The venue: Glasow's Thistle Hotel.
The occasion: 50th Anniversary of Maranatha Camps
The perfect ceilidh band for this: Jiggered Ceilidh Band.
We played for just one hour (thanks to our sound guy to the evening- all we did was plug in and play) but it was amazing. The crowd were so up for it and loved songs like "Happy Day", "Marvellous Light" and "Our God".
Hopefully some of this awesome crowd will remember this ceilidh when it comes to booking their wedding band!
Thanks to the Baxters for booking us up!
Posted at 23:00 on 29th September 2012 by Chris Smith
It was a gig on home turf for me last night as Jiggered Ceilidh Band played in Newmilns for a Girlguiding Fundraiser. Helen had organised the event and everyone there seemed to have a blast! Music: great (of course). Dancing: great. Buffet: (Killie pies=great!).
All that was missing was a raffle for Ewan to demonstrate his special ability in raffling....Only kidding. The raffle was without question the pinnacle of Ewan's illustrious career in this field. Despite spending just £3, Ewan walked away with 3 bottles of wine, 2 photo frames and the biggest prize of the evening- a huge framed holographic Beatles picture. The blog photo speaks for itself!
Thanks again to all our friends, family and fans who came along to support this event!
Posted at 23:22 on 28th September 2012 by Chris Smith
It was off to Cowdenbeath for Jiggered Ceilidh Band last night. We were playing in the Cooperative Hall (which for me brought back memories of the old Scottish song "Wee Jeannie McColl" which if you've never heard played on the mandolin sounds something like this).
Keir and Lewis were having a joint 18th birthday party and the twins' parents had booked us and we were able to play a special request of "You are my all in all"! We were delighted to be invited- although Susan did get locked in between two doors that could only be opened with a keycard (since we couldn't help her escape, we figured the next best thing was to snap the image for the blog picture!).
It was a great night. Ewan had a spicy chicken pizza which maybe wasn't the wisest move as "he'd not had a good week in his mouth". I think he genuinely believes this is an actual phrase.
Anyway, our hosts Phil and Lorraine looked after us well and it seemed like everyone had a great night. Happy birthday, Keir and Lewis!
Posted at 7:26 on 22nd September 2012 by Chris Smith
After last week's epic journey beyond Aberdeen, a wee jaunt to Scone (near Perth) was a dawdle! Amy and Kevin had booked Jiggered Ceilidh Band for their wedding at Murrayshall Hotel and Golf Club. They'd "warned" us to expect a large contingent of the wedding party to be English and that they'd need very clear instructions about how to ceilidh. No need for the warning on this ocassion. The crowd were really up for every dance we threw at them and in our action-packed sets the floor was full to overflowing and everyone seemed to be having a blast. The bride and groom had asked that the best man perform the song for the first dance so we got to relax at this bit for a change. After that it was a mixture of ceilidh and covers from us interspersed with some disco music chosen by Amy and Kevin specifically.
Break from wedding season next week-got a birthday party in Fife on Friday!
Posted at 18:14 on 16th September 2012 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band are playing a Fundraiser Ceilidh to help raise money for Girl Guiding. Tickets are £10 and include a buffet. The venue is The Morton Hall, Main Street Newmilns, East Ayrshire, KA16 9DG. To book tickets contact Helen Shedden on 01563 549550.
Hope to see you there for a great night!
Posted at 6:20 on 13th September 2012 by Chris Smith
Every so often I leave aJiggered ceilidh and think "how do I cram all this stuff into a blog?!". Last night was such an event...The only way I'm going to manage is with a bullet point summary of memorable stuff:
-the 4 hour journey was not as arduous as you might have expected, thanks largely to the banter from Susan (when she wasn't stretching the truth to her husband on the phone- it was an ice lolly, not an ice cream!) and Ewan (when he wasn't sleeping). Dinner at Aviemore's chip shop Smiffy's was a highlight!
-the venue itself, Drummuir Castle, was spectacular. Lots of beautifully preserved features- we played in the impressive hallway (notice from the photo that we lined up in single fi;le and that my piano was the perfect length for squeezing between the two pillars). The acoustics in the Castle were lovely- as Jenny will testify it carried the sound of vocals and wind instruments very clearly!
-the staff at Drummuir were really positive about us (compared us to Wolfstone and I think we'll be back at Drummuir again).
-the bride and groom, Elaine and Craig, had asked if we would learn Snow Patrol's Lifening with some alternative lyrics to personalise the song to them...it went really well and the couple had a fantastic evening.
-the father of the bride was particularly complimentary "you're an efficient band and what you do is really clever" (an astute guy). He was overheard saying when we announced a Strip the Willow "I'd warn against this one if you've got a dodgy ticker"!
-with a significant contingent from New Zealand it was only right that we were treated to an energetic performance of the Haka!
All the best Craig and Elaine- thanks for having us!
Posted at 11:39 on 9th September 2012 by Chris Smith
Probably when we first started ceilidhing, we never imagined the adventures it would bring, the miles we'd cover, the venues we would play in, the folk we'd meet, the controversies we'd court or that Jiggered Ceilidh Band would still be gigging 10 years later! It's hard to judge what's the biggest highlight but one things for sure...we're still going strong- more popular than ever and with a tonne of delighted clients...That's no small claim.
So...thanks to all our fans, supporters, business partners, and past clients. Here's to another 10 years!
Posted at 15:11 on 7th September 2012 by Chris Smith
Tonight's ceilidh started very peculiarly...Upon arrival at the venue (Glasgow University's QMU) we found there was another ceilidh band set up!! After a bit of investigation we discovered that although the event organiser, Adrian had booked us...QMU had booked another band (who she introduced us as Thistle Dubh). The lads from the other band were great- very understanding and got packed up and headed off for an early night.
The litmus test for how well a ceilidh will pan out is usually the first dance: the Gay Gordons. Tonight it was a distaster...we had lots of international postgraduate Statisticians and the moves seemed to stump them. Thankfully things got a LOT better and by the end of the night, you might have mistaken the crowd for ceilidh veterans (well,almost).
Throughout the night a bizarre ritual unfolded...Adrian's waistcoat was passed from guy to guy and by the end everyone had pretty much tried it on. I buckled under the peer pressure, hence the photo.
Looking forward to the next conference, Prof Bowman!
Posted at 22:47 on 6th September 2012 by Chris Smith
If you don't already know, Oran Mor is bang in the middle of Glasgow's West End. Jiggered have played there a few times and it's got lots of great points in addition to its prime location: a grand function room for weddings with fab viewing balcony, a young team of tartan-wearing staff who do a really slick job, quality buffet...
...however, if you're the band playing there you have to find somewhere to park, then get the heavy sound gear and drum kit from your parking spot to the venue, next it's down a wee alley that's a couple of hundred metres long, then into the building round to the lift which brings you out at the kitchen, navigate your way past the waiters and kitchen crew and you're in the room. It's a good workout. You should see my biceps this morning. They're not any bigger than usual. I just always recommend folk to see my biceps!
Alison and William had booked us for their wedding and asked if we'd be able to play Rhianna's "We Found Love" for their second dance- how many ceilidh bands would be able to accommodate that request? We did our version of that with Jenny belting out the song brilliantly (so much so we did it again at the end of our set).
During the night we enjoyed Pick n Mix- always a highlight for us (flying saucers, yum). Ewan got all "Alan Partridge" suggesting he's going to start bringing large dinner plates to ceilidhs so he can take as much as possible at buffet time!
The crowd were great. We wish Mr and Mrs Reid all the best.
Posted at 8:00 on 2nd September 2012 by Chris Smith