Lauren and Andrew heard Jiggered at another wedding on the banks of Loch Lomond. We were delighted to be recruited for their wedding at the luxurious Cameron House Hotel! Their wedding was a lot fun and Lauren had to be dragged from the dancefloor. This was one bride who was here to dance! Great enthusiasm, dancemoves and smiles!
Emma was celebrating two years with her pacemaker, Chris was "this close" to telling a belter of a story, Ewan confessed to a undiminished obsession with Father Christmas spotting on Christmas Eve and Susan's powers of prediction finally came unstuck with this year's Secret Santa gifts.
Merry Christmas everyone: it's good news of great joy!
Posted at 18:42 on 18th December 2016 by Chris Smith
Over a decade ago, at Dalmeny Park Hotel, the newly married Mr and Mrs Stirling danced for the first time while Jiggered played. Our fantastic violinist Susan returned "to the scene of the crime" to play at Jonathan and Carolanne's wedding at the same venue!
Jiggered were just a small part of an evening of entertainment for the Steensons- they had singers performing at the end of their meal, Jiggered providing the celidh and a DJ taking the guests dancing through to 1am! We wish the happy couple many years of love in their new married life.
Posted at 22:58 on 26th November 2016 by Chris Smith
Our latest wedding was great for a number of reasons.
1. The venue, Melville Castle, is stunning.
2. The buffet featured bars of chocoate- you can't beat a Wispa!
3. Some young wedding guests proved that ceilidh really is for all ages (brilliant dancing from them!).
4. The wedding reception was from 7pm-10pm meaning a well-appreciated early night.
5. A blend of Scottish and Mexican cultures.
6. Emma made one announcement that reminded Ewan and I of the Jenny-era!
7. We were playing for a bunch of guests who've heard us before and have become definite Jiggered fans!
8. The new Mr and Mrs Meldrum were a delight to play for- all the best guys.
That's enough for now!
Posted at 8:00 on 13th November 2016 by Chris Smith
Remember, remember, the 5th of November. I'm sure that will be an easy task for Ruth, Dan and their guests after a really memorable wedding held at Bachilton Barn, near Perth.
Spectacular fireworks, quirky venue, energetic dancing, fine music, tasty food and smiles all round.
All the best to our Dan and Ruth. Thanks for having us, guys!
Posted at 8:40 on 6th November 2016 by Chris Smith
Hope you all enjoyed your extra hour in bed last night with the clocks changing! After a ceilidh over in North Berwick last night, it was a welcome pressie for the jiggered members of Jiggered Ceilidh Band!
We were invited to play at Edward and Ottilie's wedding at MacDonald's Marine Hotel and from the very start it was clear this was a crowd who were keen to ceilidh! The guests were invited onto the floor to join the new Mr and Mrs Crossan during their first dance (we'd learned "Beneath the Rose" as a special request by the couple) and they were keen to pile on for every dance after that!
All the best for the future, Edward and Ottilie!
Posted at 8:34 on 30th October 2016 by Chris Smith
Cast your mind back to 1996. An era when the Scottish football team actually managed to qualify for the odd World Cup or Euro Championships. October that year, the Scottish team arrived in Estonia's capital Tallinn for their latest match. A mixup lead to one of the most ridiculous scenes in the Tartan Army's history- Scotland lined up for their national anthem, kicked off, and celebrated victory a few seconds later. There was no Estonian team there! Refresh your memory of the story here.
Fast forward almost exactly 20 years. Thankfully there was no such mis-match at Fraser and Selene's wedding celebrations. Both sides of the union turned up: Fraser representing the Scots and Selene was Estonian bride! They had their big "do" in St Andrews in the Square. It's a lovely venue- if you are having a function there bear in mind that your band will have to work with the sound limiter system installed because the building is in a redsidential area. We are used to playing with these but it can be hard as enthusiastic whooping andn clapping from the ceilidhers add to the decibel count!!
Congrats to Mr and Mrs Law. Thanks for having us.
Posted at 7:00 on 23rd October 2016 by Chris Smith
Jiggered were excited to be playing at Fraser and Rachel's wedding for a number of reasons:
-it was our first time playing at the impressive Elphinstone Hall at Aberdeen University
-we were able to issue celebratory high fives to Paul and Carolyn, still going strong 6 months after we played at their wedding
-the opportunity for us to play a waltz written especially for the couple's big day
Fraser and Rachel were a lovely couple- they looked after us like one of their guests and were an absolute pleasure to play for. We reckon that the gorgeous Rachel had chosen the ideal wedding dress for spinning around during the ceilidh dancing. Fraser thanked us for our "almost-instantaneous" response time to his emails during the planning of the wedding...if you're looking for a ceilidh band and want to ensure you get one that will reply quickly and accommodate your specific requests give us a shout!
