WEST brewery, Glasgow Green, was the venue for last night's wedding as Jiggered Ceilidh Band provided the entertainment. Bride and the groom, Akiko and Peter, said on the night that they never even considered any other band for their big day! WEST is a really interesting venue and they know how to serve up some brilliant grub (the buffet of chunky burgers, fries, onion rings and sticky chicken wings was superb)!
The small dance floor was packed all night and at teh end of the night the bride and groom were so complimentary. Susan was on fine form- she's only got two gigs left before her maternity leaves. Towards the end of the evening Susan's version of "Hector the Hero" became an encore of the lovely couple's first dance.
Posted at 7:55 on 28th April 2013 by Chris Smith
It's only been two weeks since Jiggered Ceilidh Band were up in the Aberdeen area but last night we visited the Maryculter Hotel for our latest wedding. We arrived ridiculously early which allowed us to relax in front of the log fire (stoked ably by Dr Baxter). There was also a fine collection of antique texts to browse through- one that caught my attention was "On the Treatment of Wounds and Fractures". It had some gruesome pictures in it- one I've used for the blog photo!
The bride and groom, Sandra and Craig, had requested that for their first dance we learn a lovely duet called "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. Emma and I have sung it together in the car a lot recently and the practice seemed to pay off- it went down a storm and we even had an encore at the end of the evening because the groom stated that he couldn't have hoped the duet would have gone any better!
Stovies at the break. Yum.
Top tip: To avoid the speed cameras on the road from Glasgow to Aberdeen set your cruise control to 70mph.
Note: This only works if you are aware of the odd bits on the dual carriageway where the limit changes to 50mph/60mph. Ooops.
Posted at 18:00 on 21st April 2013 by Chris Smith
We got a bit nostalgic last night...returning to Strathclyde where the Jiggered journey started over 10 years ago. The Barony Hall is absolutely spectacular. The acoustics are beautiful for an orchestral concert. Every graduation is a special occasion in this grand hall. Sheesh, it's so lovely I even enjoyed sitting exams in it. But, for me, nothing tops watching the massive dance floor bouncing with smiling wedding guests loving Jiggered's sounds!
Lesley and Jonathan make a great couple and their constant smiles throughout the evening were lovely to see. They were so excited that when they left through an arch made by the guests (following an enormous Orchadian Strip the Willow) they ran through in record time!
A fantastic evening- we might even have some video footage to upload soon- watch this space!
Posted at 7:47 on 14th April 2013 by Chris Smith
The last couple of times Jiggered Ceilidh Band visited Norton House Hotel, Edinburgh, we were playing in the main building. It's nice...but the new garden suite is even better. A beautiful setting and we really enjoyed playing there!
Carys and Alistair were a lovely couple who seemed to have a great evening. Their guests were keen ceilidhers, that's for sure. Every dance saw the floor fill quickly and we got through a load of ceilidh dances and covers.
The break saw bacon rolls AND fish and chips. My kind of buffet! We also bumped into Jonny from Edinburgh ceilidh band "A ceilidh band for such a time as this" and blethered away about the fun life of a busy ceilidh band!
This was a brilliant gig- I loved it. It was especially nice of Ewan to confess after 10 years that the piano adds something to the Jiggered sound...
Posted at 8:28 on 13th April 2013 by Chris Smith
Last night was a great ceilidh for Jiggered Ceilidh Band. The bride and groom, Elaine and Alan, were laidback and appreciative. Their only request was that their first dance be kept to 10 seconds before being joined on the floor by others! The guests (many first-time ceilidhers) were enthusiastic and energetic. There was a fine performance from Alan's dad just before the break. It's a long trek to Cults Hotel, Aberdeen, but a bacon rolls, stovies, cupcakes and sweety buffet gave us the energy needed on the raod back home! Trevor, the bride's father, was a real gentleman looking after us well and we're going to perform at his other daughter Janine's wedding in August. It's down in Norfolk and after chatting to Trevor and Janine we're looking forward to this one!
Here's a first for Jiggered: it's competition time. Click here for more details.
Posted at 13:55 on 7th April 2013 by Chris Smith
Sometimes you see someone at a ceilidh and you're not sure why you recognise them. At last night's ceilidh I asked one of the guests how I might recognise him. We eventually figured out where it was from- you might recognise him too!
If you think you can identify him, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us who you think it is- if you’re the first to reply with the correct answer we’ll send you a Mars Bar!
Posted at 13:49 on 7th April 2013 by Chris Smith