Jiggered's final wedding of 2014 was in the Hilton Grosvenor in Glasgow's West End. Louise booked us up after hearing us at the Hampden Wedding Show and we're delighted she did- the reception was unique, with several performances from friends and family of the bride and groom. Two of their friends sung the first dance song, a couple of bridesmaids performed a fantastic medley of songs for the newlyweds and then there was a flashmob-style surprise of "A Season of Love" by members of their amateur dramatic group!
Ewan took some real nice photos at the Hilton but the undoubted star of the show was our Emma. Having just undergone heart surgery on Wednesday, it looked like we were in a desperate spot without our singer/guitarist/caller. But Emma is an absolute trooper and didn't let us down! She arrived (with her new pacemaker) and was absolutely superb as usual! She had to answer about a million questions about the procedure and her new bit of electronics and we even got to feel the device. I'm something of an expert now!
Anyway, a fit and healthy Jiggered team seems like a brilliant Christmas present. Hope all our fans have a great Christmas too: "A saviour has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord".
Posted at 9:48 on 23rd December 2014 by Chris Smith
You can tell straight away this will be an event you'll love when the first thing the bride says to you is to an offer to finish off her dessert while she gets you a cuppa! Bride Ruth, groom Justin and the everyone we spoke to last night were so lovely- it was a pleasure to play at this wedding!
Held in the stunning new build at Bearsden Baptist, there were lots of nice personal touches and my kids would have loved the wedding cake which featured the bride and groom alongside Frozen's Olaf!
Jiggered's Emma had heart surgery on Wednesday. I'm happy to report that the operation to fit a pacemaker went well and she is making great progress. In fact, she'll be playing at our next wedding on Monday- what a trooper! In her absence last night, Claire filled in and did a great job of calling and it was a treat to have Susan and Claire providing double the fiddle action. Thanks for helping again, Claire!
The evening ended with us being applauded as we left the building. That doesn't happen every time, but I might start suggesting it!!
All the best to Ruth and Justin...
Posted at 8:08 on 21st December 2014 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were performing tonight at Cartsbridge Evangelical Church. We've played there before and recognised a few familiar faces which is always nice.
It's Christmas Season which means a few ceilidhs coming up, and of course our latest trip to Gleddoch on Hogmanay!
We had a great night- Ewan seemed to be losing control of his drumsticks more than usual (Susan had some near misses as they flew off in her direction). I thought that there must be a product for drummers of drumsticks that were slightly more gripped or tacky even. I'd call them "Sticky Sticks" but when I googled that, I got distracted by images of sticky chicken drumsticks (that explain the blog picture?).
Big week for oor Emma coming up....(more about this another time)!
Posted at 23:09 on 13th December 2014 by Chris Smith
The 88th Craigalmond Scout Group were in a bit of a jam. Their St Andrew's Weekend Fundraiser was in danger of being cancelled when their band cancelled with just a few days to go!
Clare contacted Jiggered Ceilidh Band and fortunately we were able to go over to play at the event, held in Carrick Knowe Primary School over in Edinburgh.
It was a great night- the crowd were youthful and enthusiastic, Emma had fun playing with the props backstage and we the Scouts raised loads of money too!
So, if you have a problem and no-one else can help and if you can find them, maybe you could hire The Jiggered Team....
Posted at 8:35 on 30th November 2014 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were out and about for their first ceilidh of the weekend...
This one was in Glasgow- Bath Street Tron Halls to be precise. It was a pleasure to be playing for Laura and the RTW team. We played for just over two hours and the crowd were fab. There were a number of internationals present, ceilidhing for the first time! Expertly guided by Emma, the whole ceilidh went smoothly and we were getting loads of compliments on our way out of the door!
Next up, Edinburgh...
Posted at 23:51 on 28th November 2014 by Chris Smith
Jonathan and Kirsten's wedding was a great one to be involved in. There were a couple of connections with the band- Jiggered's Emma and bride Kirsten know each other from university (both are ridiculously clever cookies) and I know John Speirs who married the couple. The venue was a familiar one for us: the Lodge on Loch Lomond. It's a beautiful setting and the view from the McMillan Suite is just stunning.
