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Sheer Hopody
Barn Dance Band

Fun for Everyone
at your
Wedding Reception,
Anniversary or Birthday Party

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A selection from 2010 - 2013

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July/August 2013 at St Margaret's School, Exeter, Devon

Dear Trevor,

Thank you for another wonderful summer of ceilidhs.

The music and dancing has been fantastic and every evening has been magical for all the teachers and students we bring along.

Thank you for your professionalism and friendliness, reliability and fun!

Sophie Larkin

IPC Language School, Exeter, Devon.

Once again we provided the small band at a number of 'Summer Ceilidhs' for the IPC Language School in Exeter, Devon. Despite the closure of St Margaret's School we are assured that the events will happen again next year and that we will be asked to provide the band and caller for each.

23rd March 2013 at The Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon

Dear Trevor

I am writing to express our thanks for such a great evening as part of our 50th Anniversary party on 23 March. Once the magical rhythm of the music and the gentle persuasion of Martin took effect it turned out to be a fantastically enjoyable evening for us all.

It was a fitting and enjoyable end to a fantastic day of celebration and we thank you so much for your enthusiasm and willingness to make it so.

Thank you again for a great evening of entertainment and we will have no hesitation in recommending you to others who may wish for a similar evening of fun.

Kind Regards

Colin and Liz

It's not very often we get the opportunity to perform at a 50th wedding celebration! Colin and Liz were marvellous. Many congratulations to them.

6th October 2012 at Tedburn St Mary Village Hall, Devon

Hi Trevor

Everyone did enjoy themselves; it was a massive success! Thank you so much for being such a big part of it. I had nothing but compliments about how wonderful you all were... you all fitted together very well.

It goes without saying... we would not hesitate to use you again.

After paying all our overheads we came away with over £450 profit for the nursery which we are all incredibly pleased about. Our 3 charity events this year have raised £1,500 so the children will be getting some very new fab equipment soon :)

Best Regards


Early Birds Nursery, Crediton

Yet again we found ourselves back at Tedburn St Mary Village Hall, this time for a very pleasant ceilidh, organised by Chelle, to raise funds for Early Birds Nursery in Crediton.

8th September 2012 at Westcott Barton, Middle Marwood, North Devon

Just to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding on September 8th. Everyone was up dancing having a fantastic time - the perfect band for the perfect setting!!

Paul and Jo

The 5-piece line-up played at Paul and Jo's wedding reception in what must be one of North Devon's most attractive wedding venue's.

19th July 2012 at St Margaret's School, Exeter, Devon

Dear Trevor,

Thanks so much for a fabulous Ceilidh - everyone said how much they enjoyed it.


Sophie Larkin

IPC Language School, Exeter.

We are pleased to have been asked to provide the small band at a number of Summer Ceilidhs for the IPC Language School. This one was for around 60 teachers from various european countries. Martin Hodge called with Chris Jewell on melodeon, Simon on Guitar, Sarah on Sax, and Trevor on bass. We provided the sound system as usual, and St Margaret's School was the venue.

23rd June 2012 at Cannonteign House, Christow, Devon

Hello to all the band,

Just to say a very big thank you to all the band for the fantastic music last Sat. Everyone had a great time dancing away, and lots of people who wouldn't have got up to dance to general disco type music, were persuaded onto the dance floor, and had a wonderful time.

If the opportunity arises, I will certainly recommend your band to anyone I know, you were great.

Thanks again,

Sue and Nick

Sue and Nick booked the 5-piece band to play for Liz and Kenji's wedding party at Cannonteign House.

14th April 2012 in Exeter, Devon

Hi Trevor and Sheer Hoppody

We'd like to thank you for a great gig. Our family and friends from France are now all converts to barn dancing!

Martin really helped to break the ice and got everyone involved (despite the potential language barrier!) - and the music was great and contributed to a lively atmosphere.

We really enjoyed our last dance set for everyone to say goodbye to us.

Kind Regards

Frances and Jean-Christophe

Frances and Jean-Christophe's wedding reception was held in a very nice marquee set in a beautiful garden behind the family house. The 5-piece Hopody line-up played with Martin calling - occasionally in French! We even managed a French tune or two :-)

24th September 2011 at Cove, Devon

Hi Trevor,

Just wanted to thank you for Saturday night. The evening was a great success and that’s all down to Sheer Hopody. Sounded great!

Thanks again,


The full 6-piece band played for John's Mum's 60th birthday party, lead by Chris Jewell on melodeon (and fiddle - but not both at the same time!) and with Martin calling as usual.

9th July 2011 at Halswell House, Goathurst, Somerset

Dear Trevor and band,

We just wanted to thank you so much for playing at our wedding reception at Halswell House. You were so accommodating when our speeches over-ran and so many guests commented on how much fun they had dancing to your music. We had a fantastic day with lots of special memories and we are very grateful for the part you all played in making it a memorable and fun occasion.

