Ardoe House in Aberdeen is a stunning venue- we've enjoyed playing there in 2011 and 2012 and we have another wedding booked up for 2013 too! On this occasion it was the turn of Nicola and JD tying the knot- a very braw looking couple who were absolutely charming. They were so relaxed and grateful for our ceilidh expertise! They kicked off the evening with a Grand March- I'm still confused by that dance (thanks to the Ardoe House staff who positioned themselves round the dancefloor to help everything run smoothly!).
We were an hour early (not surprising, given that Jiggered Ceilidh Band have two record-holding sprinters in Jenny and Susan) and the ceilidh started an hour late so we had plenty of time to stock up on the wedding pick and mix which gave us the sugar rush we needed to stay awake on the long journey back home!
A wee word of warning...make sure you empty your piggy bank before taking a trip. Dining there can be expensive: Ewan ordered fancy chicken nuggets that cost him £7 and you can order a 25ml Cognac for £120!!
Posted at 9:17 on 19th August 2012 by Chris Smith
This was Jiggered Ceilidh Band's 9th visit to Crear for a wedding since 2010. The journey up is always an adventure and this week was no exception...First, we watched an out-of-control customer at Dumbarton unleash a string of expolsives in the direction of a stunned motorcyclist (much to the disgust of everyone else on the forecourt!). On the way, we picked Jenny up at Inverary (she'd spent the day there and even ventured onto the famous dodgems which feature some rather risque artwork- if you've passed that way before you'll know what I mean!). Finally on the final 15mile single track road to Crear we met a few vehicles coming in the other direction, including the caterers from the wedding!
The wedding was running slightly ahead of schedule despite a minor bus-related complication. We arrived in plenty of time and offered to shift our sets forward which seemed to work well at the start and end of the evening. The bride and groom were relaxed and smiling (they chose "Better Together" for their first dance). The crowd were young, enthusiastic and appreciative (one of our best ever at Crear). Wendy and her team looked after us really well.
At the end of the evening, groom Gordon said "I knew from your website that you'd be good but you've exceeded all our expectations". Nice!
Posted at 7:34 on 12th August 2012 by Chris Smith
It was an enormous pleasure for Jiggered Ceilidh Band to be playing at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow this weekend. This beautiful venue has a fine heritage in Scottish music so it was brilliant to add Jiggered's name to the list of national stars who've performed there.
When Ruth had booked us to play at her wedding, she'd asked for two simple requests: that we provide a 2 hour set of ceilidh before DJ Danny took over and that we learn Fleetwood Mac's Everywhere for her first dance. Jiggered's version of Everywhere went down a storm (particularly with the bride and groom) and it was the start of a very fun night for us.
Thanks to the tech team and roadies at the Old Fruitmarket who treated us very well. Also I might upload footage from tonight's ceilidh onto Youtube- keep your eyes peeled for that!
Posted at 22:04 on 10th August 2012 by Chris Smith
It was a first visit to Hunting Tower Hotel for Jiggered Ceilidh Band last night. Lisa and Bryan had booked us for their wedding and asked for "Smile" by Uncle Kracker which was a nice upbeat first dance. The evening was a lot of fun- the venue was really nice (our fiddler loved the trees), we made some new fans (already had an email from a guest complimenting our "fantastic performance" and it was an absolute pleasure to meet wee Graeme too), Raymie thought a Ewan's aunt might sit on his lap (a Raymond-related-mix-up), Ewan figured out he's distantly related to Chris Hoy, and to top it all off there was an ice-cream stall at the buffet (we were served by the bride!!).
All the best to Lisa and Bryan...
Posted at 9:14 on 6th August 2012 by Chris Smith
Things were not looking good for Jiggered Ceilidh Band's latest trip to Crear. Mudslides had blocked the road earlier in the week and it was so bad it had made the national news with the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful shut.
Thankfully the road was cleared and we made it up for Catherine and Marcus' wedding. From Ayrshire, it was a 6 hour round trip but the journey was the only tough part of our evening. We were playing for just an hour at the start of the evening and it was a pleasure to perform at this event, even if our limelight was stolen by the undoubted star of the show, Nico!
Back at Crear next week (travel sickness pills taken in advance, you guys)...
Blog photo taken by designated photographer Ewan who snapped this one in between dances!
Posted at 14:22 on 5th August 2012 by Chris Smith