Jiggered Ceilidh Band were playing at Glenskirlie House for only the second time last night. It's a really nice venue- the castle next door is impressive but so is the House itself. So it was the perfect setting for Vicki and Steve's wedding. They had asked that we play Deacon Blue's Cover from the Sky for their 1st dance so we learnt it for them and it went down well.
It was also good fun having some friendly heckling from a couple of members of rival band Strings Attached. Dave and Alistair were both there, so we had to be on top of our game. Our Ewan is still out of action with his kidney problems so Andi ably filled in on drums.
Posted at 7:51 on 31st January 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band have been approached by ITV about possibly appearing on the latest series of Four Weddings on Living. The show basically allows 4 brides to attend and then rate (*cringe*) various aspects of each other's weddings. Sounds like a potential bloodbath! "I rate your dress 3 out of 10", "your groom's speech was no more than a 2 out of 10"...Anyway, watch this space for more info!
In the meantime, I came across a website that allows you to get yourself ceilidh-dancing on the world wide web (aptly called the World Wide Ceilidh). Upload a photo of you and your dance partner and then get started!
Posted at 16:04 on 28th January 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were in action for Burns' Night. This year we were playing in Strathclyde Union- it was on Level 8 (Vertigo) and brought back loads of good memories since the Union was where it all started for us back in 2002. The room was packed with students who were ceilidhing enthusiastically from 10 till 12.
The night got off to a bit of a ropey start when our drummer Andi (filling in for kidney-less Ewan) locked his flat keys in the flat leaving him drum-less. Thankfully we managed to get a hold of a set in time for the gig kicking off.
That's us until Saturday when we have a wedding in Kilsyth.
Posted at 16:15 on 26th January 2010 by Chris Smith
In the final ceilidh of 2009, Jiggered Ceilidh Band travelled to Cumbernauld through lots of snow to play our Hogmanay gig at Craighalbert (great to be back with our friends and fans there). The end of the gig saw lots of car-pushing as the temperature was MINUS EIGHT and the snow was thick.
Ewan brought his antipodean pal Jaunty to the ceilidh. It was Jaunty's first ceilidh and he loved it but said it had a lot of similarities to bush dances in Australia (we're considering changing our name to Jiggered Bush Band)! Jaunty asked us where the word "Hogmanay" came from. It seemed embarrassing that we didn't know but neither does Wikipedia which makes me feel slightly better!
Anyway, looking forward to more gigging in 2010!
Posted at 10:14 on 1st January 2010 by Chris Smith