The Comments, Reviews and Testimonials...

"Thank you for making our party so memorable and so much fun. Your flexible approach, good humour and endless patience was much appreciated."

Lucy and Sarah - retirement party in Caversham, Reading (June 2018)


"Wonderful entertainment! A great time - thank you!"

Jessica - party in Berkshire (June 2018)


"They have much more energy than us, and really kept the party going!"

Louise - birthday party in Bucklebury (June 2018)


" The band were superb - musicians who really knew their stuff. and the caller was fantastic.

Thank you for a great evening!"

Pippa - birthday party in Wokingham (May 2018)


"Very enjoyable evening, enjoyed by all - young and old. Defintely come highly recommended!"

Alice - party, Wokingham (May 2018)


"Brilliant night - thank you!!"

Mike, Becky et al - 21st birthday party


"Great band, good explanations. Very highly recommended!"

21st birthday party - Oxfordshire


"Thank you! You were fantastic. We were here last year as well and really enjoyed it.

The caller was very good at explaining the dances since so many didn't know them. Our whole family and the friends who came with us had a fun, memorable time, Out 5 year old enjoyed it so much, he remembered the Flying Scotsman dance and loved doing it again this year (he loves trains)."

Stephanie - Warfield Church event, Berkshire


Fantastic -Great fun and suits all ages!"

Liz - Party - Warfield, Berkshire


"Great night - bringing people together! Thank you!"

Lisa - Warfield, Berkshire


"Brilliant ... took me right back to the ceilidhs of my youth!"

Party goer - Newbury Berkshire


"Hi Julia,

I'm writing to send a huge thank you to you and the band for helping make our wedding reception on 09 September at the Angel Hotel in Chippenham a thoroughly enjoyable time. Everyone has mentioned how much they enjoyed themselves and the contribution the band played in that. We would, without hesitation, recommend the band for any event where entertainment and fun is a key part of the evening.

We would also mention the clear and precise communication with yourself which gave us confidence and made it so easy.

Thank you all very much!

Kind regards, Paul and Helen Wheeler"

Wedding - Chippenham, Wiltshire


"A fantastic evening of family fun!

Thqnks for the entertainment. Pitched perfectly for all"

Dogmersfield Parent Association


"Brilliant evening - my mum had a fantastic birthday party and everyone was able to get involved!!'

Rozi - birthday party, Norden Farm, Maidenhead


"Brilliant evening... Great music ... Fantastic caller! Can't wait to do it again!!"

Shelley - Village festival, Berkshire


" Thoroughly enjoyed myself - Great fun evening!"

Adriena - Village festival, Berkshire


"i'm so impressed that a small community event can attract such a great band. Such a fun night and these guys made it so! Thank you!!"

Moz, Great Shefford village event, Berkshire


"Fab evening - really got us dancing!"

Liz - village event, Berkshire


"Greetings from Macdonia!

This was our first ever barn dance and we really enjoyed ourselves. Do you do gigs in Macedonia??

Much love"

Bonnie and George, Great Shefford village event, Berkshire



" Fabulous music led by a superb caller - the best I have known!"

Maggie - Swindon


"Absolutely fantastic - Awesome Night! The caller made it easy for beginners"

David - Warfield, Berkshire


"I think this is the best night ever!"

Hermione and Paige age 9 and 7 years, Warfield, Berks


" Evening full of laughter and giggles. There was something to do for all ages and a great way to socialise."

Rebecca - church social event, Bracknell


"I really liked it tonight. I was really happy, I wish it could go on longer - it was the best!"

Katelyn age 9 - family birthday party, Maidenhead, Berkshire


"I really enjoyed the music and dance, and hope to see them again soon."

Verity age 8 - family birthday party, Maidenhead


"Fantastic evening - really enjoyed it!"

"Amazing evening!"

"F****** awesome!!!"

School PTA event, Newbury

"Thank you for a lovely evening. The dances were really well-judged and the musicians were excellent - everybody had a fantastic evening. The caller was really excellent with really clear instructions and also clearly the experience to know when to let us work it out for ourselves. A lot of people are already talking about the next one ..."

Jenny - School PTA event, Newbury, Berkshire


"Dear Julia and Band,

Just to say thank you for making our anniversary so enjoyable. You were all excellent and kept the event moving along in a friendly and enjoyable way. I particularly liked the way that your caller was not flummoxed by people with two left feet and small children!

We had lots of compliments about you as a band and your standard of musicianship and we would certainly use you again.

Sue and John - Anniversary, Berkshire


"Wonderful! Such a lark... !"

Lucy and Lesley - Anniversary party: Sandhurst, Berkshire


"Great energy from hugely talented band and fantastic caller. Fun for all ages!"

Fred and Lucy - Burns Night, Oxford


" A fabulous night, great atmosphere, clear direction and all of sudden we were all professional!!"

Victoria - Burns Night, south Oxfordshire


"Dear Julia,

You were all FAB !  Thank you so much for adding/making our evening on Saturday.  All your team were so great and as you saw for yourselves everyone had a fantastic time.  Many, many thanks – especially for the Gay Gordon tutorial for family members!!!

I do hope I have occasion to book you again but in the meantime I would very much like to add you to the list of recommended suppliers/bands that we give our to clients ...

Very many thanks again for everything – including finding the charming flautist at such short notice!!

Best wishes


Burns Night - Oxfordshire


"Hi Julia

Going through the final accounts for last week’s Burns Night I am reminded of just how much fun I had and wanted to thank you and the band once again.

