Jiggered Ceilidh Band have had a phenomenal 2009. It's been our busiest year yet. Perhaps we should treat ourselves to a "Ceilidh Lager" by William Bros. It's on a shortlist of 15 beers in Sainsbury's 2009 Beer Competition!
During the epic year that was 2009:
-we launched our new website (thanks to the guys at Atomised for this- it's generating lots of business for us)
-we made a few important gear purchases (including a new mixer and our cool banner stands)
-we travelled to London for a gig (great roadtrip)
-we were asked to play in France (twice) and the USA (maybe in 2010)
-we introduced some new tunes (that have gone down well with our fans)
Anyway, I'm off to enjoy my Ceilidh Lager!!
Posted at 8:39 on 28th December 2009 by Chris Smith
It's official...Jenny is the most die-hard member of Jiggered Ceilidh Band. My wife is expecting our third child- she is being induced to deliver on Friday, so I will have to miss my 2nd ceilidh in 7 years. So Jenny moves into pole position, having missed only 1 ceilidh in Jiggered's history! Well done Jenny! Yipee-ki-yay!!!
Posted at 19:08 on 9th December 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were playing at Craighalbert again- this time for Joy and Mike's wedding. We have been playing regularly here during 2009- and have one more gig left! Hogmanay at Craighalbert will be Jiggered's last of 2009. Looking forward to that one too.
Joy and Mike looked like they had a great time.They were ideal clients, very appreciative and relaxed on their big day. We wish them well for their marriage.
I was checking my phone after each dance to make sure that my wife, Elaine, hadn't gone into labour as she is expecting our third child and is now 3 days overdue....
Posted at 14:07 on 6th December 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceildh Band were back in Edinburgh for another Rose-related wedding. This time it was Tim getting hitched and we've nearly completed the whole set- no pressure Abbie ;).
The wedding reception was held in the stunning City Chambers, on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. The room where the reception was is one of the most impressive we've played in- and great for a ceilidh.
It was great catching up with former Jiggered members, friends, past clients and the quote of the evening was "...I really wasn't up for dancing tonight bit then I saw it was you guys and was so pleased- you're my favourite band!"
Only 3 more ceilidhs to go in 2009; another wedding, a Christmas ceilidh and a Hogmanay ceilidh.
Posted at 7:36 on 29th November 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were playing in Lenzie this weekend at a fundraiser for Stepps Hockey Club. The event was a sellout and the hall was packed with energetic ceilidhers. Jiggered were booked for 2 one-and-a-half sets but the second was cut a bit short to allow the raffle to take place (top prize was a signed Chris Patterson shirt) and also to let everyone get tucked into the excellent buffet (mmmm....pakora, onion rings, pizza, sausage rolls!).
It was also a first for Jiggered, when a potential client arrived to hear us and liked our sound so much that they paid £100 in cash as a deposit to snap us up for their wedding next May!
2010 is really filling up quickly so if you want Jiggered, then you need to book up early!
Posted at 9:08 on 15th November 2009 by Chris Smith
The lighting was a bit unorthodox at the event (hence the enormous shadow of Ewan in the picture), but it was a great evening to celebrate 40 years of marriage for Danny and Margaret. Other highlights included a cracking buffet [great curries followed by custard], a poem recited by a 91-year old gentleman, some cheeky ceilidhers laughing at me when I banged my head off the aforementioned lighting rig, catching up with a weel-kent-face-fae-Crosshouse...
Thanks again, for a great night at Craighalbert. Looking forward to Joy's wedding and Hogmany!!
Posted at 19:37 on 8th November 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band recently played a 40th anniversary for a couple called Linda and Duncan. The event was held in Broxburn in the local secondary school: Broxburn Academy. Many of the guests were from New Life Christian Fellowship, and seemed to really enjoy the music and songs.
On the recommendation of our client we nipped out for chips at halftime to Aldo's chip shop, just round the corner. The chips were great...even Jenny and Susan who had to eat them in the boot of my car (for reasons that won't be clear to most folk reading this) loved them!
Another great part of this ceilidh was the fact that it coincided with the clocks going back! So even though it was a 10pm finish, that was effectively a 9pm finish....so a nice early night- woohoo!
