Jiggered Ceilidh Band Review of 2011

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Review of 2011

Another vintage year for one of Scotland's most popular ceilidh bands: Jiggered Ceilidh Band. We have performed at more gigs in 2011 than ever (averaging more than one a week). More than half of these were weddings and we've been delighted by the feedback from the brides and grooms!

2012 will see the 10th Anniversary of Jiggered and promises to be another amazing adventure. With lots of confirmed bookings for 2012 and 2013, please get in touch soon if you want to guarantee we can play for you!

Posted at 11:33 on 27th December 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Yacht Club

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Yacht Club

Believe it or not, this was Jiggered Ceilidh Band's final gig until after Christmas- we're booked up for Gleddoch House Hotel again for Hogmanay.

This time we were visiting the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club for their Christmas do. The clubhouse is a lovely venue with loads of sitting areas and lounges. The ceilidhers were located in all of these rooms so it was a "ceilidh-to-order" event! Wee groups would come down and ask for a Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow, Eightsome Reel, Duke of Perth (you know the one- corner set, corner spin- if you don't, I can suggest a wee woman who can provide an unforgettable demo).

Happy Christmas to all our fans. You are amazing people and we should know: "we have standards".

Posted at 9:42 on 11th December 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band wedding at Brig O Doon

Jiggered Ceilidh Band wedding at Brig O Doon

It's not the first time that Jiggered Ceilidh Band have performed at a wedding at the Brig A Doon, Alloway. But there was something really special about the venue at Christmas time- it really suits a bit of snow, the festive decorations and the roaring fires!

Lee and Aitor were the newlyweds on this occasion and their families brought a fantastic mix of Scottish and Basque guests! We weren't sure whether ceilidh would be exactly what the crowd would be after....but we couldn't have been more wrong. The dancefloor was packed throughout our sets- in fact this was our keenest audience for ages. At the end of each dance, they'd just stay on the floor, look up in our direction and immediately grabbed their partner for the next dance! It was a pleasure to play for these guys, and we even joined in on a traditional Basque wedding song that one of the guests played on Jenny's guitar!

A great night- we wish Lee and Aitor all the best for the future...

Posted at 10:22 on 10th December 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band in centrestage at Centrestage, Kilmarnock

Jiggered Ceilidh Band in centrestage at Centrestage, Kilmarnock

The venue for the latest Jiggered Ceilidh Band gig was Kilmarnock's Centrestage. Centrestage provides opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in the performing arts...they have classes for folk wanting to learn about drama, music, dance. Tonight we were playing for their Family Ceilidh, the climax of a series of events celebrating St Andrew's Day.

We had a great time- the sound team (Paul, Ross and co) looked after us really well and made sure we sounded amazing! Add to that the Killie Pies during the break, a few new Jiggered fans and this was one of my favourite gigs for ages.

Posted at 23:27 on 3rd December 2011 by Chris Smith

Kaye Adams Says Jiggered Are Fantastic

Kaye Adams Says Jiggered Are Fantastic

Jiggered Ceilidh Band were back playing for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue again this year at their annual ball. This year the venue was Glasgow's Radison (a slick, stylish hotel well suit to sophisticated folk like Jiggered!). As ever, Siobhan had organised an action-packed evening- the guests enjoyed a lovely 4 course meal, raffle, auction and were entertained by a Pipe Band, Michael Buble tribute, Jiggered Ceilidh Band and a function band finishing off the night.

With so much to cram in, inevitably the timings were altered and we only ended up with a 20 minute set! Despite the brevity of our set, host for the evening Loose Women's Kaye Adams announced "Give it up for your ceilidh band for this evening....Jiggered....weren't they fantastic?". I hope she was being rhetorical.

Posted at 0:26 on 3rd December 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Play for Ferrari Function

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Play for Ferrari Function

Last night Jiggered Ceilidh Band visited the spectacular Old Course Hotel, St Andrews. We had to call on our trusty friend and stand-in drummer Andi Watson as Ewan's granpa died earlier that day :(

Ansi was delighted to be back gigging with Jiggered, especially when he found out it was the Ferrari Car Owners' Club Christmas Do. We arrived at the hotel and were taken round to the function suite. In the foyer were four beautiful Ferraris. After a few minutes checking out these incredible cars (and realising that we'd have to seriously increase our ceilidh fee for the four of us to buy the £1million worth of luxury vehicles on display) we retired to the lounge for a wee drink.

