What a brilliant weekend it's been for Jiggered Ceilidh Band! Tonight we returned to play at one of favourite venues: Destiny's Burns' Night Ceilidh. It's consistently one of the best events we play at every year.
The team (in particular organiser Gemma, our host Alan and sound genius Wyl) looked after us superbly. The dancers were incredible. The floor was heaving and it was a glorious sight...
Banter in the green room at the break was outstanding...as we muched on Mr T's macaroons we chatted about future church events and recording a video (watch this space), about the irresistible Emma, about just what it would make to make Ewan's life crumble (lots of pressure on me, there!), about our plastic surgery needs...it was hilarious stuff.
Anyway, after our double weekend, we get next weekend off!
Posted at 0:14 on 26th January 2014 by Chris Smith
What a cracking start to Burns' Night weekend...The first instalment of a double-header for Jiggered Ceilidh Band. This one was a family ceilidh at Townhead Church, Newmilns (the same location where the new Jiggered lineup was publicly unveiled almost exactly a year ago!).
The night was packed with ceilidh action, performances of poetry and song from young and old, yummy food (haggis, neeps, tatties and Joseph's 70th birthday cake!), lots of friends, family and first-timers enjoying each other's company. Great to be able to stalk to...er...talk to Natalie and Donald who've booked us up for their wedding later this year and have been monitoring our blogs very closely!
Roll on tomorrow's ceilidh.
Posted at 23:23 on 24th January 2014 by Chris Smith
Carnbooth House Hotel,Carmunnock is somewhere we've plaed before but this was Jiggered's first wedding there! After some expert parking, we waited in the cocktail lounge while the guests finished their dinner in the marquee. Emma had a few issues to get off her chest. These included her concept for "What Does the Giraffe Say?" (inspired by watching a fox in the car park), her penchant for 5am shooting practice and a rant about the driver who burst her license plate!
Mark and Pauline looked to be a very happy couple- a perfect match for each other. And their guests were really up for ceilidhing- they filled the dance floor all night.
Roadie Alan helped get the gear into the venue- it was a record pack down at the end of the night! You can bring him every week, Susan! Oh, I've to remind Ewan it's strictly fast food this week...
Posted at 7:23 on 12th January 2014 by Chris Smith
First wedding of 2014 for Jiggered Ceilidh Band was at Fingask Castle, outside Perth. When we arrived the meal was still being finished off (the hog roast had been a massive hit with the guests- only a few bones left!). Speeches followed and we got started about 10pm.
Apart from a short break for cake and the odd breather while Emma excelled in her role as lost property manager (anyone lost a hairpin/"cheese knife"/keycard...) it was a jam-packed evening of ceilidh action. The crowd were superb- totally up for every dance and we had a brilliant time.
The end of the evening finished with the bar staff joining in the Orchadian Strip the Willow! And the bride and groom gave us some chocolates at the end of the night! Thanks guys.
In other news: during the break we dicussed Ewan's future in extreme sports, and whether he was just in it for the prophet.
Posted at 16:12 on 5th January 2014 by Chris Smith
The last four years, Hogmanay for Jiggered Ceilidh Band has been spent performing at Gleddoch House Golf Hotel and Spa. We love playing at weddings at various venues across the UK but it's nice to have a regular event like this one where we know the set-up arrangements, where we know the crowd will be enthusiastic participants joining the floor for every dance and joining in singing the Scottish favourites (like Caledonia and Go Lassies Go) and where there are familiar faces year on year!
We play from about 10pm till 1am with a piper belting out a couple of tunes before the bells. After the countdown to the bells, everyone enjoys a New Year hug/handshake/smooch (I enjoyed this bit almost as much as the awkward moment when Susan went to kiss a guest as he moved on to shake Ewan's hand- classic). It was nice to share the first moments of a New Year with my great pals, Ewan, Susan and Emma. It's been an exciting year for Jiggered with our new lineup and last night just reiterated for me how far we've come...sounding better than ever!
While stovies are being served we took a 10 minute break during which we dished out our Secret Santa gifts- a fine crop this year it must be said. I'm happy with my geeky Maths clock- the allegations of plantpot envy are wide of the mark!
The last four years Jiggered have averaged exactly 52 ceilidhs a year, as the graph shows. All the best to all our friends, families and fans for 2014...
Posted at 10:00 on 1st January 2014 by Chris Smith