The Hot Rats can also provide a punchy bass driven, rock fiddle sound for a Barn Dance and with Doug Hudson’s relaxed, but much polished delivery of the instructions, makes for an excellent solution to weddings, family parties and of course, perfect for corporate entertainment.

Barn Dances provide an ideal format to engage people of all ages and ensures that everyone at your event has the opportunity to mix with one another whilst having fun working out the dances.

A Hot Rats Barn Dance is not a stuffy affair, in fact if you get it wrong it doesn’t matter and adds flavour to your event, especially if someone has caught it on camera !

Compact BOSE sound system and lights can also be provided.

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View a You Tube clip of the band below.

Here are some of the many testimonials from people that have had a "Hot Rats " Barn Dance

"...... a barn dance is the most brilliant way to party"

"Well, what a 50th Wedding Anniversary party we had, thanks to you. The calling and playing for the barn dance were excellent and what fun it was, the more we went wrong the more we all laughed. Excellent, certainly a barn dance is the most brilliant way to party, as it gets all the guests mingling just as we remembered when we attended barn dances years ago.

Also we would like to thank you for giving order to the evening, liaising with us then announcing what was about to take place.

Many thanks, we have already passed on your details to an enquirer and would not hesitate to recommend your band to anyone meed entertainment.

Happy playing to you and "Hot Rats"

Yours sincerely,
Diane and Don Parvin."

"....... You are all amazing guys!"

"Dear Fabulous Hot Rats,

A very belated, but huge, thank you, for being part of one of the best days of our lives! Thank you for playing your fantastic music and all you did towards making our day so memorable. You are all amazing guys!
If we don't see you before, we will hopefully see you in Oostende next May.
With our love to you all,
Ian and Angie xx
P.S. We have some fabulous photos of you in our album!
P.P.S. All our guests loved you!
P.P.P.S. Thank you for the CD."

Capt. Ian McDougall former captain of the Grand Turk

"........ The ceilidh was definitely the highlight of the evening’s entertainment for me."

"I wanted to write and say a huge thank you to you guys for playing at our wedding. The ceilidh was definitely the highlight of the evening’s entertainment for me. I love the fact that you came armed with german translations for the dance steps, that was really sweet and thoughtful and quite funny in its execution! The choice of dances was perfect for an audience with a lot of beginners – everything was really fun and easy to follow and I really appreciated that you kept repeating the steps throughout rather than expecting everyone to remember it all. Also the music itself and your singing were all really excellent. Everyone had a really wonderful time and the Germans especially all spoke afterwards about what an enjoyable experience it was for them. Thank you so much for making our evening such a huge success." Lorna and Torsten

"A fantastic band who created a fantastic atmosphere. They were relaxed and were open to our changes of order/place on the day. Very professional and would be happy to recommend. " Stephen Kennelly

"I have known and booked the Hot Rats for this festival for more years than I care to remember. You would travel a long way to find a more charismatic person than Doug Hudson if he is going to call the dances. As musicians they are super, with of course the great fiddle playing of Ian Cutler, widely thought to be in the top rank of folk fiddlers in the country. To be honest, you have probably picked the best band around for a fun event. I recommend them wholeheartedly – they are utterly professional, great company ......... Kim Headley Artistic Director, Broadstairs Folk Week "

"a little late doug, but what with honeymoons and tours abroad...
anyway, just wanted to write and say thank you very much for your
easy, warm professionalism at our wedding.
we had a wonderful reception and the ceilidh really made it.
i hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did
thank you again and kind regards, Matthew Herbert." (Matthew Herbert Big Band)

"We are writing, albeit belatedly, to thank Spotlight for organising the
music for our wedding at Dove Barn in January this year. It all went very
smoothly and the music was excellent. We would be grateful if you could pass
on our sincere thanks to the Hot Rats Trio. We thoroughly enjoyed their
music and appreciated their skills in both performing and getting everyone
to dance. They were also friendly, and flexible with the evening's
arrangements. In all, they made the evening for us and we would not hesitate
in recommending them to anyone wanting a live ceilidh band.
With best wishes
Su and Phil "

wateradid barn dance 2011