) on their feet & was wonderfully traditional music to boot. It was glorious to be marched down to the Great Hall &really made us feel 'Price & Princess' for a day. Thank you, you'll be recommended indeed! (Petteridge Minstrels & Thespians &members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra – Medieval themed wedding& dance).
The trio were excellent – we just wish we hadn't employed them just for background music. They were superb. We will call you next year for our annual party - and recommend you to our friends. (Jazz trio at a private party)
Attended a friend's wedding barn dance and enjoyed the evening so much that it inspired us to hold our own event – for fund raising purposes – and use the same musicians / caller. Service –brilliant. Did everything through email. Paul was quick to respond with dates + explained everything before we made a final booking. Met our requirements exactly. Performance – fantastic!! Everyone commented on the excellent standard of the music and the sensitive way Malcolm did the calling. Everyone was able to participate from 5 – 75 years of age. Enjoyed the live music combined with brilliant calling. Really impressed by your flexibility – allowing us to have a magic interval and joining in with everything including raffle. We will certainly recommend you to anyone who asks. (Malcolm, Paul Hurst & Phil Martin from the Petteridge Light Orchestra, charity dance)
Of all of the people I contacted I was impressed that Dave 'phoned so soon to chat about things. Dave and the boys went out of their way to make it a good night – I'll be in touch. (Jazz quartet)
Dear Paul. Just felt that I had to write again to say that whenever we see our German friends and relations they still remark upon the dancing at our wedding, and how much fun they had .Thank you. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Dear Paul, Malcolm & Band. I read your emails so I know you've had this before but... A million thanks for a brilliant evening. What energy Malcolm has – if only I could be so entertaining in my teaching. So many people rang the next day to say thanks for the party, who were the band – I almost began to resent you– only joking! Again – a massive thanks to a very talented bunch of people – you made it the party of our lives. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra, 25thAnniversary party).
Dear 'Coupe De Ville' ('covers' band) We would just like to thank you all for making our wedding day so special. Everyone we spoke to really enjoyed the music. (Lympne Castle)
Dear Paul, please thank your team of entertainers for me who performed at my wedding. They did a brilliant job and could not be faulted . Jester – very proactive – worked hard. Minstrel – a delight to the ears. Falconry – excellent. (Petteridge Minstrels & Thespians, Lympne Castle)
Excellent. Lovely people – adapted their performance to suit the huge crowd of adults + children. Everyone loved it. We will certainly be looking to book your band next + every year. Thank you. (Blazing Strings)
Excellent!! Better than expected. Phil was a terrific caller – no one sat down unless they were unable to dance. The band were superb, very talented, excellent musicians. ('Phil' Phillips & Zim)
Excellent. A great time was had by all. Variety and pace of the music / energy of the performers was excellent. (Wedding, Petteridge Light Orchestra).
I would just like to say what a brilliant evening it was. The caller and musicians were excellent and made the evening. It was a very hot evening but they managed to 'pipe' people in from the garden to dance which was great fun. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone. We enjoyed everything – even those not participating in the dancing thoroughly enjoyed watching – especially' Lady Godiva'!! (Mike Winser and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Wonderful, everyone enjoyed the event, with the Scottish contingent especially impressed. Caller got everyone involved. (Malcolm Thomas and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
We'd like to say a big Thank You to all of you! For your professional approach, your patience hanging around for us to finish with eating and speeches! For staying on 'til 11.00pm and playing us off as we left to our start into married life! We – and all of the guests (as far as we know) have thoroughly enjoyed you and we're so pleased we 'picked' you! (Mike Winser and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Very pleased – perfect background music &still lively. Brilliant, couldn't have improved. Thank you. (Dave Robinson jazz trio)
...the performance was excellent. It was noticed how you involved the children at the end of your performance (very brave but appreciated) (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra Quartet at a christening party in a garden, no sound system)
Excellent – All of it. It was better than we hoped. (Punch & Judy, jester, face-painter and bouncy castle & assault course for a company family day)
Very good, all of our guests enjoyed the music and had a lovely time. Obviously, if ever needed to use a band in future we would contact you. If any of our friends require a band we would strongly recommend you. Thank you for making the day so enjoyable. (Wedding, Mike & members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Absolutely wonderful. It made the wedding. Everyone loved it and so many guests have telephoned me since to say how much they enjoyed it. Sadly one young guest who attended her mother-in law's funeral the day before said the dancing was the best tonic ever. Wonderful friendly caller whose clear instructions and friendly manner made learning the dances easy. The music was excellent. One guest who does gigs in the North of England said you were brilliant!. You couldn't improve on anything. You were great. We are passing on your address to friends who have asked for it as we would recommend you to everyone. (Wedding, Malcolm & members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Excellent! The service was great and the performance was enjoyed by everyone on the day. The adaptability of the band to cater to surroundings & mood & their willingness to play outside...worked out perfectly. I will definitely be recommending your services to any friends and family who may require a band for any events/parties they may hold in the near future. (Dave Robinson Jazz Trio)
First rate! You were easy to contact and replied quickly to our emails. We especially thought it was good that you were so flexible. You performed outside where the guests were naturally gathering, and changed the times at fairly short notice.