Jonathan and Kirsten had one our all-time-favourite seating plans. It was themed around the TV Series "Friends" and shared some of the key moments in the couple's relationship over the years!
The crowd were up for a ceilidh- their "Hooligan's Jig" moves deserve a special mention and I can't remember a more exhuberant reponse to us playing "Someone Like You" and "Dignity". Jonathan was singing our praises at the end of the night, saying he'd recommend us to anyone who'd listen!
All the best to the new Mr and Mrs Grant!
Posted at 8:50 on 16th November 2014 by Chris Smith
The latest ceilidh of 2014 for Jiggered Ceilidh Band saw us return to Pollok House, Glasgow. We'd been recommended by a friend of the bride, Jenny.
The evening celebrations consisted of three sets of ceilidh interspersed with some of the newlywed couple's favourite tunes on iPod! It made for a perfect mix and the crowd were superb!
It's been a busy weekend which explains the uncharacteristic brevity and lateness of this blogpost! Normal service will be resumed soon...
Posted at 18:38 on 2nd November 2014 by Chris Smith
Glasgow's Grand Central Hotel is a stunning venue in the heart of the city. We'd be happy to recommend it, especially for a large scale event or wedding. And it was through Grand Central recommending our ceilidh band that we ended up playing at tonight's DEBRA Tartan and Tiaras Ball. Jaye's the Regional Fundraising Manager for this worthy charity who help "those whose skin doesn't work" and she was coordinating this massive event, so booked us up to join a brilliantly varied lineup of entertainment. It was a slick event, well managed and supported by the super-efficient team from Marvelus who were in charge of AV. They did a great job- really smooth and professional.
We played an action-packed one hour set and we had the ideal crowd: willing, lively and appreciative. It was a pleasure to play for this event. Fantastic to have Ewan back from his wedding spree, too!
Clocks go back tonight, Jiggered fans. Savour that extra hour in bed!
Posted at 22:55 on 25th October 2014 by Chris Smith
Stuart and Lana tied the knot in the beautiful College Halls at the University of St Andrews. Jiggered Ceilidh Band arrived, excited to play the couple's requested first dance song! The couple *loved* our version of Rayland Baxter's "Mountain Song".
The evening was relaxed, fun and the guests were filling the floor all night!
At the break, everyone was treated to a virtuoso fiddle perfomance from Lana's brother, Michael.
A fab end to a busy weekend for Jiggered! We wish Stuart and Lana all the best, of course!
Posted at 14:02 on 19th October 2014 by Chris Smith
Laura and Ivan married overseas so wanted to celebrate the occasion in Glasgow with their friends. They booked a venue (the spectacular 29, Royal Exchange Square), Laura baked a wedding cake (which was amazing) and entertainment (who else but Jiggered Ceilidh Band?).
Playing at 29 poses one or two unique aspects for bands...access at the start of the night means driving onto Glasgow's bustling Buchanan Street and unloading near Monsoon, while the end of the evening the packing up involves driving onto Royal Exchange Square just after midnight past hordes of bemused party-goers!
Raymie was on fine form, Andi was drumming so enthusiastically that he cut his finger on a cymbal (bleeding for the cause, that's commitment!), I was on duty keeping this pair under control while Emma did a great job guiding all the guests through the dances.
We're back in action tonight- at St Andrews!
Posted at 7:48 on 18th October 2014 by Chris Smith
Over the years Adrian Bowman has booked Jiggered Ceilidh Band again and again. We regularly play for him at Glasgow University for events he organises. This time, however, we were providing the ceilidh for the Glasgow leg of Adrian's son's wedding celebrations. Richard and Kerrie married in Cambridge but wanted to have a bit of a party back up in Scotland and Adrian knew just the band for the occasion!
The venue? A lovely venue in Bearsden where we've never played before: Kilmardinny House. It was a great night- the guests certainly knew how to ceilidh (Emma had an easy night, with minimum calling required!).
During the night we might just have coined a new word: gigly (see the photo for the definition). You're welcome, world.
Posted at 7:33 on 5th October 2014 by Chris Smith
Lynsey and John booked up Jiggered Ceilidh Band for their wedding at Loch Lomond's Duck Bay Marina. As it turns out, Lynsey knows our own Uee and Susan works with her dad, Hugh. So there were a few familiar faces in the crowd, and an embarrassment of riches in terms of spare drummers (none were required- Ewan was on spectacular form as usual).
