'Great mix of people, the food was delicious and plentiful and the venue was lovely. Loved the band. Although it's the caller who makes it, every time!'
AT THE 'SYRIA CEILIDH' FOR 200 GUESTS, OCT 2015
'The caller was a triumph and especially good for a party like ours where there were lots of teenagers. He struck just the right note between commanding respect and not appearing bossy and lecturing. '
CLARE (CALNE REELING PARTY, DEC 2015)
John called at our wedding and we can't recommend him more highly. He somehow managed to get 150 people, many of whom hadn't reeled before, to pick up the dances quickly and made the whole thing really fun and relaxed. He was also really lovely to work with in the lead up and very flexible when thinking about what dances would work for us. Would hire him again in an instant!'
NELL & DUNCAN E. (AUG 2015 WEDDING)
'John provided us with an excellent evening, once again. He has a wonderful knack of reading the ability of a group of people which means everyone has a great time, whether they are a seasoned pro, or a beginner. I couldn't recommend him more highly! '
OLLIE C. (ORGANISER OF BHWC REELING PARTY, JAN 2015)
'John is simply brilliant. He organised the evening beautifully, getting everyone dancing and organised. He is by far the most enthusiastic, easy going, gentlemanly caller ever. The Best.'
DORTÉ S-C. (ORGANISER OF 'QUAINTON REELS', DEC 2014)
John has been the 'caller' at a number of major London ceilidh & reeling events I've hosted for the "We're here for the Dance" Facebook group in recent years, and has been instrumental to their success. Making an evening so much fun whilst transforming complete beginners into seasoned reeling pros is no easy challenge, but he achieves it every time. If you're planning a ceilidh or evening of reels, get John on board!"
MARY E. (ORGANISER OF 'WE'RE HERE FOR THE DANCE' CEILIDHS, 2011-2014)
“John successfully took a room of 150 noisy and excited people and turned it into a party. With 100 people who knew what they were doing and 50 who didn’t have a clue, he struck a perfect balance between teaching the novices and not boring the experts, whilst reminding those of us who needed refreshing. With a tartan bow tie, waistcoat combo, he guided the night with fantastic skill and ensured that everyone had a brilliant time with some superb reeling to boot. I genuinely could not be more grateful for his help or be more insistent that if you need a caller John is your man…
ROB A.(LONDON CITY REELS, FEB 2014)
"John is the best caller we have ever had for our annual church ceilidh. He had all 130 people on their feet dancing their socks off all night. Everyone had enormous fun, from the many who had never reeled before to the old hands. Excellent choice of dances, brilliantly led. We could not recommend him more highly!"
BRUCE M. (HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, CLAPHAM, OCT 2012)
"John's directions were clearly given and everyone from the oldest (81) to the youngest (9) could understand what they were supposed to be doing. Even the reluctant, self-conscious, teenagers joined in and had a great time, and they asked us to do it again next year. John provided a fantastic music system which allowed him to slow the tempo down for the 'walk-through' and speed it up again once we had got the hang of things. John introduced new reels with great ease and in no time at all we were all reasonably proficient. All the thank-you letters were full of praise for John's calling. Some said it was the best party they had been to for years."