... great atmosphere created by the music and dancing. The band was brilliant and the caller kept it all fun for the guests. You managed to involve everybody. There was a real sense of everyone being happy and relaxed. As far as we were concerned – it was just perfect! Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed themselves. The whole thing encapsulated the mood of the day. We'll never forget it. Will definitely recommend you to anyone that asks us– as would all our guests. (Wedding, Malcolm & members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
I am writing on behalf of the members of the Fayre Committee to thank all the members of the band who played and called so brilliantly at the Crowhurst Barn Dance on Saturday. Despite the slow start, the evening was a terrific success and it was so good to see such a wide range of people enjoying themselves. We would like to book you for next year please. (Malcolm and Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Excellent service – friendly and efficient. Stress free! Music was excellent and band adapted to mood of evening perfectly. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra, family dance on Horsmonden village green)
Excellent. Our guests were greeted and entertained professionally. (Jester and two minstrels)
We were very pleased with your initial help and assistance after struggling for ages to find a ceilidh band in Cork. You seemed to know exactly what we were looking for. The band was outstanding & you provided an excellent caller! I was really pleased how the band and Malcolm got everyone of all ages up to dance. Carl was pleased with the breadth of music played (trad/popular/ceilidh). We thought the whole atmosphere etc. provided by the band was excellent! Many, many thanks. (Malcolm Thomas & the Basement Band –English & Irish musicians for a wedding)
Fantastic! We will recommend you! Everyone was really impressed + enjoyed themselves. (Wedding, members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Excellent. Most enjoyable evening ever. All the hard work was done by the caller (e.g. getting everybody up to dance) even coping with all the drunk people. Brilliant, I had never done this type of dancing and it was made so easy. (Malcolm Thomas and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra – wedding)
Paul Thank you for making our wedding such a special day. You and your team really created everything that we wanted and more, and set the tone for such an enjoyable day. I would be very grateful if you could send our thanks to Peter and the rest of the team. We had lots of guests asking for your details so hopefully this will generate new business for you. Thank you once again for such a great performance. (Jester/juggler/fire eater plus Lord Chamberlain and four minstrels)
We cannot thank the band and Malcolm enough for making our evening such a great success. Even determined non-dancers and barn dance sceptics had a wonderful time, and, notably, one friend danced more than when the band played at his own wedding! We all had such a wonderful time, and we will continue to recommend 'Barn Dance to Banquet' in the highest possible terms. (Malcolm and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
The performance was fantastic – Nick Peachy was everything we had hoped (except French!). He was friendly and charming with our guests and gave an excellent performance – He was perfect! I don't know if he did but Nick certainly gave the impression he was enjoying himself... His costume was spot on! We've been v. pleased with all the positive comments we received about Nick. (French style piano accordion player at a wedding)
Just a note to thank you so much for Saturday night– I don't think there was one attendee who did not thoroughly enjoy the evening !! Mike was an excellent caller and managed to get even those less enthusiastic to dance – very entertaining – excellent choice of dances too! (Staff dance – Mike and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
It really was a great evening – thank you very much for keeping the dancers entertained, lots of people have come up since to say how much they enjoyed it! (Church fund raising evening, Malcolm and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Outstanding, very understanding / flexible to clients' needs. Good fun, excellent musicians. Thank you so much, you helped make our annual event a huge success! (International corporate event, Malcolm and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra – Mike & dancer demonstrating)
Excellent. All the guests commented on how much they had enjoyed the evening. The caller was brilliant. Would recommend you to anyone else who is looking for a band. (Mike and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra, wedding) Very comprehensive service, with plenty of advice and suggestions for those that haven't planned a barn dance before! Great performers – very professional and great fun too! The caller was very good at getting everyone involved and explaining each dance clearly. The flexibility of the service was invaluable, allowing us to have a P.A. (public address) system for the speeches and to play CDs after the barn dance. We would definitely book through Barn Dance to Banquet again and also recommend the service to friends / family /colleagues who are planning a similar event. (Malcolm and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Dear Paul. Thank you for all you did last night to help make the ball such a success. The feedback we have had so far has been fantastic and hopefully we have raised a good amount for the charities (the evening made £10,000 for two charities). (Petteridge Minstrels and Thespians – Medieval Banquet)
I was extremely pleased with the performance, given the limited space available at Philpots you certainly coped with it very well. I had been concerned about the space but as it turned out I think it was great fun and just a little bit more intimate than normal. I think the instruments played (hurdy gurdy, English bagpipes, concertinas and melodeon) made a wonderful sound the music was just what we wanted. The caller was excellent as well, I think most people felt encouraged to have a go and enjoyed the dancing. I have no complaints, everything was perfect. Thank you so much for really making our wedding day good fun. (Mike Winser, Phil Martin & Paul Hurst)
Excellent – a very good band with a caller (Mike) who kept the impetus going throughout the evening ... You really made the evening. Additionally (unlike a 'disco') people could actually hold a conversation. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Dear Paul We thought that, instead of just filling in the form you sent us, we'd combine it with a letter of very sincere thanks for helping to make our wedding day so special. From the moment I first spoke to you on the phone, through all the preparations and the day itself, the service you provided was absolutely superb. As we said, we thought the evening was wonderful from start to finish. If we had to pick out a couple of special moments, they would be being piped into the hall at the beginning of the evening – lovely to be a cross between film stars and Lord& Lady of the manor! – and being able to sing ourselves (and what a fantastic accompaniment.) We also loved the inclusivity of the dancing, and we're fairly sure the mother and father of the groom will be introducing 'Lady Godiva' to the rather staid Scottish Country Dance scene in Edinburgh! In conclusion, there was absolutely nothing that we thought could have been improved on, and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone. Indeed, if the opportunity should arise, we'd love to use you again ourselves. So it only remains to say thank you with all our hearts again, and please pass our gratitude onto the rest of the guys. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Very professional – without losing the personal touch. We had great fun on the night and I feel more confident about holding a similar event in the future. The caller Bob encouraged everyone to join in, without bullying anyone. He joined us when we got confused or couldn't manage the steps (quite often!) and was flexible so we were in control of our event. There is nothing I would have changed. (Social dance, Caroline Hamm band).
Excellent. Group fitted in. Enhanced wedding without dominating. Had musical interludes to allow guests to 'recover' between dances. Opera singing great! (Jon Loomes Band).
