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
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
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
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
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