Peter and Louise, like many couples who get married in exotic locations, wanted to have a post-wedding party for friends and families who hadn't made it to their big day. The venue was Calderwood Baptist Church (East Kilbride) and mother-of-the-groom Dorothy was pulling all the strings as she organised the caterers, band (including King Ewan of Ceilidhland) etc.
Susan treated us to pre-gig fajitas.Mmmmm. Nice to see Isla, Ciara and the man they'll always call "Alan"!
Fun night. And the clocks went back. Bonus :)
Posted at 14:03 on 27th October 2013 by Chris Smith
A particularly busy weekend for Jiggered with two excellent ceilidhs. The second was Scott and Lorna's wedding. Their reception was at Lochside House Hotel, a stunning venue we've played at a number of times...In fact we're there next week!
Scott and Lorna had made a few specific requests: to kick off with a Dashing White Sergeant, for us to play some Mumford and Sons (we threw "I will wait" into a ceilidh dance) and for us to indulge everyone's cheesy guilty pleasure by playing "Love is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet. And I have a slight hunch we might do that final one again (how do I know? Well, I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes).
Raymie was on fine form, as ever, and it was a brilliant end to a fun weekend!
Posted at 19:26 on 21st October 2013 by Chris Smith
Every two years, the BOPA Symposium is held in Scotland. It's the "most important onchology pharmacy meeting" of the year and Jiggered Ceilidh Band are their band of choice for the Saturday night entertainment! The venue was the amazing Edinburgh International Conference Centre- it's fantastic.
We had a great time and the floor was bouncing with some dancing that would grab all the headlines on "Strictly"...As my mum used to tell me, if you're going to do something make sure you throw everything you've got into it. That advice was taken literally by one dancer!
In between our sets we managed to nip out for a meal- the bill had a helpful breakdown for the four of us (and Mathematically saved us 1p!).
It was such a good night. I wanted to get home to tell my wife all about it- I could hardly contain myself :)
Thanks to our host Alex, who looked after us very well on the night!
Posted at 19:16 on 20th October 2013 by Chris Smith
Mar Hall is the current base for the Scotland football team as they prepare for Tuesday's final qualifying match at Hampden. A few of the squad were milling about (or worryingly hobbling in the case of one big name). As boss Gordon Strachan passed by with Mark McGhee in my head I prepared to say "Hi, Gordon. How's the training going? Have you decided on a formation for Tuesday yet?". What actually came out was a squeaky, star-struck "Hello". Wee Strachan understandably dinghyed me.
In the marquee we got chatting to Craig and Eva, the wedding photographers for the day who we'd met a couple of years ago and who are a really friendly talented pair. Craig managed to slip into conversation casually about the time he photographed Claudia Schiffer (he assures us that he had her permission!).
A lively crowd, who loved our cover sets and filled the floor for the ceilidh action!
Posted at 9:03 on 13th October 2013 by Chris Smith
From time to time, Jiggered Ceilidh Band are asked about a last minute ceilidh. This was the case for Jacqueline's 50th birthday party, held at Toryglen Community Hall. A few close friends and family had been gathered together for the ocassion...to enjoy some excellent food and some excellent music, courtesy of one of Scotland's favourite ceilidh bands!
We provided a jam-packed 2 hour set of music and it went down a storm.
If you're looking for letter-drafting to improve relations with your neighbours, ask Ewan. If you're looking for advice on cooking with cauliflower, ask Emma. If you're looking to get delicate clothes hand washed, ask Susan. And if you're looking for a superb ceilidh at short notice, ask Jiggered Ceilidh Band!
Posted at 6:23 on 6th October 2013 by Chris Smith
Tonight was quite different for Jiggered Ceilidh Band! We headed off to Milngavie to play at a fundraiser organised by the PTA of Milngavie Primary School. The ceilidh had a true family feel about it with hordes of kids running about and showing off all the ceilidh moves they'd been learning but also introducing us to some they'd invented themselves!
A great night: raffle, games, Dominos pizza, fun, dancing...and if you're not convinced read this short testimonial from Meirion who had booked us and emailed after to say:
"Chris, Can I just say a huge thank you for this evening you guys were fantastic and understanding of our "younger" dancers. Without exception everyone had a great night and how fab you guys were."
Another satisfied customer :)
Posted at 22:50 on 4th October 2013 by Chris Smith