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