Client Quotes

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Claire and Keith's wedding ceilidh: Armathwiate Hall Hotel: Saturday 28th October 2017

To Striding Edge and members:

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding at Armathwaite Hall in October. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the ceilidh and even the most reluctant dancers joined in!

Thanks for carrying on through the power-cuts, too.

We will definitely be recommending Striding Edge to all our friends.

Thanks again,

Claire and Keith


Sarah's 50th birthday ceilidh: Threlkeld Village Hall: Saturday 25th November 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


Rockhopper's Climbing Club Ceilidh: High Close Youth Hostel: Saturday 4th November 2017

Hi Mike,

I really need to say just how much we all enjoyed the band on Saturday night: I still have the bruises! 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 Rockhoppers who all seem to have enjoyed the evening enormously!

All the best



Sam and Caroline's wedding ceilidh: Ullswater Yacht Club,Ullswater: Saturday 16th September 2017

Dear Striding Edge,

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 reccomending 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,

Sam and Caroline


Chris and Sara's wedding ceilidh: Forrest Hills, Elell, Lancaster: Saturday 9th September 2017

Mike, 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.

Thanks, Chris and Sara


Judith and friends birthday ceilidh: Longlands House: Cartmel: Saturday 20th May 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!

Cheers, Judith


Suzanne and Suzie's wedding ceilidh: Broadoaks Country House Hotel: Sunday 9th April 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. Thankyou for your excellent musicianship and professionalism.

Best wishes, Suzanne and Susie Appleby-Jones


Ruth and Doug's wedding ceilidh: Hundith Hill Hotel, Cockermouth: Saturday 25th March 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)


Eleanor and Duncan's wedding ceilidh and afternoon music: New House Farm, Lorton: Saturday 3rd December 2016

Dear Mike, Carolyn, Rick & 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 drunk and 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 - despite our organisation, the timings on the day didn't go quite to plan! I'm sorry you arrived and we weren't even on to the pudding! Thank you for making it work so well despite a change in set up.

Wishing all of you a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017.
Eleanor & Duncan


Roots 66 Folk Festival: Theatre By The Lake, Keswick: Saturday 6th February 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


Reghed/CAN Mountain Festival: Ceilidh: Saturday 7th November 2015

Dear Mike,

The Ceilidh was brilliant and so was Striding Edge. Please extend our thanks to everyone. As soon as we have settled the dates for the next Mountain Arts Festival I will let you know and book you again.

You were clearly the star attraction because it was a complete sell out; we couldn’t have squeezed another body onto the dance floor. For myself, I could barely walk on Sunday morning due to all the stamping!

With many thanks again and kind regards to you all,



Gavin's 50th Birthday Party Ceilidh: Vickers Sports Club: Barrow In Furness: Friday 2nd October 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!

Love Angela


Andrew and Alice's wedding ceilidh: Over Wyresdale Parish Hall: 5th September 2015.

Dear Striding Edge,

Just a little thank you to say how great it was to have you play at our wedding on 5th September. Everyone really enjoyed it so thank you.

Best wishes, Alice and Andy Cole


Jamie and Jo's wedding ceilidh: Coniston Coppermines Cottages: Coniston: 1st August 2015


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 & Jo.


Caroline's birthday music: Miller Howe: Windermere: 19th July 2015

Mike - 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 Devine


Wellbeing Festival Ceilidh: Brathay Hall, Ambleside: 17th 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


Stuart and Ruth's wedding: Hipping Hall, Cowan Bridge: 16th July 2015

Thanks again for last week.

Both the music and 'the calling' of the dances was great!




Dave and Nikki's Wedding: Fawcett Mill Fields: Orton: 4th 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.



Geoff and Lisa's Wedding: Armathwaite Hall Hotel: Sunday 3rd May 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.

Cheers, Geoff & Lisa


Pete's Birthday Ceilidh: Knipe Hall: Saturday 11th April 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!




Burns Night Ceilidh: Slyne with Hest: 24th January 2015

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




Wedding of Selene and Will: High Close Youth Hostel: 3rd 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 your band’s skills in Chinese traditional instruments!! We will have to bear that in mind for the future!

Many thanks,

Selene and Will


Wedding of Kurt and Alex: Lodore Falls Hotel: 22nd December 2014

Dear Mike and the band,

Thanks you all for giving us such a wondefull ceilidh during our wedding reception at the Lodore Hotel in December. It was exactly what we wanted and we were delighted to see so many for our guests dancing and having such fun. The Aussies had a brilliant time so we have got a few ceilidh dancing converts now!

Best wishes,

Alex and Kurt


50th Birthday of Jeannie: Broughton Beck Village Hall: 21st November 2014.

Dear Striding Edge,

Thank you for your amazing music on Friday night. It was wonderfull to dance to your playing with Mike and all the people who joined us.

People have been in touch letting me know how much they enjoyed the night.

Love to you all,



Wedding of Mark and Emma: Belmount House, Hawkshead: 1st November 2014

Hi Mike,

Just a quick e-mail to say a huge 'thank you 'to yourself and the rest of the band for playing at our wedding a few weeks back. It was a fantastic evening and the ceilidh 'guidance' you guys provided was brilliant. It was great fun and was enjoyed by all! We would not hesitate to reccomend you guys to people having a similar 'do'. Hopefully we'll see you again soon.

