Hope you all had a fab Christmas time!
Jiggered love Norton House Hotel- it's a superb wedding venue and at this time of the year the Garden Suite there looks absolutely stunning. It's hard to beat.
Ewan's friends Warren and Erica were married there and we were drafted in to perform the ceilidh honours! The evening reception was packed with entertainment- the bride and groom's friend Craig kicked the evening off performing Michael Buble's Everything for their first dance, we gave an action packed ceilidh set before their DJ pal fired out the tunes until midnight. Fish and chips for the buffet and sparklers kept all guests smiling! This was a really nice wedding.
Next up: Hogmanay!
Posted at 9:51 on 30th December 2015 by Chris Smith
It's the first time we've played at Greenfaulds High School, Cumbernauld, but hopefully not the last if this event was anything to go by! A huge crowd of senior pupils arrived in their party gear ready to show off the moves they've been learning in PE! And the night was buzzing from start to finish. The students were enthusiastic, well-behaved and cheered like crazy at the end of the night. It was the perfect pre-Christmas ceilidh for us! We'll hopefully be back for more in the future when Greenfaulds move to their new school!
Our last gig before Christmas meant the obligatory exchange of Secret Santa presents. I think everyone went home happy this year!! It was a year to the day since Emma had her pacemaker "installed" and she's still loving life in the fast lane with Jiggered as we look to another busy year in 2016!
Merry ChrisSmith to all our fans...
Posted at 17:14 on 18th December 2015 by Chris Smith
Whenever Cartsbridge Church put on a ceilidh, Jiggered are delighted to be their band of choice. We've played there many times over the years and this latest visit was a lot of fun. Some of the dancers have been attending dance lessons recently and were keen to show off some of their new moves. I'm pretty sure we witnessed a world exclusive: the "Mayfair Quickstep" being performed to our cover versions of James Blunt's Revolver and Rihanna's We Found Love!! It was unorthodox but brilliant in equal measure!
And now that Christmas is upon us, there are some very impotant things to take care of....Remember your Secret Santa gifts on Thursday night, gang!
Posted at 19:56 on 13th December 2015 by Chris Smith
It ended up a late Monday as Jiggered spent St Andrew's Evening recording some audio to accompany our soon-to-be-released promo videos. Sam Smith from Green Door Studios was our sound engineer for the evening- his mission was to try and capture the live sound of Jiggered...not a manufactured collection of individually recorded instruments but something authentic representing the warmth and energy of our collective sound! Can't wait for you to hear the finished product and see Stephen's videos too! Be patient, Jiggered fans. One before Christmas, honest.
Posted at 6:58 on 1st December 2015 by Chris Smith
We've played for loads of folk since 2002 but our latest ceilidh saw us perform for FOLK for the first time! "Friends of Loudoun Kirk" are a charity who exist to restore and maintain the partially ruined Loudoun Kirk, near Galston. They've been holding a ceilidh for years and years. This year, they'd asked Jiggered to provide the music and we were delighted to play for them at Galston Community Centre.
As usual, Ewan was on fine form on the drums and excelled in the raffle. Two prizes from £3 of raffle tickets. I'll not say what he won in case that proves to be a Christmas pressie spolier alert for any of his friends/family!
A day off from ceilidhing (although the Smiths/Stirlings will be meeting up!) before we do a bit of recording on Monday night....watch this space!
Oh, and some feedback from our Friday ceilidh: "Sorry I didn't get a chance to thank you for playing at our ceilidh, although Sandy did. I just personally wanted to say how much we all really enjoyed your music it was refreshingly modern and such a good standard. Guests commented on "how lovely the singing was" , "what a good voice your singer has " and "what a great band you are". The dances were great fun and there were a few which were new to us, which we all thoroughly enjoyed even those who got bamboozled by them. We would thoroughly recommend you to anyone looking for a ceilidh band. Thank you for making our night special and good luck in all your future bookings. Best wishes Pat"
Posted at 9:11 on 29th November 2015 by Chris Smith
Sandy is a man who knows how to orgnaise a great ceilidh- he'd hosted this St Andrews' Weekend ceilidh in a Scout Hall in Milngavie. It also happened to be Sandy and his wife Pat's brithdays so we had a wee rendition of "Happy Birthday" at the end! Sandy (and his team of helpers) had spent ages decorating the hall, invited a whole load of friends and family, ordered suppers for everyone from the local chippy, lined up a piper to provide 8 minutes of bagpipe entertainment...It was a fun evening and after Jiggered's mini-holiday it was brilliant to be back out with the team. Another ceilidh tonight followed by an evening in a recording studio on Monday night then a busy December. Love it.
Posted at 8:19 on 28th November 2015 by Chris Smith
Dorothy and Colin had their wedding reception on the 31st October at Duck Bay Marina, Loch Lomond. There's was no Halloween theme...just as well, probably, if this best man's speech I found on the internet is anything to go by:
"I'd like to propose a ghost! Toast, sorry. I'm muddling up this speech with my Halloween gags, and believe me, I feel a right ghoul. Anyway, I'm getting a-headstone of myself. Now where-wolf was I? Right, that's enough of bat. I think you all got the polter-gist."
