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What they are saying

Here is a brief selection of testimonials from people who enjoyed our music – they may give you some inspiration. The musicians have also played at International Dance Festivals in the following countries in the last few years: Hungary, Czech Republic, Spain, Germany, France and Denmark.

…they really are ‘the tops’

Scottish dance bands are comparatively rare in England. Good ones are even rarer! We count ourselves fortunate to have found Brian and Strings and Reeds. Whether for dancing or just for listening, they really are ‘the tops’

Mr John Muir, Burns Night in Stoke-on-Trent, January 2018

A great group of talented musicians who know how to please a crowd!

After years of an excellent Scottish band playing at our Burn’s night, our regular players retired, and it was with some trepidation that we sought a replacement and turned to Brian and his band We need not have worried at all ! Last year was their first year, and they managed a group of 146 diners, some dancing, some “people watching” with great skill. They were first and foremost excellent musicians who taught the dances to go with the music in an entertaining and easily understood way, particularly for those of us who had more enthusiasm than dance steps! This year, if anything, was even better! Quiet music as a background whilst eating, full participation in the tradition that is the Burns supper, followed by all our old favourites, walked through for the novices, and then performed with further instruction as required. The seasoned dancers danced, and those with “L” plates giggled their way through the evening, and once again a great time was had by all. Looking forward to next year, thanks to a great group of talented musicians who know how to please a crowd!

Mrs Chris Hall, Burns Night in Stoke-on-Trent, January 2018

The feedback from Saturday has been excellent!

I trust the weather was not too bad for your journey home. The feedback from Saturday has been excellent and I would like to pass on a personal, as well as collective, thanks to Strings & Reeds. I have confirmed Saturday January 26th 2019 and Saturday January 25th 2020 with the hotel and would like to book you for those dates, if you are free and would like join us again. Kind regards


Everyone enjoyed themselves and we raised…

Many thanks for providing the music at our W.I.N.E barn dance on March 5th Everyone enjoyed themselves and we raised £980 for Ryegate Childrens Hospital and Ashiand Womens Refuge.
With best wishes.

Women's Institute Nether Edge

I cannot recommend them too highly.

Strings and Reeds have been playing for us at our barn dances for many years. I cannot recommend them too highly. Their music and humor constitute and excellent evening’s entertainment. They have a very varied selection of dances with instrumental breaks. They have our bookings from year to year and we now consider them as friends.

Coal Aston Barn Dance Group

They were brilliant!

Just want to give you feedback on the Strings & Reeds band we booked for our ceilidh at Swanick on Saturday .

They were brilliant! Everyone had a great time and we really appreciated how well they included the children. We’d be more than happy to recommend them.

Gateway church

A great success

Wanted to drop you a line on behalf Wraggs Yard committee to let you know what a great success the barn dance was last night. Mike wasbrilliant did an excellent set which everyone throughly enjoyed and felt itwas a great night.

Many have said they would like it to be an annual eventso I am sure we will be in contact again.

Thanks again.

Best Wishes.


Just wanted to pass on my compliments to “Strings and Reeds”

Just wanted to pass on my compliments to “Strings and Reeds” who performed for my wife’s 60th birthday in Doncaster on Saturday, they were fantastic, everything we hoped for. The leader Mike was very accommodating and humorous, kept us all on our feet even when we were ready to drop! The musicians in the band really know their stuff and I hope to see them again someday.
Many thanks!

Geoff and Janice Bowley

How wonderful tonight was

I want to take this opportunity to say how wonderful tonight was. We have had so many excellent comments.
The music was great! The caller of course was fab! A great atmosphere and a fun time.
Please thank everyone in the band again.
We hope to book again next year.
Hope your journeys home were ok.
Thanks again.

Claire Smales

Was absolutely excellent

Hi Mike – Many thanks to you and the crew for making our celebrations so special. The way you embraced the circumstances to include the little bodies, amateurs etc was absolutely excellent and
folks are paying you compliments left right and centre. It was magnificent – so sincere thanks from ourselves, family and all the motley guests.
Warmest greetings!

Marion and John

Your super performance at our joint birthday celebration

Hi Mike
Just wanted to say a big “thank you” to you and your Strings and Reeds band for your super performance at our joint birthday celebration ceilidh on Saturday night.
Rowena and I had a wonderful time and it seems everyone else did too. Lots of people have specifically mentioned how great the band was in their feedback and you were a big factor in an
all-round fantastic evening. We thought you hit exactly the right note for the occasion and it was so good to see a caller, donned with a head mic, getting down off the stage to be right in the middle of the action. I think everyone who was there – with the possible exception of the band and the caretaker! – wishes it could have gone on longer. We might even have had time then for the second
”strip the willow”!
So well done to all of you. Please pass on our great appreciation to your colleagues.
Best regards.


Your super performance at our joint birthday celebration

Hello Mike and the Band,
just wanted to say a huge Thank You to you all for playing at Mick’s 60th Birthday celebration last Saturday (22/2/19) and it was lovely to meet you. Everyone had a fantastic time and thought Strings and Reeds were brilliant. You brought the party to life with everyone joining in, the calling was spot on, the music wonderful and just what we wanted – A truly entertaining evening with family and friends.
We will certainly recommend you to everyone!
Many thanks again,
Jackie and Mick

Jackie and Mick Cooke

Some venues we played in

Mansfield and Rotherham Football stadiums (function rooms)

Mansfield and Rotherham Football stadiums (function rooms)

Magna Rotherham -dinner dance for over 500 guests

Magna Rotherham

Trent Bridge Cricket Stadium, Nottingham

Trent Bridge Cricket Stadium

Sheffield/ Manchester Folk train to Edale.

Sheffield/ Manchester Folk train to Edale.

Hillsborough Golf Club, Sheffield –Social

Hillsborough Golf Club, Sheffield

Ecclelsall Parish Church Hall -Sheffield Endcliffe Orchestra -Barn Dance

Ecclelsall Parish Church Hall

Sandal Rugby Club,Wakefield, Orienteering Club

Sandal Rugby Club,Wakefield

St Andrews Church Hall, Sheffield, Women's Institute - Community Barn Dance

St Andrews Church Hall, Sheffield, Women's Institute

Sheffield flying club (in a hangar)

Sheffield flying club

Hodsock Priory, Near Worksop

Hodsock Priory, Near Worksop

Maynard Arms, Grindleford –Wedding

Maynard Arms, Grindleford –Wedding

Bretton Sculpture Park - Burns Night (shown on BBC Look North)

Bretton Sculpture Park

Harewood House North Yorkshire

Harewood House North Yorkshire

Whirlow Farm, Sheffield

Whirlow Farm, Sheffield

Best Western Hotel, Stoke on Trent

Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley

Best Western Hotel, Stoke on Trent

Best Western Hotel, Stoke on Trent

Coal Aston Village Hall- Norton Players -Community Barn Dance

Coal Aston Village Hall

Hemsworth Golf Club, Sheffield

Hemsworth Golf Club, Sheffield

The Dome, (Now O2 Arena) London

The Dome, (Now O2 Arena) London

Thistle Hotel, Inverness, Scotland - for Hogmanay

thistle hotel inverness

Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle

Harworth Miners Welfare- Wedding Anniversary Celebrations

Harworth Miners Welfare