Jiggered Ceilidh Band are NOT to be confused with "The Jiggers", "Reelie Jiggered Ceilidh Band", "Jiggery Pokery" or any other Jig-pun-related band. We've found out that a few people have booked another band thinking it was Jiggered Ceilidh Band they were getting only to get another ceilidh band (oops).
Posted at 13:30 on 25th May 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were taking a break from weddings last night when we played for the combined Glasgow CUs ball. It was a serious case of deja vu, considering Jiggered formed while at Strathclyde Christian Union 7 years ago.
Ewan had other commitments so it was Mr Ben Rose on drums. Ben has drummed for Jiggered on loads of occassions. In particular, when Ewan left to visit Australia for a year it was Ben left "holding the sticks"!
I was wearing a TShirt with the pi symbol which proved to be a major convesation piece...so much so that one student told me the following Maths joke:
A mathematician walks up to a bar and orders a pint. His friend orders half a pint, their next friend orders a quarter of a pint, the next friend an eighth of a pint....the barman is getting annoyed at this point and says 'Right, that's enough guys! Here you go' and pours two pints!!
The most surreal moment was when a ceilidher asked Jenny to sing one of her own songs. One about a duck. Jenny (ever keen to satisfy a customer) obliged and sang this obscure song!
It was a lot of fun and the Marriot was packed with dancers- hope to do this event again in the future!!
Posted at 7:07 on 23rd May 2009 by Chris Smith
Saturday was undeniably a unique ceilidh...
We were playing at a wedding reception at Marr Hall, near Erskine. The wedding was held in their marquee which was huge (it would hold more guests than most venues we are used to playing in).
The bride was Scottish and the groom was French...this mix led to a fascinating evening. Evidently, participation is a key feature of French wedding culture. The French guests were keen to live ut up.
Every French guy had hired a kilt. This proved a bit confusing as I found myself giving instructions in English to people who turned out to be French (je suis desolee- je ne comprends pas) and then trying to be smart by giving instructions in typical broken Standard-Grade French to guests who turned out to be Scottish (whit ye talkin aboot mate?). The French guests were brilliant at getting up to try out the dances even though the literal translations of "Gay Gordons", "Eightsome Reel" and "Strip the Willow" must have made a ceilidh sound even weirder than it actually is!!
Every French guest joined in a huge sing-song. Just before the ceilidh kicked off, all the visitors from across the channel came up to the front and performed a musical piece in their native tongue, bringing a big smile and a heap of confusion to the rest of us!
Some guests formed a Jiggered tribute band. During our break, a few guests (and even the bride) grabbed our instruments and microphones and accompanied the disco music.
We had a great time and so did our client (here's us with the father of the bride at the end of the night!).
Posted at 11:02 on 10th May 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band, one of Scotland's favourite ceilidh bands, are online in a number of places:
-Jiggered Ceilidh Band on Flickr,
Please feel free to join our band/follow our tweets or just click on any link!
Posted at 8:14 on 8th May 2009 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band believe ceilidh music can be great. We enjoy making Scottish music sound lively and enjoyable. We've played across Scotland (and beyond) and clients frequently comment on how much they appreciate our fusion of traditional ceilidh tunes with Scottish favourites and some of our own material!
Posted at 12:01 on 3rd May 2009 by Chris Smith