Anyway, this was the final ceilidh for Jiggered in a really busy September/October. Now it's time for a well-earned rest. Our next ceilidhs are at the end of November.
We wish Dorothy and Colin all the best for their future together!
Posted at 9:26 on 1st November 2015 by Chris Smith
Ok, perhaps one year learning German way back in 1994 means I'm somewhat underqualified to write that blog headline. But we had a brilliant evening with this bunch of German visitors...wunderbar!!
We were treated to fabulous food, singing from our overseas guests, polished performances from their Scottish hosts, impressive lederhosen and beermaid outifts. The photo is just one I took of Jorg, a thoroughly entertaining chap who everyone seemed to love!
This was a crowd who were "up for a ceilidh" even though half of them leave at 8am tomorrow morning to drive back to Germany. A treat for us to play for them all!
Posted at 23:20 on 26th October 2015 by Chris Smith
Ewan spent today wandering up Ben Arthur (or "The Cobbler" as it's probably better known). Then he nipped over to Arrochar to join us at the Three Villages Hall, where we were playing at Heather and Serge's wedding....
This was an fascinating mix of guests because Heather's Scottish and Serge's from the Ivory Coast! The couple had clearly spent a lot of time ensuring both cultures were being represented- they sang hymns at the service in English and French and the evening featured Jiggered's ceilidh music and a DJ with some African tunes too.
We hope Heather and Serge have many happy years together!
Posted at 22:19 on 17th October 2015 by Chris Smith
Marion and Colin asked us to play at their post-wedding party at St Luke's in Glasgow. We'd never been to this venue near Glasgow Green but it's a great find. St Luke's has a strong focus on excellent music. It was a privilege for us to be kicking off the evening with two hours of ceilidh!
We've been introduced by BBC Scotland's Fred MacAulay before and Scottish icon Sally Magnusson's hired us in the past- it was exciting to have former Scotland rugby player and BBC Radio Scotland presenter John Beattie in the crowd and dancing away...
Another ceilidh tomorrow night in a busy weekend for Jiggered. Bookings have flown in this week for 2016/2017. Please get in touch if you're looking for a ceilidh band!
Posted at 21:53 on 16th October 2015 by Chris Smith
Helen rememebered Jiggered from her Strathclyde days and booked us up for her wedding to Anthony. Helen and Anthony had booked the stunning Altskeith Country House, Kinlochard. It's secluded by the side of a beautiful loch. And what a hidden gem is. We're glad we found it!
Our bride and groom weren't sure their guests would be up for a ceilidh...this photo was taken at the break- it shows what the dance floor (which opened out onto the stunning garden) looked like empty. This was the only time it looked like this! The crowd were absolutely fantastic, dancing all night. Nothing phased this lot- we wheeled out the Folla Reel, Cumberland Basket, Eightsome Reel and they jigged the night away.
Glad I didn't get breathalised on the way home- the wedding cake contained a generous splash of booze I think!
All the best to the new Mr and Mrs Chesshire...thanks for the card and pressie at the end of the night, too!
Posted at 8:55 on 4th October 2015 by Chris Smith
It's well over ten years since we were at Strathclyde with Alan but when he married Charlotte and needed a ceilidh band for the Scottish round of post-wedding celebrations, guess who he booked? I'll give you a clue- it wasn't One Direction.
Jiggered have made a number of visits to Cartsbridge over the years and it was great to be back to play there again. This was our 7th ceilidh this month and we're only at the 19th September. It's been busy but a lot of fun too. And we've met loads of smashing folk.
Dancing, bacon rolls, a photo slideshow crammed with photos from Alan and Charlotte's wedding, amazing traybakes, Ewan Speedie...Outstanding!
All the best to Alan and Charlotte!
Posted at 23:59 on 19th September 2015 by Chris Smith
I spent yesterday at the BBC, being filmed for a small part in a TV game show called "The Dog Ate My Homework". It was an odd experience (not least as it was the Christmas special, being recorded in September) and, inevitably given the fact it's a brilliant-but-ridiculous CBBC programme, I ended up looking like a complete tube. All canine-related excuses for forgetting your homework are of course, unnacceptable to us teachers, kids.
Anyway, last night Jiggered travelled to Bishopbriggs to play at Cadder Freestone Social Club. Gordon who booked us made sure we were well looked after. He provided us with drinks, bigged us up on our on-stage intro (twice), gave us a tour of the place...And at the end of the evening he let us know how pleased he was with the ceilidh and said those words that let you know you must have done a good job "You'll be back"....
Posted at 7:51 on 19th September 2015 by Chris Smith
Last millennium, I went to school with a girl called Emma. Some years (and about 500 Facebook messages later) Jiggered were playing at mma's great fundraiser in Kilmarnock's St Joseph's Hall. Emma's been raising money all year for Ayrshire Hospice, in memory of her dad Norman Muir Birnie.
The evening was a lot of fun and the hall was packed with families and young children enjoying each other's company, the music, raffle and food.