Excellent – very professional. Thanks very much –the barn dance was a great success. High quality of music, appropriate selection of dances. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)Your service was fantastic, and although unfortunately I did not hear the performance myself the feedback from our runners was that it was fantastic. Your unique music and the costumes really made for a 'complete experience'. (Phil Martin& Paul Hurst – Cancer Research charity run, Leeds Castle)
Excellent to both service and performance. Extremely courteous and helpful when making the arrangements – always very patient when dealing with a harassed bride-to-be! The performance on the night was faultless. Everything went very smoothly and the bride and bridegroom had a fantastic evening! Many guests commented on what an excellent band. The sound of the band was exactly what I had imagined (Scottish ceilidh). The caller (Malcolm) was superb –friendly, outgoing and very good at coaxing people up onto the dance floor without being bossy and annoying! Enjoyed the walk thro' the rooms at the beginning to encourage people to join in. Loved the mix of dances. A very memorable evening and a high-light to the wedding. Thanks again Paul – it really was a lovely way to finish off the day – apart from the church service it was the best part of the day. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Wonderful – just what I had hoped for and more! Flexible approach to change of dates, venue and times , great atmosphere created by Malcolm. Also high quality music and sound. You really did make the evening very successful and many people commented on what fun it was. Thank you! (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
It was extremely well done – we have had dozens of compliments on the night and since. Keep it up! Have kept your details.(Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Excellent. Enjoyed every minute. Very pleased at the appropriate volume. Sometimes my ears have been left ringing after other bands. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Absolutely brilliant! Better than we could have imagined. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Good music, caller was excellent. (Chris Rose and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Thank you very much for providing the musical entertainment both during the day & in the evening at our wedding on 18th April this year. So many of our guests complimented you and your band– amazed at both the length and quality of the performance. The minstrels during the day and the barn dance in the evening were perfect and a good time was had by all. (Package based on members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Performance was excellent. Splendid piper and the outfit was as I wanted. Really well turned out. The music selected was excellent. The piper judged the audience. Many guests have written Thank You notes & all have commented on just how much they enjoyed and appreciated the piper + Scottish touch. Everything went to plan and we were delighted. I would use the piper again and would be happy to recommend your services. (New Year Eve's party).
Brilliant! We hardly noticed the band setting up –very professional. The performance exceeded all our expectations. The band sounded great + with Malcolm created a vibrant + fun atmosphere which we will never forget. Compliments from guests are still rolling in! You really made our day special. Malcolm did a great job of getting people on the dance floor! Some of our friends who went pale when we mentioned 'barn dance' (Sat night clubbers!!!) didn't leave the dance floor all night – well, just for a pint of Harveys to get their energy back!! We would have no hesitation booking with you again. Just got to find a reason for a party! We will recommend you to anyone we know who's after a barn dance. And from the Bride's Mother... Everyone remarked on what a good idea it was and what a great time they had. One young couple said it was the best wedding they had been to as they had only been to receptions that have had a disco. Other remarks were 'Best wedding reception we have been to', 'The band was great; barn dancing is such great fun. I was helpless with laughter!', 'The barn dance was great'. Once again, thank you so much for making Clair and Mark's special day that bit extra special. We will not hesitate in recommending you to friends and family etc. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra, Wedding).
Very Good. The band were brilliant and suited the clients very well...they were just right. (Blazing Strings at a special needs dance). Brilliant – no problems – book and enjoy. Very good music, brilliant caller, nice personalities – all went so well. Malcolm is – as you said – a fabulous caller. He has the nice, friendly and fun personality and the knowledge, energy and sense of humour to bring people together and make them go around happy and laughing. The music played by him, Hollie, Mark and Ollie was fantastic – and I was very pleased to see such a nicely combined band, delivering such an engaging performance. (Malcolm and 'Pesky')
Excellent musicianship + repertoire. Very entertaining + made the whole evening a success. The medieval music repertoire was superb as was the array of instruments + the diverse talents of the musicians...the success of the musicians + caller in getting people to dance, + the sheer exuberance of the music +enthusiasm of the players. I will recommend you to anyone seeking entertainment for their event. Keep up the good work! (Members of the Petteridge Minstrels).
I would like to thank you and your team for a thoroughly enjoyable night which helped us to raise much needed funds for the school. Your friendly attitude was ideal for this family event and I would not hesitate to recommend you to friends or other fund-raising organisers. Thanks again. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Dear Paul, I felt I couldn't just fill out your form as I wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for helping to make our day so special. Yourself and your college (Phil Martin) were fantastic, you looked wonderful and sounded fantastic. We have had so much feedback already with people saying what a fantastic atmosphere you created. My little god-daughter, who danced with you, thought you were fabulous. There isn't anything we would have wanted you to do differently. Thank you once again for helping to make our day so special. (Phil and Paul)
Many thanks to you and all your colleagues for another excellent evening's entertainment. The music was as popular as ever and the addition of Malcolm & Julia was very well received. (Medieval evening, including a murder / mystery play written for the event).
Absolutely brilliant. Very entertaining.....the professionalism and everyone's friendly nature. (Fund raising Parent's Association dance, members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Dear Paul, thank you and the band for a wonderful performance on the 9th April, everyone had a great time and lots of fun, in all of my photographs everyone was smiling or laughing as I had hoped. Thank you for making my evening such a memorable and happy one. I personally do not think you can improve on your service or performance, it was perfect. If my friends or I need a band in future I would not hesitate to recommend you to them. (Retirement party, members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Excellent. The dance band caller kept our party going all evening – he is very enthusiastic. We enjoyed the music +dance + the caller's banter. For us – things could not be better. (Family party, Mike Winser and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra).
