TI can thoroughly recommend the Phoenix Ceilidh Band. I have enjoyed their musical expertise on many occasions at regular ceilidhs which I attend, and also at special birthday and other celebrations. They are superb, highly professional and enjoyable group who I would recommend for any special celebrations, dances or occasions, where you want reliable, beautifully performed, traditional music played.

Phil Barraclough, Eldwick


We jigged, reeled and waltzed the New Year in to the lively music of Phoenix Ceilidh Band. They played with fun, pzazz and musicianship, the dancers guided by caller Tony Charnock who made it all work for everyone whether they were novices or old hands, or should it be feet?!

Liz Bowen, Ilkley


Wanted to thank you all for your music and playing it for us. Had a fantastic day and loved every minute of the evening too. Had lots of positive comments praising your playing. Couldn’t have been better!

                                                                                          Kath Senior

Thank you SO much for a superb night on Saturday you were absolutely brilliant.It was such fun and everyone really enjoyed it….lot of requests for the same again next year!!

                                                             Helen Holmes (Glusburn)

Just a quick email to thank you and the band for a great night last Saturday. You were all fantastic and a great time was had by all.

                                                             Catherine Pennington

I would like to thank Phoenix Ceilidh Band for making my birthday bash a night to remember.They helped make a great atmosphere and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.They catered for all ages and even the least experienced people were on the dance floor having a good time.Would certainly recommend them to anyone wanting a fun night.

                                                                            John Hodgson

Just a little note to say a big thank you for playing at our wedding.We had a wonderful evening and all the guests loved the dancing! We will certainly recommend you.

                                                                        Gyles and Lauren Seward

we had an amazing time,thank you for providing the entertainment for such a fun evening! Our guests commented on how fantastic the ceilidh was and really enjoyed themselves…

                                                          James and Anna(Whitaker)

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding.We had a wonderful day and we really enjoyed the ceilidh in the evening.We have had a lot of positive comments regarding the band ,how well they played and and the great patience and humour of the caller who kept us going in vaguely the same direction.We will be recommending the band to friends and will come and see you again ourselves.We saw that there are testimonials on your website so please feel free to use the above if you wish.
Mike and Em

