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