Despite the travel problems and the early snags with access you all remained professional and cheerful throughout the evening.  Everyone that spoke to me said how impressed they were with the quality of the music and the fun they had dancing.

The caller was perfect.  He struck exactly the right balance between encouragement and cheek to get us all doing the dances (mostly) right.

I hope that this will be the first of many events where [we] can call on The Also Known As band for our events.

Yours sincerely,


Burn's Night - Portsmouth, Hants


"Hi Julia,

I just wanted to thank you and the band for an absolutely spectacular evening. You did so much to make my 50th birthday celebrations a huge success. I really appreciated your pre-event organisation and advice on how to run the evening. On the evening itself your experience and your eye for detail helped create a lovely ambiance.

The feedback from my guests is that they all had a brilliant evening. Many of them had not been to  a Ceilidh previously but your skilled caller and band soon had them up on their feet.

We really enjoyed the variety of dances and had great fun, spurred on by your good natured and endlessly patient caller.

I would not hesitate to recommend the band and the service you provide.

With very best wishes and my sincere thanks,

Alison "

Birthday party - Newbury, Berkshire


"What a celebration of fun and laughter! Great music - great band - finest dances!"

Paul - birthday party - Oxfordshire


"The fabulous band made for a great evening, high energy and loads of laughter. What a fantastic idea for a party!"

Lindsay - 30th birthday party - South Oxfordshire


"Fantastic! Excellent music, easy to follow dances and a great time had by all - thank you so much!"

Rachel :) - party - East Hagbourne - Oxon


Dear Julia,
I would like to pass on thanks to you and the band for helping to make Helen's birthday party a great success. The music and dancing was enjoyed by everyone and I received many compliments about the performance and energy of the musicians and caller.
As well as thoroughly enjoying myself, I was personally pleased with how easily you fitted in with our other activities, making it an evening to suit everyone."

Richard - birthday party - Didcot, Oxon


"Excellent experience! Great fun for kids and adults, level of difficulty was perfect and it's a good method of weight loss!"

Suzanne - 30th birthday party - Oxfordshire


"Had an absolutely marvellous - had a blast!"

Megan - 21st birthday party


"Absolutely fabulous! So much fun!"

Aimee - Birthday party - New Forest, Hampshire


" A fantastic band that got even the most un-willing participants up on the dance floor. Completely brilliant!"

Elyse - 21st birthday party - Brockenhurst, Hampshire


"Absolutely fantastic - got the whole party up and dancing! Great fun!!"

Rob - 21st birthday party - Brockenhurst, Hants


" Had lots of fun, created a great atmosphere and got evryone involved! Would definitely recommend!"

Leanne - 21st birthday party - New Forest, Hants


" Fantastic fun - highly recommend it - I haven't laughed so much for ages!"

Alexa - birthday party - Reading, Berkshire


"Lovely band for a wedding! Very good caller, made for a great atmosphere!"

Emma - wedding guest - Berkshire

"Great evening. Never laughed so much, did everything wrong and had agreat time! Highly recommended."

Tony and Denise, birthday party - Wiltshire


"Great evening! Lots and lots of fun!! Thank you so much. Highly recommended.

Victoria and Neil - Berkshire


"For every age and every ability - a fantastic way for everyone to enjoy themselves - Amazing!!"

Andy - birthday party, Berkshire


"‘Just a little note to say a big thank you for coming and playing at our wedding. We had a fantastic time and everyone loved the music. You even got our parents to dance, so well done!
We had a wonderful day, so thank you very much for your part in making our day so perfect.
With best wishes
Eleanor and Jon’

Wedding - Newbury, Berkshire


"Really enjoyed the evening! Great band and great fun!! Thank you!"

Tim - Burns Night, Sindlesham, Berkshire


" Very good!! And patient ... due to the amount of whisky involved! A great time was had by all!!"

James - Burns Night, Sindlesham, Berkshire


Marion's birthday party in Berkshire:

'"Fantastic to hear a good ceilidh band 'down south!!" : Ange and Mick

"I never dance ... I danced A LOT!!": James

"Full of life, full of joy; a night to remember!": Scotty

"A really great fun night. Thanks a million!": Declan from Eire

"Thank you for a fantastic night of music and dance - worth the trip from Wicklow tp experience it!"

"Great pace and dextrose calling from the band with bounce. Strip the Willow with no time for breath - as it should be!" : Thoda

"Fantastic night! That willow is well and truly stripped!"

"It was my turn to drive tonight but the absence of alcohol made no difference to the level of fun!!" : Julie

"There was competition between the bar and the band to see which could make my knees buckle first. The band won!"


"Very good craic! Great band!!"

Guest - Wedding, Berkshire


"Thank you for a fun night of entertainment. It's often difficult to get people up to dance but you had no trouble!"

Jess: Annual Dental Conference, Reading, Berkshire


"Hi Julia,

Just wanted to say again how pleased we were with the music last night. The band has a great sound and a great caller, and everyone had a wonderful time.  I'll definitely recommend you to any of my friends who are looking for a ceilidh band.

Best wishes,


Birthday party in Basingstoke, Hants


'We haven't laughed so much for so long!" Such fun!" Paula

"Brilliant - so friendly and great, great fun! Loved it!" Susan

'' A brilliant evening!" Maggie

Guests at retirement party, Newbury, Berkshire


"Hi Julia

Just a quick note to thank you and the band for helping us raise a phenomenal £1,052.00 for SmileTrain.  I was delighted with the band and the result and the feed back was most positive. "

Teresa - Fundraiser, Maidenhead, Berkshire


'"Hi Julia,

Just want to thank you for the amazing service you and your band provided

It was so nice to see everyone dancing and laughing (even the grumpy and shy ones)!"

