It's official. Last night was one of our best ever ceilidhs. Fact. Ross and Emma were getting married at Dalmahoy (near Edinburgh) and Jiggered were drafted in to provide the ceilidh action! They're a lovely couple and had assembled a brilliant bunch to celebrate their marriage...this crowd were buzzing, energetic and appreciative. And they never stopped. Even when the buffet was wheeled out (we enjoyed our stovies in the corridor of candlesticks!), the guests still packed the floor to the tunes that Ross had lined up on his iPad to play through our system.
A massive "Orchadian Strip The Willow" to finish off the night was the perfect way to finish off the evening. I went to shake Ross' hand at the end of the evening but he refused. "No way!" he said. "It's got to be a bear hug". I'm still recovering from it!
Posted at 7:17 on 16th June 2014 by Chris Smith
Poor Kate got in touch with us 12 days before the East of Scotland Universities Air Squadron Summer Ball. She'd been tasked (kind of last minute) with organising the event and was scrambling about trying to find a ceilidh band who would play for them in St Andrew's luxurious Fairmont Hotel. Thankfully, Jiggered Ceilidh Band were available and only too happy to head up and play for the ESUAS!
There was a Hawaiin theme, as you can just about make out from this not-exactly-clear picture of Susan and Emma. The night was a lot of fun. Joseph was on drums and (apart from a slight crisis with his crotchets) it was great catching up with him again.
Kate asked at the end of the night if we'd travelled up in one car. I apologised that we hadn't meaning our carbon footprint might be a bit high. She joked that next year they'd fly us up to the gig. That would be awesome!
Posted at 12:08 on 15th June 2014 by Chris Smith
It was a first visit to the fantastic Loch Lomond Waterfront Lodges for Jiggered Ceilidh Band last night. Emma knows Graham and Kirsty (the lovely couple getting married) and so they were keen to have us play for them! The first dance was our version of Sinéad O'Connor's "Only You"...we'd never even heard the song before Graham and Kirsty asked us to learn it. However, it was a beautiful first dance song and loads of guests came over to ask us about it during the night.
A few nationalities were represented at the wedding and even the first-timer ceilidhers were loving the dances...the Cumberland Basket was a huge hit!
Kirsty chatted to us at the break and predicted that the buffet would get a special mention in this blog. After two yummy rolls (one with sausage and tattie scone, the other with bacon) I have to say the catering team were super!
Set-up chat at the start of the evening for Jiggered focussed on failed driving tests and things that make us greet. Thankfully, there was no crying last night!
Two ceilidhs next weekend...in St Andrews and Edinburgh!
Posted at 8:00 on 8th June 2014 by Chris Smith
Gleddoch House Hotel and Spa is a regular venue for Jiggered Ceilidh Band- we've played there every Hogmanay since 2010! In fact, Richard and Ailie came to hear us at one Gleddoch Hogmanay and knew that we were the perfect band to provide the music for their wedding. With a large proportion of non-Scots at the wedding (the seating plan highlighted this- all guests had a flag next to their name showing their nationality) it was important to the couple that we were able to guide everyone through the ceilidh dances and to serve up our blend of tunes and covers too. The evening kicked off with the couple's first dance request: our cover of Savage Garden's "Truly Madly Deeply".
Richard was keeping Ailie's Scottish relatives sweet by wearing a kilt in the evening. Good man. There were lots of nice touches throughout the night including some lovely Swedish biscuits, a Pick n Mix buffet and a "fingerprint tree" for guests to leave their mark!
Ewan's a midgie magnet.
Funniest moment of the evening was when a new Jiggered fan asked to take a picture of the Jiggered boys but had found it difficult because "something was blocking the shot". Emma and Susan were ruining the view of the band pinups: Ewan and Chris!!
Posted at 7:52 on 1st June 2014 by Chris Smith