Thanks again,

Mark and Emma.


Wedding of Liz and Ian: Broadoaks Country House, Windermere: 11th October 2014


Iain and I just wanted to send a quick email now we are back from our honeymoon to thank yourselves for playing at our wedding on the 11th October. We had a fantastic time and it was the perfect ending to our wedding day. Our friends and family all thoroughly enjoyed it and many commented on how good a ceilidh band you were and how much they enjoyed the music.

We will certainly be recommending you to anyone looking for a ceilidh band and will look out for any community functions you are playing at in the future.

I hope your colleagues enjoyed playing for us as much as we enjoyed listening and dancing to their music. Please pass on our thanks and gratitude as I said for a fantastic evening.

Many thanks

Liz and Iain.


Wedding of Rebecca and Douglas: Leighton Hall, Carnforth: 13th September 2014

Dear Mike and The Striding Edge gang,

We just wanted to write and thank-you so much for providing us with such fantastic music on Saturday 13th September. The whole day was wondefull but the ceilidh certainly provided the best evening we could have hoped for. Everyone had an amazing time and you managed to get people on the dance floor we would never have dreamed of. We hope that you enjoyed it as much as us and once again a huge 'thank you'!


Rebecca and Douglas

P.S. We're enjoying the CD 'Borrowdale Johnny' a lot!


Birthday of Ben, Richard and Rory: Ambleside Parish Centre: 24th August 2014.

Dear Mike,

A huge thank-you to you, Carolyn, Ben and Rick for Sunday evening. Everyone had a fantastic time - the minibus back to Windermere was buzzing, - as was the breakfast table the following day (27 stayed here on Sunday!). Our foreign guests had never experienced such a joyous occasion and were full of admiration. Sons Ben and Richard were thrilled to bits - and I was especially delighted to see them having the time of their lives. I am sure they will remember the evening for years to come.

The last of our guests left today and I returned to work, so it was back to reality with a bump - but with a smile on my face!

Thank you again for giving so much pleasure.

With very best wishes,



Birthday of Carol: Ambleside Parish Centre: 6th April 2014

Hi Mike

I wanted to let you and all the band know how much everyone enjoyed your music and dances last Saturday! It was a great night and you did a fantastic job of eventually getting most of the guests off their chairs. I apologise for some of my friends clearly not knowing left from right or clockwise from anti-clockwise, but they all enjoyed themselves immensely no matter how hopeless they were! All this last week I have had glowing comments from everyone on how good your band is. I'm sorry I didn't thank you properly on the night itself but I hugely appreciate all your talent and hard work.

With very many thanks to Rick, Sam, Wal and of course yourself Mike,

All best wishes, Carole


Wedding of Bryony and Faraz: Carcassonne, France: 14th June 2014

Dear Carolyn, Mike, Rick and Sam,

Thank-you so much for playing at our wedding and bringing a little slice of Cumbria to the South Of France! You did an amazing job from start to finish, we all loved the ceilidh despite how difficult we were to control!

Love Bryony and Faraz.


Wedding of Vicky and Ahmed: Leeming House Hotel: 31st December 2013

Dear Striding Edge,

Thank you so much for helping to make our day so special-you really were the highlight and we all had so much fun. I will be reccommending you to all my friends at home.

Thanks again!

Vicky and Ahmed


Birthday of Esme and Emma: St. Paul's Church Hall, Scotforth, Lancaster: Friday 8th November 2013

Dear Mike,

A huge 'thank you' to Striding Edge for coming to play at our birthday party! We just LOVE listening to you all play and often wish you didn't make us feel like dancing so we COULD just watch and listen!

Thankyou for coming all the way to Scotforth on such a horrid night! Thankyou for being so accomodating with all our requests. You all helped us create such a memorable event for us and our friends and familly so thankyou!

Much love from

Danny and Emma Rurlander


Wedding of David and Amy Douglas: Arkholme Village Hall: 29th June 2013

Dear Mike,

Thank you to you and your awsome band, we had a great wedding day and your music really topped off the evening. It meant a lot to use that you learnt our request for 'Every River' song by Runrig as the first dance; we were not expecting you to sing it as well so that was awsome, you guys sounded great!

Best wishes and big, big thanks to you all of you,

David and Amy Douglas


Wedding of Sarah and Mathew: Rydal Hall, Ambleside: 16th March 2013

Dear Mike,

We would like to send a much belated but very big THANK YOU for putting on such a great show for our wedding at Rydal Hall in March. We had the most amazing, magical and happy of days which was topped off perfectly by the music and dancing provided by your fine selves! I could not imagine a more perfect band, more fitting to the venue and day and you were great, so patient with such novices and everyone had such a good time! We've had loads of comments from our guests about how great you were and how much they enjoyed the dancing-it was wondefull how everyone joined in from young to old and the smiles and laughs it caused! We have a small video of the last dance and everyone just looks so happy and is having such a great time, the only shame is that it had to end! Thank you so much, we'll highly recommend you to everyone and hope we can come and be part of a ceilidh with you another time!