Posted at 7:10 on 25th October 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band drummer Ewan has had a nightmare week: First, his 15-year-old family dog Josh died. Then he was made redundant. Finally, he was taken into hospital (he's not been well...his only functioning kidney has been playing up). *1,2,3.....awwww*
Now that Ewan is jobless, he is considering a change in career. He's thinking about starting up a drum tuition service. So, this is your opportunity to be one of the first to learn from our star drummer. If you are interested in snapping up one of his teaching slots, then you can contact him on 07746386025 (if you quote the reference number 3141 you can get a special Jiggered blog discount).
Happy drumming. And hope you have a better week this week Ewan!
Posted at 6:38 on 18th October 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were hired to play at the recent Smith/Crozier wedding at Glasgow University's "1A The Square". This was the first time we'd played in this part of Glasgow University...it's really nice with the usual grandeur of the ancient university but in a slightly more intimate setting.
The bride and groom had discovered us on the website and loved our demo tracks. In particular, they really liked our version of Loch Lomond so we made sure to play that for them.
We wish Mr and Mrs Smith all the best in their marriage!
Posted at 6:14 on 18th October 2009 by Chris Smith
This was a special one since:
-Rebecca and Andi were getting married (Andi's drummed for us before)
-lots of of the "Greenview crew" were present, including our good friends Peter and Amy and one of our biggest fans, Ruth Hutchison (I don't mean "largest" by the way, before I get into bother). Ruth took lots of photos on her super-duper fancy camera which you can see on our Flickr feed above. Thanks for that, Hutch!
Jiggered are really busy for the rest of 2009- watch this space for more blogging action soon.
Posted at 20:37 on 15th October 2009 by Chris Smith
Perhaps the headline is misleading. Jiggered weren't playing at Donald Duck's wedding (that would be an amazing gig!). Instead it was Donald Revolta's 21st...who incidentally does a mean Donald Duck impression as he demostrated during his speech.
We were playing in the clubhouse of Heriot's Rugby Club, Edinburgh. It was a brilliant ceilidh. An incredibly enthusiastic crowd made for some very energetic ceilidh dances. Donald provided an interesting speech at half time. Really nice to hear someone share something as important with their closest friends and family.
Enjoyed our evening- and a 10pm finish meant we were tucked up in bed before midnight!!
Posted at 20:31 on 15th October 2009 by Chris Smith
We were delighted to be able to play at their wedding...there were a few familiar faces in the audience (including some notable former clients who keep recommending us- thanks Jo!).
This time we were playing at Pollokshields Burgh Hall, which is a really nice venue with a decent floor space for a ceilidh. This was the first time we've played here but really enjoyed it. The guests at the wedding were enthusiastic and really made it easy for us.
A personal highlight for me was the limited edition Irn-Bru cans that we were given. I've seen them a few times since but as a connoisseur of the finest drink known to man it was quite exciting!
We wish Paul and Emily all the best!
Posted at 9:04 on 15th September 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were back at St Andrew's in the Square, in Glasgow. This is one of the venues we've played at most over the years. It's a cracking building which makes an amazing setting for a big event.
This time it was a ruby wedding anniversary Jiggered were playing at, and the room had been filled with red balloons to celebrate the occassion! By the way, the buffet at this event was class. The samosas were nice and crisp and the cake was really tasty. Good job!!
One thing worth mentioning about this venue is that it has a sound-limiting system installed to keep the noise level from being too excessive since St Andrews in the Square is surrounded by residents. Jiggered's experience of this system and others like it means that we can control our sound to avoid any cut-out.
Jiggered will be returning to this venue next month (looking forward to it already)!
Posted at 12:53 on 13th September 2009 by Jiggered Admin
Jiggered Ceilidh Band shed a tear as they sold their old sound system. It had served us well for the past few years but we decided to sell it on since we're now using Mackie powered speakers and a smaller mixer.
The gear was snapped up within a couple of hours by 3 guys from Greenock (it would have been sooner but they ignored the satnav instructions!!).
The trio are the members of The Licks, a fledgling rock and roll band based in Greenock. They seemed nice guys- we wish them all the best...hope our former sound stuff helps you out- we'll be looking out for the name! If you ever get famous, we'll be looking for some credit for getting you started!!
Posted at 7:39 on 6th September 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were back playing at Glasgow University's QM Union. For the past three years we've been asked to play a ceilidh for the Statistics Department, while they've hosted an international Statistics event.
During our break this time we were treated to some Greek dancing, trained waltzers and a song performed by the event's organiser Adrian Bowman (who teamed up with Jiggered who learned the music during the break!!).
