Want an intense buzz combined with razzmatazz atmosphere to be present in abundance at your wedding reception, Wild West themed event, or other special occasion?
Are their hire charges fair and competitive?
We should say so. Often considered to be just a drop in the ocean in the overall scheme of things (especially with regards to wedding receptions and corporate events entertainment), Devil's Fire's charges are very competitive and more than reasonable (AND WE MAKE NO CHARGES FOR SECURING DATES WITH A PROVISIONAL BOOKING).
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Notes on planning a barn dance / hoedown
What is a barn dance?
Well, basically, it is a structured dance, a little like the country dancing you used to do at school, - but a lot more fun. The dancers are instructed in the steps by what is known as a Caller. He "walks" the dancers through the steps, before the dance starts, to give everyone a good basic idea. Then when the music starts he calls out each of the moves just before they are due to happen. Don't worry if you make a mistake. It all adds to the fun.
What is the difference between a ceilidh, a hoedown and a barn dance? (in the UK)
Generally speaking, a ceilidh is more of an Irish/Scottish type celtic affair. The word ceilidh means a gathering. The old ceilidhs were basically a party where everyone met for a good sing-song, a few jokes and stories, and maybe a dance. In later years, it has come to mean purely a dance (with maybe a few songs in between dances).
A hoedown is more on an American theme. The dances and format are basically the same as a barn dance with a caller talking everyone through the steps etc, but it gives the dancers more scope for dressing up as cowboys and theming the event along an American theme.
A barn dance is a little like a mixture of a hoedown and a ceilidh. It is an English type ceilidh.
What is the usual running order of an event?
The band will expect to arrive in ample time to set up their equipment for the barn dance and do a preliminary sound check to make sure all is well. In most of our experiences, the evening's entertainment has usually been advertised to start at 8.00 p.m. And although the band always endeavour to be organised for the stipulated commencement time, they are often needing to commence slightly later - owing to people still arriving, or speeches carrying on longer than originally anticipated. Start times, of course, are not set in stone - and can be altered to suit the occasion. Barn dance bands are there for fun, and enjoyment, - not education.
Before the evening's entertainment commences, the Caller will contact the organisers to do a final check on the start time, and the timing of any break(s). Unless otherwise agreed beforehand, the band expect to be performing on a couple of separate sets throughout the evening.
During these performance times, your guests will be requiring some rests between the dances.
If a buffet or hot food is to be served during the night, the interval is usually the best time for the refreshments. This is also often the time organisers announce the results of raffles or league matches and/or make speeches.
All our equipment is PAT tested and the band has Public Liability Insurance. This is becoming obligatory in many venues and all barn dance bands should carry such insurance. READ MORE ABOUT OUR INSURANCE
When the performance commences, the Caller will invite the guests on to the dance floor and will 'walk through' all the barn dance moves before the actual dance begins. Following commencement of the dance, the Caller will continue to call out the moves throughout the dance (so no one needs to have a good memory). And remember, mistakes only add to the fun and jollity!
Towards the end of the evening, Devil's Fire Band like to provide a little bit of rock/pop music to finish off the evening. Having a variation in genre of music, following their hoe down music, is always well appreciated and has very much become a winning formula of the band.
Where do we perform?
We are based near Wigan and Bolton but we travel all over the North West, - commonly in Preston, Bolton, Wigan, Manchester, Liverpool, Chester and more generally, all over Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and parts of the Midlands.
Here are just a few of the many thank you letters and emails received by Devil's Fire.
Re: Rhiannon and Ben's Wedding Reception at Deanwater Hotel in Woodford on 25th October 2014
Email from bride and groom KATE AND NEIL in October 2014 - following band providing the musical entertainment at their wedding reception at Haighton Manor Country Hotel in Preston .
SCHOOL ACADEMY HOE DOWN in GARSTANG area in July 2014
"Thank you Fran for everything. It was a really great night and the band were
Reply from ROSIE & STEPH Following their wedding reception at Lymm Hotel on 30/5/2014
Email from Hilary:- Bride and organiser of Wedding Reception in May 2014 at Bartle Hall, Preston
4th July corporate garden party in Leeds
Everyone at the party had a brilliant time and I’m really pleased that the band did too! They were fantastic and fitted in with our theme perfectly, as I knew they would (people even got involved in a bit of dancing!) There was a great mix of songs – including many known ones – which kept the party in full swing. Please thank the band for their attendance and for making our party the success that it was.