Our very best wishes,

Sarah and Mathew (Mr and Mrs Binns!)


Wedding of Ossi and Sarah: Merewood Hotel, Windermere: 16th February 2013

Dear Mike,

Many thanks to you and all the band members for a fantastic ceilidh last weekend. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the dancing and the music and the whole evening went with a swing. You were very patient with the many novice dancers in our party and it was lovely to see young and old really enjoying themselves. A perfect end to a perfect day.

Kind regards,

Angela Browning (Mother of the bride)


Wedding of Ian and Leika: Gatesgarth: 30th June 2012

Dear Rick, Mike, Carolyn and Ben,

Just a quick card to say thank you for playing at our wedding at Buttermere in June. The ceilidh was a roaring sucess, loved by everyone young and old; those who have danced before and those new to it. Your calling was spot on, really inclusive, and the band was brilliant-there aren't many ceilidh bands with a trombone, French Horn and double bass-but we're now firmly convinced that there should be! Thank you also for your felexibility with the timing and for letting my sister use your kit- your patience and tollerance was greatly appreciated.

With many thanks,

Ian and Leika Hamilton


Wedding of Rachel and Geoff: Knipe Hall near Shap: 19th May 2012

Dear Mike,

Thank you very much for playing at our wedding and doing such a wonderfull job of getting everyone involved. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and know from all the comments afterwards that so did the rest of our guests. Thank you in particular for having my uncle Jim Eldon play 'Tom Dickinson's Jig', which my late grandad wrote. It was a really special thing.

Best wishes,

Rachel and Geoff Evatt


Wedding of Elizabeth and partner: Newlands Adventure Centre: 14th April 2012

Dear Mike, Carolyn, Rick and Ben;

Thank you for a really fantastic ceilidh at our wedding at Newlands Adventure Centre. Beautiful, interesting and lively music with great calling-you created a wonderfull atmosphere for the evening. Thank you for sharing your very impressive talents and creativity with us for our special day!

With very best wishes,

Elizabeth Kenyon


Wedding of Stephen and Sally: Caldbeck Village Hall: 28th April 2012

Dear Mike,

Thank you for your wonderfull music on Saturday night, which Sal, I, and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed-you and Striding Edge did us proud!

Best regards,

Stephen Reid


Wedding of Sue and Steve: Great Hall at Mains, Fylde: March 2012

Dear Mike,

Thank you for a wonderfull evening of entertainment: We thoroughly enjoyed the ceilidh and very pleased you were able to come from Ulverston to share in Keta and Richards special day.

With best wishes from;

Steve and Sue Keens.


Cumbria Toursim Staff Party: Hawkshead Beer Hall, Staveley: 9th December 2011

Hi Mike

I just wanted to thank you on behalf of all the staff at Cumbria Tourism and myself for making our Christmas party so much fun! Everyone said they had a great time and that was down to you putting so much effort into it. You are all very talented and I have a feeling we may have another ceilidh again next year. Please pass on our thanks to the other band members.

Merry Christmas!

Sam Tollerson


Wedding of Amy and John: Merewood Hotel: 19th November 2011

Hi there Mike,

Wow - what a night!!

Thanks for providing us all with an excellent fun evening of
dancing - everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We
were amazed at how many people got up to join in with the
"first dance" and it just seemed to carry on from there. So
well done you for being an excellent caller
and getting all
the guests up - at one point I think the majority of guests
were "stripping the willow" with much mayhem taking place -
very entertaining.

Anyway, thanks again to you all - it was lovely to have a
rest and listen to your songs
and we could recharge for
more hectic dancing. Our little granddaughters and grandsons
really enjoyed the ceilidh and three of the four managed to
keep going till you finished then collapsed into bed!

Hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we all did.

Thanks again

Liz Shakespeare


30th birthday party ceilidh for Ryan: Hoghton Parish Hall: 18th November 2011

Thanks for an excellent night. Fantastic musicians and interesting tunes. Everybody loved it.

I'll keep you in mind for future events!

Until next time....



Charity ceilidh for 'Wateraid': Portinscale Village Hall: 12th November 2011

Hello Mike, Ben, Rick & Carolyn,

Very many thanks for presenting the Ceilidh for us on Saturday - it was a great evening, everyone I've spoken to since said how much they enjoyed it. Mike (& Rick) you are definitely the best callers I've come across. Loved the border pipes and trombone, Carolyn! We raised considerably more for Wateraid than I expected.
Best of luck with all your future gigs,



Wedding of Giles and Pascaline: Ambleside Parish Centre: 30th September 2011

Dear Mike,

Thank you so, so much for your singing-we loved it-and thank you for the wondefull ceilidh-everyone thought the Striding Edge were brilliant-Great calling!

With love,

Giles and Pascaline


Wedding of Jay and Mel: Belmount House: Hawkshead: 17th September 2011

Hi Mike,

Just wanted to say a massive thank-you for playing out our wedding. We had a great time and have had nothing but good reports since we got back from our guests - I know it was a little tricky to begin with as very few of our party had never taken part in a ceilidh before, but you got everybody joining in and looking like they knew what they were doing very quickly. I think the photographs of the night speak for themselves - lots of very happy, laughing and smiling dancers!!

