Up-tempo, energetic Ceilidh dance band

Rumpus are a highly experienced up-tempo, energetic band based in the South Hams of Devon and available across the whole of the South West. Typically a three piece lineup consisting of melodeon, concertina and guitar, this can be extended to include additional instruments including bass, double bass and percussion. The band works with a team of callers who are all musicians in their own right.

Rumpus have a huge repertoire of tunes and play an eclectic mix of lively jigs and reels, rousing polkas, bouncy hornpipes, waltzes and airs from England, Ireland, Scotland, America and beyond. The band are equally proficient in playing foot-stomping music for dancing, and an evening’s entertainment of music and song, fronted by accomplished singers.

The band has been around in one guise or other since 1982, the one constant in each incarnation being Nigel Sture, a highly regarded musician who has also been involved with many other bands – Corridor 38, Racing Demon, 5 Bar Gait, Mrs. Crotty’s to name but a few. The core of the more recent Rumpus is Nigel and Sarah Sture who have been the driving force of the band since its latest resurrection in 2000.

The perfect ceilidh band for your wedding, party or corporate event. Rumpus can also play reception music for weddings and more formal events ( indeed any event where background music is required) to include melodeon, concertinas, hammered dulcimer and gypsy jazz guitar.

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Rumpus would love to play at your event and we have packages suitable for all occasions and budgets. Drop us a message below to get things rolling and we’ll send you a no obligation quote. Please check your email spam/junk folder regularly in case our message ends up there – we aim to answer all enquiries within a day or so.

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