31st birthday bash in a Glossop barn
Fran, Sorry for the late reply, been really busy the last week with work. Just like to say the band was excellent and everyone really enjoyed it, the weather never dampened anyones spirits. I would definitely recommend the band to anyone else wanting a hoe down.
Community Hoe Down in Grindleton Pavilion in the Forest of Bowland
Hoe Down & Social Evening at St Ann’s Church, Belfield, Lancs
The Band were really good and provided a memorable night - I was particularly impressed with their ability to involve all ages - we had a 4 year old and a 90 year old and everything in between. We will be organising another Hoe Down. Thanks for everything .
We would just like to thank you and the band for helping to make our wedding day a very special day indeed. We and our guests, all thoroughly enjoyed both the dancing and the listening to the music, especially the German umbrella dance (see photo below).
Zac & Poppy's Wedding- Hoole Hall, Chester.
40TH BIRTHDAY HOE DOWN PARTY at UNIQUE, Platt Chapel, in FALLOWFIELD, South Manchester
COMBINED SILVER WEDDING & 21ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS AT BRIGHOUSE, YORKS
60th BIRTHDAY PARTY IN GRAPPENHALL, CHESHIRE
Hi Fran, Just a quick email to say how pleased we were with the band and the whole evening seemed to be a great success! I have attached a few photos to give you a flavour of the evening. Please pass on our sincere thanks to the band.
Julia and Philip’s Hoedown Wedding Reception, Bramhall
GOLDEN WEDDING BARN DANCE PARTY at CAPENHURST RUGBY CLUB, Near Chester
40th Birthday Hoedown Party at Mango's Club in Rochdale
We had a great time!! Loved every minute!! Thanks for making it so easy to sort out. Hopefully we'll do it again some time and be back in touch :-)
PEOVER SCHOOL PTA Hoe Down, Cheshire
Many thanks Melanie
JOINT 50th BIRTHDAY PARTY and HOE DOWN for POLLY AND WES WOODWOOD, (barn at home premises in Warmingham, Cheshire)
Regards Polly Woodward
BIRTHDAY PARTY at Hurlston Hall Golf Club
Thanks for all the help Fran. The band were great - everybody really liked them and please thank them for accommodating our requests.
Here is a picture (see right) taken at the "Gem Appeal" charity event 18th June 2011 at Whitworth Civic Hall. Amongst the guests that day was Tim Healy (Auf Wiedersehen Pet and Benidorm) who sang a number with the band. He's the one dressed as a Mexican!
As you can see, it was a western themed event (hence Dave wearing a cowboy hat).
Here is the accompanying email:
Hi, Just a quick note to say THANK YOU.
Wild West themed Fundraising Event, Whitworth - 2011
Dear Fran, Re: Hoe down
We are really delighted that the band enjoyed playing at our wedding. We would also like to say a big thank you to yourself and the band for making our wedding so enjoyable. It was truly fantastic! We had many guests, both Russian and English commenting on how great the band was and how much they enjoyed the ceilidh. Thank you also for being so helpful with sorting out all the details!
We had an amazing day. The band is fantastic and we had a right laugh, they were so patient with us!
Thanks, once again. Becky and Nigel
Afternoon/early evening Family Reunion Hoe Down & BBQ - in the grounds of a farmhouse outside Warrington
Just a brief note to say thanks very much for a great dance your barn dance band & caller were excellent. We have raised over £1400 for help for heroes & project mobility 4x4.
Many Thanks. We will hopefully do this again soon. Chris
Fundraising hoe down – in a barn within farmhouse grounds at Tabley
Hi Fran, everybody said just how much they enjoyed the band. It went so very well, and everybody said that the band were great. I thought the caller did very well with our roudy lot ha ha. Will deffo recommend you to others. You made the night with fantastic music and calling. We appreciated it very very much.
Surprise 50th birthday party hoe down, Royton
Hi Fran, ‘Happy New Year’ to you and the band.
Thank the band for a sterling evening we had such a great time. Today is my first day back (at work), so everyone is still on a high.
They all think that the band did a wonderful job and they all enjoyed themselves to the full, as the band will no doubt tell you. Once again many thanks for a memorable evening.
Here’s to Next year (sorry this year!). Sandra
Corporate Xmas Party, Peckforton Castle
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