Many thanks again.

All the best,

Jay and Mel


Wedding of Dave and Nicola: Inn On The Lake: Glenridding: 9th July 2011

Dear Striding Edge,

Thank-you SO SO much for playing at our wedding at the Inn on the Lake. We had an absolutely fantastic time and everyone we have spoken to since we got back loved the ceilidh and really enjoyed themselves. It was definitely the best ceilidh we have ever been to - we think you had everyone on the dance floor at one point!

It really helped to make our wedding a day to remember.

Thanks again,

Dave and Nicola


Wedding of Matt and Nic: Belmount House: Hawkshead: 27th August 2011

Hi Mike (and all at Striding Edge),

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the band for contributing to a wonderful night at Belmount in August.

To be honest I wasn't 100% sure how the idea of a ceilidh would go down, particularly given a number of our guests had never taken part in a ceilidh before (and for me it had been about 15 years since I had been to one), but we are so glad we did because everybody enjoyed it so much. I love how you managed to get so many people (more than I thought would fit in that space) dancing for so long.

Other feedback:

One friend who plays very heavy guitar in various "Industrial Metal" bands in Newcastle (the sort of person I thought would cringe at the idea of traditional music, let alone a ceilidh) said at the end of the night that he didn't want to stop dancing.

My Uncle from Shropshire is a bit of a ceilidh addict (and plays melodeon for a local morris group etc...) and as such I was hoping he'd approve of our choice, and he said you were one of the best he'd heard.

Overall I think this is high praise. Belmount was a great venue and you guys were fantastic!

Thanks again



Esther and Joe's Wedding: Hethersgill: 2nd July 2011

Hello Mike – what a wonderful party it was with so many features. Your music was as inspiring as it always is and joyful to suit the occasion.

Mike Downham: Father of the bride


Helen and Dave's 25 year anniversary celebration: Crosby On Eden: 18th June 2011.

Thanks again for a fantastic ceilidh on Saturday, we really enjoyed it. Lots of people commented that they really enjoyed your band and the music! We're enjoying the CD too - thanks!

Helen and Dave


Wedding of Tim and Christine: Belmount House, Hawkshead: 12th June 2010

Dear Striding Edge, Thank you ever so much for playing for our wedding ceilidh. We had a fantastic time, as did our guests, many of whoum had never ceilidh danced before and loved it! We also loved the pieces you played and sang in between the dances; it was lovely to keep the music going.

Best wishes; Tim and Christine.



Wedding of Nina and Anima: Coronation Hall, Ulverston: 20th November 2010

Hi folks,

We just wanted to say a huge thank-you for such a wonderfull evening at Coronation Hall, in celebration of our "tying the knot"! We had a truly wonderful time and so many people commented on how much fun it was! You've converted many that hadn't experienced a ceilidh before! We've got fantastic memories to cherish! Thanks you again!


Amina and Nina


Wedding of Julie Hirst and Paul Singh: Inn On The Lake: Ullswater: 16th July 2010

Dear Mike,

We would like to say a big 'thankyou' to Striding Edge for your great music. You really did get everyone up dancing and it was good fun-A memorable end to a very memorable day!

With best wishes

Patricia Hirst


St Anne's School: Sixth Former's Ceilidh: 20th June 2010

Dear Mike,

Everyone had a great time last week (Windermere St Anne's) - parents have been flocking to tell me how much their children enjoyed the evening!
Thank you so much.




Wedding of Andrew and Yasmin Page: Inn On The Lake: 18th June 2010

Hi Mike,

Thank you to eveyone in the band for a fantastic evening; eveyone had wondefull time and really really loved the ceilidh, it was just fantastic!

Thanks from us both,

Andrew and Yasmin Page


Beamish Country Hall Hotel: 5th June 2010

Dear Mike,

WOW-what a night! We just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for the superb evening you gave us on Saturday. We’ve had so many comments about how much everyone enjoyed your playing and all the dances. You absolutely made the night! Thank you for travelling over from the Lakes and for giving us such a memorable occasion! I knew we had plenty of people who would fully embrace the night and it was fantastic to see so many joining in…including my 82 year old mum who loved you!

With many thanks and warmest wishes to you all

Deborah Hainsworth


Dalegarth Station: Eskdale: 20th March 2010

Dear Mike,

Just a note to THANK YOU and the rest of the band for helping make our party at Dalegarth so memorable at the weekend. Thanks to you, Rick, Carolyn and Ben. You did the dance calling with good grace and everyone had such a good time. I loved the instrumental numbers and, of course, Carolyn’s pipes on arrival. Thanks once again – and I hope the band enjoyed playing as much as we did dancing and listening!

Good luck for the summer and may the gigs flow in: You strode to the edge for us – thanks!

Best wishes

Charlie and Anne Burgess



Scafell Hotel: Borrowdale: 3rd October 2009

Dear Mike and the band;

We just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for making our wedding day so special. You were brilliant, and it was a perfect ceilidh from start to finish: Welcoming, wonderfull pacing, and a great finish! We had a fantastic time, and so did our guests-particularly the one I saw exchanging high fives with you at one point(!)- So thank you: And our first dance was beautiful and perfectly judged. We hope you enjoyed it too, and we'll look out for you in future when we're in the Lakes!