John is from America and our friends from the US were impressed that the wedding was able to take place outdoors at the end of September (we always have weather like this, honest). The ceilidh went down a storm with everyone- Scots and Americans! Photographer for the day was our favourite Andi Watson. He's amazing.
A lovely evening- all the best to Lynsey and John...
Posted at 17:33 on 23rd September 2014 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were at Hampden Park on Saturday for Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event. We rolled up about 8am to get the stall and sound stuff set up. Ewan had designed a flier to dish out, Susan was in charge of buying a load of pix and mix to entice the masses of brides over to our stall for a chat!
We had a couple of live play slots: these were a lot of fun and played a massive part in seven brides (so far) booking Jiggered up for their wedding. Some brides told Emma later that her vocals had them in tears (in a good way)!
Good to have a few more bookings after the event- 2015 is filling up so please get in touch soon if you'd like us to play at your wedding!
Off to Duck Bay Marina, Loch Lomond soon for another one. Busy times!
Posted at 15:04 on 22nd September 2014 by Chris Smith
With Rachel getting married in Glasgow but living north of Aberdeen, she was relying on recommendations from friends and family nearer to the venue for a few wedding suppliers. Thankfully, her mum was up to the task of selecting a great ceilidh band! Rachel's mum came to hear us in Troon and shortly after we were booked up for the big day.
House for an Art Lover was the venue- it's somewhere we've enjoyed playing in the past. In fact, it was here that we met Emma for the first time and approached her about joining the Jiggered team (thankfully she said yes).
We arrived pretty early to get the sound stuff and lighting set up, and to allow us a decent sound check and practise for our performances at Hampden in three weeks' time.
Rachel and Callum's first dance choice was The Proclaimers' Life With You but there were one or two requests during the night (including Ashokan Farewell, Hey Ho and Rachel's mum's favourite tune Dignity). The whole evening the floor was filled and our cover sets were especially popular.
Ewan was knackered after a hard day moving house- looking forward to the first Jiggered party at his new pad!
Congratulations once again to Callum and Rachel!
Posted at 7:55 on 31st August 2014 by Chris Smith
It was a pleasure to play for Nik and Becky's wedding. Emma and I were honoured to play at the service (both for the congregational singing and also during the signing of the register), held in the picturesque St Mary's Church, Dalkeith. My favourite part of the wedding ceremony was the moment when the pastor, David, asked for the rings. The best man patted his pockets, and worriedly looked to the first usher. He checked his pockets and continued the panic by looking to the next usher. This usher didn't have any rings either and turned to find they'd run out of ushers. The chain of worried looks went back up the line until the rings were produced. A charming wee moment which broke ice and captured a snapshot of this fun-loving couple.
While the guests went off for the wedding breakfast, Emma and I had a snooze (it's hard work being in Jiggered!).
The whole Jiggered team were reunited at the evening reception, held at Edinburgh's luxurious 5-star Prestonfield. James, the sound engineer sorted us out and it was simply a lovely event, in a lovely venue for a lovely bunch of folk. We had a great time and lots of the crowd came over for a blether- I'm sure we'll be playing for many of these guys in the future. They loved the Jiggered ceilidh. Nik and Becky changed into Indian outfits and led a crowd-filling set of bhangra tunes.
Lots of laughs from the bride, groom, family, friends and band. Magic stuff.
Posted at 12:41 on 24th August 2014 by Chris Smith
Every time we sound check at the Barony Hall while the staff turn the room around, I'm struck by three things. First, of course, is nostalgia- Jiggered formed while at Strathclyde in 2002 and we sat more than a few exams in the Barony, before our graduations there. Second, the acoustics are outstanding- Emma's vocals were lovely and Susan's rendition of "Hector the Hero" as the guests arrived was hauntingly beautiful in the Hall. Third, the place is massive- that dance floor is dauntingly enormous leaving me to wonder if we'll manage to fill it with dancers. It's never a problem, though. Every time we play at the Barony, it's an amazing experience. The massive crowds always seem to be keen on ceilidh and it's a pleasure to play for them in that stunning location.
