Why are Devil's Fire different from other bands?
Most of the musicians come from both folk and rock backgrounds. Hence their music is exciting, beaty and rocks along. Between dances and at the end of the evening, Devil's Fire can give you good old rock and roll numbers and finish off the night without the need for a disco.
What's so great about a barn dance or Hoedown?
It's something almost everyone can do.
It's hilarious fun for participants as well as spectators.
It spans all age groups.
We cater for complete novices.
The band plays to a familiar rocky beat. It feels natural to dance to it.
Is it necessary to know the steps and moves of barn dances or Hoedowns?
No expertise of barn dancing or hoedown dancing is required or expected.
No previous experience whatsoever is quite the norm for organisers and attendees. We like to guide you every step of the way from your very first enquiry through to the final musical number and dance of the evening.
Notes on planning a barn dance / hoedown
What is a barn dance?
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 the 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..
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.
READ MORE ABOUT DIFFERENT DANCE STYLES
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 speak to the organisers on the night 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.
Devil's Fire entertain with songs between the dance numbers - to ensure that the music continues throughout both the sets. During the interval, between their first time of performance and the next, the band provides background music through their amplifier. If organisers wish to provide their own, special music for the breaks between the dance sets, or for a special dance, - this is not a problem. If the organiser brings along a USB stick containing their tunes, the band can play them through their PA system.
If 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 night. Having a variation in genre of music during the performance 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.
Email from Penny Gill
(organiser of Birthday Barn Dance Bash for Vicki on 19/3/2016 at Woodford Community Centre)
We had an absolutely wonderful time on Saturday thanks to the band - they were great fun and Liz handled our rowdy bunch amazingly well!!
Everyone is still giddy from all the dances. Our inner cowgirls have been released…all be it mine is very uncoordinated!!! ;-)
Vic had a ball and we can’t wait to do it again soon!!!
Please thank the band and Liz for us - they were ace and I am so pleased we did this! - and thanks for being so easy to book!
Email following RUBY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY PARTY in Feb 2016 at LEEDS
Hi Fran, Just thought I'd drop a line to thank Sid (Band Caller for evening) and the band. We had a great evening and the band were superb - we couldn't have asked for anything better to make our Ruby Wedding go with a swing. Also to you who gave me such individual attention and was so efficient with all the arrangements. Once again many thanks.
Janet and Gerry Ball
HOE DOWN at ST BARNABAS CHURCH , Marsh Green, Wigan - on 30/10/2015
Thankyou so much to all the band. Everyone had a really great time and we will definitely be booking you again for next year.
Once we get Christmas out of the way which obviously is very busy at Church we will be planning for next year and we will be in touch then and so be able to look forward to another brilliant night.
Everyone just getting over the sore feet but all very happy indeed.
Thankyou. Susan (church hoe down organiser)
WEDDING RECEPTION for Rebecca & Andrew
SATURDAY 29TH AUGUST 2015 at LOW WOOD BAY HOTEL, Ambleside
Just wanted to say thank you so much to you and your wonderful band for playing at our wedding in Windermere on 29th August, we all had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the bands performance.
Thanks again, Rebecca & Andrew Marshall
Email from Birthday girl following 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY on 14/8/2015
St James Church Hall in Wrightington
Just to say what a fantastic night we had last Friday with Roger and the band. The ages ranged from 20 to 70 and everyone enjoyed it. We danced and laughed all night.. fun when we got it wrong and fun when we got it right. It kept us entertained all night. My 20 year old daughter now wants one for her 21st. Thanks to all of you.
Please use whatever I said in the email. Can't stress how good the night was.
BARN DANCE in a barn in CLAPHAM, Yorkshire - AUGUST 2015
Hi Fran, Just a quick email to thank the band for Saturday night. Brian (Caller) was absolutely fantastic and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The band were amazing just what I had in mind & if you could pass on my thanks that would be much appreciated. Many thanks, Christa
JUNE 2015 HOE DOWN at ETHEROW CENTRE, BROADBOTTOM
Email from organiser following event:
Hi Fran, Thank you very much for organising the band again for us.
The Hoe Down was one of the best that we have had to date and that was helped by the band being flexible with us and doing a 'family hour' at the beginning. The caller was also a bit of a star and helped with the raffle (so I didn't have to go on the microphone this year!).
