Jiggered Ceilidh Band were privileged to play at Nadia and Andy's wedding at Lochgreen House Hotel (Troon) last night. Nadia is a a good freind of Chris', having worked together for a few years. The wedding was lovely and the evening culminated in a ceilidh, provided by the busiest band in Scotland over the next two days (we've got TWO more ceilidhs for Hogmanay...watch this space).
Nadia and Andy had requested Paolo Nutini's "Candy" for their first dance and we did this for them- it was such a hit with the couple that we re-played it at the end of the night. It was a fun night for Jiggered- the crowd were lively and enthusiastic and it's always specal to play for someone you know. Andy and Nadia were delighted with the ceilidh- Andy commented that it "made the night", and Nadia said it was "just perfect". Mission accomplished!
Posted at 9:57 on 31st December 2010 by Chris Smith
It was off to the Spittal of Glenshee for Jiggered Ceilidh Band. The weather forecast was pretty grim and the travel conditions weren't ideal but we made it all the way up to the hotel. It was only in the car park that we had a minor mishap- Ewan pranged into the back of my car. D'oh!
The hotel looked after us really well- we enjoyed a lovely complementary meal and the ceilidhers were real keen. It was a great night.
Posted at 20:57 on 19th December 2010 by Chris Smith
The weather's been nasty with loads of snow and ice on the roads but Jiggered Ceilidh Band managed the 3 hour trip up to Crear last night for Malcolm and Alana's wedding. We had to stop a few times on the way for stray deer on the roads but the trip was a safe one! Unfortunately the weather had decimated the guest list for the wedding- just 28 or so made it...this was certainly one of the most intimate gigs we've ever done.
We had a great time and were well looked after by our clients and the Crear staff.
Posted at 15:01 on 5th December 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were recently asked to play at the Glasgow Science Centre for Strathclyde Fire Brigade's Charity Ball. It was a brilliant event and we were really pleased to be part of it. Jiggered met Fred MacAulay who was hosting the event. And we were sponsored by Westsound Radio for the evening!
Posted at 21:22 on 28th November 2010 by Chris Smith
Unfortunately, we had to play pretty much as a three-piece. Jenny's caught some bug and spent the night running back and forward to the toilet to puke. The show had to go on though, and thankfully Paul still loved the 75% Jiggered experience!!
Posted at 20:59 on 28th November 2010 by Chris Smith
Last night it was back to Crutherland Hotel for Jiggered Ceilidh Band. We've played at this venue lots over the years but this was probably the shortest ceilidh we've done there. We were playing for a fundraising event for Teen Challenge, the excellent Christian charity that works to support those with addictions. The evening consisted of a meal, auction, performances from special guests...it was so jam-packed that we never got started till 11pm, instead of 9:30pm! Had a super night though, and lots of money was generated for Teen Challenge.
Posted at 15:08 on 20th November 2010 by Chris Smith
Last night, Jiggered Ceilidh Band were in Milngavie Town Hall for a joint ceilidh with a few of the local churches. We provided some ceilidh muic, there was a silent auction, fish suppers for everyone (including us!) at the break, and even a wee bit of worship music thrown in!
And a Jiggered "first" too- our client gave us £50 too much by mistake at the end of the night. Thankfully we noticed before leaving and were able to return the extra cash to the (relieved) clients!
Posted at 7:31 on 14th November 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were ceilidhing last night at the Chryston and District Bowling Club. The stage had probably the most glittery backdrop we have played in front of!!
Incidentally, we're booked up for TWO gigs this Hogmanay so if you're looking for a band, I'm afraid we're fully booked.
Posted at 14:50 on 7th November 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were south of the border last night for a wedding. It was in the Tithe Barn, Carlisle. We had a great night and it helped that the clocks went back last night which effectively shaved an hour off our journey home!!
Congratulations to Beth and Barnes- wishing you all the best!
Posted at 13:48 on 31st October 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were back in action again. It was another wedding. It was at Seamill Hydro again (we've played so often there during 2010 that the manager asked for our business cards for recommending us!).
We wish Martin and Sarah all the best.
Did anyone else notice that just after breakfast this morning it was 10.10am on 10.10.10? Exciting times!
Posted at 18:38 on 10th October 2010 by Chris Smith
Posted at 13:12 on 8th September 2010 by Chris Smith
Lots of the wedding guests were hearing us for the first time and we got a great reaction to our sound. I took a video- it's a bit dark but you can check it out here.
