Jiggered Ceilidh Band Wedding at Greyfriars Kirk

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Wedding at Greyfriars Kirk

Three ceilidhs in a row...and every one was absolutely brilliant!

The latest in the trilogy was Ed and Sarah's wedding at the famous Greyfriars Kirk (made famous thanks to Greyfriars Bobby)! The venue is stunning both historically and architecturally. And it was the perfect venue for hundreds of guests to really get into the ceilidh action.

First dance was a Jiggered first: "Son of a Preacher Man". And it went down a storm. The whole evening was awesome and we absolutely loved it. There was some rather amazing dance moves on display. Most notably, one dancer was enthusistically demonstrating her "worm" technique! Ewan captured this beautifully on video- I'll try and share it with you sometime.

Wishing the happy couple all the very best for the future! 

And I won't even mention Ewan's run-in with the Edinburgh police at the end of the night....

Posted at 13:18 on 2nd September 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Airth Castle Wedding

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Airth Castle Wedding

Garry and Julie booked us up for their wedding at Airth Castle and we were absolutely delighted to play for them- what a lovely couple. They chose to kick off the evening as the first couple in a massive weaving-round-the-dance-floor Orchadian Strip the Willow which worked really well actually. 

This seemed like the ceilidh where Gemma really "arrived"! Jiggered have always had serious talent fronting the band (10 years with Jenny and 5 years with Emma)...but at this wedding, the room was packed with loads of Gemma's friends and family so she wanted to prove to them live what she could do. And, unsurprisingly to the three of us, she pulled it off. Everyone was blown away by Gemma's explanations of the dances, banter with the crowd and of, of course, her voice. We're grateful for the past decade and a half and excited about the future for Jiggered (watch this space for some new stuff we have in the pipeline!)....

Posted at 7:01 on 1st September 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band LOVE The Old Fruitmarket

Jiggered Ceilidh Band LOVE The Old Fruitmarket

In the first of three consecutive nights of ceilidh action, this venue set the bar ridiculously high. Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket is simply a brilliant venue. The history, the green room, the stage, the fantastic sound guys, the space for dancing...it's pretty hard to beat. 

This was another conference ceilidh and Gemma once again superbly guided the delegates through the dances even though most were complete newbies when it comes to ceilidh dances!

Next up, weddings at Airth Castle and then Greyfriars Kirk!

Posted at 14:36 on 31st August 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Glasgow University Union

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Glasgow University Union

We love recurring gigs like this one at conference ceilidh at Glasgow University each year. It's for the APTS conference hosted by the Maths and Stats department and is held in the Union. The room's great but the postgraduate students are even more amazing. Most have never ceilidhed in their life but Gemma guided them expertly through every dance move and the floor was packed with enthusiastic first-timers. We loved it (and obviously they did too, with a couple of offers to come and ceilidh at Oxford Uni next year!). Watch this space, folks.

Posted at 6:01 on 24th August 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band up to Aberdeen for wedding at the Rox Hotel

Jiggered Ceilidh Band up to Aberdeen for wedding at the Rox Hotel

It was a fair trek up to Aberdeen for our latest ceilidh- but totally worth it! The Dormand girls have been great supporters of Jiggered over the years but with Kirsty married off that's us left with no more of this family's weddings to play for...

The photographer for the evenig was quick to tell us that Kirsty and Callum were so smiley and easy to work with. And of course, he was spot on. The pair were super-friendly and seemed to love their big evening celebration at the Rox Hotel. It was an extra special day with the somewhat unexpected arrival of a new nephew, Harris! 

Callum and Alastair were on fine form filling in for Gemma and Uee (on their overseas hols), especially during our cover-fest.

All the best to the happy couple! 

1,2...1,2...,1,2...

Posted at 18:05 on 5th August 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Wedding at the Strawberry Barn!

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Wedding at the Strawberry Barn!

Phil and Abi ("Philabi") are proper fans of ceilidh, and of Jiggered! Abi was brainwashed into loving our band from the early days when her big brother Ben used to fill in on drums. And Phil's a Maths teacher and religiously reads my Maths newsletter every week. So we were the obvious choice for their wedding, just weeks after their buddies Mr and Mrs Ward tied the knot with Jiggered providing the entertainment!

It was lovely to catch up with the Roses. They're a cracking family and we've enjoyed ceilidhing for them many times over the years. And the Strawberry Barn was a wonderful venue, too!