 The Phoenix Ceilidh Band completely made our wedding celebration.Everyone had such a great time and we had many comments on how good the band were. The disco afterwards was a bit of an anticlimax and couldn’t compete with such energy and great music. I would strongly recommend the band for any occasion . They were friendly,helpful,and most of all great musicians.
                           Jane Fitzmaurice
I just want to thank you so much for playing at my birthday party on 31st March at Bradley Village Hall.
You were the best ceilidh band I’ve heard and you certainly got everyone up dancing.Everyone enjoyed the evening and you helped to add to the buoyant atmosphere….
                     Sue Billett
Everybody’s been talking about the ceilidh last Saturday ! Can’t wait to have you back,can we book you now for March next year ?
                      Tanya Redpath (Aberford)
Just a quick note to say many thanks for the gig on Saturday. Fiona and myself thoroughly enjoyed the evenings entertainment provided by yourselves.Many people on the night and friends we have spoken to since then have commented how much they too enjoyed the evening and the entertainment provided by the Phoenix band.Great fun was had by all and it is certainly an evening we will always remember as will many others who were there ! Again many thanks for providing a memorable evening.
                        Richard and Fiona (Denby Dale)
Just a quick email to say a huge thank you for making our wedding day so special,The band was above and beyond what we expected and all the guests agreed you were the best Irish band they had ever heard-including the Irish family! Thank you so much,the day would not have been the same without you all there.
                       Amy and Jorge (Ilkley)
Thank you all so much for a lovely evening of great music and dancing.It was exactly how I hoped it would be. I have had many compliments on your behalf.
                        Vanessa (Saltaire)
Just like to extend our gratitude for the fantastic performance & entertainment you and the guys gave us last night,everyone especially commented on how much they enjoyed the dancing. We were overwhelmed and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you.
                           Pat (Hollins Hall Golf Club )
Just to say thank you for making my birthday do so great. Everybody who came said how much they enjoyed your music and the dancing, including my mum and the bar and kitchen staff !….
                         Jan Whittock
Thank you all for yesterday . You really made the party very special for everyone. It was unforgettable. Hope we were wild enough for you.
                         Ashley Deakin  ( Accrington Wild Swimmers ) 
A huge thank you to you and the guys for making our wedding at the Broadfield amazing. We loved every minute of it. I really loved the first dance you organised for us,it was soo different and that was just perfect. Everyone said they had a great night and how different it was. Thank you again for a fab night .
                    Jayne and Bob Herbert . 
Just a quick thanks for Saturday night. We’ve had loads of good feedback . Everyone really enjoyed your music and the happy atmosphere it created.
Thank you very much for your terrific contribution to my 70th birthday party.All my guests had a great time.I think choosing the right band,the right caterers,and the right guests made for a brilliant evening.Thank you again.
Thanks very much for one of the best evenings of our 25 years of marriage! Everyone had a marvellous time. The music was lovely!
                     Geraldine (25th Wedding Anniversary)
A huge thank you to the Phoenix Ceilidh Band who made my parents surprise party so wonderful! They were absolutely fantastic in their performance and in instructing the dancers. It was a brilliant ceilidh, enjoyed by everyone – not a single guest could resist getting up and having a go! Would highly recommend the band and will certainly be booking them in the future for any further ceilidhs we organise!
                      Emily (Geraldine’s daughter)
……Phoenix did not disappoint us,you really made the night.We had a fantastic evening,with great a atmosphere,great music,and some enjoyable dancing.We could not have asked for better.
                     Nick & Bridget (50th Birthday) 
Everyone has been saying what a great band you are and how much they enjoyed the night.You were good at reading the situation and the dancing was so much fun with everyone having a laugh!.Thank you for making it such a great night.We would recommend you to everyone.
                   Kathleen ( Golden Wedding)
A fantastic night with a brilliant caller and great music.Phoenix are a five star band.We would love to have you back again and would highly recommend you.
                     Paul (Joint 60th Birthday) 
Many thanks indeed for such a wonderful evening! Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the band.It was really memorable and we have been inundated with praise of how fantastic you were.We hope to have the opportunity of hearing you perform again in the near future!
                     Garry and Rachel Payne (Joint birthday,Hebden Bridge)
Just wanted to thank you all so much for a fantastic evening.Everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously and that was down to the Phoenix band.There have been a number of ceilidh converts !
                     Danielle & Albert ( Cruck Barn ceilidh)
Thank you again for another lovely evenings entertainment-we had lots of compliments about the band.It was worth waiting those two years-time fly’s

Helen Holmes (Glusburn)

Dear Phoenix,
Ken and I would like to say a huge thank you, to you all for making our Anniversary so memorable.
Today we have had so many calls, texts etc complimenting your music and your ability to entertain all ages, especially the children, who had a ball, my nephew said this morning “can we do it again”!

Well the first band we rang were already booked for the night, I asked if they could recommend anyone else, they gave me your number, how lucky we were to get you guys for the night.

So again, thank you very much. may you all have the good health and sustained energy to carry on playing for many more years to come, giving much pleasure to all you play to.

Pam &Ken Dexter.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for Saturday night. You are simply a wonderful group and make every evening you’re involved in tremendous fun. And the music is fabulous.And I think we introduced some people to barn dancing, which is always fun! It was a super evening.


Just to say a big thank you to you all for Saturday night.We raised £800 for Manorlands and the feedback we have had suggests everyone had a really good time. Phoenix were brilliant as always!

Michael& Julie 

Just to say ‘thank you’again to you all for playing at our ceilidh on Saturday.We’ve had lots of lovely feedback from our friends,including several who said how good the band were and how nice it is to have live music.

Clare &Hugh.