The wedding was magical the band you organised for us was absolutely perfect...The way they performed there was no fuss, and the music was very good very professionally play(ed). The caller was very good all of our guests commented how good it was. (Wedding., Gill and 'Blazing Strings')
Excellent – Band was professional and friendly. Caller was excellent. Management of time and crowd very good. Piping through the Great Hall was a great suggestion from Paul, as was leaving 'arch of hands'. (Wedding, Lympne Castle, Malcolm and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Everyone enjoyed it tremendously and it will be the family talk for years to come. Andrew's six year old called the party a 'groovy ruby party'!! Overall a raging success – thank you. (Petteridge Light Orchestra for a Murder/Mystery play then barn dance!).
Outstanding. The band were wonderful. Just the right sound level, good variety of songs and the caller gave good clear instructions. 6 months after the event we are all saying how great it was. The information video we received showing a previous performance didn't do you justice, you were far better. (Malcolm and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Have been meaning to ring you to say thanks but still not down off the ceiling! We had the most wonderful weekend, weather perfect, situation gorgeous & your musicians were fabulous, so friendly & just exactly what I had in mind. Top notch – excellent. The ease of booking, the quality of the performance, everything was just right. (John Dipper & band for a barndance).
A huge thank you for the wonderful music you all provided us and our guests with at our wedding. The opinion was absolutely unanimous that you are an amazingly talented band of people with so much energy and humour too. It certainly was one of the best barn dances we've personally ever experienced, and you were so good at integrating everybody – including a very large bunch of Czech people! Really we would recommend you to anybody else, and want to thank you for contributing to what turned out to be one of the most overwhelming days of our lives. Thanks again. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Excellent. I didn't personally have as much time as I would have liked to listen to Mr Ferrara as I was busy with catering, but all my guests were very impressed with his performance and musical knowledge, and I greatly appreciated his calm professionalism.(Minstrel)
The caller was excellent, full of good humour and had everybody dancing. We were very happy with the service and performance, nothing could have been improved. (Mike and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Excellent. All of it was great, Jon Loomes was v. laid back and accommodating, was happy to start late, take a shorter break etc. and was generally v. helpful. Excellent, all the way from first contact to booking and onto the event itself. The ceilidh was excellent throughout, with an excellent caller. 'The Basket' was much fun as was the final dance where we all joined hands and were wound in and out of a spiral several times...Thank you so much for providing such wonderful music at our wedding. We really enjoyed the trio – please pass on our thanks to them– and the ceilidh was fantastic. Everyone had such a good time, and it was because of you! (Jazz trio and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Just a note to thank you and Jon Loomes plus all of his band members for doing such a fantastic job at our wedding. The ceilidh was great and just the thing to get everyone off their seats and dancing. The disco afterwards was also brilliantly done. Jon was so accommodating, helpful and pleasant to deal with...I would not hesitate to recommend your services to friends and family. It was such an easy way to book the evening's entertainment, brilliant value for money and superb quality performance. Thank you once again for making the evening go with a bang! (Barn dance followed by a disco)
You were recommended by a guest at one of your previous functions. Very easy to arrange. Very enjoyable performance well rehearsed and enthusiastically performed. The performance was informative and interesting as well as entertaining. It was good in all respects (Murder Mystery Play – 'Nelson's Blood' by The Gallery Theatre)
Excellent – really got the evening entertainment off to a great start. Mike was a fantastic caller –great fun. From previous barn dances / ceilidhs I knew that the caller makes a huge difference so was particularly pleased that he was so good. Everything was excellent from start to finish – you delivered exactly what I asked for and were really efficient to deal with – thank you for putting it all together so well. (Mike and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
You sounded professional, competent and knew your dancing and music...could offer a variety of Scottish and 'new to us' English country dancing. Excellent. (Gill and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
I wanted music that people could listen to, or getup and dance to, and I especially didn't want a loud disco, where no-one could talk to each other. Excellent – all the group were excellent musicians. Very professional in turning up and clearing away exactly on time. I appreciated the group moving outside onto the lawn to play for the first part of a very hot evening. My grand-daughter loved the 'Teletubbies' music!! Thanks again. (Malcolm and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra).
We were incredibly impressed and pleased with the performance that Mike and your musicians provided. The passage of time has not changed our initial feelings! Even now, many of our guests still talk about how professional your team were, ranging from superb musical skill through to excellent entertainment - even when being goaded by a number of mischievous children! For our part, Mike was a wonderful Toast Master, helping us through the day so that it was a smooth and slick operation- only we knew that really he was in charge! He was also just perfect as the Caller getting everyone involved but also knowing when not to be too pushy! All our initial concerns about whether this was the most appropriate way to celebrate our wedding were unfounded and the ability to discuss detail both with you and the actual performers beforehand really helped to set our minds at rest so that we felt confident in your abilities on the day. This was a very valuable and essential part of your service. We have very fond memories or our wedding day and one of the most enduring, I know, will be of our friends and family being whisked and twirled around Penshurst to the music of from Banquet to Barndance! Thank you - we had a fantastic time and Mike and your musicians (and Barclay(?)) were an intrinsic part of its success.(and no, we don't think you could have done anything any better!) Please pass our appreciation and thanks on to Mike et al. (Members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Thank you very much for the wonderful music you played at our wedding. Our guests really enjoyed it. It was a lovely touch being piped into the building as well. Once again, many thanks. (Paul and Phil)
Excellent – very professional booking system, clear contract, helpful communication. The performance was great, good punctuality. We all had a wonderful evening – the musicians were very good & friendly, the caller made us all laugh! Everyone danced even the reluctant men!! (Jon Loomes and members of the Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Excellent service. It was a terribly warm day, and he (Highland piper) played most beautifully. Thanks (to the piper) for your expertise on the day.