All the best for the future, Mr and Mrs Green!

Posted at 12:08 on 21st July 2018 by Chris Smith

Back to Edinburgh for Jiggered Ceilidh Band's latest Norton House Hotel wedding

Back to Edinburgh for Jiggered Ceilidh Band's latest Norton House Hotel wedding

We feel at home at Norton House Hotel- we've played many times at the beautiful Garden Suite over the years and love it. It's got a brilliant function room, nice areas for guests to break out into and lovely outside space to spill out onto on a summer's evening. 

The groom and bride, Chris and Laura, run a tight ship. Punctuality is their hallmark - Laura was ready to go to the wedding ceremony hours before the guests were set to arrive! So it was no surprise the evening reception kicked off bang on time. 

First dance: 1000 years. After that we had so much fun with a crowd who were up for dancing the night away and belted out our versions of classic covers and praise songs too, What an evening. 

All the best for the future, Mr and Mrs Lund!

Posted at 8:52 on 14th July 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band- latest wedding at Harelaw Farm

Jiggered Ceilidh Band- latest wedding at Harelaw Farm

What a brilliant wedding.

It's obvious why Harelaw Farm is becoming an increasingly popular wedding venue- it's beautiful. 
A total pleasure to play for the lovely couple: groom David and bride Jenna (one of my former students)!
The buffet featured Killie pies and (this may be a first for us) crisp sandwiches. Oh yeah.
We had our trusty media team, Stephen and Andy, capturing footage for some new videos (watch this space).
Some guests were a wee bit distracted by a certain World Cup match between Croatia and England. (2-1 in case you missed it).
Bumping into the Scottish Headteacher of the Year, Mrs Shedden.
Great dancing all night- this crowd were a class act. 

Thanks for having us, Mr and Mrs Church. All the very best for the future!

Posted at 4:52 on 12th July 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band- Leaving Do in Kilmarnock

Jiggered Ceilidh Band- Leaving Do in Kilmarnock

Ceilidhing can be a dangerous hobby. Energetic dancing can lead to bruises, bumps and grazes as folk clatter about on the dance floor. Tonight it was burns that were unavoidable at this ceilidh. Thankfully it was the Burns family who were the star attraction. David, Esther and their lovely family are leaving Kilmarnock to start a new life much further up north. Their friends at Central Evnagelical Church had organised a fantastic leaving do for them and the evening was simply brilliant.

It was brilliant seeing so many familiar faces. Young kids spilled onto the floor in between each dance to play tig, to emulate their World Cup heros and to dance about. The buffet was super and their was even a Burns-themed quiz to get the brains in gear. 

Wishing the Burns all the best, and God's blessing as they head off very soon! Thanks for having us.

Posted at 21:20 on 16th June 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Conquer Ireland!

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Conquer Ireland!

What a weekend. Nicola's mum had asked her "Why do you want a band to come all the way from Glasgow to play at your wedding here in Ireland?". Fair question. Nicola's response: "Because there's no band that can do what Jiggered do!". That should really be the end of this blog and maybe our website tagline from now on!!

Nicola had heard us play at her friends' wedding back in 2016! Hollie and Terry had married in Edinburgh and it was great to catchup with them at Joe and Nicola's marriage celebrations.

The venue was over in the luxurious Markree Castle, nr Sligo. It's a total beauty and we were treated like special guests all weekend. 

The wedding was a belter from the first dance (we learned "Loving you" by Paolo Nutini and it went down a storm) to the last energetic Loch Lomond.

So many excellent memories from this one: epic roadtrips, ferry shenanigans, snooker triumphs, theological barnstormers, Uno championships, grateful clients, massive dugs, barrels of laughs. A brilliant Jiggered experience travelling across Ireland. 

Many thanks to Joe and Nicola for having us- we wish you all the very best for the future!

Posted at 19:56 on 10th June 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band survive midge attack for Kinlochard Wedding

Jiggered Ceilidh Band survive midge attack for Kinlochard Wedding

Chris 1 (groom) and Claire booked us up for their wedding at Kinlochard Village Hall- a lovely wee venue with stunning views. Their first dance "I will" by the Beatles was immediately followed by a wee surprise: Chris 2 (guest) joining Jiggered on stage to form a makeshift blues band and perform crowd favourite "La la blues", while Chris 3 (jiggered) frantically tried to balance the levels. It sounded amazing- maybe we should invite Chris 2 to all our gigs!

