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 What do people say about us?

The best way to judge whether a Madcap ceilidh evening is right for your event is to pop along and hear and see us in action.  If that's not possible here is some feedback we've had.


We've set up an on-line survey so we can get feedback after the event.  The responses from 2 key questions do seem to be fairly consistent!

updated July 2010
If you were organising another ceilidh would you choose Madcap? (n=77)
Yes 74
Maybe 3
Probably not 0
No 0

How do you rate your ceilidh? (n=77)
Excellent 69
Good 8
OK 0
Not so Good 0
Awful 0


 Also some quotes which people who have booked us have offered for the website (We invite everyone who books us to feed back their impressions and to leave a comment for this website.  These are all we've got and totally unedited - honestly.  Latest quotes at top).

  • What a fantastic evening! The band was absolutely brilliant - nothing was too much trouble and you did a great job of encouraging everyone to dance.  everyone commented on how good you were - quite simply you made a great evening perfect.  We'd recommend you to anyone.  Thank you so much. best regards Lynn & Simon McBride July 2010
  • Excellent. very accommodating and helpful April 2010
  •  A great night had by all our family and guests. Thanks to the band for capping off a great day. Howard May 2010
  • Superb, lively night with ages ranging from 2 to 88 and they
  • Many of my family had never experienced a ceilidh before and absolutely loved it. You were the perfect end to what had been a fabulous family re-union weekend. Thank you all so much  August 2009
  • Fantastic job guys. You made the party after the renewal of vows ceremony a success; in spite of us having lost 20% of our guests through illness. Thank you so much the band and the caller was fantastic. During "stripping the willow" i looked at all my guests who were dancing, every one of them had a grin up to their ears. The confusion, men dancing with men by accident, it was total chaos but such good fun. Exactly what i wanted. Perfect job.  June 2009
  • A great evening that got everyone up and dancing together!!  May 2009
  • I would recommend Madcap for a great ceilidh tailored to your ideal night. Everyone I have seen since has said what a wonderful time they had. The dances were exactly right for our family ceilidh - everyone could join in from 3 to 73!   January 2009
  • "Thanks Madcap for making my birthday party such a great success" October 2008
  • "Made a fantastic finish to our wedding celebrations" Chris & Janice Ratter" August 2008
  • "Thanks for a fantastic evening, all the friends and family were amazed" August 2008
  • "Madcap were wonderful. They communicated really well with us to ensure we had the best possible evening ever.  many people had never been to ceilidh before and even our German guests had no problem getting up and joining in.  A unique mix of well known and new dances from around the world, Steph and Derek" July 2008
  • "Thank you so much for providing the ceilidh for my daughter's wedding.  Great evening's dancing - thoroughly enjoyed by all!" July 2008
  • "Thank you for a fantastic evening last Saturday.  I really appreciated your willingness to be flexible.  The young children had such a brilliant time, and their parents were amazed at how well they were able to follow the steps.  Most of them had never had this type of experience before and I'm sure they'll have fond memories of the evening! I've had many guests comment on your excellent playing, and we all thought the call was very experienced in gauging the ability of his audience. Once again, thank you for making my 40th birthday party such a memorable evening. best wishes to you all. Michelle from Congleton" May 2008
  • "a really great Silver Wedding party. Thank you Madcap!  Our guests are still talking about the fun they had - especially the ones who had not intended to dance!  We are looking forward to having an excuse to book you again, and would happily recommend you to anyone.  Richard and Sue" April 2008
  • "Thank you for a superb evening- we have had many emails from our guests. Even the bar staff enjoyed it." April 2008
  • "we had Scottish ceilidh die0hards and English ceilidh virgins - the night was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.  Thanks for a great party!" April 2008
  • "You were absolutely fantastic at our wedding.  All our guests really enjoyed it.  A special thanks to Mike for playing the pipes for our evening guests to arrive to.  the memory of hearing the pipes from upstairs in the venue is one I will treasure for ever.  thank you for making our night extra special.  Lucy and Mark Bonnar" January 2008
  • "Madcap provided a fantastic performance for my 50th birthday.  Compliments received from numerous guests. Highly recommended.  Ian Mycock" January 2008
