Jiggered Ceilidh Band: SoftMech Ceilidh at Glasgow's Hilton Grosvenor

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: SoftMech Ceilidh at Glasgow's Hilton Grosvenor

Jiggered's past two ceilidhs have been in Hilton Grosvenors (one in Edinburgh and one in Glasgow). This time round, we were playing for the lovely folk from Glasgow University's SofTMech. 

The evening had a proper Christmassy feel and an international flavour too. We always love introducing folk to ceilidh. It's awesome. And Emma has really mastered the calling for first-timers. Textbook stuff! Ewan's new drum-skin was looking pretty cool. Raymie was filling in for Susan- always nice to catch up with our fiddler stand-in! 

We do still have a slot for 11pm-1am on Hogmanay if you're looking for a ceilidh band last minute, folks! Bargain to be had with this one.  

Posted at 23:24 on 12th December 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band kick off Christmas Season in Edinburgh

Jiggered Ceilidh Band kick off Christmas Season in Edinburgh

Kyle Broon. The guy has the reputation of being a organiser. He sorts out the Napier University Men's Football Club (pitches, strips, matches...Kyle's your man).

And he sorted out a cracking joint Christmas Ceilidh for the Men's Football Club, Women's Football teams and Women's hockey teams. The Hilton Grosvenor hosted the event and it was a stoater.

We managed to get some grub- our first Christmas dinner of the season! We played an action-packed set. Ewan was getting into so much that he burst his bass drum. Oops. That's the sort of commitment you get with Jiggered.

Kyle was gushing in his praise of the band (here's his quotes, minus one or two expletives) "Genuinely mean it. I am so grateful for your guys, not only coming through to Edinburgh but for being class!!"

Posted at 8:41 on 30th November 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: St Andrew's Ceilidh for GCM

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: St Andrew's Ceilidh for GCM

Tonight's ceilidh was a total belter. We were playing at Glasgow City Mission for a whole host of internationals...The atmosphere was superb- so friendly with everyone keen to share in the Scottish culture and show off some of their culture's dancemoves in between our ceilidh sets. From Egyptian to Iranian, the enthusiasm was relentless!

We're hoping to play for GCM a few more times. Rachel organised a superb event and we had a blast. 

Posted at 23:46 on 25th November 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band- Stoater of a Wedding at Troon's Piersland House Hotel

Jiggered Ceilidh Band- Stoater of a Wedding at Troon's Piersland House Hotel

Tonight's ceilidh was pretty special.

Ewan arrived with two exciting new purchases. Inside his awesome new car was a cracking new drum kit. 
Susan arrived safe and sound despite having being trapped in a room just hours earlier. 
Emma's reputation as an amazing singer was confirmed before we even started by a few guests who'd heard us before.
I was buzzing to be playing for Lorna and Gary's wedding (Lorna did say she was "buzzing like a bee" too!). The room was loaded with his folk who know me as "Mr Smith" and it was a pleasure to catch up with so many pupils, like Harry and Jennifer, former pupils, like Adam, Alex, Andy, Beth, Cammy, Emma, Euan, Gavin, Jack, Kate, Rachel, Ross, Ruairidh, parents and even grandparents. 

The first dance the happy couple had chosen was "Bless the Broken Road" - it was a cracking way to start the evening. Evey dance saw the floor filled and when we wheeled out "Paper Roses" for Killie fan groom Gary the reaction was unbelievable. Brought the house down!

An amazing evening- one guest posted this on Facebook later about Jiggered: "Without a doubt the best ceilidh band. Absolutely unreal at a wedding tonight". We'll take that. Thanks, Cammy.

Posted at 9:09 on 12th November 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Wedding in Stirling's Golden Lion

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Wedding in Stirling's Golden Lion

Fiona and Stephen were celebrating their wedding at The Golden Lion in Stirling and Jiggered were providing the entertainment! 

First dance for the happy couple was our version of "1000 years". With the formalities out of the way it was time for the guests to get their dancing shoes on. Everything we served up was a hit with this crowd- they were keen ceilidhers, boogied away to our covers and there was lots of singing along from around the ballroom whenever we burst into song! 

