This was a first for Jiggered...Zach had booked us up for his wedding and the celebrations were in a "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" in Glasgow. Zach's mum provided the grub for the night and while guests enjoyed it, we chatted to two young women how turned out to be Mormon missionaries. It was interesting to find out what made them tick, and to compare some aspects of our faith. Sisters Griffin and Cannon were at the wedding just to help out but seemed to enjoy our music lots!
The new Mr and Mrs Mitchell were really friendly- we wish them all the best in their married life.
An early night after this ceilidh. Nice one!
Posted at 21:46 on 26th July 2014 by Chris Smith
I've known Densley for a few years so it was a pleasure to play at his wedding to the lovely Lisa. They'd chosen Strathblane Country House, a venue that we've played at before a while before it was extended (was it really way back in July 2008, Daveand Amanda?!).
Densley and Lisa had selected loads of their favourite songs on iPod to mix in with the ceilidh action provided by Jiggered! The timings for the evening didn't quite match their meticulous planning (the first dance ended up kicking off about 9.45) so we re-shuffled some bits and pieces. The crowd were enthusiastic about the ceilidh dances we managed to squeeze in: Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sargeant, St Bernard's Waltz, Hooligan's Jig, Loch Lomond Arch and Auld Lang Syne!
Finally, wee Matthew was mortified to be up dancing. I did promise him this photo would end up on the blog. Voila. But it's also a nice snapshot of the new James family. Congratulations to Densley, Lisa, Matthew and Ruby!
Posted at 8:58 on 19th July 2014 by Chris Smith
We rolled up at Solsgirth House Hotel pretty early for our latest ceilidh...were arrived while the staff were doing a dance floor jigsaw and balancing the cake carfeully (you don't ever want it collapsing, ending in tiers).
Craig and Kirstin are good friends of Jiggered drummer, Ewan, so it was a pleasure to play for them on their wedding day. It was a fun night with lots of laughs, shadow art and some great dance moves. I'm sure that we'll be seeing some action selfie shots from our self-acclaimed "number 1 fan" Hannah.
One of my piano keys kind of snapped so I'm off to fix that before tonight's ceilidh!
Posted at 9:01 on 18th July 2014 by Chris Smith
How did we function before Google existed?! It's transformed life as we know it and our latest bride and groom, Susan and Kristofer, were singing its praises...that's how they found their ceilidh band Jiggered and they told us that Susan and Kristofer win our 2014 prize for "smiliest bride and groom". They obviously enjoyed every moment of their day. Guests were treated to a chocolate fountain, magician and Jiggered's ceilidh tunes...
Biffy Clyro seemingly went down a storm at T in the Park this weekend and Susan and Kristofer had asked for "Many of Horror" for their first dance. Emma and Ewan worked their own magic on this cover. Claire was on fine form, deputising for Susan. Can't remember "Dignity" ever going down as well as it did last night- the crowd were absolutely jumping! The end of the night finished with an Orchadian Strip The Willow and then Auld Lang Syne during which a massive balloon was dramatically burst, cascading confetti and smaller balloons across the ballroom! Brilliant finish to the night.
So it's best wishes to Susan and Kristofer from Jiggered's Susan and Christopher (and the rest of the crew of course!).
Posted at 19:35 on 13th July 2014 by Chris Smith
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were in action for the third time in a weekend, this time at Jenny and Alan's wedding at Solsgirth House Hotel (a cracking venue with a massive marquee- and we're back for another wedding here on the 17th July!). Our very own Susan was bridesmaid at this one, looking beautiful as you can see from the pre-wedding selfie!
Before we kicked off the ceilidh action Clanadonia made a quick appearance, performing a few of their energetic drum/bagpipe tunes (really warmed up the crowd, and impressed the large New Zealand contingent). Jenny and Alan had asked us to play "Ho Hey" for their first dance. After that, the ceilidh was ready to roll. A great night, incredible grub at the buffet and finishing off with an enormous Orcadian Strip the Willow and arch for the couple to leave through.
All the best, Jenny and Alan from Jiggered Ceilidh Band!
Posted at 10:00 on 7th July 2014 by Chris Smith
What a stunning location. The Lodge On Loch Lomond on a sunny day is something special....Jiggered Ceilidh Band were delighted to be back for another wedding.
This time it was Colin and Rebecca who had heard us play before and knew we'd be the ideal band to perform at their wedding. Rebecca was struggling to do all the ceilidh dances in her wedding dress so she appeared for the second half wearing a TShirt with "just married" on the back and "Mrs Dyer" on the front, explaining "I wouldn't be able to do your amazing tunes justice in my fancy dress"! We wish this smashing couple all the best!
There was an appearance from a lifesize cardboard cutout of Prince Harry (don't ask), we performed "Songbird" for the first dance and Emma's Loch Lomond at the finale was amazing "You take the high note, and I'll take the low note..."
Posted at 8:37 on 6th July 2014 by Chris Smith
Legendary Scottish broadcaster, journalist and face of BBC Scotland, Sally Magnusson heard Jiggered Ceilidh Band at a wedding last summer and booked us up straight away!
Laxamyri is the Icelandic home of Sally's ancestors- it's a farming estate that her great-great-great-grandfather built up which was sold on early in the 20th century. Back in 2006, the family had a massive reunion in Laxamryri and eight years on, Sally was organising the Scottish return visit. Hundreds of family members (from all over; Denmark; Iceland; Scotland;England...) piled into Gartmore House to join in the celebrations.
It was a brilliant night. The crowd were keen and appreciative, clapping and cheering as soon as we started to play a few notes. From the youngsters who bounced about to the ceilidh tunes, to the young folk who showed off some great freestyle moves, to the sprightly great-grandfather with his newly replaced knee who dispensed the walking stick to allow him to jig about, to the Scottish contingent who were demonstrating how easy ceilidh dancing is, it looked like everyone had a great time!
Sally and her husband were a pleasure to play for. The pair were extremely relaxed despite hosting this massive event. They were really friendly. We chatted for a while and I even gave Sally a wee calculation to do (although she admitted Maths isn't her strongest suit, she passed with flying colours!). And if you ever ask Sally to recommend a ceilidh band I know she'll suggest Jiggered Ceilidh Band.
Roll on the 2022 Reunion in Denmark!!
Posted at 13:34 on 5th July 2014 by Chris Smith