Raquel - Wedding, Windsor, Berkshire


"Dear Julia,
Just want to let you know that the barn dance on Saturday was a huge success. My celebration was everything I hoped it would be.
The band was excellent, keeping us on our toes but allowing time to rest and recover. The young flautist deserves a special mention. She played beautifully as did everyone else.
From start to finish, it has been a pleasure doing business with you.
Many thanks,

Sue - Party, Wokingham, Berkshire


We wanted to say a belated, but heartfelt, thank you for playing at our wedding back in March.

We are sorry this is so late but we have just returned from an extended honeymoon ...

We were really pleased you played for our wedding and we had a great time dancing, as did all the guests. Thank you so much for making it so much fun for everyone and a real highlight of the day!

Many thanks and kindest regards

Dan and Eleanor - Wedding, Wasing Park , Berkshire


"I've been waiting 18 years for a good night out with the Army, and tonight was it! Thanks guys!"

Officer's Dining Out - Wiltshire


"Brilliant instructions - particularly considering the clumsiness of the dancers!! Very good fun!! Wonderful musicians and music!"

Guest - Birthday party, Hurst, Berkshire


"I hate any form of exercise -But this was energetic and still really good fun!!"

Cordelia Angel - Birthday party, Hurst, Berks


"Brilliant Burns Night, my first ceilidh and I loved it!!. The band were amazing!"

Anna and Kat - Burns Night, Swindon, Wiltshire


"Fabulous night, great entertainment! Many thanks!"

Andrew - Burns Night, Swindon, Wilts


"Fantastic evening! Wonderful, lively music!! Excellent caller with a sense of humour! Thank you"

Mo - Birthday Party, Iver, Buckinghamshire


"The music was fantastic!! It was just a pleasure to be able to spend Saturday evening this way!"

Jonathan - Party, Iver, Bucks


"'Also Known As ... a brilliant evening!! Great band and caller!"

Graeme - Birthday party, Iver, Buckinghamshire


"I had so much fun! Really enjoyed the dancing and the music. Brought back memories of when I did it as a child. Can't wait to do it again!!"

Julie - Party, Basingstoke, Hampshire


"Really good band and great fun! Loved the squeeze box!!"

Penny - birthday party , Basingstoke, Hants


"Dear Julia

Thank you to you and the band for a really great evening. You all worked so hard and we thoroughly enjoyed it all. There were so many positive comments as people bade their farewell and everyone seems to have had lots of fun!

Thank you all very much

Warm Regards


Birthday party - Basingstoke, Hampshire


"Really enjoyed ourselves! The music was great and the caller made it seem easy and the dances were pitched just right."

"Thanks for a great evening. The dances were lots of fun and were all played at a good speed."

"Very energetic! We definitely learnt some new moves!"

Guests at a Birthday party in Swindon, Wiltshire

"The band were really enthusiastic and I really enjoyed myself!"

Guest: aged 11 - Birthday party, Swindon, Wilts

"The instructions were clear and it was extremely fun"

Guest: aged 10 - Swindon, Wilts

"It was really good - thanks a lot!! :)!"

Guest: aged 11 - Swindon, Wiltshire

"It was really fun though I didn't want to dance, but then I did since I was so tempted to!"

Cameron (aged 10 yrs) - Lambourn, Berkshire


"What a fantastic evening for young and old alike! Thank you to Terry who was brilliant!! A good, fun night!"

Charlotte - Lambourn, Berkshire


"Great fun for young and older and older! See you soon!"

Sharon - Lambourn, Berks


"Another very enjoyable evening with 'Also Known As ...' . Smashing band and excellent caller. Thank you all!"

Louise - Lambourn festival barn dance, Lambourn, Berks


"Fun, fun and more fun!! Excellent way to make new friends! Calling very clear and so good with the children. WOW!!"

Maria - Church harvest festival, Swindon, Wilts


"A most excellent evening - we had FUN!!"

Philip and Caroline - Church Social, Swindon, Wilts


"A fantastic night - really good fun! Many thanks!"

Anne and Phil - Harvest Festival, Swindon


"Just wanted to say a massive thank you for making our party so enjoyable. We could not have wished to have had a better band and there were many compliments from the guests - you were all fantastic"

Tim and Helen - Party, Checkenden, near Henley, Berks


"Dear Julia, Brian, Derek, Frank and Tony

Thank you so much for everything you did on Saturday evening at Blue Mountain. Apart from the music, you gave great structure to the evening and kept everything on track.

Julia, you were brilliant from the initial enquiry, keeping me informed, making suggestions right through to the end of the evening. The card you sent with the receipt was a lovely touch. Thank you so much.

Brian, we couldn't have done it without you! Many people have commented on how brilliant you were on the night. It was great to see so many people up and dancing. Thank you!

Derek, Frank & Tony - sorry I kept forgetting your names, but I won't forget your music! At the risk of over using the same word, you were brilliant. As the song goes : "Thank you for the music"!

It was so special to celebrate my birthday with so many friends, the barn dance was an excellent way of making everyone feel included, and everyone had a fantastic time. You all made a special day even more special. THANK YOU!!!"

With best wishes and many thanks

Krestina (birthday party) Binfield, Berkshire


"Fantastic social night with everyone joining in! Recommended highly. The best band to have for a barn dance! Great Caller! .... GREAT!!"