We're wishing the happy couple a long future together! 

(Also.....Hope you have a nice holiday, Susan. Hope your hand recovers soon, Emma. Hope your drum/car plans come together, Ewan.)

Posted at 7:53 on 15th October 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Edinburgh Uni for a Conference Ceilidh

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Edinburgh Uni for a Conference Ceilidh

Jiggered travelled over to Edinburgh University's South Hall Complex for our latest gig. Jane was organising a large European conference for vets working in support of research (the 2017 LAVA-ESLAV-ECLAM Conference on Reproducibility of Animal Studies). 

It's always fun when there's an international feel to a ceilidh and with a large number of European delegates learning to ceilidh for the first time, this was no exception. Mobile phones were filming us, photographing the dancing action and torches were even providing alternatives to lighters as Susan melted hearts with her rendition of "Hector the Hero" and as Emma wowed the crowd (unintentional rhyming there) with "Caledonia.

Lots of fun.

Posted at 5:55 on 26th September 2017 by Chris Smith

Rowallan Castle the venue for latest Jiggered wedding

Rowallan Castle the venue for latest Jiggered wedding

Ayrshire's Rowallan Castle is a hidden gem of a venue- it boasts a golf course designed by Scotland's finest ever golfer, Colin Montgomerie, has a great team staffing the place (notably Stuart N- a class act) and the ancient castle is something special too!

Andy and Amelia had heard us at Anthony and Helen's wedding back in 2015- they loved the Jiggered sound so much that they booked us up for their big day. The couple wanted Skippinish's "Walking on the waves" for their first dance- we were happy to learn this one and it went so well that we finished the evening with the song too! 

All the best for the future, A&A!

Posted at 7:27 on 17th September 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event 2017

Jiggered at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event 2017

Jiggered have been ridiculously busy over the past few weeks and this came to a climax with our second appearance at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event (last time we played at this it was at Hampden). 

The wedding fayre sees Glasgow's Doubletree Hilton overtaken by wedding suppliers of all descriptions- entertainers and caterers, venues and photographers...

As well as manning stall "420" (firing out vast quantities of pick n mix), we also performed two live showcases for the brides as they piled into the Robert Burns Suite for the catwalk. 

It looks like we're going to be busy next year!

Posted at 19:41 on 2nd September 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band's latest wedding at Kilmardinny House, Bearsden

Jiggered Ceilidh Band's latest wedding at Kilmardinny House, Bearsden

Mo and Amy were at a wedding we played at a few weeks ago and at the end of the evening Mo came up and said "even if you're half as good as you were tonight, I can't wait". That seemed like not much of a challenge and hitting 50% isn't where we usually set our sights!! And based on the reaction of the crowd, it seems we exceeded Mo's benchmark! 

There were a few folk in the room whose weddings we'd played at and it's always nice to bump into them.

Lots of our band chat centred around our next performance- at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event (Saturday 2nd September)! Excited to book up a few more weddings for 2017 and beyond!

Posted at 5:46 on 2nd September 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Perform Live on Stage at Glasgow's George Square For CreationFest

Jiggered Perform Live on Stage at Glasgow's George Square For CreationFest

The second ever Creation Fest Scotland saw George Square swarming with folk keen to enjoy a bit of ceilidh in the centre of Glasgow! We were delighted to get a slot on the stage and to be able to perform a short ceilidh set- what a joy to watch our friends and family (and complete strangers) dance about in this iconic location. And it was a pleasure to share the stage with some excellent musicians - our set was sandwiched between Steph McLeod and Allan McKinlay. Enough said. 

A unforgettable day as Jiggered reach our 15-year anniversary! 

Great job, Susan, Emma and Ewan!

Posted at 21:31 on 26th August 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered's Busy Weekend Continues in Royal Mussleburgh Golf Club

Jiggered's Busy Weekend Continues in Royal Mussleburgh Golf Club

Jiggered are in the middle of a particularly busy stretch....and loving it!