The ceilidh ended up being just a single two hour set- the crowd had definite favourite ceilidh dances (we did TWO Dashing White Sergeants, TWO Strip the Willows and TWO Gay Gordons) and the rest of the time the crowd just enjoyed listening as Jiggered performed a number of Scottish songs, ceilidh tunes and covers.

Posted at 9:20 on 27th November 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at football club do in Kilmarnock- things could get Messi

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at football club do in Kilmarnock- things could get Messi

Jiggered have played lots of sporting themed ceilidhs over the years. We've played on location at an Edinburgh rugby club, numerous golf clubs (in fact our next gig in St Andrew's Old Course), hockey clubs, Killie's Rugby Park and even a 5-a-side Powerleague! This time it was off to Hurlford Bowling Club for Jiggered Ceilidh Band to play the Kilmarnock Portland FC annual ceilidh.

The room was packed with supporters of the club and they enjoyed lively ceilidh dances (and a couple of "covers" sets which were a storming success), some fish suppers and an epic raffle.

This was a local gig for me, living in Newmilns and working in Kilmarnock and there were lots of parents and one colleague in the crowd who were surprised to see "that Maths teacher Mr Smith" on the piano! The event was organised by David (whose kids Nicola and Scott are Maths superstars despite both having both had Mr Smith at Grange Academy) and he was excellent at keeping the evening running smoothly and looking after us with drinks, fish suppers and recruiting dancers throughout the night. Thanks David, see you at Parents' Night!

Posted at 8:14 on 19th November 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Bands Hit New Heights

Jiggered Ceilidh Bands Hit New Heights

The annual Milngavie Churches Ceilidh has become a regular feature on Jiggered Ceilidh Band's events calendar. The ceilidh was memorable for a number of reasons...we loved the Indian buffet at half time, I went a mini-adventure up the ladder at the side of the stage, some real bargains were snapped up in the silent auction, Jenny explained to everyone in highly technical language the difference between a Waltz and a dance in 3/4 time...

Finished and home before midnight. Lovely stuff.

Posted at 0:09 on 13th November 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Glasgow Marriott for Cancer Fundraiser

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Glasgow Marriott for Cancer Fundraiser

Last night was the Emerald Ball, raising funds for the excellent charity MacMillan Cancer. The event was organised by Lara and she had arranged an action-packed evening for the supporters at the Glasgow Marriott...after their meal, they were entertained by compere Greg Summers (who also fronted the raffle and auction), tribal pipes and drum band Clanadonia, Scotland's number one ceilidh band Jiggered with a DJ finishing off the evening.

It was a fun evening. Jiggered are always keen to publicise their popular ceilidh services and Greg helped out by carrying our banner stand around the crowd at various points in the evening- thanks Greg!

Posted at 9:39 on 5th November 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band on Dundee's HMS Frigate Unicorn

Jiggered Ceilidh Band on Dundee's HMS Frigate Unicorn

This was a memorable ceilidh for a number of reasons! Jeremy had booked Jiggered Ceilidh Band for his 50th birthday party and the venue was unique: aboard the HMS Frigate Unicorn, Dundee. Having arrived (pretty much) on time we walked up the gangway onto the ship. There were lots of signs warning "mind your head"...at my height I didn't have to worry too much although the toilet door required a duck even for me!

Getting the sound equipment and drums up to the main deck involved climbing some stairs that were as steep as a set of ladders and busy with guests so when we were leaving at the end of the night we used an insanely steep gangway directly from the top deck to the street (almost lost a bass drum into the Victoria Dock!).

There were loads of really interesting features around the Unicorn that made it a fascinating visit [the health and safety announcement was another highlight...but that's a blog for another day!]

...we played in a section that had hooks at four corners which were used to transform it into a boxing ring (very appropriate when Jenny and Chris almost had a scrap!).

...there were cannons all over the place and the original Helm which faced the words "Fear God, honour the king" was cool.

