Over the 11 years Jiggered Ceilidh Band have been helping out in whatever way we can to make the clients' events as special as possible. Last night, we played at the Lynnhurst Hotel, Renfrew which is really lovely. Bride Lorraine had asked if we'd be able to do One Direction's "Little Things" for their first dance. We obliged and I think it went really well (maybe that was because I'd almost lost my voice so it was mainly Emma everyone heard)!
The evening went well with great ceilidh action (including a generous sprinkling of free-style and improv!), pakora at the buffet and lots of smiles!
At the break, the band managed to get serious heart-to-heart chat. I learned lots and it was emotional. But listen to me, I'm gushing...
Posted at 7:13 on 22nd September 2013 by Chris Smith
I'm just going to say it. Jiggered Ceilidh Band were the ideal band for Joanne's 21st at Stirling Rugby Football Club. The energetic, young, enthusiastic crowd filled the floor all night...they bounced around to covers, jigged every ceilidh dance...it was great.
Joanne's friends/families had written short, fun, touching speeches. They'd baked 21 (yes, twenty-one) birthday cakes. And there was a full roast pig on a spit. Now, Jiggered have a reputation of tucking into buffets at events, and we certainly went the whole hog tonight!
Lots of business cards dished out at the end of the night so hopefully we'll get to play for some of this crowd again!
Posted at 0:21 on 21st September 2013 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band's fab four stepped into the eight footprints of another popular musical quartet last night. We were playing at Auchen Castle (near Moffat) which is not only one of the finest castles we've played at but also hosted The Beatles back in the 1960s!
David and Catherine had booked us up for their wedding having heard us at a 50th birthday party. It was lovely to be invited to play at the wedding-an intimate affair with just 30 privileged guests.
After playing "Caledonia" for the bride and groom's first dance we performed two sets of 1 hour- a real mixture of Scottish tunes, ceilidh, covers...we even briefly indulged the persistent requests for "a bit of Westlife".
In the same week Gareth Bale's transfer smashed the world record paid for a male footballer, Team Jiggered made a near-world-record-breaking offer to recruit a talented female footballer.
All the best to David and Catherine from your grateful ceilidh band, Jiggered!
Posted at 8:59 on 7th September 2013 by Chris Smith
Last night Jiggered Ceilidh Band rolled up at Glasgow University for a regular event in our calendar of gigs. Adrian Bowman from the Statistics Department there organises a training event for postgraduate students from all over the place and we're the band he always chooses to guide this international bunch of students through the ceilidh dances.
A highlight of the night is always the break...because that's when the talented Stats crew reveal their other abilities. On display last night was group Greek style dancing, magic, a solo Indian dance performance, a self-penned song and Adrian's version of Red Red Rose.
Emma had her work cut out calling every dance but did a brilliant job. At the end we were told that next year's event will be in Oxford so Adrian's tartan waistcoat will be in hibernation until 2015 when we hope to play for this fanstatic lot once again!
Posted at 6:48 on 6th September 2013 by Chris Smith
The 5* Marcliffe Hotel was the location for Jiggered Ceilidh Band's latest Aberdeen domination! We've been playing lots up Aberdeen way. This wedding was another cracker. If I'm being honest alarm bells began ringing when the English best man announced "Not too sure about these skirts but I'm looking forward to the barn dance later"...Thankfully those in skirts (i.e. kilts) were not the only ones really up for an evening of barn dance (ceilidh). The floor was packed with guys and girls all night!
The first dance was performed by a young guest with a really cute voice.
Nice to see one or two unexpectedly familiar faces in the crowd (expecially the Bryces!). And I was even asked for my autograph. That's a first.The buffet (choice of stovies or fish and chips) was amazing and we were over the moon that the ice cream stall was set up right next to the band. Yum!!
At special request from the bride and groom we threw in a wee bit of Mumford and Son's "I will wait" into the Eightsome Reel. Hopefully it will become a more regular part of the Jiggered repertoire!
Home by 3am. Easy :)
Posted at 17:07 on 1st September 2013 by Chris Smith