Our latest gig was the wedding reception of Duncan and Tracey who were marrying at Royal Musselburgh Golf Club (on the "other side" of Edinburgh). It was a large wedding with plenty of entertainment on offer! In addition to our ceilidh stuff, there was a Rod Stewart tribute act and DJ at the end of the night! 

Chat for the band centred around plans for our next consecutive Saturdays...

Saturday 26th August: We're performing live at Creation Fest Scotland (live on stage in Glasgow's George Square at 6pm)
Saturday 2nd September: We're exhibiting and performing at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event (in Double by Hilton, Glasgow City Centre)

Maybe see you at one/both of these cracking events.

All the best to Duncan and Tracey. We really enjoyed playing for you guys, thanks for booking us (and for your kindness)!

Posted at 6:40 on 26th August 2017 by Chris Smith

An international ceilidh for Jiggered Ceilidh Band

An international ceilidh for Jiggered Ceilidh Band

There was a undeniably international flavour to our latest ceilidh. The University of Glasgow's Maths and Stats Department have been booking us for their APTS Conference ceilidh for many years and it's always a pleasure. Adrian is the host for the evening and has brainwashed...sorry....convinced everyone that participation is absolutely mandatory. So every time Emma anounced a dance, the floor was busy and when Adrian took the mic at half time and said "so, folks, Jiggered are taking a short break so it's time for you to perform" that's exactly what happened. We were treated to an honourary Scottish lassie singing "Wild Mountain Thyme", impressed by an Irish poem, entertained by a makeshift duo who did a cover of "Shake it Off", teased by a masterclass in Mauritius dancing...and of course Adrian didn't disappoint as he did a wee number too!

A great evening- the start of a busy spell for Jiggered! Remember to come see us live in George Square on Saturday (26th August) at 6pm. Our slot is part of Creation Fest Scotland- an unmissable event!

Posted at 5:37 on 25th August 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band- New Lanark Mill Hotel

Jiggered Ceilidh Band- New Lanark Mill Hotel

This was a weekend of "sound limiters". Both St Andrews in the Square and New Lanark Mill Hotel have sound limiting systems to control the volume for their neighbours. These can be tricky to play alongside but we're pretty experienced and judging by the end-of-ceillidh-reactions after both our latest weddings, we've mastered the art of getting the most of these systems, avoiding the awkward power-cuts!

Hamish and Jen booked us up for their wedding at New Lanark. After negotiating the four flights of stairs with the sound gear, we were excited to play for this music-loving couple (they had musical icing around their wedding cake) and their keen-to-sing-along guests (who would join in whenever we did any Scottish song or cover)!

Now it's a weekend off for JiGGered before a particularly hectic spell- remember you can come see us on Saturday 26th August in Glasgow's George Square at Creation Fest (we're on the main stage at 6pm) or on Saturday 2nd September at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event!

Posted at 8:13 on 13th August 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Glasgow's St Andrews in the Square Wedding

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Glasgow's St Andrews in the Square Wedding

Glasgow's St Andrews in the Square is a stunning venue. This impressive building is steeped in history. It looks incredible inside and out. 

Colin and Katie's wedding was our latest visit. It was a pleasure to play for bride Katie (whose sister opted for Jiggered at her wedding too)! The crowd were enthusiastic and danced the night away. We're in the middle of a particularly busy spell with a live performance in George Square at Creation Fest and a showcase at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event coming up in the next three weeks (on top of our our other ceilidhs) so there was plenty to chat about- exciting times!

We obviously wish Colin and Katie all the best for the future- thanks again for having us, you guys! 

Posted at 8:59 on 12th August 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Wedding at Altskeith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Wedding at Altskeith

The first thing I spotted when I arrived at Altskeith for Rob and Kate's wedding was the bride and groom rowing their way across the loch! I knew straight away this would be a fun wedding. 

Rob and Kate *love* ceilidh. They're musicians themselves and led the way on the dance floor all night...

We had a great evening. Have a great honeymoon in Canada, Mr and Mrs Elliott.

Posted at 8:47 on 6th August 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Glasgow's Redhurst Hotel

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Glasgow's Redhurst Hotel

Alarm bells would usually be ringing if a 20-year-old was having his second wedding...and something would definitely be weird if it was to the same girl! But, as Cameron explained, this wedding celebration at Glasgow's Redhurst Hotel was the Scottish followup to the Canadian marriage of the new "Mr and Mrs Russell" back in June!

