What People Are Saying About Striding Edge

Hi Mike,
Thank you so much for playing for us on Saturday. We had such a wonderful day and the Ceilidh was fantastic, the London friends who hadn’t experienced one before are totally sold!
Hopefully we’ll be dancing to the band again soon!

— Oli and Sophie
Oliver and Sophie's wedding ceilidh
Melmerby, 18th June 2022

Hi Mike,

Thanks again for a great evening last Saturday. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who came along. So much so, we are looking at doing it again later in the year!

— Gamblesby Community Centre Committee
Community Ceilidh
Gamblesby, 4th June 2022

Hello all!

Thank you so much for performing last night, we all had so much fun! Couldn’t stop smiling! I’ve also been getting loads of requests to book you guys again – maybe next winter?

Thanks again!

— Alicia
Community ceilidh
Lancaster, 8th May 2022

Hi Mike,

I really wanted to say a massive thank you to you and the team for supporting our wedding. It was great to hear everyone talking about how great it was at the end of the evening and into the next day. Thanks so much for being there and adding that something special to our day!

— Paul and Beckie
Paul and Beckie's wedding ceilidh
Glenridding, 13th December 2021

To everyone in Striding Edge,

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. You really are the best ceilidh band. Everyone has been raving about how good you were!

— Nick and Hannah
Nicholas and Hannah's wedding ceilidh
Lorton, 29th September 2021
Dear Mike,
Our thanks to you and your band are long overdue.
You once again gave us a great selection of dances and good guidance and good music. A good time was had by all and I have had many people tell me how much they enjoyed the dancing. It was, as hoped, great for getting everyone involved.  We had a wonderful day all round, and are very appreciative of your part in that.  Thank you.
Until the next time ….
Kindest regards,
— Caroline Mason
Freddie and Nicola's wedding ceilidh
Eskdale, 16th October 2021

Many thanks, Mike, for last night: A great way to kick off the New Year. Lovely eclectic music!

— Catherine Stevens
Community Ceilidh
Addingham, 1st January 2020

Thank you very much for the ceilidh: We booked Striding Edge because of your strong local flavour and excellent reputation and were not disappointed! Our guests enjoyed listening to the music while they ate and also really enjoyed the after dinner dancing. Thanks again for making our final evening exploring the English Lake District memorable and fun!

— Samantha Oram: The Big Journey Company
Lakes tour group ceilidh
Carnforth, 19th September 2019

Hi Mike,

Thank you for your great performance on Saturday.

The family were full of praise for you and the band. They said you paced the evening perfectly.

Best wishes,

— Jill Dawes
Familly gathering ceilidh
Ambleside, 14th September 2019
Hi Mike,
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for Saturday night. There have been so many compliments from guests about you all. We were absolutely delighted.  Thank you once again for making our night so special.
— Adam and Jane
Adam and Jane's engagement ceilidh
Chorley, 6th July 2019

Hi Striding Edge!

I just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic time on Saturday night. Everyone enjoyed themselves and appreciated your hard work. We have had requests to arrange another one, so I’m sure we will be in touch soon. Thanks again.
— Lucy
Lucy's social ceilidh
Chipping, 22nd June 2019
Dear Mike,
Can you pass our thanks to the members of the band?  We all really enjoyed the evening and your enthusiasm and music-making made it…Thank you!
— Penny
Hannah's homecoming ceilidh
Threlkeld, 8th June 2019

Hi Mike,

I just wanted to write a quick note of thanks for the great job that the band did at the wedding last night .. the whole day was wonderful and chilled but the ceilidh was the icing on the cake for Jo and I!

Cheers Striding Edge!

— David and Joanne
David and Joanne's wedding ceilidh
Withnell, 18th May 2019
Hi Mike
Just wanted to send a massive, massive thank you to you and the band for Saturday. Everyone had a blast!
Thanks again for a great night, and we hope we’ll be able to have another in the not too distant future.
Kindest regards,
— Natalie and David
Natalie and David's 20th wedding anniversary ceilidh
Penrith, 27th April 2019

Dear Mike,

I would like to thank you and the rest of the group for the helping make my Birthday party so special, I got so many lovely comments on how people enjoyed the night, it was different having the band.
Best Wishes to you all.
— Brenda
Brenda's 80th birthday ceilidh
Barrow, 13th April 2019
Hi Mike,
Thanks again for another excellent evening’s entertainment from you and the band last night!
Just to confirm we would like to book you for next year – January, 2020 for yet another evening of fun!
Look forward to seeing you then, if not before!
All the very best
— Martin
2019 Burns Night ceilidh
Slyne-with-Hest, 26th January 2019

Dear Mike and the band,

Thank you all for giving us such a wonderful ceilidh during our wedding reception in December. It was exactly what we wanted and we were delighted to see so many of our guests dancing and having such fun. The Aussie’s had a brilliant time so we have got a few ceilidh dancing converts now!

