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