I guess the litmus test for a successful band is to ask former clients "would you book this lot again?". Obviously after last year's fundraiser at Hurlford Bowling Club, the guys from Kilmarnock Portland FC were in no doubt: they wanted more of Jiggered Ceilidh Band and so booked us up again.This was a home gig for me and inveitably there were a few familiar faces hanging about...a colleague from work, parents of the pupils I've taught (including David the organiser, and his wife the birthday girl who loved having us sing happy birthday, Mark and Andrew's mum who insisted I embarrass Andrew on Monday morning, Jordan and Danny's mum whose knickers quote will haunt Ewan and I for years to come, Adam and Sara's mum whose expressive dance moves with David entertained the masses,the Moles- cheery as ever) and a sprinkling of former pupils (great catching up with Nicola, Mark and Ainsley!).
Same as last year, we were treated to fish and chips at the break. But in a stunning turn of events, Ewan's special raffling talent seems to have left him.
We've been asked this week about playing at Westminster Cathedral Halls, London...possible road trip coming up! Watch this space.
Posted at 9:48 on 1st December 2012 by Chris Smith
It's been a long time since Jiggered last performed at Houston House, near Edinburgh. We had a vague memory that we liked it as a venue and this was confirmed when we arrived last night- it was lovely.
The evening went really well: from the smooth set-up and sound check, to Louise and John's first dance, to the enthusiastic ceilidh dancing, to the yummy stovies at the break, to the big finish (Loch Lomond, an arch as the newlyweds left through an arch, Orchadian Strip the Willow and Auld Lang Syne).
A cautionary tale: if you're ever filling up at a petrol station when a bus-full of girls unload from a hen night get out as soon as you can. I survived just such an incident before last night's ceilidh (only just!).
Posted at 8:44 on 25th November 2012 by Chris Smith
The church was packed. Familiar faces were welcoming. The place was buzzing. The dance floor was jumping. The Irn Bru was flowing. The rolls and sausage were satisfying. This was a cracking group of folk to ceilidh for.
Cartsbridge have been fundraising for a lady who requires a portable oxygen machine and hopefully this event will have gone some way towards realising that dream!
Posted at 23:15 on 10th November 2012 by Chris Smith