Thanks again , Regards Joanne
Private party at North Manchester Golf Club - on 11th June 2015
Email from birthday lady Jane
Hi Fran, We had a great time last night at my birthday do! Many thanks to Roger (Caller) and the band,
and yourself, for making it a lovely fun party. Children and adults alike had a most enjoyable time.
Sophie's email - following her 30th birthday party on 31/1/2015 in
Birkenhead on the Wirral
I just wanted to say thanks so much to the band (& caller) for being absolutely fantastic on Saturday!! We all had a great night, the hoedown was a roaring success, and everybody commented on how good the guys were. I will be in touch if we ever decide to throw another one!
Many thanks again
Re: Rhiannon and Ben's Wedding Reception at Deanwater Hotel in Woodford on 25th October 2014
Email from parents of bride.
Well what a fantastic contribution the Devils Fire Band made to the celebration of Rhiannon and Ben's wedding on Saturday! Just about all of our guests were up on the dance floor from the moment the Bride and Groom had finished their first dance to the last number the band played. So many people commented what a fantastic way of meeting all of the guests and getting everyone involved.
During the break in the music, both my wife and I had so many people come up to us seeking reassurance that there would be more barn dancing after the break. We had friends with two left feet throwing themselves into the dancing all night; family members who "never dance" were up on the floor dancing with whoever they found themselves next to. Some people we know who have friends weddings coming up are going to recommend the Devils Fire Band too.
The band were fantastic throughout the night. We would have no problem at all in recommending the Devils Fire Band for any occasion to be memorable.
We are happy for you to include our feedback on your website. Thanks again for a great evening!
Tina and Simon Poucher
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 .
We were so happy with the band - they were amazing! We have had lots of comments from our guests about how good the band were. Everyone loved the ho-down, it couldn't have gone better! We will definitely recommend the band to people in the future!
Best wishes, Kate and Neil
SCHOOL ACADEMY HOE DOWN in GARSTANG area in July 2014
following formal meal for staff members)
"Thank you Fran for everything. It was a really great night and the band were
fabulous. If anyone needs a testimonial I would gladly provide one."
Reply from ROSIE & STEPH Following their wedding reception at Lymm Hotel on 30/5/2014
Oh my goodness fran!! What a day!!! Couldn't have changed a thing... It has been the most perfect day ever!! The band and liz (Caller) were amazing.... out of this world!! It has been described as epic and the best wedding ever. A few people said that a hoe down was the best idea ever!! Every wedding should have a hoe down.
Thank you again. xxx
Email from Hilary:- Bride and organiser of Wedding Reception in May 2014 at Bartle Hall, Preston
Thankyou to you and the band. My guests loved the live band and the Dorsey doos, is that how you say it lol.
They liked the fact it was different. I have some photos so will post on the Facebook page. Thankyou again it was most enjoyable.
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
The band went down a storm. Brilliant night, everyone was dancing and I got some great feedback from people.
So many thanks again
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 .
Graham Lindley - Priest-in-charge
Zac and Poppy's Wedding
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 photoalongside).
Should you need any references in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us, as we would thoroughly recommend you to anyone that asked.
Zac & Poppy's Wedding- Hoole Hall, Chester.
40TH BIRTHDAY HOE DOWN PARTY at UNIQUE, Platt Chapel, in FALLOWFIELD, South Manchester
Dearest Fran, I just wanted to whole heartedly thank you for my fantastic birthday, the boys were great fun and very patient and I would have no reservations to recommend them to anybody.
I only wish you could have been there to join in the fun but have attached a photo, so you can get a feel of the atmosphere that your band created.
Thanks again and hope you keep really busy, you deserve it!
COMBINED SILVER WEDDING & 21ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS AT BRIGHOUSE, YORKS
I just wanted to say what a wonderful evening we had last night thanks to the band. They kept the evening going well with a
brilliant blend of dancing and their own songs. There were some lovely comments from our family and friends about the band.
The "lads" in the band had us in stitches throughout and it really was most memorable.
I shall have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending the band to anyone else and can't wait for another excuse to organise an
evening with the band.
Many thanks for your efficiency in responding to my enquiries too.