Brilliant – you were sensitive to the mood & atmosphere of the evening, enabled everyone to join in – young& old – we all had a fabulous time. We particularly appreciated your flexibility and the fact you were prepared to play acoustically outside while guests socialised. You were also very friendly each time we called with questions etc. before the event. Top marks to the caller(Malcolm). Thank you so much – we couldn't have asked for anything more. (Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Every time I called to speak to someone, the response was friendly and professional. Fantastic! All had a great time– lots of people danced who we thought would just sit and watch. The musicians were great and were friendly + complimentary to us at all times. Thanks! (Jazz duo, then barn dance, then disco for a wedding).
Dear Paul. Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for organising the band for our party last night. They were brilliant – very talented musicians who were able to quickly gauge our level of competence (or incompetence!) at dancing and called it so well. Everyone had a great time, we've spent the day taking calls from people thanking us and telling us how much they particularly enjoyed the music. Thanks again for all your hard work in organising this for us. (Philippe Barns and band).
Excellent – Alan (Austen) and his colleague were just what we wanted for our tree planting.
Excellent, from the help and advice given during my initial enquiries to the performance itself. I can only give the highest praise...the performance was so well organised, from having the jester (Mike) act as a master of ceremonies, getting our guests so involved in the performance, the music, magic, fun and games were all superb. Thanks so much for everything, you made our day perfect. (Petteridge Minstrels & Thespians).
Excellent, caller (Mike) was so good at getting everyone to join in, brilliant. (Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Brilliant! – Everything! The instruments in particular & friendly faces. (Jon and the Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Very high standard, talented musicians. It was all excellent but a special thank-you to Jon for his performance during the day and to band and caller for their patience with our dancing skill(or lack of!) (Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Just a brief note to thank you and your fellow musicians and in particular your caller (Mike) for a truly superb and memorable evening at Stephanie's... It couldn't have run better, thanks in no small part, in fact one huge part, of your caller's skills of motivation. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and Stephanie's friends have commented on how much they enjoyed it.... Please pass on our thanks to the members of the Orchestra. (Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Absolutely excellent – professional at all times –reassuring and not one fault...every minute from start to finish. The initial 'introduction' with music from you all, was perfect – so to ease into the evening do. Thank you very much for such a wonderful evening...you are brilliant. We totally and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of your company, your skill and expertise with a friendly easy-going attitude. Everybody commented – and thought you were wonderful – so give yourselves a huge pat on the back. (Malcolm and the Petteridge Light Orchestra).
After chatting to several different groups I felt yours was a trustworthy and well organised business. We thought everything was perfect the band arrived in good time and were able to judge the requirements of our group perfectly. (Enjoyed the most)Rosie's fun and understandable method of teaching! Thank you so much, we all had a great night. Rosie Davis & band – Barn dance).
Fantastic – the caller was very dedicated and met the needs of the group. The group as a whole performed great + kept the attention of the young people (who) enjoyed the variety of different dances; the feedback was extremely positive- enjoyed the spiral dance led by the caller. (Alan Austen and band for a special needs group).
We had a wonderful time. Our thanks go to Bob and all for making the evening enjoyable and fun. Even my friend Colin, who DOES NOT dance, had one dance at the end with his fiancée. Thanks for arranging this for us and getting a nice combo together. (Bob Hamm, jazz/blues group).
Excellent service, excellent performance....politeness + willingness to please + be flexible. Nothing could have been better it was superb. Thank you! (Jon Loomes as minstrel at a naming ceremony)
We were absolutely delighted with the piper, he was fantastic. He was very flexible about what we wanted on the day. As far as we are concerned he couldn't have been any better. (Highland Piper)
Excellent – everything as promised. Presentation of musicians and professionalism (enjoyed the most). (Jazz duo and barndance for a wedding).
The performance and their music and entertainment throughout the day were fantastic, and everyone commented on how good they were and how unusual the music and instruments were. I particularly enjoyed the music and dancing in the evening. It gave everyone the opportunity to get up and dance together, and the caller (Malcolm) was fantastic. It was perfect. (Petteridge Minstrels).
Excellent – spontaneous 'piping' to accompany the cake! ...relaxed and friendly manner.
We both just wanted to say thank you so much to you and the band for being so fantastic. The dance went down a storm and we were delighted that everyone got up and had a go and enjoyed themselves so much. Malcolm was brilliant and it was especially good that he was mobile with his microphone, meaning that he could get right into the centre of the action and show people what to do. I haven't had a bad comment from anyone about the dance...apparently the staff had been saying how good the band were too... thank you again - you really did us proud. (Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Efficient, professional and energising. Included everyone and was able to adapt to any change in circumstance i.e. hot weather! The music was excellent and the musicians were talented and expert in their work. I was impressed by the diversity of the performance and inclusiveness bringing all together...the performance was excellent! (Gill Emerson and band).
We had a fantastic day and the bands were much enjoyed (and remarked upon) by all. The music definitely helped make the day as special as it was. Thank you for all your assistance in the months beforehand. Jazz band was the ideal accompanying music for the drinks reception, the ceilidh band were very much enjoyed by all. Very proficient service and performers – who were friendly and helpful.
A very over-due thank you for your wonderful playing and looking after us all and giving everyone such a very nice time. Several thank-you letters said the band were wonderful, the band were the best, we're going to use the wonderful band for our party, etc, etc. You were also wonderfully flexible with your setting up. It just seemed to happen. Anyway, you were a huge part of what made it a lovely party. We've had wonderful letters from far and wide and everyone had a lovely time. (Petteridge Light Orchestra).
We all had a fantastic evening in part thanks to your selves. You provided a wonderful atmosphere and encouraged the two sets of friends to mingle. The musical expertise was great. The dancing and music made our evening complete. Your service before the party was efficient and thorough. Your performance on the night was superb.(Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Excellent! Everyone at the wedding had a fabulous time, and we have had many comments from guests about how much they enjoyed the dancing. Everyone could join in – even the children! Real live musicians playing proper instruments – fabulous! Jon was also very good – excellent fun! The best value for money – v. good. P.S. We still keep singing some of the tunes you played! In particular the very last one of the night which was fabulous fun! Many thanks.