All our best wishes; Adam and Lisa Micklethwaite


Inn On The Lake: 19th September 2009

Dear Mike,

We wanted to say thankyou to you and the rest of Striding Edge for doing such a fantastic job of the ceilidh at our wedding. We had a wonderfull time and thoroughly enjoyed the music and dancing, as did our guests.

Paul and Mandy Martin


Arkholme Village Hall: 31st October 2009

Dear Mike and the band,

Just wanted to end you a really big "thanks" for helping to make Eme and Alan's engagement party a huge success. Everyone enjoyed themselves very much. We would happily recommend you to all our family and friends.

Kind regards,

Nanette Wilkinson


Ceilidh for Ambleside Homeopaths: 4th July 2009.

Thank you for a brilliant night on Saturday- It was thoroughly enjoyed by all. I
will recommend you highly!

Cath Wilson


Greystoke Village Hall: June 6th 2009 : Wedding ceilidh

Dear Mike, Carolyn, Rick and Ben;

Thanks for putting on your usual terrific show for our wedding in Greystoke. We've had loads of people saying it was the best ceilidh they've ever been to (many of them Scots, with a slight tone of surprise in their voices!) It was just what was wanted and was for me one of the best bits of what was a good day generally.

You also managed to turn loads of French people into massive ceilidh fans: I hope the cheers didn't get to you - looking back at the photos, people look vaguely like they're doing the same dance as each other!

Hope to see you all somewhere soon!

All the best; Diana and Tom

Left: Photo of Diana and Tom's wedding ceilidh at Greytoke Village Hall June 2009.  

Brantwood/Belmount houses: 4th April 2009.

To Mike, Carolyn, Rick and Ben;

This is just a little note to say thank you for playing at our wedding on 4th April. First of all, we'd like to thank Mike and Carolyn for playing so beautifully at Brantwood during the day; and we'd also like to thank all four of you for keeping everyone going at Belmount in the evening. Cheers, too, for letting my old friend, Dan take control of the mic. at the end of the night; it was only a matter of time...!!!

All the best,

David and Michelle Cooper


Ceilidh for Langdale School: 28th February 2009.

Hi there!

Just a quick note to say a huge THANK-YOU to you & the rest of your band for a fantastic evening on Saturday. We all really enjoyed it!

You certainly live up to your reputation as being the best band around !!!

Many people couldn't come as the tickets sold out really fast & others are asking for it to be an annual event in a bigger venue. So whilst things are fresh in my mind I thought I would give you lots of advanced notice & ask if you were available again in Feb 2010?

Let me know as & when - meanwhile have a lovely week.
With kind regards, Susie, Langdale School PTA.

Again, many thanks Mike to you and the rest of your band. Everyone had a great time, from the 2 year olds to those who were somewhat older!!!

I hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Kind regards,

Mark Squires, Headteacher, Langdale CE Primary School.

Hi Mike,

I just wanted to say a big belated "THANK YOU!" for last weekend's Langdale Ceilidh.

Everyone I have spoken to had a fantastic time and loved the band. Our children haven't stopped talking about it all week! And we have been listening to the music on your website every day)

There is talk of making it an annual event...

I would also like to buy a CD. Could you recommend one? We particularly like the fast, dancey songs.


Craig Wilson, Langdale parent and resident.


Platt Bridge School, Wigan: 'Clogmania In Platt Bridge' project with clog dancer Alex Fisher.18th June 2009.

Dear Mike and Striding Edge,

Thanks for doing a great job, the year 6 pupils were dancing brilliantly by the end. The parents obviously enjoyed seeing their children having such a great time.

Look forward to the next one!

Best wishes; Alex Fisher

Dear Mike and Striding Edge,

First, thank you, all 4 of you, SO much for giving us such wonderful music on Saturday. Everyone loved your playing; a great number of people have been in touch to say how good you were. And the fact that so many people danced, all the time, was a tribute to the quality of your music. I've been listening to the CD and it brings it all back!
I see you're playing at Whittington on Fri 24 April. We'd love to have tickets for that. Can you tell me how much and I'll get a party together.

Again, thanks for helping to make my 60th birthday such a memorable celebration.

Best wishes,

Fenella: Sedbergh 21st February.

Dear Mike and Striding Edge,

Very many thanks for your hard work on Friday night. Everyone had a great night, including myself! I received many compliments on your behalf!

Thanks again; Claire

30th Birthday Ceilidh: Levens Village Hall: January 2009.


Dear Mike, Carolyn, Rick and the rest of Striding Edge,

We are writing to thank you so much for playing at our wedding on the 27th December at the Merchant Adventurers Hall in York.

Our wedding day couldn't have been more perfect and the high energy and inclusive ceilidh really topped off the evening. Several people commented how much they enjoyed your music and dancing..the caterer (who does many functions at The Hall) said that he has never seen so many people dancing, and for so much of the evening! That is a real credit to your enthusiaism and hard work. We hope that you enjoyed the function as much as us, our famillies and guests at the wedding! Thanks again and hopefully we'll hear and dance to your music again soon!

