Jiggered Ceilidh Band were at the Crowne Plaza for the second time in a week- this time it was the Gala Ball for a charity who we've played for before. Glasgow Sands are a charity who support families who have suffered a stillbirth or neonatal death. It is a really worthwhile cause of course and on the night Michelle McManus came along to sing a few songs before the meal- she used our PA and was on fine form. Comedian Des McLean then did a short routine before hosting the auction. After that, Jiggered finished off the night with some ceilidh tunes!
Thoroughly enjoyed the evening- thousands of pounds raised for an excellent charity.
Posted at 13:10 on 26th June 2011 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were out again for a short ceilidh tonight- this time at Sherbrooke Castle, Glasgow. It was a wedding and this was my favourite ceilidh for a wee while...the crowd were enthusiastic and appreciative, we gave a Jiggered debut to "Valerie" and had a good laugh throughout.
Jenny had to announce that the air conditioning system was leaking a wee bit...which was almost as weird as last night's announcement at Garnock's prom where she got a bit tongue-tied and said what sounded like "...we'll be announcing the king prawn and porn queen soon...". (clearly she meant prom king and prom queen). Yikes.
Posted at 22:16 on 18th June 2011 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band returned from their weekend off to a double gig. The first of these was Garnock Academy's school prom, held at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow. We've done a few school proms over the years...this one had a huge variety of ball gowns on display!
I'm asked from time to time if I'm close to the band- I certainly was last night....we had to squeeze onto a tiny stage that we were sharing with a DJ. It was certainly nice and cosy.
We only did one and a half hour set but the kids were really keen and got up on the floor for every dance. And it was lovely to catch up with the school's Miss Goldie who was a student teacher at my school for a while.
Posted at 7:35 on 18th June 2011 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were playing a wedding at Perth Christian Centre last night for Elaine and Rob's wedding. We were delighted to play for the couple and it gave us the opportunity to "unleash" our new tune: Marvellous Light which we expect will be popular at our many Christian weddings and church events.
Elaine's bridesmaids took their duties very seriously- they'd been instructed to get up on the floor for every dance and they were knackered by the end of the night, dancing every single dance!
We enjoyed ourselves and had a particularly enlightening discussion about cockrels. Don't ask.
Posted at 8:54 on 10th June 2011 by Chris Smith
...but we didn't take too much offence ;)
Last night Jiggered Ceilidh Band (not to be confused with any other similarly named ceilidh bands with equally bad jig-related puns) were playing at Glasgow's Piping Centre for Glasgow's Scool of Art and Agriculture Grad Ball. Chris and Ewan arrived early and started to get set up...Chris managed to pull a zip off one of the bags of our equipment...then he got caught on the banner stand hook, tearing a chunk of flesh off his index finger....he released the hook only for it to rip the banner stand! Good start!!
Thankfully the event itself ran smoothly. The graduates needed no coaxing- they streamed onto the floor for every dance and enjoyed a brilliant evening of ceilidh-so did we!
Posted at 6:16 on 9th June 2011 by Chris Smith
Another unforgettable ceilidh forJiggered Ceilidh Band. Last night we were playing for the huge wedding of Rakesh and Frances, who choice the incredible Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow (the venue has been refurbished in recent times and is now really trendy and the Grand Hall in particular is an incredible space).
Getting access was eventful- we had to drive down to the basement and haul our gear through a few underground corridors before getting up in the lift for more corridors on the Mezzanine floor...and Susan had her baby, Isla with her for her Jiggered initiation!
The evening kicked off and the crowd were literally jumping! The DJ pumped out the bhangra tunes and we provided the ceilidh magic! We alternated between ceilidh/DJ all night and it was a great night.
Jenny and Susan impressed so much, they even became millionaires as one grateful guest gave them both a 1,000,000 dollar note ;)
The couple sent us this kind email after the wedding:
Now we are back from honeymoon we wanted to send you a big thank you - we had a fabulous evening - you were great and we are sure you know the ceilidh went down a storm! Thanks for helping to make our wedding so special.
Much much appreciated
Frances and Rakesh
Posted at 7:45 on 5th June 2011 by Chris Smith