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
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
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
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
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
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