"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
Last night was a unique ceilidh for Jiggered. Over the years we've guided batches of ceilidh first-timers through the dances, introducing them to the inimitable fun that ceilidh brings. Our latest ceilidh, held in Murrayfield Parish Church Hall, was attended by a horde of Indian guests NONE of whom knew how to ceilidh!
Emma expertly explained and called the dances throughout our two hour set, As we were leaving, the crowd were preparing for some incredible smells of authentic Indian cuisine. But we exerted uncharacteristic restraint and bypassed the food and headed home to get some rest before another ceilidh tonight!
Posted at 7:30 on 9th July 2016 by Chris Smith
Last night saw a return trip to the gorgeous Easterbrook Hall for the wedding of Hannah and Chris. Thankfully the Hogmanay floods had receded by this point and it was a lovely journey down to the borders. The crowd were raring to dance from the word go and were treated to a fantastic jazz session during the break! The bride and groom took their place on stage joined by a number of their band members to wow the crowd with a wonderful performance.
The stamina of the guests was formidable as the second half got under way, with the dance floor full for every dance and even more so for sending Hannah and Chris off into their married life to the tune of "Loch Lomond". Farewell for now Easterbrook - I have a feeling we will meet again....
Posted at 15:32 on 3rd July 2016 by Chris Smith