...the deck was bevelled and warped but had loads of character (and almost had a guitar smashed on it when Jenny was attacked by a massive fly during a song, much to Ewan's amusement).

...the ship's bell was right behind us. Susan noticed that it was tuned to "A" and so in the middle of the Virginia Reel I would run from piano to bell at the most dramatic points to sound the bell.

The birthday boy and his wife seemed really pleased with the job we did, the dance floor was filled all night and we had a brilliant time as you can probably tell from this longer-than-usual blog!

Posted at 8:37 on 30th October 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Back in Edinburgh

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Back in Edinburgh

It was a revisit to the Edinburgh Capital Hotel for Jiggered Ceilidh Band last night. The occassion this time was Moray's 50th birthday and the last time was the wedding of Moray's daughter. Moray loves Jiggered- he's booked us twice and we offered him a discount last night if he is looking for a ceilidh band for his 100th birthday party! If there are drumstick lollies like last night, count us in!

Ewan was talking about getting a custom-made drum skin with "Jiggered" emblazoned across it...I used a Sharpie to create my own bespoke piano design!

Posted at 9:32 on 29th October 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Visit the Lodge on Loch Goil

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Visit the Lodge on Loch Goil

Looking for a venue with its own tree-house? Why not try the Logde at Loch Goil? Jiggered Ceilidh Band were delighted to visit this lovely, exclusive venue for Emma and Gregor's wedding, a couple tying the knot after 17 years together!

It was a nice evening- we enjoyed a vociferous film review from resident movie critic Ewan Cunningham...it was enjoyed by Craig and Eva (the wedding photographer couple from Killie- check out their website). Ewan made it clear that he has high standards- every film will be scrutinised and compared with the golden standard (Home Alone 1 and Home Alone 2).

Posted at 12:46 on 23rd October 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Play for 500 @ Crowne Plaza Gala Dinner

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Play for 500 @ Crowne Plaza Gala Dinner

It's always nice to return to a venue you've played at lots in the past- this weekend Jiggered Ceilidh Band enjoyed revisiting the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow. It was actually the Crowne Plaza recommending us that led to getting this gig: a gala dinner for almost 500 people. It was such a huge event that even the prodigious Argyll Suite wasn't big enough with some tables spilling into an adjacent suite!

Once set up, the clients treated us to some grub (the legendary carvery @ the Plaza took a serious hit as Ewan, Chris and Susan inhaled plate after plate of awesome food!). The ceilidh kicked off about 9.45pm and the floor was packed for every dance. In fact, there was so much crowding that one dinner guest nudged a lighting rig which fell onto the floor (thankfully no-one was hurt and the lighting firm were out within a few minutes to sort things out!).

The ceilidh dances filled the floor with energetic dancers, our covers set went down well (even had one woman throwing herself onto the stage and terrifying Chris) and the last hour of the evening was a disco played via our PA.

A great night.

Posted at 8:06 on 16th October 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Wedding in Dumfries

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Wedding in Dumfries

Sharon and Chris (or the new Mr and Mrs Rossi as they're now known) booked Jiggered Ceilidh Band to play at their wedding in Dumfries, at The Duncan Rooms, Easterbrook Halls. We had played in the Easterbrook Halls before but only remembered that when we arrived at the venue!

First dance at the bride and groom's request was "When You Say Nothing At All"- we hadn't played this one before but if we had forgotten any of the lyrics we could have taken our cue from Sharon and Chris who sang along as they danced away!

A great night: the floor was packed for every dance, Guyzo's drumming was super, we met some friends and family (always fun catching up with folk you know at the break), enjoyed bacon rolls and wedges at the break...

Posted at 8:15 on 9th October 2011 by Chris Smith

We're NOT the Jiggers. Must be something in the water...

We're NOT the Jiggers. Must be something in the water...

Jiggered Ceilidh Band were playing at Glenskirlie for  Laura and Chris' wedding. The bride had asked us to learn Brooke Fraser's hit "Something in the Water" for their first dance, which we combined with Adele's "Make you feel my love". It was a nice melody and I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to whistle during "Something in the Water"...Susan described my whistling ability as the talent they've been searching for in me for the past nine years!