See you soon.
Posted at 13:25 on 5th September 2010 by Chris Smith
We played our first set, and then enjoyed a burger and ice-cream before a short set to finish. It was fun being in Newmilns for the night and to have so many friends coming along for the ceilidh and barbecue!
Posted at 22:19 on 24th August 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were playing again- this time at Lorne Hotel, Glasgow. It was friends of Ewan's who'd been married so we were playing with Andi drumming which allowed Ewan a rare chance to do some ceilidh dancing (actually, we met a large contingent of the "Ewan Cunningham Fan Club").
Two midweek ceilidhs coming up- should be good!
Posted at 13:19 on 22nd August 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were playing recently at Hilton Strathclyde Hotel. It was the first year anniversary ceilidh for Glasgow's Harvest Bible Chapel. We had a great night and as usual we went down at a storm at the church ceilidh.
Before the night started, we recorded some quick video footage of our sound check! We quickly recorded three songs: Gay Gordons, Virginia Reel and Red Red Rose. Please bear in mind that these are single takes, unedited and you'll even see me running in and out of shot to start and finish the video!!
Posted at 6:13 on 21st August 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were back at Balbirnie House Hotel, Glenrothes for another wedding. There was a sense of familiarity in the air last night. We've played at this lovely venue on a number of occassions- maybe it was that? Or possibly it was the presence of at least 3 other couples whose weddings we'd played at- this crowd certainly are becoming a significant fan club!
Jiggered are pretty busy over the next few days...ceilidhs on Monday, Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday make it a real hectic 10 days! And we're getting loads of enquiries for the rest of the year and 2011 too!
Posted at 17:26 on 17th August 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were this week playing for the first time at Moorpark House Hotel, Kilbirnie. This was our first visit here and it's a smashing venue- the house is really impressive looking from outside and there are some really cool rooms inside as well. We were doing yet another wedding and some guests recognised us from another wedding we'd performed at this summer- Jiggered are fast becoming THE choice for wedding ceilidhs across Scotland!
The bride and groom looked to have had a great day and really enjoyed the evening. It wasn't just Jiggered who were providing entertainment- some family and friends came up to sing well known classics and a song written especially for the occasion...Brilliant stuff.
Our good friend (and occassional guest drummer) Andi Watson was the wedding photographer and he was able to take some quick snaps of the band- watch this space....They'll appear on the website soon!
Posted at 12:04 on 6th August 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band arrived back home in the early hours of Sunday morning, after a trip up to Dundee for a wedding at Piperdam. The bride and groom currently live in Germany but had returned to his hometown to get hitched. They came across Jiggered's website and loved the look of the site and the sound samples too. High praise since the groom, Gavin Brady, is an accomplished professional pianist!
I'll readily admit I was a wee bit nervous about playing piano in front of someone of Gav's talent but I needn't have worried- the bride and groom were both instant fans of Jiggered and loved our sound. So even when Gavin and his friend took over the piano and violin for a brilliant duet it was all in true ceilidh spirit...appreciating good music even if our styles were quite different!
Posted at 17:42 on 1st August 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were playing at the Piersland Hotel, Troon last night. Lawrie and Alaina were getting married- the service was in Stair Church and the meal and reception were at Piersland. Alaina's an old uni pal of Chris. So Chris and the Smith clan (Elaine, Daisy, Heidi and Logan) were all at the wedding and had a fab time! Alaina had recorded her own version of Jason Mraz' "I'm Yours" and this was played during the signing of the register. It was a really nice touch and Alaina's voice was beautiful!
Alaina and Lawrie had asked if we would do "You got the Love" (Florence and the Machine) for their first dance. This seemed like an unusual request but the song worked really well with Jenny singing and weirdly we were phoned the same night from another future client asking if we would manage to play the same song at their wedding!!
If you want to see our version of the song, it's here: Jiggered Ceilidh Band Play "You Got The Love"
Posted at 11:33 on 30th July 2010 by Chris Smith
Some highlights from the evening:
-the best man and his sidekick provided a wee sketch for the bride and groom as "Mr Bean and Teddy" (the impression started off well but by the end it had drifted into a Father Ted accent!!)
-everyone enjoyed the really well cooked fish and chips during the break (yum)
-we were asked for more business cards last night than we have for ages!
Posted at 9:18 on 22nd July 2010 by Chris Smith