Viv, Tony, Lin and Stan - Winterbourne Village Barn Dance, Newbury, Berks


"Fantastic band that created a great atmosphere at our barn dance. Can highly recommend them!!"

Julie - Village Barn Dance, Winterbourne, near Newbury


"Absolutely FAB!!!!.

Danced every dance. Now time for bed!"

Helen - village party, Winterbourne, Berkshire


"The best dance I have ever been to!"

Jim - East Woodhay, Newbury, Berks


"Had a fantastic night at East Woddhay Village Hall! The band were brilliant and the caller, fantastic. They even got our twin boys up on their feet!!"

Emma and Lee - Church fund raiser, East Woodhay, near Newbury, Berkshire


"Excellent evening!! Guided through the steps by an excellent band"

Alison - Village Barn dance, Heath End near Newbury, Berks


"i have been to so many parties with bands or discos, and everyone just stands around talking. Here you got everyone joining in from the start - such a good idea for a birthday party - it was just brilliant fun!"

"Absolutely loved it! Can't wait to do it again!"

"Fantastic - always love a good ceilidh!"

Guests at party in Woolton Hill on Hampshire/Berkshire borders


"Fantastic night!"

Michelle and Simon - Birthday party, Woolton Hill, nr Newbury, Berkshire


"Everyone joined in - it was an evening f laughter and fun - roll on the next one!!"

Pauline - Charity event, Stockcross, nr Newbury


"Amazing!! Lots and lots of fun!!. Great caller and great musicians!"

Rosie - Charity event, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire


"What seems complicated becomes so easy as you go!! Well done - great night!"

Sian - Fundraiser, Stockcross, Newbury


"Great fun! Great instructions. What a night!!"

Ingrid and Stephen - Fundraiser, Stockcross, Berks


"Excellent! Really clear instructions. Great fun!"

Annie - Charity fundraiser, Stockcross, nr Newbury


""Dear all, just a quick note to say thank for such a great night the other weekend. You were excellent and really helped to get the evening going. The calling and dance selection was spot on, just the right balance to make it great fun for those who had danced before and not too challenging for those who hadn't. You were also very adaptable when it came to addressing the haggis etc!
Thanks, Alastair"

Burns Night, nr Wokingham, Berkshire


"Brilliant night! Laughed and danced all night!"

"Brilliant night .... loved the dancing!"

"Brian [the caller] ... legend of country dancing! - Respect!!"

Guests at Burns Night in Sindlesham, Berkshire


"From one Scot to another - best ceilidh band around!!"

Nicola - Scottish themed birthday party, Potterne, Wiltshire


"Quite the most amazing evening for us all! Great fun and very exciting!"

Peter - Burns Night/ Birthday Party, East Grafton, Wilts


"Made a fab 40th even better! Top band for a top party!"

Kate - Birthday party, nr Marlborough, Wilts


"Enjoyed all the spinning and spotting the tunes ...!"

Roy - Burns Night, East Grafton, Wilts


"Really got the party going ...!!"

Clare - Burns Night nr Marlborough, Wilts


"We've had a fabulous time!"

Lucy - Burns Night, East Grafton, Wilts


" A fab evening - and great dancing!"

Nancy - Burns Night, Wiltshire


"It was a fantastic evening. Sooooo much fun! It's a great way for everyone to get involved and get to know each other! Better than a gym workout. Would thoroughly recommend it for any party.

Thanks so much for making it an evening to remember!"

Katie - Lloyds/TSB Christmas Party, Andover, Hants



just a quick note to say thank you to your gang for performing at Amy's (my daughter!!) wedding last Friday.  It certainly made the evening and it was good to see the way you got them all up on the floor dancing (me included!).  Twas a good evening, much of that was down to you all.

Kind regards,


Wedding - Wellington Barn, Calstone, nr Marlborough


Wonderful time and amazing atmosphere! We had a brilliant time! Thank you!!"

Katie - Anniversary party, nr Basingstoke, Hants


"Huge thanks to the band for getting us all up and dancing/sweating/dying on our feet! Cheers!!"

Raith - Anniversary, Kempshott, nr Basingstoke, Hampshire


"A great family night, brilliant fun! Thank you!"

Mel - PTA event, Beedon, Berkshire


"A fabulous evening! Danced every dance!"

Pat - School Social, Beedon, nr Newbury, Berkshire


"Fantastic band - even coped with a few extra 'callers'! Would book time and again. Thank you for making Rachel's 21st a wonderfully memorable experience!"

Katherine - 21st birthday party, Ashurst, New Forest, Hants


" A brilliant night - thumbs up to the band!"

Dillon - 21st birthday party, Ashurst, New Forest


"Fun! ... Exciting! ... Really good! ... Liked the clapping! ... Running and shouting! ... Excellent! ... Dancy! ... Hot! .... Brilliant! .... Extra good!"

A review of a a barn dance by some of the pupils at Dogmersfield Primary School, Hook, Hampshire


"Loved it! ... Good exercise! ... Great fun! ... Got everyone going!"

A review of a barn dance at Dogmersfield Primary School by some parents and teachers: Dogmersfield, Hook, Hants


We had a great time! The music, the instruction and the dancing were brilliant. We'd love to do it all again!!"

Becky - birthday party, Bulford, nr Salisbury, Wiltshire


"Brilliant!! We had a fantastic time! Great caller, super musicians - a real great night! Many thanks ..."