A couple of guests were expecting The Jiggers but later in the evening both said they loved the Jiggered sound! Another guests said they thought our fusion of "I gotta feelin" by Black Eyed Peas with ceilidh tunes was great, but felt cheated we missed out the rapping bits!!

Posted at 7:51 on 2nd October 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band, Wedding at Dalmeny Park Hotel

Jiggered Ceilidh Band, Wedding at Dalmeny Park Hotel

Where do I start with this one? The latest wedding of 2011 for Jiggered Ceilidh Band saw them revisit Dalmeny Park Hotel where fiddler Susan got married a few years back!

The night's highlights included:

-A choreographed first dance from Ruth and Tom which was followed by an insane "flash mob who performed a brilliant dance to Black Eyed Peas' I Gotta Feelin'

-Meeting some old friends and making new ones

-Ewan and Jenny were playing very enthusiastically...Ewan was thumping his bass drum so hard that he punctured it and Jenny ended the night with two guitars with burst strings!

-Mother-of-the-bride Clarinda sharing the microphone and singing along with Jiggered. Classic.

Posted at 8:22 on 25th September 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band- in the headlights at Crear

Jiggered Ceilidh Band- in the headlights at Crear

Ask wedding venue Crear to recommend a ceilidh band and they'll tell you that Jiggered Ceilidh Band are a Crear favourite! We've played here a few times now and Stephanie and the team recommend us regularly! We're familiar with the long drive to Crear now and set-up at the venue as well.


Last night we were playing at Emily and Robert's wedding and it was a really nice Crear wedding reception- the crowd were young and loving all the dances! One highlight was a particularly well executed Cumberland Basket, with Emily and her bridesmaids leading the way as they were swung about the room. The video of this is available here.

Both my headlights died on the journey home...enjoyed explaining that to the policemen who pulled us over asking why I was using my fog lights and full beam!

Posted at 11:34 on 18th September 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Salsa at Wedding in Glasgow

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Salsa at Wedding in Glasgow

It was an interesting evening for Jiggered Ceilidh Band on Saturday night as they played at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall for a wedding with a twist. The first half of the evening saw Jiggered providing some ceilidh music for traditional Scottish dancing. The second half of the evening was devoted to salsa! There were loads of wedding guests who clearly salsa dance regularly and I for one was well impressed.

With Ewan starting his journey back from the States, this was our last ceilidh for a while with Andi drumming. We will miss his mental fringe (at least the moustache is gone), his enthusiasm (texting hours before every ceilidh about how excited he was), his regular round-buying (no pressure Uee), his unrelenting cuddles and high-fives, his synchopated rhythm in the Canadian Barn Dance (and uncontrollable speeding up in every other song)....and so much more.

By the way, he begged me to publish this rather sickening list of attributes...

Posted at 18:40 on 11th September 2011 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Awesome Wedding Reception

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Awesome Wedding Reception

It was a first visit to Airth Castle for Jiggered Ceilidh Band for the wedding of Kirsty and Phil (not the weird couple from Location, Location, Location). We enjoyed the ceilidh loads- I met up with some friends I haven't seen since I was wee(er).There was some incredible dancing going on during the freestyle sections, a baby ceilidher (in a sling) and an MC who was the most Scottish guy you'll ever meet (wearing of course tartan troosers). The evening ran smoothly until the end when we had to draw out the intro to "Auld Lang Syne" for a good five minutes while we waited on the bride returning after a quick wardrobe change!

Highlight of the night for the band was the winding up endured by "Jenny from Jiggered"...practical joke awards for Susan, Chris and Andi. Good job team!!

Posted at 16:16 on 9th September 2011 by Chris Smith

Busy Summer for Jiggered Ceilidh Band

Busy Summer for Jiggered Ceilidh Band

It has been an insanely busy summer for Jiggered Ceilidh Band - we've even had to squeeze in the odd rehearsal on the way to gigs and in the hotel bars while we wait for events to start!

Last night we visited the Beveridge Park Hotel, Kirkcaldy for the 25th anniversary of a great church called Newcraigs Evangelical. The event was great- we met some old friends and also caught with one engaged couple who have booked us up for their wedding next month!

Here's hoping we get booked up for the 50th anniversary ceilidh too!

Posted at 17:57 on 4th September 2011 by Chris Smith

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