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Testimonials from previous Clients


The Queen's Jubilee Celebration Barn Dance at Morval,

"Thank you so much for your brilliant playing last night. There were so many happy dancing folk! A great successful evening I'd say. will definately recommend you to all"


Sharon's Retirement,

"Hi Mel,

Just a quick email to say thank you so much for a fabulous party last weekend! You chose a perfect mix of dances for the diverse and enthusiastic group of party-goers, and led each dance brilliantly so that everyone had a wonderful time! The music was great, you are all very skilled musicians, and Deb needs a medal for her patience and good humour! 

Jenna's Ceilidh, Cheriton Bishop

"Thank you so much for playing for us. We had an absolutely wonderful afternoon. Everyone enjoyed the music, the company and the food, and my mum in law was very happy. Success!"


Roy's Birthday, Newton Abbot

"Just wanted to say a massive thankyou to you and the members of Dawntreader for making my 65th birthday barn dance the great night that it was. Everyone had a fantastic time and were a very impressed with the music and Deb's instructions were just brilliant. Thanks one more, all the best"


Sandra and David, Wedding Anniversary

"Hello Mel, We just wanted to say a very big thank you to you all for a fantastic evening on Saturday. Everything went smoothly and everyone loved the music and the dancing. We have already had enquiries and have passed your details on to them."


Sarah and Rikki

"I just wanted to say thank you very much for the ceilidh on Saturday, none of us were very experienced in ceilidhs, (you may have guessed!) but we all had a great time and it made our wedding really special. Thanks so much, Sara and Rikki"

Burns' Night Supper, RMB Chivenor,

"Just a quick email to thank you and the rest of Dawntreader for attending our Burns Supper Saturday last. You were Fantastic and were instrumental in making the night a raging success. Debs controlled the whiskey induced masses with true style and the music was exceptional. I hope all was good for you, and that you all enjoyed your night. We will definitely be using your services again. Thanks again Mel and regards to Debs, Mark, Lynn and John."


PTA Ceilidh,

"Just wanted to say thanks again for Friday night, everyone had such a great time, the music & dancing was fantastic and the caller made it so easy for everyone to join in, was definitely a night to remember! Thanks again and will be in touch for our next ceilidh!"

Wedding, Truro,

"just wanted to say thank you so much to you and the rest of the band for making our wedding so much fun, lots of our guests had never been to a ceilidh before and they absolutely loved it!   Many Thanks again, Tammy and Owen."

Wedding, Looe,

"That was brilliant. Thank you so much. Everyone said it was the best time they had all weekend. We will all be recommending you to everyone we know. You guys were superb and generated such a good atmosphere - old and young alike had an evening to remember."

Burns' Night and Birthday, 30th January

"Thank you very much for making our Burns night birthday party such a success.We have had lots of compliments about the party, music and dancing. I cannot remember enjoying a birthday party as much for decades. Apologies for the Sassenach Address!"

Wedding, Boringdon Hall, 24th October

"I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU, for a fantastic evening at our wedding. The music was fantastic, the atmosphere was amazing and everyone was dancing 😊 (even people I didn’t think would dance, was dancing) Debs was also fantastic, patient and gave clear instructions/directions.  So thank you so much"

Wedding, Bickley Mill, 25th July 2015

"What an amazing evening!  I know Nadia and Nick will be contacting you themselves when they get back from honeymoon but I just wanted to thank you myself.  Thanks for making the party go with a swing - it was so much fun and got everyone involved, even the most reticent!  I was told by several guests who had been to other ceilidh events that you were the best band they had ever heard and the caller was fantastic.  Couldn't agree more!!  We had a great party thanks to you all."

And from Nadia and Nick on their return : -

"Dear Dawntreader, You were AWESOME! We had the best Wedding Ceilidh ever!"

Alan and Emma, Wedding, Pickwell Manor, June 2015
"I just wanted to say thanks for a really good do. We had a wonderful time, as did our Guests. Thank you so much."

Debbie, 50th Birthday, Ivybridge

"Just wanted to say a big thank-you to you , Debs and the rest of the band for a fabulous evening last night . I have had loads of messages from my guests this morning saying how much they enjoyed it . Debs was brilliant and patient and made it great fun for everyone ."

Birthday Party, Scorriton
"I just wanted to say thank you so much for a fantastic night on Saturday - I enjoyed every minute of it and so did my guests : fabulous music and calling and loads of fun! I will certainly recommend you in the future."

Wedding, Dartington Hall
"Dawntreader were friendly, professional and very well organised. We found them online and they answered all of our initial questions promptly and gave us confidence that they would do a good job. The band and caller were excellent and chose music and dances to suit all of our wedding guests from young children to older people. Most people had a go and everyone commented on how fun the ceilidh was and how good the caller and music were."

Teignmouth Players Ceilidh

An email to say a very big Thank You to you and Debs and the others for a fantastic evening last Friday.
Will you please pass on my personal thanks and those of the Committee for making it such an enjoyable event.
I would also pass on thanks for your kindness in not charging for the evening and therefore making it even more profitable for the Players - much appreciated and very generous."