Becki and Tim had heard us before and we were delighted to be able to play at their big day. It was nice to get so much positive feedback from the crowd ("we loved the mash up of Rihanna with Dashing White Sergeant"), bride and groom ("thanks so much- everyone keeps asking me where we found you") and legendary mother-of-the-bride Irene ("you have been incredible- this ceilidh has been a stoater"). The end of the night was great. A huge Orchadian Strip The Willow, the bride and groom leaving through an archway of all the guests while Jiggered belted out "Loch Lomond" followed by a few more tunes to finish off the night.
Posted at 8:20 on 17th August 2014 by Chris Smith
Ok, so as a boy when I dreamed of playing at Hampden there was no piano in sight. But since my football skills are rapidly deteriorating I'll settle for performing at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event this September.
We're one of two bands who will be performing live on Saturday 20th September so it's a pretty great opportunity. We'll have a stall there too, to chat to prospective brides. Should be a great day.
Posted at 18:57 on 12th August 2014 by Chris Smith
No ceilidhs this weekend, although lots of exciting things happening at Jiggered HQ recently (the bookings roll in for 2015 and we'll be playing at Hampden Park and Old Trafford Cricket Club- more on that soon).
Thought I'd simply share snippets from a couple of recent emails from satisfied customers! Last weekend we had two weddings to play at and the brides sent lovely "thank you" messages afterwards...
Thanks for the fabulous music - the dancers loved it, the non-dancers loved it. Enjoyed by all! Thanks
Anne (Bride, August 2014, Ellersly House)
Just a quick email before I go my honeymoon!!! My new husband Donald and I would just love to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your performance on Friday!!! I think we are still dreaming of how amazingly perfect the day was. Everyone loved your music and we will definitely nominate you for (a VOWS) award!!! Least we can do....Well that and remain stalking you! When we stepped in for first dance and the music started it brought tears to my eyes. More perfect than we could ever imagine. Exactly what we could have dreamed of! I wish all of you many more happy years performing together as you all share such a special talent and bond when working together, it shines right through in your performances...guest pointed out it's so clear you all enjoy your work in the band.
Natalie (Bride, August 2014, Glenskirlie Castle)
So, if you're looking for a ceilidh band for your wedding, please get in touch with Jiggered...
Posted at 20:00 on 10th August 2014 by Chris Smith
Second ceilidh of the weekend for Jiggered Ceilidh Band! Bride Anne had booked us up many years ago for a church event and got in touch when her marriage at Ellersly House Hotel, Edinburgh came round! The wedding had a unique theme...SKITTLES! They were all over the place on signs, in jars, forming the table numbers and filling the mouths of grateful, hyperactive guests!
The room layout was unusual and we ended up rearranging our gear midway through the first half to accommodate this! At the break we plonked ourselves down in front of the TV to see Mr Bolt entertain the crowds in the Commonwealth Games 4x100m final. The Jamaican team romped home to victory and demolished Jiggered's personal best for the 4x100m in the process!
At the end of the night one guest apologised that she hadn't been up dancing very much, "You guys are amazing," she explained "it's just I'm a bit old for this". I was stunned and asked what age she was. "I'm 30". That was it- I was off in the huff! At 33, I'm obviously geriatric!
All the best to Anne and hubby!
Posted at 14:07 on 3rd August 2014 by Chris Smith
They met on the internet, knew they were meant for each other and the relationship blossomed from then. I'm not talking about the bride and groom, by the way. I mean Jiggered and our latest "clients": Donald and Natalie! This fantastic couple heard our version of Chasing Cars and knew we were the ceilidh band for them. It was fitting that we played that as their first dance in the lovely Glenskirlie Castle, but also finished the night off with it too.
Apart from the Hooligan's Jig, which was hijacked by Natalie's freestyle ceilidh moves, every dance went brilliantly and the evening was a huge success. Natalie and Donald were delighted to have us at their wedding and we were chuffed to bits to be there too. They've been to see us at other events and have promised to come to more in the future: this pair are serious Jiggered followers!!
The barbecue buffet was amazing. Honestly, right up there with the very best we've ever had. Yum! Tempted to wash it down with the whiskey and jelly bean favours the couple kindly gave us!
A memorable night for a great couple!
Posted at 7:14 on 2nd August 2014 by Chris Smith