Graham - birthday party, Bulford, nr Salisbury, Wiltshire.


"It was really good fun - such an enjoyable evening!!"

Peter - birthday party, Bulford, Wilts


"This was a wonderful evening, led by a superb band and a fun caller! Just brilliant!!"

Graeme - Iver, Buckinghamshire


"Hi Julia
Just to say a huge thank you to you and the band – it was brilliant and everyone is still talking about this afternoon and wanting to know when we are going to do it again.
Have a good weekend!
Best wishes from everyone at Thames Hospicecare. "

Chris - Staff celebration, Windsor, Berkshire



"SO MUCH FUN!! Absolutely a great laugh! Students - go for it!! Wish I had been to the Student's Unions nights of this kind!"

Marcus (age 22yrs) Anniversary party Hurst, Berks


"A great big thank you to an absolutely smashing band and I promise this is not the punch talking! A brilliant night, getting everyone - no matter what their age - up on the dance floor. Stripping the Willows worldwide!

All my thanks!!"

Hannah - Anniversary party, Hurst, near Reading, Berks


"We organised my parents' Silver Wedding Anniversary at very short notice and 'Also Known As' took it all in their stride. A perfect evening that would have been impossible without them and their helpful cheer!"

Naomi - Anniversary party, Hurst, near Reading, Berks


"Just a fantastic evening!!"

Kayleigh - Anniversary party, Hurst, Berkshire


"Great band! Caller - helpful, happy, not patronising! Music lively and at the right volume!Thanks!!"

Michael - Anniversary party, Berkshire


"Great fun - especially 'Strip the Willow'!! Thank you!"

Oriel - Party, Hurst, Berkshire


" A fantastic evening! The band have a lovely sense of humour and really set the mood. The caller was excellent and helped us non-dancers to take part and really enjoy the evening.

Thank you very much!!"

Holinse - Lambourn Festival, Berkshire


" Absolutely brilliant time had by all! Who would have known that barn dancing could be so much fun?"

Julie - Lambourn Festival, Berkshire


"Easy to do ... All inclusive ... Real fun and very social!"

Peter - Lambourn, Berks


" Thank you so much for Saturday night.... Ear to ear smiles all round ....

The band was excellent. You would've thought there was a bigger band playing rather than just the two musicians. And they managed to keep a straight face whilst watching our attempts at dancing!

We had been asked if we had any specific dances in mind and we did them all!

The caller was very patient and accepted that we were a bunch of inept amateurs, who didn't know whether we were men or women!

Great stuff! Once again thank you."

Greg - Lambourn Festival, West Berkshire


"An awesome evening to celebrate with great friends, music and dancing!!Thank you!"

Sophie - Primary school staff party, Andover, Hants


"A wonderful night, music just fab and really well called by the caller - I liked the little asides!!"

Andrea - End of term staff party, Andover, Hampshire


"Haven't laughed so much in a long time!!"

Angela - School staff party, Andover, Hants


"Lots of fun! Laughed lots!"

Isabella - End of term party, Andover, Hants


"Great fun - fantastic entertainment!"

Karen - Andover, Hants


"Thoroughly enjoyable - and very aerobic!!!"

Dave - Andover, Hampshire


"Good fun and so entertaining, fabulous music and great explanation given!"

Stephanie and Yaja - Andover, Hampshire


"Best fun I've had in years! ... More, please!"

Pete - Send, nr Guildford, Surrey


"Fantastic .... it's addictive!!"

Sarah - Send, nr Guildford, Surrey


"After first saying they didn't want to come, the children ended up not wanting to leave!!"

Amanda - Swindon, Wiltshire


"I'd like to thank you for a fantastic evening. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely!"

Dave - Swindon, Wilts


" On a beaucoup aime la soiree, les musiciens 'Also Known As ...' etaient super, l'animateur mettait bien l'ambience. C'etait super!!"

(With apologies for lack of accents!! - Julia)

Eloise - a French guest at a party in Grazeley, Berkshire


"A great atmosphere! The band got everyone up and dancing. A brilliant night! Look forward to the next encounter with 'Also Known As ...'

Steph - Grazeley, nr Reading, Berks


A fantastic night! .... We had a great time dancing all night! ... thank you - a great sound!!"

Sarah and Tony - Grazeley, Berkshire


"Dear Julia, just a quick note to say that everyone has said what a great night they had on Saturday , it was a brilliant way to end the wedding celebrations , all ages have 'phoned or emailed to say it was the best night they have had for years, so much better than a disco & so much fun , laughter heard all night & aching legs & feet the next day .So please pass on our thanks to the band , as Volkan , the bridegroom said , Wow great crazy party ! Cheers from Phil , Becky , Andi & Volkan for making a great end to a smashing day , Andi didn't want it to finish but to just keep on dancing . Heartfelt thanks to you all x

Wedding party - Ringwood, Hampshire


" Wonderful! What a great way to involve everyone! Great band, great instructions, great music!!"

Maryke - New Forest, Hampshire


"Great fun, even in a wheelchair!! Although I am not sure everyone else's toes would agree!"

Amy - Ringwood, Hants


"Best fun I've had at a wedding ... ever!! We reallly burned off the wedding food!"

Katy (Bridesmaid 1) - New Forest, Hampshire


" Exhausting, but brilliant!! A great night!"

Laura - Ringwood, Hants


"Had a great time, so funny!! Wanted to dance more!! And loved the Nellie the Elephant"

Emma - New Forest, Hants


"Absolutely hilarious fun and brilliant musicians - the violinist is awesome!"