  • "Thank you Madcap. The music and the caller were excellent.  You created a great atmosphere and everyone enjoyed themselves. Liaison and organisation prior to the event were also superb.  we would definitely recommend you and engage you again.  Evelyn Leslie" January 2008
  • We are so glad that we included a ceilidh for our wedding celebrations as it got everyone up and dancing.  Many people have commented that this was the most fun that they had had a wedding and we would like to thank Madcap for contributing to a great day.  we would definitely go to another Madcap ceilidh and would highly recommend them.  They were brilliant and the caller was great at helping those who had a bit to drink!! thanks again. Claire and Richard" November 2007
  • "I would engage madcap for any type of function.  They were fabulous and gauged the temperament of the evening very well.  Michael green.  Worshipful master Robert Burns lodge No. 999" November 2007
  • "We booked Madcap to have a fun evening - that's exactly what we got.  thoroughly enjoyable"  September 2007
  • "We can wholeheartedly recommend Madcap.  They are helpful, professional and got everyone up dancing at our wedding.  thanks for helping to make our special day the huge success it was, we had a wonderful time and only wished we could have danced on longer with you.  Huge thanks. Jon and Gemma Hallowell" August2007
  • Our wedding ceilidh with Madcap was absolutely brilliant.  Both the band and the caller (Arthur) were excellent and we had so many compliments from guests who also had a fantastic time.  We cannot thank Madcap enough for their contribution to making our wedding day so special and we would have no hesitation in recommending them (or booking them) again!  Matt and Sarah"  June 2007
  • "I would definitely recommend madcap for any occasion! We certainly enjoyed dancing our way into married life to the sounds of an excellent ceilidh!" Anna and Alex Sun, August 2007 
  • "The Ceilidh was a perfect end to our perfect Wedding Day, everyone commented on how much they enjoyed it and everyone was up dancing, from the youngest to the oldest. Madcap are very authentic and provided just the right atmosphere for our Scottish Wedding in Cheshire." Becky & Doug Christie. (Crewe Hall) August 2007 
  • "Madcap are a band of extremely professional musicians who would make any event a day to remember and I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone." August 2007 
  • "Fantastic evening topping off a great wedding day - thank you! Your enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone in the Town Hall and we could have danced many more dances!" Claire and Mark, July 2007 
  • "If you are considering a Ceilidh to help you celebrate an occasion, our advice is to do it. Madcap played all night at our Wedding and it was brilliant. If you want to see your guests laugh and smile all night, have a Ceilidh. Thank you Madcap." Paul and Rachael. June 2007 
  • "We booked Madcap to play at our wedding at Samlesbury Hall (nr Preston) and they really made the day - they were fantastic! Everyone commented about how good they were - thank you!!!!! We hope someone we know gets married there and asks Madcap to play for them - then we can dance more!! Jen n Matt
    February 2007
  • "I had a fantastic night and all my guests enjoyed the band even the ones that didn't brave the dance floor appreciated the quality of the musicians the whole evening went well as it was something a little bit different. once again thank to you and the band"
    February 2007
  • "Great band and caller. Good mixture of basic dances and more difficult ones to encourage great fun. Would recommend them to anyone having a wedding, party or social event." St Margaret's Church, Altrincham November 2006
  • "We had a wonderful hot pot supper and ceilidh in church as part of our Harvest Celebration. Madcap arrived in good time to set up and we enjoyed their company. The music was excellent, the caller clear and good humoured while keeping everyone in order and the variety of dances a little different. We will certainly be contacting you again. St Michael's Church, Macclesfield". October 2006
  • "Great musician-ship - and don't ever lose your caller and his enthusiasm"
  • "Madcap really made Chris and Melissa's wedding an occasion that was full of fun and laughter. EVERYONE (that wasn't infirm or could 'stand') just had the best time. A Special occasion made even more special and memorable by 'Madcap'. A HUGE thank you Tom, to you and all the zany crew...we thought you were great!!!" Best Wishes, Reg and Val June 2006
  • "Thank you so much for making our wedding celebration complete. Everyone, from first-timers to old ceilidh hands, were full of praise for the skill of both the musicians and the caller. We know who we'll be asking next time we need a ceilidh band!" All the best, Rebecca and Graham Jackson-Pitt  June 2006
