About Happy Feet Ceilidh Band & Bays River Jazz Band


Happy Feet have been providing dance music for ceilidhs for many years. Drawing from a pool of professional and semi-professional musicians they have justly earned their reputation for producing exciting music at the right speed whatever the level of experience of the ceilidh dancers.

The band will also draw on a pool of experienced callers, each with their own unique style. The emphasis is on light hearted entertainment though, and nothing is taken too seriously. The Caller will organise the evening according to the wishes of the hirer.

Your principal contact with the band will be Ian Hireson. Ian has a wealth of experience, not only playing the guitar and bass all of his adult life, but also sound engineering for many local events, notably Wymondham Music Festival, and across the region. He has been running Happy Feet Ceilidh Band and Bays River Jazz Band for many years as well as taking part in various local jam sessions, and it was at one of those sessions where he met Mark.

Regular fiddle player is Mark Jolley.  Mark is a multi-instrumentalist who has also been playing in Ceilidh bands most of his life as well as pub bands and more recently jazz. He too has years of gigging experience including playing at festivals, mostly across the south and west of England.

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