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
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were playing at Seamill Hydro, Ayrshire last night (we're back there next week!!). We were playing for Peter and Lynne's wedding- the evening reception kicked off with a solo from the bride...she'd penned a song for her husband inpsired by Pachelbel's Cannon. This was the first time we've ever had that! A unique experience and I think Peter (whose name means "the rock") was well impressed!
We met a few familiar faces at this ceilidh....expecting a few more on Wednesday when we return to Seamill for our next wedding of a busy summer for Jiggered!
Posted at 13:40 on 18th July 2010 by Chris Smith
Last night, Jiggered Ceilidh Band were playing in Borthwick Castle, near Edinburgh. It was a celebration of a wedding that had already happened in America recently and a chance for friends and family to watch the DVD of the ceremony and enjoy an evening of ceilidh music.
We were playing in the "Minstrel's Gallery" which was a unique experience (as you'll see from some of the photos on our Flickr page. We were situated in a sort of balcony high above the guests! The trip up the spiral staircase with all the drum kit and sound stuff wasn't much fun- and we were running up and down the stairs to demonstrate bits of the dances to some ceilidh first-timers. We got plenty of exercise throughout the night!
It was an interesting night- our first Jiggered event which also had some sword-fighting!
Posted at 10:26 on 17th July 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were playing at St Andrew's University Upper/Lower College Halls on Friday night for Kirsten and Dave's wedding. It was a bit of a drive to get there but we arrived ahead of schedule. This was just as well since access to the stage was via a fire-exit style metal staircase up the side of the building. With Ewan (conveniently!) unable to do any heavy lifting following his kidney transplant, the rest of us humphed the gear up and got set up for the reception starting (we even had time for a quick bag of chips before kicking off the music.
The night was very relaxed but everyone was still really keen to get up for the ceilidh dances. We had a great time- although on the way home (5 minutes into my own 7th wedding anniversary) I did get a speeding ticket. Grrr.
Posted at 7:21 on 11th July 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were in action again last night, this time on board The Ferry. It was the 2010 Grad Ball for the RSAMD. The students had some concerns after the ceilidh band at last year's event only played FOUR dances before leaving. Jiggered played a solid 2 hour set and the response from the graduating students was incredible! It was the first time Jiggered have played on a boat before (our "dressing room" felt like the inside of a submarine)!
This was also the first ceilidh for Ewan after his recent kidney transplant and not only did he have a fully functioning kidney, he also had a brand new drum kit! I'll get a photo of his operation staples for a future blog!
Posted at 8:04 on 7th July 2010 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band played at Strathclyde Univeristy's spectacular Barony Hall on Saturday. This was the location for many of our uni exams- nightmares revisited!! It was a ceilidh for some Engineers and since Chris was on holiday it was a three-piece band!
Posted at 6:55 on 4th July 2010 by Chris Smith