Best wishes, Anna and Gavin Haworth: York Merchant Adventurer's Hall: 27th December 2008.

Dear Mike,

Thank you so much for coming down to Macclesfield . It was really a fantastic night and everyone enjoyed themselves! It felt so good looking around the hall at all those smiling faces – I was on a high for days! The workshops have been received well and very positive comments about them from the staff. We raised money that was far in excess of our expectations. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We have a committee meeting this week to discuss the Ceilidh amongst other things- I think there is a definite feeling that we will want to repeat next year… so if you fancy it?

Do please pass on our thanks to Carolyn (did she find Macclesfield Forest?) and Ben and James

Hope to see you again soon

Cheers Emily Ford

Royal Park School, Macclesfield: Ceilidh/workshops: Friday 17th October 2008.

Hi Mike,

HUGE thanks for coming to Ribby Hall to play at our wedding on 18th October 2008. We all had a great time and feedback from our family and friends has been that the dancing was something everyone could get involved in whether they had done it before or not. The music is fantastic and the icing on the cake for our wedding day.

We wish you and the band all the very best and hope to catch up with you again soon.

Best wishes

Caroline and Robert Waring: Wrea Green: 18th October 2008.

The band, Striding Edge, was superb. The musicians fully lived up to their reputation as the Storming Northern Roots Band. They pitched the mix of music right for the audience and the excellent calling made it possible for everyone to join in. Moreover, they retrieved the slipped schedule by playing for two and a half hours non-stop, without a break....

Don Shaw, Staveley Beer Hall, 25th May 2009.

Hi Mike

Just to say many thanks for a brilliant ceilidh at Helen and Dan's wedding last Saturday. We had so many comments on the night, and have had many more since, on what a great evening it was and what a brilliant band you were. Peter and I have been to lots of ceilidhs, and were really impressed by the music, and with the way in which you led us through the dances. It was the best we've been to. The snowball dance at the beginning worked really well!

Best wishes,

Kate Dixon: Cockermouth: August 2008



Thanks once again for the entertainment at our wedding on Saturday evening. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely and thought the band were great.

Thanks once again.

Gareth and Marni: Coniston: July 2008


Dear Mike,

Please accept this letter as a token of my gratitude for the excellent music you provided for our ceilidh on Friday night. The variety and presentation was complemented on by everyone, you even set the toes tapping from those who "don't do dancing". Our guest of honour was particularly impressed and was really pleased with the energy you gave the evening.

It is always a pleasure to work with proffesionals who quietly (or not so quietly in the case of Striding Edge!) and discreetly go about their business, adding so much to a special event, and I thank you for your wonderfull contribution to the evening.

With many thanks and kind regards,

Carloine Gunning: Support Services Manager: The Calvert Trust, Keswick: April 2008.


Hi Mike,

just a quick email to thank you for playing at our wedding reception at Staveley Beerhall last saturday (2nd Feb). We had a brilliant evening and everybody has said how much they enjoyed the music and dancing. Some people danced who we have never seen get up before so it must have been good!

Many thanks

Astrid and Tom Gibbs: Staveley: 2nd Feb 2008


Hi Mike,

Everything looked and sounded fantastic! thanks for everything, it was absolutely brilliant and we certainly want to book you again in two years time!

Selwyn Wright: Bob Graham Round Club: Shap Wells Hotel: October 2007

Hi Mike,

We just had to drop a line to say a very big 'THANK YOU' to you all at our wedding on 25th October at 'The Inn on The Lake'. What a fantastic night Paul and I had, you made our wedding evening one never to forget, our guests are still talking about it. We were so pleased to see from age 8 to 82 dancing away. Everyone had such a wonderful time, thank you once again...everyone should know what a brilliant time they would have if they book you!!
I for one was worried about the teenagers and what they would think, my own daughter had been practising her dance moves for a few weeks before the wedding, thinking we were having a 'disco', we didn't tell anyone our plans and boy did it pay off the teenagers loved it, everyone loved it!!

Thanks again Mike, all the best for the future.

Mandy & Paul Brookes: Inn On The Lake: October 2007


Dear Mike and Striding Edge,

We would all like to thanks you so much for an amazing and memorable evening for Katie's 21st last week at Hawkshead Brewery. It was fantastic to see all the young and old, mixing on the dance floor (after a pint or two!), and enjoying themselves so much. We have had so many friends making superlative comments on the evening! What I find is my jaws end up aching with smiling an laughing so much after thinking about your ceilidh!

Thanks so much again,

Liz, Alistair and Katie MacKenzie, Hawkshead Brewery Staveley, September 2007.


Dear Mike,

Thankyou for providing such fantastic music for our celebration at Melmerby on 14th July. We had many letters and calls telling us how much people enjoyed not only dancing to, but listening to the band.

Please pass on our thanks to your colleagues


Janice and Ian, Melmerby, July 2007


Dear Striding Edge,

Thanks for an excellent night. This was just the best ceilidh. You came highly reccomended and we will certainly continue this!