A superb wedding. All the best for the future, Fraser and Rachel.
Posted at 7:43 on 16th October 2016 by Chris Smith
Jiggered were in action David and Tina's recent wedding celebrations at Dundas Castle, near Edinburgh. The couple had a lavish fusion wedding recognising the Indian and Scottish culture. DJ Hari was in charge of entertainment for the evening and hired Jiggered to provide a burst of ceilidh in between his Asian DJing. It was fun working with this larger-than-life character who complemented Emma's calling, even translating the calling instructions!
A memorable night- thanks for having us Hari!
Posted at 7:36 on 2nd October 2016 by Chris Smith
Jiggered have played at Bothwell Bridge Hoel but not for a long time! The room used for weddings has been done up and looked amazing last night for Elaine and Colin's wedding.
It was also the bride's birthday so the Hotel produced a big birthday cake ablaze with candles and the wedding coordinator serenade Elaine (tunelessly) in a rendition of "Happy Birthday"!
The guests loved the ceilidh dancing and the happy couple had requested some of their favourite tunes for the playlist at the break which proved popular as the floor was well filled all night.
All the best, Colin and Elaine!
Posted at 11:16 on 1st October 2016 by Chris Smith
A Thursday evening ceilidh at one of our favourite venues: Crutherland House Hotel. As it happens, our bride Kirsty has mistakenly booked up a ceilidh band with a similar name initially (she quickly cancelled that booking and lined up her favourite: Jiggered!). Hopefully this will serve as a cautionary tale...make sure it's JIGGERED you book up for your event.
Kirsty and Kevin chose "How Long Will I Love You?" for their first dance. Great choice. It turns out Emma and Kirsty went to school together...they got a chance to reminisce at the end of the evening. We'd like to wish the couple many years of happy married life!
Posted at 23:04 on 15th September 2016 by Chris Smith
Last night reminded me that Jiggered Ceilidh Band are a well-oiled machine, well worth considering if you're getting married or need a ceilidh band for your event.
Posted at 7:47 on 4th September 2016 by Chris Smith
In 1904, a Scottish expedition headed to the Antarctic and brought ceilidh music to a unique new demographic:
"A number of emperor penguins, which were here very numerous, were captured. … To test the effect of music on them, Piper Kerr played to one on his pipes, — we had no Orpheus to warble sweetly on a lute, — but neither rousing marches, lively reels, nor melancholy laments seemed to have any effect on these lethargic phlegmatic birds; there was no excitement, no sign of appreciation or disapproval, only sleepy indifference." (Rudmose Brown et al., The Voyage of the “Scotia,” 1906).
Thankfully, when last night's crowd gathered to celebrate Derek's 50th at Clarkston showed no indifference to the marches, reels and laments that echoed through the venue during the evening! Even the first-timers were excited by Jiggered's tunes and were keen to dance the night away. We had a brilliant time with Emma, Andi and Raymie on fine form!
Thanks to Derek and Paula for having us play ay this birthday bash. There was even discussion about another big birthday for Derek in 2066...!
Posted at 7:09 on 28th August 2016 by Chris Smith
Anytime Glasgow University's Statistics Department host a ceilidh, Jiggered are the significant outliers drafted in. A strong correlation has been empirically established between the endless enthusiasm of last night's postgraduates and the sweatiness of the ceilidhers!
This crowd always throw themselves into the ceilidh action (many first time ceilidh dancers, many from overseas). It was a relentless workout for them as dance after dance after dance ensued in an action-packed night! They never even relaxed during our break- instead, as has become a tradition at this event, they performed dances and poems, songs and karaoke. There's never a dull moment with this bunch. And of course Prof Adrian Bowman likes to entertain the crowd with a Scottish tune- he received a thunderous response to his latest performance.
Can't wait till the next one...
Posted at 19:24 on 26th August 2016 by Chris Smith
Tonight Jiggered were in action in the Fenwick Hotel. We've played here a few times- it's a great venue for a wedding or party. Brian and Catherine were celebrating their Ruby Wedding. To see a couple sticking together for four decades is admirable...Forty years is a looong time to be married (although I guess it might feel even longer depending who you're married to!).
Brian and Catherine had a lovely day, starting with a service conducted by George McGinn, a chance to blether with friends and family who were then spoiled with a lovely meal after some short speeches. Evening entertainment? Of course it was Jiggered. Catherine loves to hear Jiggered's ceilidh music and watching the dancing.
Many congratulations to Mr and Mrs Hill on their marriage milestone!
Posted at 22:33 on 13th August 2016 by Chris Smith
Emma and Susan know the new Mr and Mrs Keiller so this was a nice one for us to do- their guests were loving the ceilidh too.