I just wanted to say thank you so much for the excellent band & entertainment that you provided for our wedding. Everybody commented on what great fun the evening was – even those who had previously been a bit sceptical about a Barndance. The caller was great & I'm glad I found out what a hurdy gurdy was! Anyway, we were both really happy with the evening. (Malcolm and the Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Bob and team turned up early and were excellent – we appreciate it was a long way to travel for the band, they were really excellent, read the mood of the party, and everyone thought they were great (Dab Hands)
Thank you so much for providing such excellent entertainment at our wedding! Everyone we have spoken to has said that that was one of the best parts of the weekend for them.
Absolutely excellent. We have had brilliant comments from everyone. From the costumes, to the performances, to the ceilidh –everything was perfect. I think the best thing was leaving everything to you and Malcolm on the day in conjunction with Nigel (Lympne Castle manager) – we could relax completely.
Service V. good, performance V. good, sound at correct level for room size. Vibraphone a bit hit with everyone. (Dave Robinson).
Excellent. Very friendly and helpful on telephone, performance on day was enjoyed by all, many appreciative comments from our guests also. The way the caller organised the dancing and his joining in really helped, felt genuine. (Bob Hamm)
Many thanks to you and your fellow musicians for such splendid entertainments! (Medieval party & dance for a staff party)
The band turned up in good time, were friendly +played very well...really excellent. (Adrian Turnham & the Bullenbush Band)
Easy to book, good advice on magician. Turned up early + circulated well with all guests. Tricks were brilliant and we had lots of positive comments about Hugh. (Nightingale).
We were very impressed by the personal +professional service offered. Your calm approach to providing something really individual was much appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed the performance – as did all of our guests. The musicians were so lovely to work with, it was like having 4 extra friends at our wedding. It was wonderful to see family members who usually sit unobserved in corners at all our family 'do's' dancing + laughing + looking so happy, and we have some lovely photos that have really captured these moments. We can't really communicate fully how much we enjoyed the day, and how critical you all were in this. Anything else just wouldn't have been as perfect! (Wedding, Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Excellent. Good group, pleasant people...I could not fault it at all. I would not hesitate to use you again or indeed recommend your services to anyone looking. Many thanks for making the wife's 40th very special. (Bob Hamm and band)
The entertainment on the day has become a talking point amongst all our guests and was perfect. The services of the Lord Chamberlain (Malcolm) were fantastic and he was on hand throughout the day to assist and guide us. The live processional music made the atmosphere very magic and made it feel like a fairytale. (Petteridge Minstrels)
Fantastic service. Highly infectious, enthusiastic suggestions prior to booking and a wonderful rapport and communication with guests at the wedding. Outstanding & great fun. You really did make our day very special and, even though not everyone participated, everyone enjoyed the spectacle. Thank you so very much. (Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Service was excellent. The music was uplifting and fun. Customers seemed to enjoy the party atmosphere created. Performance was excellent. (Acoustic duo at a garden centre)
Excellent band & caller. Malcolm the caller was mobile & got onto the dance floor & showed everyone what to do – lots of people said this was great. All good humoured – no 'picking' on people. It was just brilliant. The staff at the venue also commented that the band was great. Thanks again for a wonderful time. (Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Excellent. Everything from booking to the end of the evening was perfect. Will recommend to anyone wanting music for any occasion. (Accordion & fiddle for a party)
Excellent & thorough. Enjoyed most? The humour and camaraderie of the performers with their audience. (Murder Mystery evening with 'The Gallery Theatre')
Wonderful! Everyone enjoyed the dancing and commented on it afterwards. Especially the Bride's father who was allowed a quick play of the drums (he is currently learning!). The caller (Malcolm) was enthusiastic and really made us want to join in.(Enjoyed the most?) The caller! The musicians! All of them were fun and funky and professional. The arch when the Bride and Groom left the reception. It was perfect! (Petteridge Light Orchestra)
...thanks again for coming at such short notice, playing so well in the freezing weather, and dressing up to fit in with the theme of the day. I think it made such a difference having the music there and I'm sure it took a lot of people's minds off the cold. Excellent, the outfits, performance + friendliness of the performers all helped make it a great act. You fitted in perfectly to the event and were flexible and adaptable. Very professional too. (Phil and Paul, Houses of Parliament event)
Your service is very friendly. We liked the offer that we'd get our money back if we did not like it! The performance was amazing. They got the party moving. We really enjoyed having them there as performers and guests, lovely guys, lovely music. (Enjoyed the most?) the train song, and making my Mum cry with joy! We are thinking of having a party – just to get them back again, we've already recommended their names to our friends. (Nick Pynn and Tab Hunter)
Very good. A great way of getting everyone to join in. Could have danced all night – didn't want to stop. (Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Perfect. Unobtrusive arrival + setting up – good choice of music; v. friendly with caller (Mike) who put people at their ease; amenable to our requests in every way. You were all reassuring +obliging, I could relax + enjoy wedding. (Petteridge Light Orchestra)
You were truly professional from the start – the promised compilation CD arrived the next day. You really put yourselves out to meet all our requirements, giving your much needed advice where needed...which proved to be a memorable day. The guests waiting for Jo(the bride) said the string quartet played beautifully &continued to do so throughout the reception drinks, I didn't even notice them moving from the gallery to the marquee. The barn dance was brilliant & everyone enjoyed – I especially liked the way you had an arch formed to 'see the couple off' & followed outside. Excellent. Everything was most enjoyable ...very satisfied with all aspects. (String quartet followed by the Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Excellent. From the first dance the wedding guests were involved. This was mainly due to the caller, in my opinion. I can think of no improvements. (Malcolm and the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
You really helped set the scene. Fantastic, money very well spent. Professional and entertaining, we were delighted...it was all so good. The fire eater was a lovely surprise. (Petteridge Minstrels)
Having seen & been impressed by the website we arranged to meet & discuss. Throughout discussions and email conversation we were amazed by the flexibility as well as the passion shown. Every effort was made to cater for our tastes and needs. Truly brilliant. I have never before had the opportunity to recommend a service or an individual so highly. The troupe have my highest regards on their professionalism and courtesy as well as their skill as entertainers. Their tireless enthusiasm speaks volumes of their character. Their capacity to respond to needs and atmosphere is incredible.