Megan - Ringwood, Hampshire


"Great evening! Loads of people got involved. excellent instructions and awesome fun dancing. fantastic night had be all!!"

Isla - Corporate Event, Newbury, Berkshire


"Fantastic evening! Great band and calling, so everyone could join in! Thanks"

Katie - Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire


"Thank you for a great dance - it was brilliant fun!"

Jenny - Accenture Corporate Event, Newbury


"Hi Julia
Just wanted to say a big thank you for Saturday night. The chaps were superb - very impressive! Everyone had a great time - haven't laughed like that in years!
Had lot of positive feedback as to how good you were.... Many thanks again and I will certainly recommend you on to others!
Best wishes"

Lucy - Englefield Green, (nr Windsor) Surrey


"Excellent night! Loved the mixture of Irish, English etc music and dance."

Maeve and Margaret - Cippenham, nr Slough, Berkshire


I enjoyed the dancing and the music and lots and lots of giggles!!"

Jess (aged 10) - Cippenham, East Berkshire


"Fun! ... Fun! ... Fun!!!"

Carla - Highclere, near Newbury Berkshire


Too long since the last one !!"

Kerry and Anna - Highclere, Berkshire


"'Also Known As' made the evening fun! Great calling, lots of patience and energetic dances made for a great laugh! Appeals to all ages!!

Kerry - Highclere, near Newbury


" Thoroughly enjoyable, toe-tapping evening!"

Heather - Highclere, Berkshire


"Hello Julia,

Now we are back from honeymoon just wanted to email and say that we were so pleased with how everything went. We have had so many comments about how good that barn dance was. It made the day perfect. We will be laughing about it for a long time. Thanks for making everything so easy. I will be sure to contact you for any future barn dances.

Many thanks again,

Beth and Robin, Henley, Oxfordshire"


" The best ceilidh since my teenage years!!"

Mary (aged 54years!), Liddiard Millicent, nr Swindon, Wilts


"If you don't know people before - you will do after! What fun!!"

Suzanne and Martin - Liddiard Millicent, Wiltshire


"Fabulous evening ! Great to dance with all our children and watch them giggle!"

Cassie - John O'Gaunt School, Hungerford, Berks


"What a fantastic evening! .... really good fun, very energetic!"

Mandy - Burns Night, Hungerford, Berkshire


"The best barn dance ever! Thanks for a great night!"

Ben - 60th birthday party, Sindlesham, Berkshire


"Dear Julia

Thank you all for making my 60th party great on Saturday.

We all had tremendous fun. The band played fantastic music.

The caller was fun and made the dancing so clear as what steps and moves we had to do.

Everyone had a fantastic time.

Can't thank you all enough.

Kind regards Jean and Alan "

Birthday party , Sindlesham, nr Reading, Berkshire


"Dear Julia

A brief note to thank you all for the ceilidh last Saturday at Jenny's wedding. Everyone really enjoyed themselves, particulary the Aussies who had not come across this before! Please pass on our thanks to the band."

Ian - Wedding, Highclere Castle, Berkshire


"Fantastic fun and cracking caller - brilliant night!

Thank you!"

Helen and Ray - Late Christmas party, Oxfordshire


"Lovely cheery madness!

Thank you for a great evening!

Christine - Party, Oxfordshire


To Julia,

I just wanted to say a huge 'thank you' to you and everyone in the 'Also Known As ... ' Band for a really fantastic evening on Friday.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the dancing - even if one or two of us were a little stiff on Saturday morning!

I have already started to recommend you for weddings and parties!

With very best wishes from Phillipa and everyone at Broadshires Health Centre"

Phillipa - Christmas Party, Carterton, Oxfordshire


"Also Known As ... were great fun! A wonderful way to celebrate a wedding!"

Rachel - Wedding, Highclere Castle


" Thank you so much for a fantastic evening! Everyone really enjoyed themselves - we couldn't have asked for more! Hope to see you again some time"

Hilary - 21st birthday party, West Berkshire


"My first barn dance, but I loved the experience!! Very tiring ... I would warn people!"

Elliott - a young guest at an energetic barndance especially to suit a 21st birthday party in West Berkshire.


"Great night!!

Fun for young and old - recommended!!"

Sarah - Bucklebury, West Berks


"Very fun - got everyone at the party really involved ... which is normally hard to achieve!"

Josh - Bucklebury, West Berkshire



First time for us ... will be booking you in the future!!"

The O'Connors - Bucklebury, Berkshire


"I'd like to 'complain'!!!

My friends and I had way too much fun, more than can surely be legal at our Christmas Party 2011!

Your music was outstanding, the caller amazing and the atmosphere it provoked, second to none. The chance to dance and laugh and sing (well, we are a choir) all at the same time was inspiring and could prove addictive. I wonder if your band should come with some sort of (good) health warning?

Perhaps we have discovered a potential family fitness craze as I am sure members of our choir and others would enjoy meeting monthly for a similar workout.

In my opinion, this sort of thing should be on prescription!

Keep up the great music and fun!

Kind regards

Helen (Oxford City Singers)


"A wonderful night that was really made by the involvement of the band. An intimate house party with great accoustic music and set dancing in the living room!"

Lisa: Maidenhead House Party


"Bloomin' fantastic .... Loved it!!"

Allan and Louise: Maidenhead House Party


"An absolutely fabulous evening in a small private venue, no amplification just pure music! Well received, even some dancing! Well organised and called for, even the non-dancers amongst us. Would recommend for any occasion!"