Kind Regards, Robert
60th BIRTHDAY PARTY IN GRAPPENHALL, CHESHIRE
Just a quick note to say what a thoroughly great time we all had on Saturday night. Everyone I've spoken to have said what a great band they were. Thanks to both yourself and the lads for helping to make it such a memorable evening for me. It's now off to Australia for a month and enjoy a bit of relaxation time.
Julia and Philip’s Hoedown Wedding Reception, Bramhall
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. Cheers Julia.
GOLDEN WEDDING BARN DANCE PARTY at CAPENHURST RUGBY CLUB, Near Chester
Just a little message to say a big THANK YOU to the band. We all had a brilliant time it went off really well. We turned the party into a Fund Raising for the Meadow Farm Playbus which is a registered charity. They needed a canopy for the bus and we made enough money for them to get one £800. Please thank all the band.
Kath and Billy
FUNDRAISING HOE DOWN AT ETHEROW CENTRE, BROADBOTTOM : (in support of KINGFISHER RIDING FOR THE DISABLED)
Just to say what a brilliant night we had on saturday! Many thanks to the band for their hard work hope they enjoyed it! Nothing but good feedback from all who attended and we made a good amount for us! Win Win! Looking forward to next year!
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 :-)
Donna and all!!
PEOVER SCHOOL PTA Hoe Down, Cheshire
Just felt I needed to send this to say how fantastic your band were/are .As a company, you were reassuring friendly and professional all the way through. Even though it was a small do everyone gave nothing but good feedback .The band had everyone dancing. The dance floor was never empty. They even gave me an idea for a quick way to get some (fundraising) money doing a game ! You really were great and I will, as I am sure others will, highly recommend you. Brilliant. Please pass my thanks to band.
Many thanks Melanie
JOINT 50th BIRTHDAY PARTY and HOE DOWN for POLLY AND WES WOODWOOD, (barn at home premises in Warmingham, Cheshire)
We had Devil's Fire Band and i would really like to thank you and them for providing such fabulous entertainment.
They were absolutely brilliant and everyone enjoyed the dancing. Thanks again, and if i ever need a hoe down band or know anyone else who does - i will be in touch.
Regards Polly Woodward
(Polly has since kindly mentioned that she would be happy to provide a verbal reference on a phone call).
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.
Best Regards Tom Cropper
"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.
How fantastic was Devil's Fire at our event.!!
Everyone had such a good time, they are still raving about it now. But how do we top that for next year? We could do with something the same but different if that makes sense.
Thanks again, Wendy - Gem Appeal Trustee
Wild West themed Fundraising Event, Whitworth - 2011
Dear Fran, Re: Hoe down
I write on behalf of all who attended last night's hoe down at Rochdale Masonic to say what a wonderful night we had and to thank all the members of the band, especially the caller for making it so enjoyable.
Roch Valley Lodge No 5120 in the Masonic Province of East Lancashire
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!
Many thanks! Kindest Regards, Dasha and Alex
WEDDING RECEPTION at Shrigley Hall, Pot Shrigley
The party went really well thanks to Devils Fire Band.Please give my appreciation and many thanks to Dave, Daz,Greg, Derek and Steve who made the atmosphere so enjoyable and fun.I would reccommend them to anyone. What great men. I hope they enjoyed themselves too.
BARN DANCE PARTY in Prestwich
We had an amazing day. The band is fantastic and we had a right laugh, they were so patient with us!
We started with a heavy downpour which was good since it got all the kids under the gazebo so they had to join in at the start! Then, the weather got progressively better. We've had lots of great feedback from our friends too. Lots of them said it was the best day of their lives! We'd have all danced more but we were shattered, but we were able to listen to the band in between. It was perfect. We were able to have a good relax and quenched our thirsts later on!
Thanks, once again. Becky and Nigel
Afternoon/early evening Family Reunion Hoe Down & BBQ - in the grounds of a farmhouse outside Warrington
Hi Fran, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the band for making it such a fantastic night.Even though there were only 44 of us, it felt packed- and everyone danced- even the ones who swore that they wouldn't!
Everyone had a brilliant time and we will definitely be doing it again!
Thanks again, Fiona PTA Event, Bramhall
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.
My mum said that she wanted me to say thank you as well. She was very surprised and said that she had the best night in ages.
Big big thank you to all the band and fran. You make a great liaison person.
Best wishes to you all, from Naomi, Yvette and all the party goers !! xxx
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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