— Alex and Kurt
Kurt and Alexandra's Wedding
Borrowdale, 22nd December 2014

Hi Mike

Just a quick email to say how much we enjoyed your music on Saturday evening.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the night and we all had a great time.

Thank you again for helping to make our day so special.

Kind regards

— Paul and Lesley
Paul and Lesley's wedding ceilidh
Keswick, 3rd November 2018

Dear Mike,

Many thanks to you and Striding Edge for playing at our wedding on the 13th October! We all loved your music and the ceilidh was great for us and our guests. Your Mixer Waltz certainly took the pressure off our first dance.

— Tim and Lynnae
Tim and Lynnae's wedding ceilidh
Windermere, 13th October 2018

Hi Mike,

We just wanted to say a massive thank you for Saturday- the band was amazing. Everyone has commented on how much fun it was and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
All the best and thanks again!
— Becca and Olly
Rebecca and Olly's wedding ceilidh
Loweswater, 25th August 2018

Dear Mike and Striding Edge,

Thank you for the fantastic event that Striding Edge provided at St. James Church in February 2018. The evening brought the community together: The atmosphere created by Striding Edge was friendly and a great time was had by all. People are still talking about it this week and encouraging me to organise the next ceilidh!

With heartfelt thanks and appreciation,


— Andrew Osborne and Fiona Gill
Church fundraiser and social night.
Heysham, 24th February 2018

To Striding Edge and members:

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding in October. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the ceilidh and even the most reluctant dancers joined in! We will definitely be recommending Striding Edge to all our friends.

Thanks again,

— Claire and Keith
Claire and Keith's wedding ceilidh
Bassenthwaite, 28th October 2017

Good morning Mike,

A huge thank you to Striding Edge for an amazing night of entertainment. Me, my friends and family had a fabulous evening

Thank you,

— Sara
Sara's 50th birthday ceilidh
Keswick, 25th November 2017

I really need to say just how much we all enjoyed the band on Saturday night: You and the band were all brilliant and I really do suspect we will be back in touch for another booking sooner rather than later! I heard many great things from the other Rock-hoppers who all seem to have enjoyed the evening enormously!

All the best,

— Marcus
Rockhopper's Climbing Club ceilidh
Langdale, 4th November 2017

We just wanted to send you a little note to say thank you again for such an incredible job you did playing for us at our wedding and helping to make our wedding day so very special. We will definitely be recommending you in the future. We all thoroughly enjoyed the ceilidh and we have introduced a lot of people to ceilidh dancing for the first time. We hope to join you at another ceilidh soon.

Thanks again,

— Caroline and Sam
Caroline and Sam's wedding ceilidh
Ullswater, 16th September 2017


Just wanted to thank you and the band for a fantastic night last night. Everybody had a great time and we had lots of people comment on how good you were.


— Chris and Sara
Chris and Sara's wedding ceilidh
Lancaster, 9th September 2017

Hi Mike,

Just dropping you a note to say a HUGE thanks to you and your band mates for providing such a brilliant night on Saturday. It was just perfect, you judged the crowd, and their abilities, pace and calling perfectly.

Thanks, would be happy to recommend!

— Judith
250 birthday party!!
Cartmel, 20th May 2017

Dear Mike and fellow members of Striding Edge,

Thank you so much for entertaining us at our wedding. Everyone had a brilliant time. We thoroughly enjoyed your music and the dancing. Thank you for your excellent musicianship and professionalism.

Best wishes,

— Suzanne and Susie Appleby-Jones
Suzanne and Susie's partnership ceilidh
Windermere, 9th April 2017

Please convey our thanks to the whole band for another wonderful Striding Edge ceilidh. Great music and dancing to celebrate a wonderful day.

Until next time,

— Helen and Tim Taylor (Bride’s parents)
Ruth and Doug's wedding ceilidh
Cockermouth, 25th March 2017

Dear Mike, Carolyn, Rick and Ben,

Huge thanks to you all for playing at our wedding at New House Farm on 3rd December. We’ve had so many comments from our guests on what a great time they had and the highlight of the day was definitely the ceilidh! You played the perfect variety of music and we were impressed with all the different instruments you could all play! You did a fantastic job as caller, Mike – not easy to control excitable wedding guests! Carolyn also played a fantastic set on the fiddle down in the cow byre – it really added a great atmosphere as soon as people arrived. All in all, it suited the style of our day just perfectly. You were super organised as well in the run up to it all !