Jiggered were priveleged to join the guests for the lovely meal before we entertained the crowds with ceilidh action. Obviously, we included a Canadian Barndance as tribute to the bride and her family! 

We recognised a few guests (including a few whose weddings we've done in the past). And at one point, a woman came up to ask "Are you that Mr Smith, the Maths teacher?". It turns out her boys attended the school I teach at but their mum is always the one who's sent to approach people they bump into but aren't sure if it's really them. Apparently, I joined an elite group including Ant & Dec and Lionel Messi...

As well as congratulations to the smiley bride and groom, we also celebrated Jiggered's Emma turning 30. She always claims that she's "a different generation" but we're all within 20% of her age now with this percentage only due to shrink! Have a great brithday, Emma!

Posted at 7:28 on 30th July 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered play at Isla's 30th birthday fundraiser in Troon

Jiggered play at Isla's 30th birthday fundraiser in Troon

Jiggered's latest ceilidh was in Troon Concert Hall (a brilliant venue for a big party). This time round we were playing for the lovely Isla who combined her 30th birthday celebrations with an opportunity to add to her impressive charity efforts. She's already raised a load of money for Alzheimer's Scotland...hopefully the ceilidh adds lots more to that worthwhile cause!

The evening was a huge success. Isla's friends and family had turned out in their droves, her mum (Helen) had organised a silent auction, the food was great and everyone had a brilliant evening.

Isla couldn't have been more chuffed at the end of the night- if you're looking for a band testimonial please ask Isla, a new lifelong Jiggered fan! Thanks also to my colleague Hollie (Isla's buddy) who got us the gig!

Another great shift from Ellyn (banter, classy vocals and the Altogether) and Raymie (who has mastered even our new fiendishly difficult ceilidh tunes).

Posted at 23:09 on 22nd July 2017 by Chris Smith

Five star Mar Hall wedding for Jiggered

Five star Mar Hall wedding for Jiggered

Jiggered are in the middle of wedding season and have loads of exciting ceilidhs lined up for the summer! This latest one found us at Gordon and Jill's wedding reception at the luxurious Mar Hall.

Four year old Daniel was keen to help us set up, find out more about the Jiggered lineup and instruments- he even got in on some pre-first dance photos!

There were a few familiar faces in this wedding crowd. And boy, did they know how to ceilidh! Ellyn was standing in for Emma and guided the dancers through Ceilidh dances they were already master of but threw in one that was new to everyone (including the rest of the band)!! Lots of fun...

Next up, we're back in TrOOn (Raymie's favourite!)...

Posted at 9:11 on 21st July 2017 by Chris Smith

If marrying in Edinburgh's for you, then why not check out Ghillie Dhu?

If marrying in Edinburgh's for you, then why not check out Ghillie Dhu?

Ronald and Cat were getting married. They were looking for a band that would provide the ceilidh music that Scottish lassie Cat loved, the expert instructions that Dutch knakker Ronald knew his friends and family would need and the covers that would have their guests up boogying in between! Up stepped Jiggered. 

The venue? Edinburgh's Ghillie Dhu. Stunning architecture, central city setting, experienced sound team...it's a class act. 

At the end of the evening, the couple were delighted with our set...Cat said (and I'm paraphrasing to tone down some of her colourful language!) "That was amazing. I mean I'm Scottish and I've danced away to some dances I've never even heard of. I love a good ceilidh- thanks."

Posted at 18:15 on 16th July 2017 by Chris Smith

See Jiggered at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event 2017

See Jiggered at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event 2017

On Saturday 2nd September 2017, Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central. If you're planning a wedding, get along to this event. There will be all kinds of wedding suppliers there- and plenty of deals on the day.

One of the two showcase bands on the big day will be....Jiggered Ceilidh Band. Get yourself tickets, come along to hear our short demo set and hopefully book us up for your wedding!

Posted at 13:04 on 13th July 2017 by Chris Smith

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