Stumpy Oak

One of the UK's busiest ceilidh bands!

One of most in-demand ceilidh bands in the UK, Stumpy Oak provides lively ceilidhs for weddings, parties and corporate events across East Anglia as well as appearing at leading folk festivals nationally. The band features a line-up of award-winning musicians and doesn’t use a ‘pool’ of performers as many bands do. With Stumpy Oak, you’re assured of a professional, energetic and memorable performance every time! The band plays a mixture of Scottish, Irish and English tunes, however the music can be tailored to the client’s wishes.

Stumpy Oak boasts an unusually large sound. Fiery fiddle, accordion and guitar are complimented by guitar sub-octaves (giving a bass guitar sound) and a stompbox (like a bass drum). Lighting is included with every booking, adding to the atmosphere. A friendly, patient caller completes the line-up to talk guests through the dance moves prior to/during each dance so that everyone knows what to do and can have fun, regardless of age or experience!

Tailored packages are available including:

  • DJ/disco add-on
  • Ceremony music (folk and classical)
  • Background music

A single sound system is used for ceilidh/disco combinations to avoid frustrating changeover time and a friendly team will advise on various aspects including optimum timings to maintain a party atmosphere!

Please visit the band’s website to listen to sound clips, read testimonials from 100-or-so delighted clients, and find the band on YouTube to view videos taken out in the wild! The video clip below is from a recent wedding the band played for.


“I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for playing for us.. You were so fantastic – so many people have asked me where we found you/how to get in touch with you! Those who have been to ceilidhs before also commented on how you’re the best band they’ve heard and had (which I too agree with!)”

Flora, 21st birthday ceilidh (Feb 2019)

“You were superb. Exactly what we had hoped for. Not only a great band but such lovely people to deal with. You made the evening really great and we have had so many comments about what a fantastic evening it was. So many people dancing….we will definitely be recommending you to others.”

Clare & Chris, wedding ceilidh & disco (Sep 2018)

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for last night. Your performing and bringing of joy to the party was excellent. Just what we wanted. Wouldn’t have changed a thing.”

Guy & Derek, wedding ceilidh (Aug 2018)


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13 responses to “Stumpy Oak”

  1. Thank you Stumpy Oak! We had so many comments about how good you were but mostly just about how much everyone enjoyed it. Great entertainment for everyone young and old many of whom had never ‘done a Ceilidh’. Brilliant musicianship and Calling helped to make our wedding evening reception so memorable and not just for us. Thanks again. (Smeetham Hall Barn, December 2019) .

  2. Thank you so much, for helping to make my fundraiser ceilidh the huge success that it was.
    So much positive feedback from friends and attendees.
    Pitched perfectly for all experience and abilities.
    Absolutely THE BEST ceilidh band everrrr!!
    We love you Stumpy Oak!

  3. What a ceilidh last night – sparkling bright tunes, clear cheerful calling and enthusiastic dancers – what a great formula to warm a November night. With everyone on the floor for the last dance what a resounding thumbs up! I heard compliments on your playing, calling and stage setting. Thank you all, what lovely fun!

  4. We couldn’t be happier that we booked Stumpy Oak for our wedding reception and would highly recommend them you to anyone. We love ceilidhs and had such a fantastic time! So too did all our family and friends, from ceilidh lovers who said you are the best ceilidh band they’ve ever had, to people completely out of their comfort zone at first who had so much fun! You made the evening just what we hoped it would be and were so good in terms of communication in advance et cetera. Thank you so much.

  5. I am SO glad I booked this band for my 50th birthday! Much like a wedding, there were lots of people there who didn’t know each other and the ceilidh dancing and atmosphere got them all up and on their feet and smiling at each other. The music and calling were excellent and they also provided much-needed lighting. Great communication before and during the event too – couldn’t have asked for more and would highly recommend.

  6. Stumpy Oak played two sets at my birthday party and they were outstanding. I have been to loads of ceilidhs, and Stumpy Oak are exceptional both in terms of their musicianship and calling. They were also really good in terms of administration.

  7. I booked Stumpy Oak for my 40th and prior to the event, all communication was swift and any requests were accommodated in a friendly way. The Ceilidh went down a storm on the day, with all ages from 4-80 getting involved. Given that many guests had never taken part in a ceilidh before, it became such a memorable part of the party because it created so much fun, laughter (and sense of accomplishment in places!). The band played beautifully and slotted themselves into the vibe of the day seamlessly, in a laid-back and crowd-pleasing way. Thanks Guys x

  8. 96 people at Edible Ornamentals and people were queuing to dance! The music was fabulous but it was more than that. Stumpy Oak contributed to the atmosphere with the lighting, the playing and the total joy of their performance. The calling was inspiring and even the most staid of folk were up and dancing. Stumpy Oak were just brilliant and I would totally recommend them for an amazing evening!

  9. ou guys were awesome , thank you so much for agreeing to play for us.
    We would love to come to a public event we’ll keep our eyes peeled. High praises for the band throughout the night.

  10. We had a fantastic day and everyone at our wedding loved the ceilidh and said how good you guys were!

    We’ll definitely look out for your public events 🙂

  11. Dear Barry, thank you to you, Erin and Sarah for the music and entertainment. Sarah was incredibly patient with us all. The family were all very pleased with Stumpy Oak! I suspect that you may be hearing from us again in a few years’ time!” – Ali, family gathering near Bury St Edmunds (November 2018)

  12. Thank you very much for all the fun you and the band gave us last night. It was great fun…. You all seem to be enjoying it so much yourselves too, which is completely infectious! Please thank all the band members on my behalf and I’ve had so many comments today from friends who thoroughly enjoyed it. – Sue, party in Cambridge (September 2018)

  13. Thank you SO much!! You guys were brilliant and achieved what I wanted which was to surprise everyone! All I’ve heard from our guests is how brilliant you were! We loved it. Thank you! – Nicky, wedding drinks reception music, Hintlesham (September 2018)

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