In an exemplary display of commitment to the Jiggered cause, Susan tried one of buffet items that I suspected might have contained cheese (which I'm not a fan of) but it turned out to be filled with mushrooms (which Susan is allergic to). Thankfully, Susan was fine- otherwise I'd have some explaining to do to big Alan!!
Jiggered wish David and Rebekah all the best for their new married life!
Posted at 7:31 on 7th August 2016 by Chris Smith
"Shhh....Quiet please" is the normal instruction for respectable expected library behaviour. Thankfully, silence was not the order of the day at Edinburgh's prestigious Signet Library last night as Jiggered Ceilidh Band's music echoed throughout the grand Georgian building for Terry and Hollie's wedding.
The evening kicked off with the bride and groom taking to the floor for what seemed like a fairly standard first dance "1000 years". All of a sudden the track scratched into a much more upbeat tune which triggered some lively dancing from Terry, Hollie and the bridal party. The lively start was the start of an evening of high energy ceilidh dancing (Hollie even asked for us to do a second Cumberland Basket because she enjoyed the dance so much).
It was nice to have a reunion of the original Jiggered lineup- it was fun performing with Jenny again (there were naerolls in sight at the kebab shop we visited). Happy birthday to our own Emma too of course!
Hollie was gushing with praise at the end of the night and it's always a great way to end a ceilidh with such a hugely satisfied client! We wish Hollie and Terry all the best for the future.
Posted at 7:26 on 31st July 2016 by Chris Smith
The journey to last night's ceilidh proved an adventurous one- you probably heard that on the grape(bo)vine anyway. The dual carriageway was invaded by hordes of cows jumping over fences, clambering across the central reservation barrier, charging towards cars sitting with their hazard warning lights on...it was a unique start to a ceilidh. Guess even Scottish coos appreciate Jiggered's moosic!
Our young newlyweds were Ally and Beth who were having their wedding celebrations at the worth-checking-out Waterside Hotel, West Kilbride. The hotel has a fantastic seaside location and the modern decor is making this one of Ayrshire's most popular wedding venues.
The evening kicked off with the first dance "Make You Mine" followed by action packed ceilidh. A packed dancefloor is always a pleasing sight and by the end of the evening we'd made lots of friends, new fans, and hopefully a few more potential gigs...!
Posted at 7:31 on 28th July 2016 by Chris Smith
Some brides can be pretty full on- after booking up, they are emailing every week or so about every detail of their big day. Others email to book and then fire maybe one more email before the big day! Charlene was very much in the latter category. She'd told us the venue (Rosslea Hall, Rhu) and that we should expect Norwegian guests who would require step-by-step ceilidh instructions. That was enough for us to go on!
The Norwegians were enthusiastic dancers and the Norwegian wedding cake was pretty cool too. It was nice working alongside the resident DJ, Jim, whose disco sets sandwiched our ceilidh action. Two more ceilidhs next week- Summer 2016 is shaping up to be another busy one for Jiggered!
Posted at 22:15 on 23rd July 2016 by Chris Smith
A Saturday night road-trip to Aberdeen for ceilidh. I recruited Raymie and Emma to car share and they made a fine team. Emma turned up with a stash of sugary goods to keep me awake on the drive home into the wee hours and Raymie kept the banter flowing while Emma snored for most of the journey!
Marina and Andy were tying the knot in Aberdeen and their reception was at the impressive Ardoe House. We've played here a few times (and the crowd each time has been a similar mob- they obviously enjoy the Jiggered ceilidh experience). After the Grand March, Marina and Andy peformed their first dance to Emma's lovely version of "How Long Will I Love You". After that we crammed in an hour and a half of ceilidh action, covers and a few favourite songs of the newlyweds including Rend Collective's "Lighthouse" which had featured during the wedding ceremony!
It was a fun night with the crew. These Aberdeen ceilidhs are definitely moreish.
Posted at 8:23 on 17th July 2016 by Chris Smith
Thirteen years ago today, Jiggered played while a young couple nervously and awkwardly shuffled across the floor while friends and family photographed the newlyweds. Since then, we've played at hundreds of weddings and witnessed loads of memorable first dances.
Last night, groom Euan informed us that his imminent first dance with bride Nicole might not be a polished performance. Pfft. These guys had clearly been practising and as they glided about everyone was impressed!
Dunkeld House Hotel has a really nice marquee for weddings, the staff are excellent too. And the blend of Scottish guests and Aussie guests made this a high energy, laugh-a-minute ceilidh.
I'm wishing the Bulcraigs all the best in their married life. If they are as happy after 13 years as that now-not-so-young couple then they'll have hit the jackpot. Happy anniversary, Mrs Smith!
Posted at 8:17 on 10th July 2016 by Chris Smith