Most satisfied with:- Organisation of events leaving minimal space, we didn't even notice you have dinner....perfect co-ordination, minimum fuss. Children's entertainment (puppets + magic) held them captivated (and the adults!). Plays performed to a highly entertaining + unique degree (Chaucer: Miller's + Nun's Priest's Tales) Rousing performances ; excellent props; constant, non-intrusive music. (Petteridge Minstrels)
Paul was great and easy to liaise with. It was a very personal service and the musicians did a fantastic job and created a wonderful celebratory atmosphere. The unusual instruments such as the hurdy gurdy are a real feature. (Petteridge Minstrels)
Thank you so much for making our Leavers' Barn Dance such a happy and memorable occasion last evening. I think more people danced than ever before, Mike made a great caller and everyone said how much they enjoyed themselves...Please give my thanks to all your team for a wonderful evening's entertainment. See you next year!(Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Excellent. From the first dance the wedding guests were involved. This was mainly due to the caller, in my opinion. I can think of no improvements. (Malcolm and the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Just a quick note to thank you for making our wedding at Lympne Castle so special. We have nothing but praise for all of the group and all our guests commented on how memorable it was having the music during and after the ceremony, the fire eating (a favourite of those with cameras it would seem), the magic and story during the meal and the traditional dancing - though it was probably a good idea not to let us know in advance what a 'Lady Godiva's Gallop' was! It was enjoyable and different. Your experience and flexibility were special too - the change to some 'al fresco' acoustic music fitted in so well with the beautiful evening and surroundings and was much appreciated.....Once again, thank you for making our day so memorable and wonderful and we hope you all enjoyed the day as much as we and our guests did. (Petteridge Minstrels)
Thanks very much, we had a fantastic day and very much enjoyed the dancing. The band were great, please thank them all for us. (Jon Loomes Band)
Bob Ham and the band were brilliant, he was very helpful + flexible. The music was great - wish we had recorded it to bring back memories! Co-ordinated by Paul very well! Paul Hurst was very easy to talk to and made sure we were able to get what we needed. Paul was an expert both technically and musically. Service was spot on. Customer service often seems to be a lost skill in the U.K. but was superb in this case. The performance was 100 times what was expected it was professional and fun. The music was wonderful and the dance tuition had everyone up + dancing!! It was honestly absolutely perfect. (Bob Ham and band).
Excellent. Everything, music excellent, caller excellent. (Mike and the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Thank you! We had the most wonderful day.....Thank you again for the tremendous role you played in making our wedding day so enjoyable and relaxed- from the meeting before to all that happened on the day you made us feel totally relaxed but also very involved so thank you very very much. (Petteridge Light Orchestra).
I found your site on the internet + was so impressed that I cancelled the barn dance band that I had booked previously. Your agency seemed more professional & you certainly didn't disappoint us. Absolutely brilliant! Everybody had a brilliant time& the band were very professional. The caller (Bob Hamm)managed to keep the dance floor full for the entire evening. The atmosphere was great...a perfect end to a perfect day! The guests have also commented on how great the band were. Nothing could have been improved although it went so quickly I wished it had gone on longer!(Bob Hamm & band).
Excellent! The music, appearance, friendliness -everything. (Southern Rag-a-Jazz)
Excellent in every area...the whole programme -every one of my guests enjoyed the singing, music and dancing and have never had such a wonderful time with such fun - they raved about you.(Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Thank you for a great night...you and your team handled the event brilliantly. (Petteridge Light Orchestra)
We were so pleased with the way the afternoon went. We had so many comments from people who enjoyed the time....the caller(Malcolm) was very patient, fun and never made anyone feel 'put on the spot'. The band were excellent and the caller superb, we were more than happy, thank you for an excellent job. We look forward to having you again. (Petteridge Light Orchestra)
It was recommended that Barn Dance to Banquet could provide entertainment that would suit a good cross section of people -babies to 'wrinklies'. Wonderful! You filled in all the quiet moments +kept the atmosphere - charged with excitement. I personally enjoyed the singing of 'The Man in the Moon' but the play was so funny! You were spot on! Many thanks! (Petteridge Minstrels).
Many thanks again to you and your team for providing a wonderful performance at the Cancer Research UK10 at Leeds Castle. I had some great comments from participants who informed me that you really helped to lift their spirits and encourage them to keep going.(Phil Martin & Paul Hurst)
....probably the most unusual and versatile 'traditional' music group in the UK, plus a superb caller who will get everyone on their feet! (Petteridge Light Orchestra at the Greenwich International Festival & Exhibition of Early Music)
Dear Paul. We just wanted to write and say a big thank you for the brilliant music and barn dance you provided us with for our wedding. It was everything we expected and more. All our guests(kids included!) commented on what a great evening they all had and how the band made all the difference in such a wonderful setting.(Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Excellent, thanks for a super evening (what did you enjoy the most?) - combination of the folk music atmosphere and your caller. (Petteridge Light Orchestra).
