This week it was off to Dumfries to the lovely Easterbrook Hall for team Jiggered. Stunning bride Roxie and her new husband Michael had heard us playing live at the Hampden Wedding Show and immediately snapped us up - and we were glad they did as it was a great night!
The talented Stephen Watson was standing in for Chris at this one, and despite his shock at the giant balloon bursting above the dance floor he did a brilliant job. We were delighted to have been asked to learn Alicia Keys' 'If I ain't got you' for the first dance, and it went down a treat with the crowd, who were also up for all of the ceilidh dances and covers alike.
We did miss Chris, though, especially to share in the reminder that you can never listen to a Michael Jackson intro too many times... Easterbrook also approached us about a possible significant future event for them, so watch this space.
A fun night - all the best to the new happy couple!
Posted at 16:21 on 30th March 2015 by Chris Smith
This was a goooood ceilidh! The annual conference for BAPO (the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists) was held in Manchester...we were invited down to play for their big conference dinner.
Susan was unavailable, celebrating her parents' 40th wedding anniversary (yeah, congratulations to the Millers for that milestone!), so Raymie was roped into our latest Jiggered adventure! The roadtrip was banter-filled but incident-free. Ideal.
The dinner was being held in The Members' Room at The Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Club. The views from our rooms over the international sporting venue were breathtaking. The meal we were served in our executive box after setting up was pretty special too!
Starter: Horseradish and herb crust coated salmon, warm salad of greens and baby potatoes, micro shoots and house vinaigrette. Main: Pork fillet stuffed with chorizo and caramelised apple wrapped in streaky bacon, lyonnaise potato, spiced red cabbage and roots Dessert: White chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, cranachan quenelle and fruit. Yum.
The ceilidh was a massive hit, especially with a significant chunk of the Conference delegates alumni of Strathclyde. Emma's vocals were praised over and over while Ewan's drumming was particularly impressive!
And Sandie and Ashley, our hosts for the evening involved in organising the event were first class- a pleasure to work with!
A whirlwhind visit to England but a fantastic experience...
Posted at 18:54 on 22nd March 2015 by Chris Smith