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Maggoty Ceilidh Band

The ceilidh was such a great evening, thank you for bringing Maggoty! Lots of people commented that it was truly an all-age event, very friendly atmosphere, and the music was excellent from your newly formed group.

Di Perryman. St Paul's, Withington.

Great sounds; individually and together, richly entertaining, really clear and entertaining calling. Thanks for a terrifically enjoyable night.

Phil Davenport. G.I.Trust

You did us proud Maggoty, providing such great music and really clear calling. And, as you could tell from the number of dancers up and ready to dance each dance, people were really enjoying themselves. Thank you for making it a great evening.

Carolyn Stokes. St Thomas Norberry, Hazel Grove, Stockport.

Wonderful band and great fun. We had a wonderful time and would like to thank the band and Sylvia the caller. You were just great. Would thoroughly recommend you. Thank you for a wonderful evening of entertainment. Your talent and enthusiasm inspired even the most flat footed of us to kick up our heels and dance. Thanks for supporting our charity.

Jackie Earles, Karen Myers and Lisa Ball on behalf of Women's Cancer Charities. Gawsworth Village Hall.

The band were the perfect choice for our daughter’s wedding, held in a marquee in the grounds of Gawsworth Hall. The music bridged the generation gap and the dancing brought family and friends together.
They rigged up their PA system for the “Father of the Bride” speech, and we plugged an i phone in for the first dance.

Margaret and David Partington.

Thank you Maggoty for playing for Sarah's 18th, it was just what she wanted. The music was compelling and Rob's calling was really clear. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the teenagers who had said that they would not be dancing were asking when the next Ceilidh was at the end of the evening.

Dave and Paula Vaughan.

What a superb way to bring friends and family together for a brilliant birthday party! A big thank you to Maggoty, for making everyone’s night so fantastic from start to finish. If you want an evening filled with fun, finesse and frolics – these are the guys for you. Well done everyone!

Shirley Stretton, Gawsworth.

What a fantastic night, the dance floor was never empty. The outstanding talent of the band and diversity of their music meant everyone had a brilliant time. The caller was very patient with absolute beginners and had a great sense of humour! I would not hesitate to recommend Maggoty to anyone.

Emily Haggie.

Thank you to Maggoty for a splendid evening of entertainment at my recent 60th birthday celebration. The range of instruments and tunes you played made for great listening and just about everybody joined in the dancing from the 12 years old to the 84 years young. We appreciated your professionalism and flexibility and everyone that we have spoken to since the party have said what a great time they had. All the best.

David and Kalini.

Thank you and the band for an excellent evening and you certainly lived up to the recommendation we had been given. The consensus from the guests was one of total admiration in the music, the caller, his ability to enthuse people, the variety of dances and, importantly, how you made it special for all ages. You made it a very special night for both of us and again a big thank you for being so accommodating.
I think you may be getting some enquiries from some of our friends later in the year.

Jonathan Bale.

Maggoty were the perfect choice for our first ever family event – they provided a great variety of music and dances, getting everyone up and involved from the shyest of 4 year olds to the most sceptical of adults. They even did a couple of special dances just for the children which went down a storm! Thank you for making our event such a success – everyone was enthused by how much fun they had so we would recommend Maggoty in a ‘heart-beat'

Sharon Cook (Friends of Oldfield Brow Primary School, Altrincham.)

We really enjoyed the ceilidh. The band was excellent with a good range of authentic instruments. The instructions were clear and humorous, and the dances at the right level for a group of mixed ability and ages. Having used the band on more than one occasion, the ceilidh is a regular fixture in our church calendar.

Nicola Hamilton Union Chapel, Fallowfield, Manchester.