Tonight's ceilidh brought in over £1000 and Emma is not stopping yet. She's heading off with her wee family to Florida in the morning but will soon return to her latest challenge: a half marathon. We wish Emma all the best with her fundraising adventure!
Posted at 22:15 on 12th September 2015 by Chris Smith
It's always nice to hear back from clients who say that they've appreciated the service we have provided. This week we played Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday...and we've had lovely messages from each of the clients since then. Check out what these folk had to say about the Jiggered Ceilidh Band experience:
I honestly can not thank you guys enough. The day was just perfect and you guys topped the whole thing off! You did a brilliant job! All the guests have been talking about how great it was. We will absolutely recommend you guys to anyone and will happily book you again if we have any other events! Thanks once again. All the best.
Amy and David, bride and groom (Westerwood Hotel, 5th September 2015)
Thank you so much for playing at (our) special day!! We thought you guys were amazing and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed the ceilidh dancing and thought you were excellent. Thanks again!!
Diane and Dom, bride and groom (Crieff Hydro, 4th September 2015)
Thanks for the ceilidh last night. I think it was the most successful we have ever had. We plan to run the event again next year so, if it's not too far ahead, can we pencil in a booking for 2016?
Adrian, conference organiser (Glasgow University, 3rd September 2015)
Best ceilidh ever, I heard!
Jean, conference organiser (Glasgow University, 3rd September 2015)
Just had a chance to send a quick reply. Never got to say on the night but you guys were amazing!!!! Thanks so much for making the night so good. Everyone had a great time :)
Lauren and Stewart, bride and groom (Houston House Hotel, 2nd September 2015)
Posted at 18:37 on 6th September 2015 by Chris Smith
Westerwood Hotel and Golf Resort was the location for our latest ceilidh. It's a great venue (a massive room available for weddings, incredible buffet and helpful staff)- you should check it out sometime!
It was a real pleasure to play for David and Amy's big day. You could tell they were loving the big day and we were delighted to be their ceilidh band! This crowd were well up for a ceilidh...it made for an amazing evening.
Another night with Stephen taking video footage for soon-to-be-released Jiggered promo videos (watch this space). Unfortunately he didn't manage to catch my epic forward roll...
Anyway, a brilliant end to our run of ceilidhs. All the best to the new Mr and Mrs Walker!
Posted at 7:45 on 6th September 2015 by Chris Smith
While Scotland's football team slumped to a 0-1 defeat to Georgia, Jiggered were getting ready to entertain the guests at a much cheerier event: Dom and Diane's wedding. Crieff Hydro is a lovely venue and we were in the Ferntower Suite.
Dom and Diane had a ceilidh for the first couple of hours of the evening- after the buffet they had a pair of guitarists performing. So that would've meant an early night for us had it not been for two diversions on our journey back home...
We're back in wedding action tonight. Looking forward to it!
Posted at 8:36 on 5th September 2015 by Chris Smith
The second of our run of four ceilidhs was an absolute cracker. This annual event for Statistics PhD students is always brilliant. A (statistically) significant number of them are international students who've never ceilidhed before but as soon as Emma announced the dance they were spilling onto the dance floor to learn how to do it. A pleasure to play for!
As if that wasn't enough, this lot provided some pretty special performances during the break including a rendition of the Danish national anthem, poetry, an Irish duet, odes to Scots abroad, our fan Adrian's love like red, red roses, an impressive piano piece...and lots more.
The evening started badly with Susan getting her (courtesy) car bashed from a woman blinded by the dazzling Scottish sun! But everyone's fine and looking forward to the next step in our adventure (50% done):
Posted at 22:47 on 3rd September 2015 by Chris Smith
Jiggered kicked off a really busy September with Lauren and Stewart's wedding at Houston House Hotel, Livingston. After the wedding cake was cut, a second cake appeared...a surprise birthday cake for Stewart resembling a massive can of Irn Bru (sorry I didn't get a photo).
As well as the ceilidh action, the guests also enjoyed a performance from Stewart's dad AKA "Giorgio the Magician from Northern Ireland" and a round of "Mr and Mrs" with the new Mr and Mrs Leslie!
Anyway, mission accomplished: great ceilidh, Ewan didn't lose any items (a regular occurrence recently) and now we head off to Glasgow Uni for our next one!
Posted at 6:03 on 3rd September 2015 by Chris Smith
It's a busy spell coming up for Jiggered....September is going to be hectic with loads of ceilidhing to enjoy!
After being entertained by a local talented busker, guests at Sarah and Grant's wedding enjoyed an evening of ceilidh at Perth's Racecourse. Actually Sarah had lined up another band but when she heard us she had to have us at her wedding. And we're glad she did!
We had young Stephen along taking some photos, sound clips and video footage so hopefully we might have a wee promo video to share soon!
The wine was flowing, flowergirls were showing off their dance moves, two guests were chuffed to bits with their "Best Dancer" Awards and we were bombarded with compliments at the buffet (the best rolls we've had for ages- including pork, stuffing, crackling and chutney!) about our musicality and youthfulness...
Next ceilidhs: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday...
Posted at 13:53 on 30th August 2015 by Chris Smith