I'll go ahead and say it. Boris and Gillian's reception at Edinburgh Academy provided the ceilidh of 2017! This one will be the benchmark against which all ceilidhs will be compared this year. The newlyweds were loving our tunes (especially hugh praise as they're both talented musicians- violinists!). The crowd, which included a load of Russian guests, absolutely lapped up every ceilidh dance, cover set and Scottish tune. From the moment Emma anounced the next song, the floor was crammed every dance and it's always nice to have massive applause after every one!
A few of our newest sets (including some cover mashups Emma put together and ceilidh tunes courtesy of Susan) went down a storm...looking forward to building them into future ceilidhs!
We had some grub at half time from award winning chippy L'alba D'oro...great wee place- the owner Filippo even offered Emma some free chips.
Posted at 8:38 on 9th April 2017 by Chris Smith
The annual Grange Academy Maths Camp is a cracking event. Jiggered's piano man, Chris, is known as "Mr Smith" at this one and his students are so Maths-crazed that they'll spend an entire weekend at the Revision weekend each year studying Higher and Advanced Higher Maths.
The Saturday night ceilidh at Gartmore House is a definite highlight of the weekend: the enthusiastic, energetic students dance for a solid hour and a half and they LOVE it.
Maths and Scottish music- what a great blend. Check out Chris' geeky version of "500 Miles" at the Scottish Mathematical Council's Conference earlier in the month.
Posted at 18:36 on 26th March 2017 by Chris Smith
With Emma away for the weekend, the stage was set for Ellyn to make her Jiggered debut. It was a lively ceilidh with loads of pupils from the Milngavie Primary (the school the PTA were raising money for). Ellyn has been working with hordes of students across East Ayrshire recently and this experience was really clear as she expertly guided this enthusiastic bunch through the dances.
We've played this one year after year and love it. The young people were pleading for autographs and asking if we had an album out!
Ewan was back on form, winning fudge in the tombola!
There are a few dates in March and April we're offering discounts for. If you're looking for a last minute ceilidh, give us a shout.
Posted at 22:54 on 25th February 2017 by Chris Smith
If you're interested in hiring one of Scotland's most popular ceilidh bands for a ceilidh this March or April 2017, you're in luck.
We're offering an incredible £300 off ceilidhs for our remaining dates in the next couple of months...Just send us an email or give us a ring and you could get yourself a quality band for a fraction of the usual price!
The dates available (right now) are 10th/11th/17th/18th March and 14th/15th April!
Obviously these dates will be snapped up quickly so get in touch soon to avoid disappointment. And the usual terms and conditions apply...subject to availability etc etc...
Hope to hear from you soon.
Posted at 0:21 on 19th February 2017 by Chris Smith
Jiggered were in action in the Kay Park Parish Church Halls for the 37th Henderson Scouts. Some of the young men are off to Namibia during the summer - it was our pleasure to play at this fundraiser.
Jiggered's piano player Chris (better known as "Mr Smith" in Kilmarnock) knew a few of the ceilidhers and raffle salesman Scott ensured Mr S ended up with raffle ticket "314" as a tribute to pi. Unfortunatley, this didn't win any prizes!
Fiona had organised the event- the buffet featured rolls and sausage (always a hit) and bowls of mushy peas (this might be a "Jiggered" first).
Watch out for a few opportunities to snap up a cut-price last minute ceilidh....we'll be posting these on our website and Facebook page soon!
Posted at 23:46 on 18th February 2017 by Chris Smith
Jiggered's January giglist wouldn't be complete without a wee Burns Supper Ceilidh at Townhead Church in Newmilns. This is always a lively event swarming with kids and families from the town (and with a few fans from further afield popping in too).
The crowd are great, the food was a big hit (haggis, neeps and chips for tatties), the address to the haggis from Paul was entertaining as ever and of course Jiggered's music went down a storm.
Thanks to Ewan, Susan and Emma for their incredible talent and willingness to come doon to Ayrshire yet again. We love you guys!
Posted at 22:53 on 27th January 2017 by Chris Smith
This was the start of 2017 for Jiggered Ceilidh Band. It was also the start of an incredible adventure into the unknown for Don and Lorna. They were hosting this ceilidh in Milngavue Town Hall as a farewell to the colleagues, friends and family. On Wednesday the couple leave behind the comfort of their lifestyle, secure jobs, lovely home and fly out to South Africa to volunteer indefinitely. Don will be helping to construct sustainable housing for those living in poverty while Lorna will be setting up health clinics to provide vital care in these communities.
If you're interested in finding out more, following their adventures or support them, head over to their blog, Adventurously Expectant. We wish the McLeans all the best for the future too!
So if you're looking for a ceilidh in 2017, whether that's a fundraiser, wedding or even a leavers' party, please get in touch!
Posted at 8:25 on 15th January 2017 by Chris Smith
Another memorable, exciting year for Jiggered came to an end in Easterbrook Hall at The Crichton. The Hogmanay celebrations there are well worth coming along to if you're in the Dumfries area. The evening kicks off with fine food (we were treated to a delicious three-courser before kicking off the ceilidh). The crowd are keen ceilidhers - the dancefloor was crammed all night- at one point there was so much dancing space that we had a set doing the Strip the Willow in the hallway just outside the function room!!
As 2017 approached, Emma performed the countdown "10..9..8..7..6..5..4..3..2..1..HAPPY NEW YEAR!" and then the confetti canons exploded. After the New Year greetings, smooches, hugs and well wishes we finished off the rest of our set. At 1pm when the evening ended so many of the guests complimented us on our music which was lovely.
We're excited about what 2017 has in store for Jiggered. If you're looking for a ceilidh band, please give us a shout!
Posted at 9:27 on 1st January 2017 by Chris Smith