Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Yacht Club Wedding

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Yacht Club Wedding

A very busy month for Jiggered, ended with James and Heather's wedding at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club (Rhu). We've played at this venue before but I didn't remember the views being quite so spectacular.

James and Heather chose "Go Lassie Go" for their first dance (despite the groom's reservations about the first dance, the wedding guests were whooping and cheering for the couple throughout- it was lovely). And as soon as we kicked off the ceilidh action, everyone was keen to get in on the dancefloor action! 

We enjoyed playing "You and Me" by the Wannadies- another request from the couple and it proved a hit with the guests who were up boogying and knew every one of the lyrics!

There was a bit of taxing chat at the break (thanks Ewan) and we met a couple who are in a ceilidh band of their own!

We'll be back in June. For now, I need a lie down.

Posted at 7:17 on 28th May 2017 by Chris Smith

What a day for a wedding- Jiggered soaking up the sun!

What a day for a wedding- Jiggered soaking up the sun!

Fraser and April nailed their wedding preparations. Not only did they pick a lovely wedding venue (Glasgow's House of an Art Lover, decorated beautifully and with excellent nibbles at the buffet). Not only did they pick a cracking ceilidh band (yes, I mean us). They also managed to pick the warmest day of the year- their guests enjoyed temperatures up to 28° if the reading on my car was accurate!

The new Mr and Mrs Smith started the evening dancing to their first dance request, David Gray's "The One I Love". Nice. Some great dancing and even-than-better sounding drumming from Ewan (you didn't think that was possible!?) with his new shiny cymbals. 

First wedding of the weekend done- next one in Rhu. Maybe see you there!

Posted at 7:38 on 27th May 2017 by Chris Smith

Four ceilidhs in nine days (4)

Four ceilidhs in nine days (4)

Last Saturday was the wedding of Ally and Anya at the stunning
Stonefield Castle.

Having met the happy couple last year, we were excited to be part of
their big day (it's not every day you get to play for a referee who's been part of the lineup of officials for Euro Championships and Scottish Cup Finals)!!

The night kicked off in true form with the first dance where we
performed our version of Dolly Parton's 'From Here To The Moon And
Back'. We followed this up with 'From Russia With Love' which went
down a storm - particularly with Ally and Anya, and their many Russian
guests who made the journey across to Scotland to celebrate.

The crowd were consistently fantastic - filling the floor for every
ceilidh dance. One Russian guest in particular had a whale of a time
during Strip the Willow, really getting into the music...and the band!
The night ended with a group sing song after which we made our way
back round the stunning Kintyre Peninsula.

We've got another busy one this weekend with weddings Friday and
Saturday night, so stay tuned for the highlights.

All the best Ally and Anya!

Posted at 16:28 on 26th May 2017 by Chris Smith

Four ceilidhs in nine days (3)

Four ceilidhs in nine days (3)

Glasgow's Corinthian. It's a stunning venue. The impressive building is just off George Square and its impressive architecture combined with its luxurious decor make it a really classy venue.

Jiggered were performing at Strathclyde's Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management Graduation Ball. We had a short slot between the end of the graduates' meal and the DJ's session into the early hours! With less than 90 minutes to play, we crammed in loads of ceilidh dances! It was high energy, frenetic but brilliant.

Jetsetting Ewan had flown up from London in time to catch this one!

It was a pleasure for me recognise one of the graduates celebrating the culmination of her undergraduate studies. Ashley and I reminisced about memorable moments from her time in my class about 10 years ago! Jiggered wish Ashley and the rest of her classmates all the best for their promising futures!

Posted at 5:23 on 18th May 2017 by Chris Smith

Four ceilidhs in nine days (2)

Four ceilidhs in nine days (2)

Second ceilidh of the weekend. Lovely location (Bankfoot Church Centre, near Perth). Lovely bride and groom (Jacob and Lyndsay).

As if a cracking ceilidh wasn't enough, guests were treated to an ice-cream stand, more homemade traybakes that I've ever seen in one place, a soft play, rolls at the break... Excellent!!

Things went so well that at the end father-of-the-bride, Iain, came to thank us for playing another of his daughter's wedding. Two of his girls have hired Jiggered for their weddings and Iain's determined his other two will in the future too! 

Next gig on our list: a graduation ball at Glasgow's fancy Corinthian!

Posted at 7:05 on 14th May 2017 by Chris Smith

Four ceilidhs in nine days (1)

Four ceilidhs in nine days (1)

Jiggered Ceilidh Band have a busy May lined up- we're starting with a run of four ceilidhs in nine days. Don't worry, we have the stamia for it!

The first is one of our regular favourite gigs. The Larbert Pentecostal Church ceilidh is organised by Michelle and it's always a packout. Everyone gets dressed up, arrive early and the buzz in the room even as we set up indicate this is going to be a belter! We're not disappointed either- this crowd love a ceilidh and Beancross Farm's massive dance floor is crammed all evening with smiley dancers. 

If forced to mention something here that won't make any sense to the rest of you I'd probably refer to Ewan's raffle/competition skills being demonstrated once again, Emma's ability to tell her left from her right (she's a bright girl, after all...I mean, she has Standard Grades and everything) and Susan lamenting that her Magner's pint glass was filled with water.

Off to Perth next.

Posted at 7:22 on 13th May 2017 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidhing at Ball for Radiologists!

Jiggered Ceilidhing at Ball for Radiologists!

Jiggered's latest gig was this one for some radiologists whose big hearts (note: this has not been verified by any form of scan) led to them raising money for the Beatson at their Ball hosted at Glasgow's Oran Mor.

As I scanned the room tonight, I spotted my good friend Dr W but there was no sign of MR I. We ceilidhed straight through to midnight and our radiology friends will confirm the diagnosis of our set arrangement: no sign of any breaks. Everyone seemed to love Jiggered's music with one punter, Tom Ogrophy, saying "You guys were sound. Ultra sound...". Alan's good lady Katy had been involved in arranging the event and lined up the post-ceilidh music which was taking the partying radiologists into the early hours. Hopefully everyone was well-behaved after we left and there are no reports of any x-ray-ted behaviour. 

Fun evening, great crowd.

Posted at 0:19 on 7th May 2017 by Chris Smith