Thank you to you all for entertaining us at our Golden Wedding party. We really enjoyed your music and so did all our guests.The evening was just what we wanted so thank you for being part of it with your good music.


We would like to thank you and the band for giving us such an excellent evening. Many of our friends have contacted us to say how much they enjoyed the birthday party. The music was great to dance to .

Roger ,Rachel&Anne

We had a brilliant time,so thank you again and to all your band members.A big thank you. Also thank you for helping to make the arrangements so straightforward.

Sheila &Keith.

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you all for yet another brilliant night. The dance floor was again packed throughout the night with everyone obviously thoroughly enjoying the music and general vibe.

Nicky Turnbull.


Just a line to you and the boys to say how wonderful you made my belated birthday! I had a fantastic evening,as did most of my guests-even those who didn’t manage to dance ! The children REALLY enjoyed it. Thank you so much .

Dawn Craven. 

Thank you for coming to play for us at Clark Foley. It was a great evening,everyone enjoyed themselves and the band were terrific.


I just wanted to say thanks again for the fantastic music on Saturday- it was ACE!. Everyone commented on how much fun the dancing was,even the people that don’t normally dance !

Kate & Jason. 

Thank you once again for a fabulous evening on Saturday! It was great meeting you all and I know everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Ceilidh


Thank you so much for last night. We had a brilliant evening and the band was perfect. Last night was not just birthdays as you know,it was so much more. Hopefully we’ll meet again,but in the meantime we won’t hesitate to say to anyone who’ll listen how wonderful you were.


Just to say thank you very much for playing at our party last week.We had a brilliant time and the feedback from the other guests was that they really enjoyed the dancing.A couple of our older guests said that they enjoyed watching the dancing also.


Hi Cath and the rest of the band.On behalf of Zion methodist church I just wanted to say a really big thank you for last nights Ceilidh. You were amazing (as always)and at church today everyone was talking about what a wonderful time they’d had and what fun it all was.


Thank you so much for another successful ceilidh on Friday night.Once again the evening was enjoyed by everyone, you all do a great job.

Judith.( Open Arms Malawi)

Hi Cath,just wanted to let you know how much you and the rest of Phoenix added to my 50th celebrations. You were all fantastic.I think you did so well in getting people up and dancing, and those that did get involved have told me it was the best party they have been to in a long time. I had been a little nervous about having a ceilidh, but I shouldn’t have worried it worked so well,particulary as it quite a mix of people who didn’t know each other.By the end of the dancing everyone was talking to each other and it set the tone for the rest of the night.

Ian&Vicky. ( Marsden Mechanics)


Hi Catherine
I just wanted to write and say a massive massive thank you to you and the band.
The music and musicianship blew me away. I could have just sat and listened to you all night. I have had so many people comment to me about how good you were and they want to book you!

You have been so kind and patient from way back last year and I really appreciate it. Holding events is always stressful and very much out of my comfort zone so how caring and relaxed you were made a big difference to me.

And the band were all so lovely. Offering donations- after all you had done – and being just so kind and encouraging. It was such a special night and everyone loved it. The dances, the way they were organised, the atmosphere- it was magical. What a way to end our year of fundraising. We raised nearly £700 and the family of the other little Sam who are having such a difficult time as they hope the treatment in Germany will shrink his tumour and have to cope with so much and the financial impact, were just so grateful. We could not have raised this money without you and your generosity. You’ve made a big difference to two little boys who need some extra help.

I hope so much to see you all again and attend one of your events. You are so good at what you do.

With love and thanks to you all.
Emma x

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  1. I just want to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to you all for making my Birthday/Retirement party a most memorable occasion. It was a fantastic night and everyone enjoyed it and commented on how great the band was. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The entertainment and dancing was so much fun with lots of laughter when trying to follow the dance moves. For weeks after the party my family and friends were talking about it saying what a brilliant night it was. I would recommend your band to anyone as you are such lovely people and your music is great! Thank you again for your entertainment and for making it a special time for me.

    Sandra (Bamber Bridge Preston)


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