Alistair: Maidenhead House Party


"It doesn't matter how big or small a venue - two up/two down house and we had a fantastic evening!"

Clinton, Maidenhead House Party


"We had a great time! Hope you are available in three year's time for Els's fiftieth!"

Biddestone, nr Chippenham, Wilts



Anon: Bradfield near Reading, Berkshire


"Brillant night! Fantastic group!.... Don't want to go home!"

Jackie and John: Marchwood nr Southampton


"Thank you everyone - Gospel Church and Band. A tremendous evening. Please do it again!"

Jacqueline and Vic: Marchwood, nr Southampton


"Excellent, a great evening! Highly recommended. Good rhythm, brilliant musicians, excellent calling - great fun time had by all. You can come again!"

Kevin: Marchwood nr Southampton


"So much fun, so much confusion - it was great! A really good lively evening!"

Caroline: Bristol


"It was a great ice-breaker, I had lots of fun - couldn't stop laughing!"

Mel: Bristol


Grateful thanks for a fun-filled evening: great music, great caller, great time! A wonderful evening for Dad to remember. Thank you all so much'

Martine and family : Salisbury, Wiltshire



Thank you for an excellent evening! Would definitely recommend you!'

Simon (the scarecrow) from Salisbury


"We enjoyed our evening dancing to the band. The music was very well played and very danceable. The 'keeping going' playing between numbers was good and the calling was good and very understandable. Even beginners understood!

Mary, Abingdon, Oxfordshire


"Lovely and easy to follow for everyone at the wedding. Really good fun to take part in!"

Victoria, Abingdon, Oxon


Great band for a wedding! Very good caller, made for a great atmosphere!

Emma, Abingdon, Oxfordshire


"The music was fab! I loved the style and the band was so friendly!"

Emily, Beenham, nr Newbury, Berkshire


"Great evening. All the children, family and friends loved the music and everyone danced! Thank you!"

A. O'Halloran, Head Teacher, Beenham Primary School


"Great fun for all! Taught in a way everyone can understand - more please!!"

Sophie , Henley, Oxfordshire


"So much fun!! Great instruction and great encouragement! Even the worse dancer can take part!

Charly, Henley


"From start to finish - from the youngest to the oldest - everybody had a great time! We will definitely be using 'Also Known As ... ' again!

Pastor, Finchampstead Baptist Church


Also Known As are excellent both in terms of band and value. Turned up early, played 'til late and went far beyond what we expected. They had everyone on the dance floor from the first through to the last song. Comments from everyone at the party were very positive and we will have no hesitation in getting them back - next date is the Queens Jubilee and Phil's 90th birthday - so Julia - please keep the dates free!"

Andrew George-Perutz, Calstone nr Marlborough


A truly fantastic night, the band were brilliant - would recommend it to anyone - you just can't stay in your seat!!"

Graham, Finchampstead, nr Reading


"Haven't laughed so much in ages!'

Anon, Woolton Hill, Hampshire


'A wonderful evening of music and dance! Music excellent - calling clear and fun! Going home on a high!" Sue Crick, Woolton Hill Village Barn Dance


' Great night, great fun, great music!"

Mary Gulliver, Woolton Hill, nr Newbury, Berkshire


' Thank you so much for bringing so much fun to our Royal Wedding barn dance! We've thoroughly enjoyed it all and hope to 'call' you gain before the next Royal Wedding!"

Izzy Masey, Calstone, nr Marlborough, Wilts


" We had the 'Also Known As ... Barn Dance and Ceilidh Band' for our Royal Wedding party for 170 people. They were fantastic at getting people up and dancing and the music was foot-stepping in itself. Thanks to the band for making it a memorable night and we would recommend them to anyone who wants to get the party swinging!"

Alex Penny: Calstone Royal Wedding Celebratory barn dance


'It was a fantastic feeling watching my 9 and 12 year old laughing and smiling! A great time was had by all! Thank you all! xx

Lisa, Camping and Caravanning Club rally


'The band were very enjoyable and fun, they make people happy!

Harry (10 years), Middle Wallop, Hants


'It was a really good night and it was a good band!'

Robbie (9 years), Middle Wallop, Hampshire


'It was a very good night - good dance routines - love it!

Harry (12 years), Middle Wallop, nr Stockbridge, Hampshire


'The band got the mood .... love them ... thanks for a great night!'

Clodagh Ward, Sheepdrove, nr Lambourn, Berks


'Fantastic day, surroundings, venue,food, music and people - all amazing! Love you guys to bits! Yeah the highlanders!!'

Sarah, Graham, Rebecca and Aimee xxx (Anglo/Scottish wedding reception at Sheepdrove Conference Centre for which the band played)


'I think it was sooooo edgy!!'

Graham, Sheepdrove nr. Lambourn Berks


" Just a note to thank you all for such a good evening on Saturday. We have had lots of very positive feed back from our guests who all enjoyed the evening. It was really good to be able to include all ages in celebrating and we appreciated you including something for the young children. There were quite a few of the younger guests who had never tried Barn Dancing before and thought it would not be for them, however they all thoroughly enjoyed it.
Please thank all the musicians and the caller.

Anne Gillingham, Liddington, Wiltshire


" An absolutely fabulous way to celebrate a birthday. Fab music, fab instruction - wonderful!!"

Josie Gillingham (Aged 21years) Liddington, Wiltshire


" What a great change to the usual birthday celebration - loved it!!!"

