About Stomping Boondocks – folk & ceilidh band based in Hampshire
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The Stomping Boondocks are a lively folk band playing tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, America and England.
We are available for performing concerts, barn dances or ceilidhs at pubs, festivals, weddings, birthday parties, BBQs or any other parties!
We’re based in Bournemouth, Hampshire but frequently travel around the country.
We perform a range of music (both songs and tunes) from a broadly Irish repertoire although we also perform Scottish, Welsh, English, American or Cape Breton tunes.
The music can be fast and exciting (great for stomping your feet) or slow and relaxing (great for chilling between the stomping)!
We can cater for Scottish ceilidhs, although for most barn dances and ceilidhs we would keep it mixed to allow dancers of all experience levels to enjoy themselves.
Our aim is to entertain, not educate; it should be fun after all!
Booking us for your wedding? Here is some more info!
Your wedding day is important to you, and it’s important to know that everything is in hand. We have a few different wedding services that we can offer, but we are also flexible – so if you want to combine parts, or mix and match or have a different idea, do talk to us!
We can happily provide music for the bride to walk down the aisle, or for the happy couple to make their grand exit after tying the knot, or both!
We have a very versatile musical background and we can offer violin, guitar, bass, mandolin, bouzouki, cajon drum and if given enough notice we can probably dust off some of the older instruments we played in a previous life and give them a go too!
We’ve done this before for couples, and if we know in good time we can learn any song or tune you want us to – if in the unlikely event we can’t, we will always let you know in good time.
We’re still working on popping out of hidden places like in Love Actually, but if you did want a favourite song or tune played live down the aisle, then please do let us know.
You don’t even have to book the band for the evening entertainment for this – we’ll happily just come and do the ceremony for you.
The first dance
The first dance is becoming more and more difficult to plan; thanks to YouTube there are hundreds upon thousands of videos from people showing off their first dance to the world, and if you plan on being one of them you need to think of something special.
If you have a special song you would like the band to learn, please do talk to us and we will try everything to make it special for you.
If we’re not able to learn the song, we again will let you know in plenty of time and we are always more than happy to load the requested song onto our iPod before the event, and play it through our PA for you.
The band can be booked in a number of different ways. Our style is Irish Jig / Folk / Ceilidh – and we can cater really whatever you are looking for.
If you just want a band people can listen to and dance when they want, we have a great mixture of tunes and songs that we play from traditional folk, to obscure rock with our own twist and bits and bobs in between as well.
We can keep the party going as long as you need us to with our wide range of songs and bouncy Irish Jigs.
We also offer a ceilidh, which is where we bring our best Irish and Scottish tunes, and our own dedicated caller. The caller’s job is to get people’s bums off seats and to teach them different dances for them to do along with our tunes.
This is a very, very fun evening – you’ll be surprised by just how many people actually really do enjoy themselves, especially when they see all their friends making a fool of themselves. But don’t worry, we won’t make fun of you...if you give us enough encouragement we might even join you for a dance!
Is Ceilidh dancing hard?
Not at all! As I said, we have our own dedicated caller there to guide you through it, and we’ve had children as young as 5 joining in with the dances before! We’ve even seen our guitarist do it, and he can barely talk and walk at the same time.
We can also do a dance for the bride and grooms exit – we have a great little dance called Strip The Willow, where the top couple will dance their way down the row of guests, linking arms and having a quick swing with everyone on their way out – almost like a guard of honour to your vehicle that’s whisking you away for the evening.
This gives you a perfect way to say goodbye to everyone, and straight into your car!
What about when you’re not playing?
We need to take a break about halfway through the evening to refuel. When this happens, we’ll play an iPod through our PA – we’re very happy for you to provide one to us to play, or we can chat to you before hand, get an idea of what type of music you want to be played and we’ll fill our own for you and play that – so you don’t have to worry about the music at all!
"Everyone came up to me after the set telling me how great these guys were. Paul was very friendly, and interacted with the guests to attempt to teach them how to do some of the Irish dancing.... though we were not very good, he showed great patience :) Overall extremely pleased with their performance and would recommend them 100%."
– Stephanie Levesque, 26 August 2018, wedding at Château de Miserai, L'Hôme-Chamondot, Basse-Normandie, France
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"You guys were bloody awesome at our wedding on the 10th September, we are your new fans!"
– Kieran Farr, 25 September 2017, wedding in Hampshire
“Thank you guys so much for making our wedding day so special! So many people have commented about how great you were and lots of people are asking about you. As soon as I heard you playing I was so happy and you made our day! I'm sorry I didn't get to say goodbye...(Bridal duties got a bit hectic and alcohol was flowing!). You really were great and my husband and I couldn't have been happier! Much love, Thank you! :) xx”
– Amy Wilson, 17 May 2017, wedding in Dorset
“What a fabulous band. These guys were amazing. So accommodating and brilliant musicians. I love Irish music jigs and reels especially and I couldn't leave the dance floor. The music they played had given me goosebumps. All the guests really enjoyed them. The stomping Boondocks got the guests involved in group dances which everyone loved. Fantastic guys. Thank you for making our day amazing. Highly recommended :)”
– Trina and Jason Bennett, 14 May 2017, wedding in Bristol
“These guys were great. Both myself, my husband and all of our guests would highly recommend this band. Not only were they lovely people but they got everyone up and dancing with a great sense of humour. The communication before the wedding in choosing a first dance and any songs we particularly wanted was very good with Paul, and even when we changed our mind on the songs a day before the wedding it wasn't an issue. The music was great, upbeat and foot stomping! Just what you want to get a crowd on their feet!”
– Alice Crawford, 13 April 2017, wedding in Wiltshire
10,000 Miles Away
All Around My Hat
Another Man's Cause
Bad Moon Rising
Come On Eileen
Fish Have Feelings Too
I'll Be There For You
Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya
Leaving Of Liverpool
Love, Ire & Song
New York Girls
Shipping Up To Boston
State Of Massachusetts
Summer Of 69
Sweet Home Alabama
Twist & Shout
Who Knows Where The Time Goes
Haste To The Wedding
Kesh's Ball – Kesh Jig / Lanigan's Ball
Sloe Gin Set
The Devils Island – Devils Dream / Staten Island / Mrs Mcleod
Tripping Over Blackthorn Cider – Blackthorn Stick / Tripping Up The Stairs