SPINACH FOR NORMAN is a four-piece band (two fiddles, guitar & bass) from the South-West of England. We play traditional dance music for ceilidhs & celebrations of all kinds.
Our tunes and dances come mainly from the British Isles so you'll hear lots of familiar Jigs, Reels & Hornpipes at our gigs, but we sometimes crowbar a Romanian Nut-Crushing dance and some American, Breton and Transylvanian flavours into the mix...
It's a cheery blend of the familiar and some spicy surprises, then, but if an all-Irish / all-Scottish / all-English evening is what you need, we can happily do that too.
"The ceilidh was perfect for our wedding - it worked for everybody, young and old, and was a great mixer. Everyone was on the floor at some point, and it was such a good laugh ... "
Shots from the stage.
S4N HAS PLAYED FOR WEDDINGS & CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS in castles, village halls, banqueting halls, barns, looaaads of marquees and one four-man tent. We've lost count...
Every ceilidh needs a caller to lead the dancing and PAM HAYES is ours. Her dances are mainly traditional, always fun, suitable for everyone and quick & easy to learn. Pam is hugely popular and great with adults, children, experienced & inexperienced dancers alike. She will consult you to find out exactly how you want the evening to go and can offer some wild wedding dances.
… a huge thank you to Spinach for Norman for playing at our wedding. The band were fantastic and it was wonderful to see so many of our friends and family up dancing, some of whom we've rarely seen dance before.
Pam was a wonderful caller and had a great idea for a first dance that my 93-year old granny could join in with. My granny was so pleased … Emily & Steve, 2022
Thankyou so much for being so spectacular at our wedding on the 4th May. All our guests thought you were brilliant (even if a few tried to take you out - thank you for remaining calm-headed and for building a homemade barricade around yourselves) . . . Claire & Ant
So much fun and very joyful! Really lovely lovely crowd and brilliant band as ever 🌟 Kids came in from outside to join in at one point! It’s what life’s all about. Kim, 2019
Wow! What a spectacular evening you gave us. Our guests are all converted ceilidh fans - a lot of them had never tried one before and they absolutely loved it. I'm sure you felt the atmosphere too - such joy and celebration was a real high for everyone.
Thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and time. We will never forget the magic you created for us - thank you so much. Ollie and Annie
A big thankyou to you for making our evening so special. You are such a great team with so much experience to quietly encourage people onto the dance floor without being pushy. We are really grateful. Eileen, Nov 2018
I would like to start by saying that we can't recommend this band highly enough . . . My family are Greek, so at the wedding, during the band's break, we thought we would play a CD of some Greek music and dance to it. We couldn't get the CD to work but the band had figured out the tune, so, during their break they played it for us. which was just amazing. We are still so thankful to them! Marc and Natasha
We would like to say a massive and sincere THANK YOU to you all for playing and calling at our wedding at Dartington. We both had such, such good fun - it was my most enjoyable part of the day, and every time I looked around on the dance floor everyone I saw had a massive grin on their (sweaty!) faces. Quite a few non-dancers even got up a few times, so you must have had quite an effect on them! Becky & Martin
We would just like to send you a massive thank you for the brilliant music you played for our wedding (18th). We loved every minute of it and it truly was great. We are so pleased we found out about you guys, it completed our day. All our guests have said how great an evening it was because of you guys.
Please could you thank the Caller as well, as she was excellent at getting people involved and really friendly. Craig and Emily
It was brilliant that Spinach for Norman could perform at our wedding. We had a fantastic evening and so many people said how much they were enjoying the dancing. Nobody ever felt forced into joining in, just gently cajoled. Everybody partook in at least one dance some of whom never dance! I know that Joyce and Chris were particularly happy to reminisce about their wedding reception with you, 20 odd years ago. I hope that you are able to continue for another 20 years so that many others can enjoy your wonderful talents. Maria and David, 2018
Dear all of you . . . Thankyou so much for providing us with another memorable evening in Bourg d’oisans. Everyone loved it, and all went smoothly in the end. We really appreciated your efforts to come over (to France) and next time you must stay longer. Miranda