  • "The band played for my 60th birthday party and the atmosphere was all I could have hoped for. The music had a varied and exciting sound as there was a good range of instruments, all played well. The floor was full of energetic dancers of all ages and many guests commented very favourably on the band afterwards. Thank you Mad-cap." Christine Martin. March 2006
  • "Madcap were excellent and helped create a great atmosphere. Many of our guests made a point of commenting on how good they thought the band and caller were" Colin Gibson - March 2006
  • "Thank you for making our celebration complete. You managed to include everyone from age 2 to 80!!  We hope to have a Madcap experience again!!" February 2006
  • "Fantastic evening - great music and great musicians.  Even our Scottish contingent declared it the best ceilidh they'd ever been to, high praise indeed!"  Ian Woodward for Risktec Solutions Ltd.- February 2006
  • "Absolutely excellent evening and the perfect way to round off any wedding day.  Madcap were extremely accommodating to all our (often unusual) requests.  Music and calling both phenomenal"  October 2005
  • "Really good music, very reliable, kept in touch.  Perfect.  Everyone enjoyed it."  Steve and Donna - October 2005
  • "Fantastic night just what was required and got lots of different age groups and families mixing and dancing together.  It is surprising how well you get to know someone when you 'strip the willow' with them!"
  • "Madcap are clearly miracle workers - they even managed to get me dancing. A feat not seen since my student days. You will not be disappointed at all.  Thank you for a wonderful evening."  Mike Chetham, for & on behalf of Kinder Mountain Rescue Team.  Oct 2005
  • We all had a great night and it was great seeing everyone enjoying themselves!! Sarah Clayton  Sept 2005 
  • "Madcap are great, very professional and talented musicians.  They made sure the dance floor was packed all night.  Thanks very much."  Neil and Sarah Harvey - August 2005
  • "Our evening was a great success and the guests we have spoken to since have said how much they enjoyed the ceilidh and what a refreshing change to a disco.  People who would not normally get up and dance were keen to join in the fun.  Thank you again" July 2005
  • "We received lots of comments on how good the evening reception was.  The music was fantastic and our feet were still aching the following evening from all the dancing we did.  It was fantastic, thank you."  Jo and Andy Young
  • "Right from the beginning of the ceilidh there was a very relaxed atmosphere"
  • "When you hire Madcap you will be letting yourself in for a magical evening.  If in doubt don't be, go ahead and treat yourself to a truly amazing evening!"
  • "A great band and a great caller - you won't regret using Madcap!"
  • "Madcap are all you need to have a fantastic ceilidh."  Clive Richards
  • "Thank you very much for entertaining our clients at the Titanic-themed dinner last week.  the feedback we received from them was excellent and booking a ceilidh complemented the evening perfectly.  I would definitely book again."  Teresa Birch, Conference Officer, The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester
  • "I needed to organise a ceilidh for one of the evenings at our sales conference in Cheshire - I trawled through a number of bands on the Internet and decided on Madcap as they had a number of complimentary comments on their website.  We had a great evening, our group really enjoyed themselves despite the aching legs the next day!!" Andrea from Coloplast Ltd.
  • "We booked Madcap for our wedding on 5th March and we had a fantastic evening!! All of our guests commented on how much they'd enjoyed themselves and how much fun they'd had.  We would definitely recommend Madcap to anyone thinking of booking a ceilidh and would use them again in the future.  A great alternative to a disco!!!"  Suzanne and Ian Bennett  
  • "Thank you for the wonderful ceilidh at Cat & Ricky's wedding.  Everyone enjoyed it from our 6 year old granddaughter who stayed up to midnight rather than miss any of the music, all the way through to guests 'of a certain age' who told us it was the best fun they'd had in years!  A huge success, thanks."  Anne Urquhart
  • " It was the best day ever and I've never had so much fun as when I was joining in with the dancing.  It couldn't have been any better and that's thanks to your fantastic band.  It was great also to have a caller with so much character!"
  • "Highly recommended to make sure your party guests have an energetic and enjoyable time"
  • "Excellent band, very professional, reliable and fit in with your wishes at private ceilidhs.  I have twice had a "madcap Ceilidh" and wouldn't hesitate to ask them again." Jackie Boulton

And finally

Kate made us a lovely card when we played at a wedding where she was bridesmaid




"I have to admit I was rather apprehensive about booking you for my wedding, not having heard you and only having e-mails  - but I must say you're a top notch band.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone.  Many thanks!"



Cathy & Mark  




    Rachel & Paul