Linda, Plymouth, 29th March 2014
I would like to say a huge thank you to you and the rest of Dawntreader for making my birthday so special. You made the night so much fun and everybody really enjoyed it. I have had loads of messages from family and friends saying they had a brilliant time - I think there may be a few more barn dances being booked in future! Thank you once again - especially Debbie for being so patient with us." 

Birthday Ceilidh 1st March 2014
"You were fabulous on Saturday evening for our birthday celebrations at Ipplepen Village Hall. The majority of my guests were unfamiliar with a ceilidh let alone the dancing but the atmosphere you created encouraged almost all of them at some point up onto the dance floor. Everyone so appreciated the brilliant music and special thanks, of course, to Debs for her patience and clarity in explaining the steps. I had so many comments about the quality of your work. If you need any more recommendations - which you probably don't - let me know!"

Burns Night Supper 25th January 2014
"Thank you so much for Saturday night. We all had a really great( hilarious) time. I am pretty sure that we will want to book you for a repeat next year so please can you pencil it in. I suppose it will be the 24th as the Saturday is the best day for it."

Black Bess Border Morris, New Year's Eve 2013.
"Would you and your fab band do our new year's eve ceilidh this year? We have already booked the hall! Everyone who came thought you were all just perfect!"

John and Lily, Wedding at Pamflete House, Flete Estate.
"I'm sorry its taken so long to write this but I wanted to send you and the band a very BIG thank you for the music at our wedding on the 3rd. It was such a great night and so many of the young and old came up to us afterwards saying the the music (and very patient calling) absolutely made it."

Teignmouth Pre-School Fundraiser 
Quote from article in the local paper :- "We had been promised a good night, and what a night we had! It didn't matter what age you were, no knowledge was needed as the Band played their Jigs, and the Caller Debs told us what we had to do - be it sets of four or eight, circle and square formations, Jigs, Reels and Do-Se-Dos."

Christine and Ian, Wedding Exeter
"Ian and I would like to thank you for playing at our Wedding.Everyone is still talking about their fun experiences of the Ceilidh Dancing. Thanks for helping us create the perfect opportunity to get everyone on the floor, and for all of the laughter too!"

Jason, Birthday near Totnes
"Dear Dawntreaders, A huge thank you to all of you for a very wonderful birthday party. It was so much fun to leap around with everyone, including rubbing with the rams and chasing the ewes. So many people said how much they enjoyed the ceilidh. Twas a perfect way to connect everyone, old and young and get the blood and fun flowing. Your music was fantastic, and great calling."

Nikki, 50th Birthday at Plymouth
"Hi Mel, I would just like to say a big thank you for such a great evening when you played at my 40th birthday on Friday 1st April. I had loads of positive comments at how good you all were and how well Debs did to organise us!! Everyone who danced thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the ones who didn't dance (party poopers!) enjoyed listening to you."

Craig, 50th Birthday at Shaldon
"This is a quick email to say thanks for making my 50th Ceilidh such a brilliant event. I lost count of the number of people who said they had such a fantastic time. Great music, great calling and an all together great event. I do hope you had fun too." (February 2011)

Wendy, organiser for New Year's Eve at Landscove
"I just wanted to say thank you for such a fantastic New Year's Eve. Everyone remarked on how great the music was and how brilliant Debs was at organising the dancing - it seemed the kids were better at it than the adults!! Are you booked for next New Year as we may do it again, or perhaps do something similar in the summer?" (December 2010)

Rosie and Ollie, Wedding near Wincanton
"Ollie and I just wanted to write and thank you for all you did to make Saturday such a success. We enjoyed the music and dancing so much, as did everyone. We have received so many compliments, and know that everyone could have gone on into the early hours! Debs was a fantastic Caller and made it easy for us all." (December 2010)

Emily, Open Ceilidh, Ipplepen
"We came to see you in Ipplepen a couple of weeks ago and thought you were fantastic! We'd really like to go ahead and book you for our wedding evening." (September 2010)

Charlotte, Edgemoor Hotel
"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding, so many people said how much fun it was!

We are now looking at planning the Hotel's New Years Eve Party and we were wondering if you would play, with your Caller." (June 2010)

Caroline, Marldon
"Bill and I wanted to say thank you so much for playing at our Wedding and making it such a fabulous event! The atmosphere was great and everyone said how much they enjoyed themselves." (Feb 2010)

Mark, Bampton
"Just wanted to say again a huge thank you for the great evening you gave us last night. We've all been talking about it today - everyone I've met has been so positive about the whole evening in general and about you all in particular..."

"Debs, everyone was so impressed with your incredibly patient teaching of the dances, and the way you got down on the floor with us..."

"Mel, Lynette and John - we thoroughly enjoyed your music..."

"Mark, our thanks to you, I've been to enough events where the sound isn't right to know what a great job you did!" (Nov 2009)

Caroline, Torbay
"Thank you for a wonderful evening! Everyone was getting up and dancing, we haven't laughed so much for a long time, we will definitely be booking you for our wedding!"


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