Hi Anna,...... what we really wanted to say was the biggest thank you for making our day such a special one. You really made a huge difference to our day and made it unique and one we will always remember and treasure. I hope that you managed to get a bit of enjoyment out of it. My mum and I have had so many people write to us saying how wonderful you both were and how fun you made it. People are still talking about the dancing now (and Johns calling!) and how much they enjoyed it. Steve was also amazing with the disco and kept everyone in the party mood- I think the end was great with the Blues Brothers song- one of Marcus's dads friend has given us a DVD of the wedding and everyone just is having such fun and Marcus and I are still in awe of the people that were there for us. We cannot thank you enough - please do stay in touch and send me your address as we would love to buy you a drink one day to thank you both so let us know if you are ever down our way! (Jon, Anna and Steve)
You made our wedding a real hoot, thank you so much. We are still laughing about all the joviality. (Petteridge Minstrels)
I would just like to say a big Thank You for making my '30th' B'day really special. I had a great night and have since had many compliments to the night especially the band. You guys were great and a night that people still talk about.....Pre - service was excellent; performance - fantastic. The whole evening (was) jolly, everyone danced caller was great & ensured everyone joined in.....It was perfect.(Malcolm and the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
I would like to thank you and your band for a fantastic evening. The evening went from strength to strength, all with the help of your caller, who was great and helped us raise a lot of money for our school. Everyone has remarked about the band and how wonderful they were. (Mike and the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Totally excellent. Standard of playing & calling unsurpassed. Guests were enthusiastic with their praise...high standard of performance & variety of music &instruments. I appreciate your sensitivity & empathy so that we weren't compelled to continually dance but were given space to talk& enjoy your playing. Thanks to all for contributing so much to my 70th celebration. (Malcolm and the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Excellent - I liked the fact that you were very quick to get back to me; the band were great and you all gave the impression of great enthusiasm + professionalism. We had great confidence in your organisational skills! Will recommend you to anyone who requires a band. (Jon and Anna)
I've danced at 2 of your barn dances at Beechwood School in Tunbridge Wells and thoroughly enjoyed myself at those. You were the only choice I wanted for mine! Excellent! Mike moving amongst the dancers, rather than just with the band was commented on as unusual in their experience and excellent. I enjoyed it all! You couldn't have improved on what we got. Hopefully we'll be booking you again in the future since everyone was saying as they left when's the next one?!(Mike and the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Excellent, warm, friendly, professional. You provided everything we wanted. (Petteridge Light Orchestra) Very friendly and fun....really good + flexible. I was especially impressed when we asked one more! after the LAST song and it was great. We had two 'climax'! It was also good that kids could join in! (Petteridge Light Orchestra)
We really enjoyed your music and the way you got everyone up and dancing, without exception everyone has said what a great night it was and how much they all enjoyed it. Your musicians are very talented and certainly put there all into the evening, and it's obvious to see that they really enjoy making music together. Thank you again for giving us an evening to remember and for the laughter that came as a result of people joining in and having fun.(Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Excellent. The 'fool' / MC was brilliant + really got everyone dancing to a fantastic band. (Mike, Tab & Ben)
It was excellent. We all had a really good evening. I was quite surprised that all the kids of all age ranges joined in....the caller enabled the kids to get involved straight away.(Malcolm and the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Excellent. The quality of the music and its suitability for the event, there were MANY praises for the band from the assembled guests. What a fantastic line-up it was on April 22nd and how well they played and kept everyone going! I can't fault them on anything and many of our friends said the same - one word applies -excellent! Thank you - we would certainly use you again, they made our special day perfect. (Tab Hunter and band).
Fantastic - please pass on my thanks to Peter' We'd definitely book him again. The children were kept entertained + happy. (Peter Optical, and the comment from the venue...) I've just received your questionnaire relating to (client's) christening party. I must say, and please pass it on to Peter, he really was magnificent. We commented on it at the time. There were a lot of children, some quite excitable, most abandoned by their parents and he really did both entertain and control them. He made our life much easier and his story telling had them in raptures. Well done Peter.
Thanks Paul everything went fantastically well. (Malcolm and 'Grand Union')
A Great till was had by all! It was a laugh from start to finish. (Mike and 'Blazing Strings')
We had a fantastic time and everyone agreed the band was wonderful - people were amazed at all the different and unusual instruments, and the magic tricks went down extremely well too. The mix of music was exactly right and your move outside to start was perfect. The evening wizzed by and it was just a shame the pub only had a music licence until 11! Thanks again, you helped to make the party perfect. (Malcolm, Rob & Paul)
Just wanted to thank you very much for a very fun and highly professional performance at our wedding by you and your colleagues! We had a wonderful time. ..the music and caller were excellent and the mood was kept up beat and never flagged. All our guests have commented on what fun the dancing was and our photos certainly support that view by showing smiles and laughing throughout! Duncan, the piper, was also excellent - exactly what we wanted. So thank you to all for a wonderful memory of our wedding night. (Mike and the Petteridge Light Orchestra)
We would like to thank you all for making our 50thparty so perfect. We particularly loved you playing by the straw bales in the evening sun! We all had great fun. (Petteridge Light Orchestra)
Thank you very much! We loved the salsa band& the M.C.!!
You were recommended to us by Bartholomew Barns, our initial conversations were positive and gave us confidence you could deliver what we were looking for. Initial contact was really good, trying to get the sort of band and sound we wanted. The guys on the day were superb, fun and charming, keeping everyone on their feet without being pushy. Great musicians, who didn't take up any valuable dancing space.
There was a perfect mix of dancing, the band playing and quieter breaks, even the sceptics danced at least once, and it gave us a chance to enjoy the guys playing whilst catching our breath and mingling. Of course 'Stripping the Willow' was the biggest hit. Lots of happy smiling faces by the end of the night. We had a wonderful day and your team were a key part of that. It was everything we hoped for, and more! (Petteridge Light Orchestra)