It's great to get back into the Student Unions in Glasgow where it all started for Jiggered. We also really enjoy teaching ceilidh dances to those who've never seen them before and this was the perfect opportunity to do that!
One word of warning for anyone who is going to be bringing equipment up in the QM lift...the doors shut quite violently!!
Posted at 6:11 on 4th September 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were pleased to be able to play at Lynn and Andrew's wedding at Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington yesterday.
Lynn and I went to school together and it was lovely playing at the reception...the guests seemed to love the blend of Christian music with traditional Scottish tunes seamlessly linked as only Jiggered Ceilidh Band can!
It was also great to see the latest batch of Jiggered roadies and groupies...lots of wee kids dancing about to the ceilidh tunes!
All the best Lynn and Andrew- thanks again for booking Jiggered!
Posted at 17:48 on 30th August 2009 by Chris Smith
It's been a month or two since Jiggered Ceilidh Band have been in Glasgow for a wedding- we've been all over recently so it was actually quite nice to be ceilidhing in "our hometown". Glasgow's where it all started for Jiggered back in 2002 and we really like it!
This time we were the ceilidh band for a wedding at Oran Mor (at the top of Byre's Road). We have played at this venue before. The access for unloading equipment is not ideal but once you navigate your way down the wee corridor, up to the 4th floor in the lift and through the kitchen you find yourself in a great ceilidh space!
Congratulations to the happy couple getting married!The crowd were loving it- always fun playing to such an enthusiastic group!
Posted at 16:43 on 30th August 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band have been playing at weddings throughout the summer months but Saturday saw them performing at a 21st birthday party in Stirling.
The party was held in Stirling Rowing Club (shown here underwater which thankfully never happened last night, but presumably is good practice for the rowers?) and the venue was a great size for a function like a birthday party. Not too big that guests are rattling about but with plenty space on the dancefloor to enjoy the ceilidh dancing.
A gulten-free buffet was provided, and after that some speeches (and a poem) from friends and family. The evening had a bit of an international feel with folk from Australia, France, America, Ireland etc...
The birthday girl, Rebecca, specifically requested that all guys really hurl her about during the Orcadian Strip the Willow, saying she'd be disappointed if she didn't suffer at least a concussion. Thankfully, everyone left the ceilidh in one piece!
Posted at 13:10 on 16th August 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band have just come back from a ceilidh in London. Highlights of the trip included:
-managing to cram all our equipment (two speakers with speaker stands, piano, violin, guitar, microphones and stands, full drum kit, banner stands, cables, mixer...), luggage and the four of us into my car,
-a lovely lunch at The George and Dragon pub (5 main meals divided by 4 of us...guess who ordered double), taking 2 hours to
-a two-hour drive through London (apparently I am immune to road rage)
-Ewan's amazement at the sight of a remote controlled golf bag when we arrived at our destination, the beautiful Westerham Golf Course, Kent
-two hours of great ceilidh action: loads of enthusiastic dancers...
-Lydia (the bride!) joining us on the violin for a Gay Gordons
-Jenny's 20 minute wait for some scrambled egg the next morning at the Travel Lodge
-Ewan getting a free Red Bull at the vending machine
-Jenny arranging to meet up with us in twenty minutes after exploring the service station...what did she really get up to?
-Susan's magnificent word mastery- she truly is the crossword queen
It was a fantastic weekend. We wish Ben and Lydia all the best in their married life!
Posted at 20:32 on 9th August 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band had another busy weekend there.
On Friday, we were back at New Lanark Mill Hotel again for the wedding of Ruth and David. It was a great night- the crowd were really up for ceilidhing and the hall was just about big enough for all the guests who wanted to get on the floor! It was nice to see some familiar faces at this one (Boycey, David Dalgleish and Jiggered-diehard and honourary member Ruth Hutchison!).
On Saturday I made the most of my problem-solving and spatial awareness skills to figure out how to pack the 4 members of Jiggered, a set of drums, 2 speakers, 2 microphones, 1 piano, 1 guitar, 1 amp, 1 violin, luggage etc into my car ready for our roadtrip to London!
Saturday night we were playing at the Edinburgh Capital Hotel. Our clients were really enthusiastic and the feedback from the wedding guests was very positive...which was nice!
Posted at 18:28 on 28th July 2009 by Chris Smith