With very best wishes,

Liz and Fraser

Our second visit to this impressive country house at Goathurst, this time with Adrian calling.

7th July 2011 at Polhawn Fort, Rame Head, Cornwall

Dear Trevor,

We just wanted to say a massive thank you to Sheer Hopody for playing at our wedding on 7th July. You sounded fantastic, everyone had a great time and Martin did a brilliant job calling and ensuring everyone knew what they were doing which can't have been easy with over a hundred guests in the fort. In addition your organisation was brilliant, you set up quickly and quietly, were ready to start as soon as we finished cutting the cake and afterwards were packed up and gone without any fuss. We couldn't have found a better band for our special day and would strongly recommend you to anyone looking for a barn dance band.

Best wishes,

Ben and Jo

We were really pleased when Ben and Jo asked us to play for their mid-week reception at Polhawn Fort. It's a great venue especially in the summer! We really enjoyed playing for them and their many guests.

28th May 2011 at The Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth, Cornwall


This is a brief note to say how much everyone enjoyed you playing at our wedding. This is one of the few decisions I made about the day, and it really counted. You managed to get nearly everyone dancing together, which is a testimonial in its own right.

I wish you all well.



The Greenbank Hotel provided a very pleasant harbour-side setting - and plenty of space for the full 6-piece line-up and many eager dancers.

9th April 2011 at The Merry Harriers, Woolsery, Devon

Thankyou Sheerhopody for a great evening's entertainment!!!!

Hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as we and our guests did. Your music and Martin's easy going instructing made the evening go just how we wanted. Even those who were not keen to dance commented on what a great atmosphere you created.

We would recommend you to anyone.

Thanks again

Nicky & Terry

The full 6-piece line-up performed for Nicky and Terry's wedding reception at this excellent North Devon venue.

26th March 2011 at Tedburn St Mary Village Hall, Devon

Dear Trevor and the band

Just a quick 'Thank you' for a wonderful party on Saturday! We have had nearly all our guests commenting on how good you were and how patient the caller was with our useless 'left feet'!! We all had a lovely time including Mum who was totally gob smacked.

Mum said if ever she sees you are playing she will be there!!!

Thanks again - have passed your details on to all of those who asked.


The full 6-piece line-up were asked to play for this lively 60th Birthday Party. Adrian did an excellent job with the calling.

22nd January 2011 at St James Church Hall, Exeter

Hi Trevor and the band,

We just wanted to say thank you to you all for such a great night on Saturday, the music was brilliant and loads of our members said how much they enjoyed the evening. Martin has some leadership skills we could all learn from! By the end of the night we all knew it had to be done again next year!


Therese, Isaac and all from Exeter Green Party

The 5-piece line-up played for this well attended event ...and yes, they did invite us back :-)

23rd November 2010 at Polhawn Fort, Rame Head, Cornwall


We had such a brilliant time and the band was brilliant. Thank you so much.

With many thanks for a wonderful evening,

Fran and Andrew

With a small group of wedding guests in this fairly intimate venue, we were asked to bring our 3-piece line-up (melodeon, guitar and bass) to this mid-week reception at Polhawn Fort. Martin called as usual.

4th September 2010 at Jacobstowe, Devon

Dear Trevor,

If we could use only one word for this band it would be 'FANTASTIC'! As a family we want to thank your superb band of merry men for coming to our country wedding and raising the roof, with an unforgettable evening of dancing, laughing and huge fun, bringing something special to our day & to our guests who are still talking about it! Talented, professional, respectful and a great bunch of guys to have around. Your caller was great & very necessary! Thank you all SO much.

Rachel, Markus, family & friends

That's very kind :-) We enjoyed it.

12th June 2010 at Bere Ferrers, Devon

To all in Sheer Hopody,

Many thanks for making our wedding day special and so much fun!

Nina & Mark

This was our 5-piece line-up with Mike on melodeon, performing in a marquee on the banks of the River Tavy. Very nice.

10th April 2010 at China Fleet Club, Saltash, Cornwall

Hello Trevor

On behalf of Julie, myself, and all the guests that attended our wedding yesterday I would like to say a huge thank you to Sheerhoppody. We had a fantastic time. The band created a really friendly atmosphere and the caller did a great job. I lost count of the guests who came upto me to tell me how much they had enjoyed the atmoshpere and the dancing created by the band. You really did make a special day even better.

Best wishes

Harry and Julie

We were asked to bring our full 6-piece line-up to this excellent riverside venue. Unfortunately (and unusually), Martin, our caller, was taken ill the day before but we were able to invite Colin Andrews to call for us at short notice.

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