Thanks again,

Maggie and Rob Willan, Orton, July 2007


Dear Striding Edgers,

It was a real treat to have you play for our wedding. You guys were terrific...perfect for the occasion. And a special thanks for letting me, my daugters and my brother play your instruments! Clayton

I'd like to add my thanks for the wonderfull evening. Our guests had and amazing time: - especially the Americans! Thanks you very much for letting our family play and sing - with big thanks to Ben for his contribution! Lynne


Lynne and Clayton: Windermere: July 2007

Dear Mike,

I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you and Striding Edge for a fantastic evening's celebrations at our recent wedding on 9th June 2007 at Saints Rooms, Cockermouth. Many of our guests have commented that they thoroughly enjoyed the evening's dancing, and it proved to be a great way of getting all the guests involved and mixing. Calvin and I had a great time and will treasure some great memories of all the guests mingling, dancing and laughing throughout the night!

Once again, thank you very much.


Amanda and Calvin Thomas: Cockermouth: June 2007


Hi Mike

Thanks so much for a fantastic evening. I know everyone had a great time - but you probably worked that out! People are still talking about the strip-the-willow! It was the first ceilidh for lots of our guests, and some of them where so bowled over by it that they're going straight back for more at your show on 13th July at The Kirgate Centre!

Peter Bell: Cockermouth: May 2007

Hi Mike

John and Pat have asked me to write and thank you and the band for coming to the Canberra Club in the Ribble Valley on Friday, 25 May 2007. The feedback from everyone that came to the party is that they had a fantastic night and the beautiful music you all played, the singing and the dances far exceeded Mum and Dad's expectations. It was lovely to see everyone get involved, especially the children, thank you for involving them and for being so patient calling the dance steps. We would strongly recommend you to anyone looking at your website and wondering whether to have a ceilidh.

We wish you all the the very best and hope to see you again at another family bash very soon.

Thanks again.

Caroline Smith: Blackburn: May 2007

Just a thank you note for the brilliant gig you and the band played for us on Saturday. Everybody really enjoyed themselves and you even got some committed non-dancers onto the floor!

Your music and enthusiasm made the night really special.


Angus and Susan Wheeler: Barnard Castle: May 2007.


Many thanks. Everyone had a great time and there was universal acclaim for Striding Edge's performance. Very impressive all round.


Norman Haighton: Fell And Rock Climbing Club Of The Lake District: May 2007



Thanks so much for the CD & note. I'm absolutely blown away by the success of Saturday night.

It was really important to me that Striding Edge led the evening - as a result ticket sales went ballistic and I could relax in the knowledge that the professionalism and sheer quality of the band would do the rest on the night. And you did! Between us we created a truly thrilling event and by osmosis we raised over £1500 for Macmillan Cancer.

Thanks to you all
See you again soon

Sally Flemming: MacMillan Cancer Care Fundraiser: Staveley Village Hall: April 2007


Hello Mike,

Just wanted to say thank you very much for playing at our wedding. It was great and everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously. If anyone ever needs a band I know I can recomend you. thanks again and do hope you managed to get something to eat!

Kathy Terryl: Lancaster: April 2007


Dear Mike and Co.

Thank you for the great music on Saturday night at Kathryn and Tim's wedding. It was a perfect combination of music and dancing and so many people said how much they enjoyed it. Many thanks again and best wishes for the future-we will certainly recommend you to others!

Yvonne Miller: Windermere: February 2007


Hi Mike,

Many thanks for making my party the success it was. Many of my guests had never been to a ceilidh before and your great music and excellent calling of the dance moves encouraged them to let their hair down. I'll have to find a venue with a bigger dance floor for my 70th!!

Elizabeth Millichap: Wigton: February 2007

Hi Mike,

Charlotte and i just wanted to thank you and the band so much for a wonderful evening of sweat-inducing dancing! I can't remember the last time i was so knackered and smiling at the same time!

Many of our guests said it was the best wedding they'd been to, and you guys were a big part of that.

Thanks ever so much for a great night and we hope to come to another gig soon (does that mean we can gate-crash a wedding?)

Grant and Charlotte: Windermere: January 2007


Mike and all -

Just to say a big thank you for a fantastic night. My guests were danced off their feet and we all really enjoyed it. Cheers!

Beverley: Great Salkeld: 18th November 2006

Hi Mike,

Thank you for making it such a great night. Gutted I didn’t have more chance to join in with the dancing. Everyone has been saying how much fun they had. My 6 year old made a special card for her Grandma and wrote “Can we do wot we did agin next year”.

Please pass our thanks to all the band. Hope you had all had a good trip back up to Cumbria.

Best wishes,

Katherine: Leyland: 28th October 2006

Hello Mike,

"Just to say a big thank you for such a rip roaring time you and the band provided at our 'do' last Saturday. We have been overwhelmed by the positive comments made by our friends who attended the evening. A number of people wanted to know more about the band, so there may be some more bookings for you!!!

All the best,

Sue Wilcock: 23rd September 2006

Dear Mike and the Band,

Andrew and I would just like to thank you for such a fantastic evening at the Merewood Hotel on the 16th September. We really enjoyed the ceilidh and we really really enjoyed seeing so many people up dancing, especially the ones that never do. Everyone keeps saying how much fun they had.