Wishing all of you a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017,

— Eleanor and Duncan
Duncan and Eleanor's wedding ceilidh
Lorton, 3rd December 2016

It was wonderful having Striding Edge as part of the weekend. Your performance really added to the fantastic atmosphere in the café and made the building come alive outside of the ‘formal’ performance spaces.

All best – and huge thanks once again,

— Erica Morris: Theatre by the Lake
Roots 66 Folk Weekend: Acoustic gig
Keswick, 6th February 2016

Dear Mike,

The Ceilidh was brilliant and so was Striding Edge. Please extend our thanks to everyone. You were clearly the star attraction because it was a complete sell out; we couldn’t have squeezed another body onto the dance floor! As soon as we have settled the dates for the next Mountain Arts Festival I will let you know and book you again.

With many thanks again and kind regards to you all,

— Denise
Community ceilidh for Doug Scott's CAN
Keswick, 7th November 2015

Dear Mike and Striding Edge,

I just want to say thanks very much. We all had a fantastic night especially Gavin. Thanks for making it special. Never laughed so much in a long time!


— Angela
Gavin's 50th birthday ceilidh
Barrow-in-Furness, 2nd October 2015

Dear Mike,

Thanks for playing at our wedding. We had an absolutely amazing day and the ceilidh was just brilliant fun. Lots of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the dancing. Although I know that you played for a long time it certainly didn’t feel like it: The evening just seemed to whiz by. It was obvious that you were all enjoying playing for us and I think that really added to the atmosphere. I would not hesitate to recommend Striding Edge to all of our friends.

Thank you,

— Jamie and Jo
Jo and Jamie's wedding ceilidh
Coniston, 1st August 2015


I just returned to New York after being on the road for a few weeks after my sister’s birthday party. I have wanted to send you a note to tell you that you and Carolyn really made the party spectacular. Your music was soulful, beautiful and just all around perfect. We loved listening to it, dancing to it and celebrating with it in the background. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. We will continue to listen to the CD and relive the memories and the music. I feel it was a real blessing that I found you and you were available for my sister’s celebration.

Thank you again so very much,

— Ariel
Danielle's birthday tunes
Windermere, 19th July 2015

Hi Mike,

We just wanted to say thank you so much for your set at the Wellbeing Festival at Brathay Hall last week. It went down a storm and people were still talking about ‘stripping the willow’ the following morning!

Best wishes,

— Jane
Wellbeing conference
Ambleside, 17th July 2015

I would like to say a massive thank you for the event of Saturday 4 July. The whole evening was fantastic and so many people, who have never done this before, loved it. I will be recommending you to anyone who asks. Nikki and I had a blast! Thank you once again and I hope to be dealing with you again.


— Dave
Dave and Nikki's wedding ceilidh
Orton, 4th July 2015

A big thank you to Striding Edge from Lisa and I for playing at our wedding on Sunday night. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the ceilidh was fantastic and greatly added to the experience of the whole day. We had many positive comments from our guests who had a brilliant time.

Thanks again, and best wishes to you and the band.

— Geoff and Lisa
Geoff and Lisa's wedding
Bassenthwaite, 3rd May 2015

Your ceilidh on Saturday was brilliant and we have had so many comments about how much fun it was as well as how good the music was. Please pass on my thanks to the rest of the band. And if anyone ever asks me for a ceilidh band, you are top of my list!


— Aileen
Pete's 60th birthday party
Shap, 11th April 2015

Thanks for an excellent evening again; looking forward to the 2016 Burns night re-booking!


— Martin
Burns night
Slyne-with-Hest, 24th January 2015

Dear Michael,


We would very much like to thank you and your band for an absolutely fantastic ceilidh! Music was truly a key part of the day. We have been to many ceilidhs at every opportunity but we have never experienced music/calling as good as at college… that is until Striding Edge!! You were fantastic and very patient – everyone kept complimenting the band and saying how clearly you gave instructions/called during the pieces. We had all ages, abilities and levels of boisterousness in the crowd and you catered to them all!  It was also very interesting to hear about Rick’s skills in Chinese traditional instruments!

— Selene and Will
Will and Selene's wedding
Langdale, 3rd January 2015