I booked Maggoty for my 40th birthday party and what a success it was! I wanted a larger band with experience and traditional instruments and Maggoty provided all, along with a great caller. Everyone enjoyed themselves and have commented on how good they were; we were a fairly small gathering but Maggoty created a wonderful atmosphere all evening. The dances themselves were a good combination of familiar, unusual, crazy, sedate and memorable! Flapping like a bird whilst crying with laughter springs to mind... I felt their fee was very reasonable and they played all evening; I think they would have played on if we'd had the energy to dance on! They also took a lot of the organisation off my shoulders, announcing dinner and playing Happy Birthday for me etc, meaning I could just relax and enjoy my night.'re dancing away with your face hurting from smiling so much and the sound of border pipes kicks in....I've got goose bumps just remembering. Book them, you won't regret it.

Kerry House.

We had a great evening with a lovely mix of dances, some traditional and some less-known circle dances with a Middle Eastern sound and beat. Even if you didn’t want to dance, which most of us did, the music was accomplished and beautiful to listen to. Unlike other ceilidh bands, this 6 piece band had a wide range of instruments at their fingertips. We would definitely like them to return!

Sally. Chorlton Central Church, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester.

We had a really fun evening, the caller had everyone on the floor straight away. The music and dancing provided a great night for our corporate event. I would highly recommend them if you are looking for a brilliant ceilidh band.

Jane Simpson XL Vets.

Maggoty were a wonderful choice for the private party we held to celebrate our daughter and her friend's joint 21st party. They were accomplished and experienced musicians who played a lively repetoire with double bass, guitar, recorder and fiddle. They were most professional and obliging in planning and adhering to what was agreed for the event. The caller was brilliant at organizing what would otherwise have been chaos and it led to an evening of truly high spirited, inter-generational fun. I would certainly recommend them for any party you wish to go with a swing!

Jane Ware

Maggoty played at my birthday party last Saturday night. Expectations were high but they were exceeded. The music mix set a lively tone form the start with Mike and the band doing a thoroughly professional job. The band's energy filled the room and people danced from their first note to their last - great fun. The caller was excellent, keeping things straightforward and fun. This night will be remembered; much of that is down to the band, thanks.

Alan Cross

Wanted a slightly different theme for my 60th birthday party. Had been to a Maggoty ceilidh for my friend’s 60th last year which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is an excellent way to get groups of people sitting in different corners of the room to come together in a fun way (and also burn off a few calories in the process!). Maggoty did not disappoint – everybody said they had a great time. Caller explained all the dances in an easy to follow way and even managed to retain a sense of humour with those who seemed to have trouble following clear instructions. Downside – lot more expensive than a disco, but live music played really well is worth every penny. Would not hesitate to recommend for your ceilidh.

Debbie Hey

This was better than clubbing. I go out often to night clubs in Manchester. The night I had with you guys was way better! I had fun truly from the heart tonight. The atmosphere your music and the dancing creates means it is impossible to be judged, people can just let their hair dowm and be themselves. Amazing. I am so glad I came. I will definitely see you again soon. Thank you.

Sheridan Kyte (24) High Lane, Stockport

Just to say thank you for a great evening at my daughter’s 50th birthday Ceilidh. Maggoty were excellent and made the night go with a swing. Everyone enjoyed the dancing and music, even though the dancing ended up with everyone in fits of laughter. It was a real fun evening which was a hit with ‘twenties’ through to ‘seventies’.

Anne Norbury, Stockport

We had a great time on Saturday, thank you. Sylvia and the whole band put so much effort into making the party go with such a swing. We and our guests were extremely impressed with the array of instruments you all played. Your professionalism and consideration did not go unnoticed. Thank you again.

Dorothy and Peter

Maggoty are a fantastic band. I booked them for a surprise Ruby Wedding Anniversary Party for my parents and they helped make the evening a resounding success. They are all brilliant musicians and the caller had us laughing and dancing all night. Everyone commented on how brilliant they were. Even some of the most reticent ceilidh dancers were up dancing and the dance floor was always full. Thank you for a wonderful evening and for fitting around our change of plans on the night. I would definitely recommend Maggoty to anyone. They are an excellent ceilidh band with superb musicians.

Janey Brant-Beswick. Gawsworth.