Thank you again,
Best Wishes
Keira and Andrew Booth : 16th September 2006

Dear Mike and Striding Edge,

THANK YOU for a fab night that made our day perfect. The music was fantastic and everyone enjoyed the ceilidh. We have some fab pictures of people dancing and you guys on stage. So HUGE thanks!

Steve and Letty: June 2006


Dear Striding Edge,

Many thanks indeed for a great evening. Everyone was extremely enthusiastic with your playing. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Sincerely, Beryl P., July 2006


"Thanks again for such fantastic music at our wedding on 12th November: We really enjoyed ourselves, as did our friends and familly. We saw people strutting their moves in the ceilidh who have never previously been known to have set foot on the dance-floor...."

Joe and Jo Sparkman: January 2006


To Mike and the Striding Edge band,

I wanted to write and send you our sincere thanks for helping to make our wedding so memorable.Everybody has contacted us to say how much they enjoyed the ceilidh, for most of it was their first experience and clearly won't be the last!

Your instructions were perfect and thanks for being so patient with us and the music was simply superb!

A very big thank you to you all and hope to see you again in the near future.

Best wishes

Lisa and David Mathews: 2005


Dear mike and Striding Edge,

Paul and I are writing to thank you all so much for a wonderful evening of fun and dance. All our guests loved the ceilidh music and dancing.

Kind regards,

Paul and Tricia Groves: 2005


Mike and The Band,

Following you and your band performing at our wedding on the 18th September at Muncaster Castle, Helen and I wanted to thank you all for a fantastic evening's dancing and entertainment. All our guests thought you guys were fantastic and partied the night away. Even the fellas not usually up for dancing got up and put on their dancing shoes- a real result!

Mike, your dance teaching style and patience was great given that you had to cope with a wild selection of inebriated Cumbrian locals and foreigners from around the UK: Nice one!

To all of your future customers you come highly recommended.

Thank you allonce again and may you all continue to reap the benefits of your great talents!

Very best wishes,

Gary and Helen: Muncaster Caster: September 2004


Hi Mike

We just wanted to thank you for a wonderful evening on Friday when you played at our wedding. It was exactly what we were hoping for: Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed the music and dancing and it certainly was a lot better than a disco!

Thanks again,

Mark and Angela, Santon Bridge, August 2004.


Hi Mike,

Thanks for a great night. Everyone was talking about the evening. You were all brilliant. Thanks again for making our wedding so fantastic!

Best wishes to you and all the band

Lynne and Jerry: Witherslack: October 2003


Dear Mike,

Now that we have returned relaxed and refreshed from our honeymoon, we wanted to write and say a big thank-you to you and the rest of the 'gang' at 'Striding Edge' for playing at our wedding at the Keswick County House Hotel on 5th July 2003. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves throughout the evening, and as we hope was obvious, our guests had a fantastic time too! The number of guests on the dance floor during the evening (and their variety of ages too!) is testament to your abilities to appeal to a wide audience, many of whom had never been to a ceilidh before!

We are grateful to Mike for his patient teaching of the dance steps to us and our guests, and to the rest of the band for their energetic performances, which enthused the gathered masses! Our memories of the 'nine-pin' and 'basket' dances in particular will stay with us forever!

We both felt that Striding Edge was the ideal choice for our reception entertainment, allowing guests to meet new people, and try something different,all to the beat of a fabulous live band! We would therefore be more than happy to provide positive comments to any prospective customers wishing to speak to past clients of Striding Edge.

Once again, many thanks for helping to make our wedding day such a fabulous day to remember.

Best wishes

Gareth & Hannah Gregory: August 2003


To Mike, Carolyn, Rick and Ben,

I really can't thank you enough!it was a FANTASTIC ceilidh!

I had a really good feeling about you from the info. you sent and also from what you've got on the internet but you were even better than I expected: perfect in fact!

Your music and the dances really were the perfect thing to round off the fabulous day that we all shared. I've been listening back to your C.D. since we got back from our hols.The Carlisle Reel in particular brings back the happy memories and sentiments of the 19th July.

Loads of our guests have told us how much they enjoyed the ceilidh, in particular those very experienced in Scottish Country Dancing! I hope we can catch a public performance sometime in the future

Very best wishes to all of you

Rachel: Eskdale: July 2003


Dear Striding Edge!

A very belated (but better than never) 'thank you' for helping to make our wedding so fantastic!

Our guests, myself and Neil really enjoyed you music and it certainly created the friendly, relaxed atmosphere we'd imagined down at Rosthwaite Village Hall. You certainly lived up to all your promises, Mike, and more, and we'd really like to buy your latest C.D.!

Many thanks again and should we be organizing any parties: you'll be the first we'll contact for the ceilidh!

Best wishes,

Neil and Maddy: Rosthwaite: June 2003


Dear Mike and the band,

We had a fantastic time on 28th June, and your ceilidh was the icing on the cake: Absolutely superb!!!

Quite a few people are still talking about.

Thankyou once again, and see you at the Bob Graham Dinner.

Roy and Ellexa Ruddle: Windermemre: June 2003

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Here is a selection of unsolicited 'thank you' letters we have received from our clients.

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