Sarah Speyer (20 years) Liddington, Wiltshire


"Fantastic fun had by all!!" Vince (27years)


"I loved everything!!! Really good fun! Had a great laugh as well:)!"

Georgia Martin (aged 13 years) Wroughton, Swindon


"Great fun!! Loved dancing and getting to know other people! Fab dance moves - got everyone laughing!:)"

Lauren Martin (Aged 17 years) Wiltshire


"The band was fantastic! Excellent night ... so enjoyed the dancing!" Mattie


" Had a fabtastic night! The dancing was great and exhausting!! Who needs a gym!??!"

Jan and Jackie, Wroughton nr Swindon, Wiltshire



A short note to say thank you so much to you and the band for last night.  I know it was a real challenge to get a bunch of military officers up dancing, but they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loads of them said to me this morning that the Ceilidh was the highlight of the evening.

Please pass on my appreciation to the rest of the band.

Best wishes

Al (Burns Night at the Defence Academy)"


"I booked 'Also Known As ... Barn Dance and Ceilidh Band' after finding them on the internet. I was a bit worried about it as i had never done this sort of event before, but Also Known As were worth double what we paid! Can't wait for the next occasion so we can book them again!!" Kayleigh Winbow (22 yrs)


"The whole night was brilliant. I would highly recommend 'Also Known As ... Barn Dance and Ceilidh Band' to anyone! Matthew Winbow (22 yrs)


"It was an absolutely fantastic night! ... Brilliant fun! ... Lots of laughs and hilarious dancing - definitely 10/10! Abigail (18yrs) Wroughton, Near Swindon


"An absolutely awesome night! ... Lots of fun .... a great night ... Can't wait to do it all again next year!" Lorraine Scott


"Absolutely fantastic!" Kathy Johnson


"Such fantastic fun! I can't wait to have the opportunity to book you again!" Janice Rumming, Devizes


"Guaranteed to get everyone up dancing ... so very inclusive, everyone wanted to join in!" Gail Leamon


"Cracking evening! It is unheard of to get this lot up and dancing! Wouldn't hesitate to book you again" Adrian Smith


"Dear Julia and the Band

Thank you so much for playing on our special day. Everyone love the music and dancing, we will be recommending you to friends and family!
I feel you guys were very professional and made everything so easy.

Was nice to put a face to the name. I hope you enjoyed playing, the hog roast, cheeses and cake.

We saw you were taking photos and videos of it all and were wondering whether you could send them to us please as no-one was filming due to so much dancing.

Thank you again.

I hope you play for many more years to come."

Mike and Helen


"Brilliant evening! Very enjoyable ... we will do it again! And it was all down to 'Also Known As ...' !!" Mary and Ursula from St Peter's Church, Swindon, Wiltshire


"We all had a fab time. Tom and I enjoyed our 10th wedding anniversary and there were lots of lovely comments about the band, so thank you." Sarah Main Holybourne, near Alton, Hampshire


" Great evening, musicians and caller great! Well timed for the party atmosphere." Mary Carthew Swindon, Wiltshire


"Top notch barn dance! Thoroughly recommend them for any wedding ceilidh!" Richard Williams (father of the bride) Bath, Avon


"Hi Julia

Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful music on Saturday night. Please pass my thanks to all the musicians. We had a great time.


Beverley Bull"


"Good morning Julia, Derek and Kevin,

The biggest thank you ever for making my birthday so special. The music was perfect and fitted the surrounding exactly.

We had a lot of lovely thank you cards yesterday and you guys were mentioned on many of them .... Thank you all once again, I hope you enjoyed playing for us as much as we enjoyed listening!

Lynn Kennedy Eastbury, near Newbury, Berkshire


"Thirty times more fun than we ever could have hoped for ... a great way to celebrate our thirtieth birthdays!" Tilly Last


"Fantastic, brilliant amtmosphere!" Nadia Eley Silchester, near Reading, Berkshire


"Brilliant fun evening!" Raj


"I very much enjoyed the barn dance. I didn't realise how much fun it would be with my family. Brilliant all round! Thank you!" Lindsay Yilinaz


"Never had so much fun!!" Hayley


"I didn't think a barn dance would be so much fun!! Excellent!!" Maria Williams


"Also Known As... also known as a band who give us cracking good tunes to get up and dance to" Ann Welch.


"Great fun night! Got everyone up dancing... and laughing!" Ron Snipp.Highclere, near Newbury, Berkshire


"Fantastic way to meet new people!" Karen Holland.


"Marvellous, great fun! Will bring my children next time!" Frances Fernandez.


"First for the village hall in Highclere... and it won't be the last!!!" Mary McQuillen, Highclere Barn Dance, Hampshire.


"Very entertaining and good instruction for the dances, was exhilerating and awesome!" Gemma Gittins.


"We haven't had a barn dance for years and the band has been totally brilliant! It really brought the village together - and it was nice to see so many people of the village here, the organisation has been superb!" Ian Briggs.


"Fantastic fun evening that really got everyone talking to each other!" Katherine, Colerne Church Barn Dance, Wiltshire


"Brilliant!" Olivia, Farnham, Surrey.


"It was fun, really lively !!!" Emilia aged 12, Newbury, Berkshire.


"Enjoyed it immensely, a great friendly evening" Pauline, Bournemouth, Dorset.


"Lovely evening, music and dancing was wonderful fun" Tony, Lambourn, Berkshire.


"What a wonderfully jolly evening" Anon, Lambourn, Berkshire.


"We look forward to seeing you again in 2011!" Heather, Purton, Wiltshire.