About Rumpus

Rumpus are an upbeat ceilidh dance band, based in the beautiful South Hams of Devon. We travel throughout the South West of England and occasionally beyond. We are available in several formats:

Rumpus are an up-tempo, energetic band. The line up is Nigel Sture, Sarah Sture, Steve Verge, and when playing for dancing, callers Ken Hudson, Alan Sutton, Brenda Burnside and Paddy Reardon.   The callers are also musicians in their own right. When required, we can provide an extended line-up to include bass/double bass and/or percussion.

Up The Creek  are  Nigel and Sarah Sture,  with optional caller, ideal for the smaller event and those on a limited budget.


The band Rumpus has been in existence on and off since 1982, the one constant in each incarnation being Nigel Sture, a highly regarded musician who has also been involved with many other bands – Corridor 38, Racing Demon, 5 Bar Gait, Mrs. Crotty’s to name but a few. The core of the more recent Rumpus is Nigel and Sarah Sture who have been the driving force of the band since its latest resurrection in 2000.

What we do

We play an eclectic mix of tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland, America and beyond – lively jigs and reels, rousing polkas, bouncy hornpipes, waltzes and airs. We have a huge repertoire of tunes!

The band are equally proficient in playing foot-stomping music for dancing, and an evening’s entertainment of music and song, fronted by accomplished singers Steve and Nigel.

We are the band for your wedding, party, corporate event, village or community event, indeed any celebration.

We have our own top quality PA system to ensure the sound is just right.

We can also play reception music for weddings and more formal events ( indeed any event where background music is required) to include melodeon, concertinas, hammered dulcimer and gypsy jazz guitar.

We can also provide lighting and PA for discos – just supply your own music.