The evening was relaxed as gigs milled about the Hall, enjoying the pull-yourself-a-pint bar and the braver ones even headed out into the midge-infested evening as the drizzle began to form on another warm Scottish summer day. 

We're off to Ireland next weekend so the roof box had to be fitted to the car, ready for our roadtrip. More midges!! 

We wish Mr and Mrs Bromley all the very best- spending my birthday with you guys was a pleasure...

Posted at 7:54 on 3rd June 2018 by Chris Smith

Blairquhan Castle wedding for Jiggered Ceilidh Band

Blairquhan Castle wedding for Jiggered Ceilidh Band

May 2018 seemed to be the month for trans-atlantic weddings! Harry and Megan's royal wedding was followed up the next weekend with another American Megan getting hitched to a British groom. This time it was Gordon and the blend of Scottish and American guests made this a high energy celebration with plenty of lively dancing and jubilation!

The venue was the well hidden Blairquhan Castle, an Ayrshire gem. The stunning grounds and fdormidable castle make this a very impressive, grand setting for a wedding. Lovely. And enough trees to keep Raymie happy.

Gordon got the wedding planner Tracey to phone us after the wedding ceremony to ask if they could change their first dance plans. Previously they'd chosen "Stand by Me" to be played from an iPhone but wondered if there was a chance we could do a live version. With only a few hours to go, we accepted the challenge and we're delighted we did. The song went down a storm and provided the perfect springboard into the evening. Lots of new dances learned by the US first-timers and plenty compliments throughout the evening.

We wish Mr and Mrs Deans all the very best for their future together!

Posted at 9:23 on 28th May 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band wedding at Dumfries House

Jiggered Ceilidh Band wedding at Dumfries House

The weekend after the royal wedding, Jiggered were at Prince Charles' Ayrshire favourite: Dumfries House. It's a phenomenal venue to visit- the restoration and development of the place has been jawdropping.

Josh and Catriona had their wedding celebration in the luxurious marquee- honestly one of the best we've ever seen. They had a first dance "Your Heart Belongs to Me" which was followed up by a lively surprise..."I really like you" by Carly Rae Jepsen which was such a fun way to kick off the evening. Everyone loved it!

The crowd were keen ceilidhers, we had a brilliant night (and so did everyone else, so I'm guessing there were no Liverpool FC fans in attendance).

Buffet was top notch and the first time I've ever been served chips in a china cup. How posh.

We finished off the evening with an Orchadian, Auld lang Syne, Loch Lomond and the happy couple left through an archway- we wish Mr and Mrs Ward the best for the future.

Posted at 9:12 on 28th May 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Kilconquhar Castle wedding!

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Kilconquhar Castle wedding!

Simon and Lisa recently tied the knot and their wedding celebrations were in Kilconquhar Castle Estate. This was a new venue for Jiggered- always a treat to visit somewhere we've never performed and the journey to Fife in the sun was bathed in glorious sunshine. 

Simon and Lisa had a last minute change to their first dance, opting for "Accidentally in Love". After this, the ceilidh got underway and the guests had their chance to shine on the dancefloor...they didn't disappoint. Memorable moments incuded the Folla Reel getting its debut with Gemma calling and us slipping "Cotton Eye Joe" into Strip the Willow- it's a favourite of the bride and groom! By the end of the night, even the waitresses were dancing along!!

Stovies at the break finished off with the finest wedding madeira cake you'll ever taste. Thanks, Linda!

A lovely evening with some old friends and one or two new ones....we wish the Dewars all the best for the future.

Posted at 8:05 on 13th May 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Wedding at St John's Town of Dalry

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Wedding at St John's Town of Dalry

This was a belter of a ceilidh! 

Tom and Clare were getting married in St John's Town of Dalry (near Castle Douglas). The Town Hall was a lovely venue for their big day. And it was a joy to be involved!

The new Mr and Mrs Carpenter danced their first dance to our version of Sam Cooke's "What a wonderful world". Gemma did a brilliant job with this and I managed to grudgingly sign the lyrics "don't know much about trigonometry....don't know much about algebra....don't know what a slide rule is for" (don't tell pupils from my Maths class about this!!). 

Great music. Great venue. Great atmosphere. And Tom coordinated a round of applause for us at the end of the evening. Another happy Jiggered customer!

All the best for the future Tom and Clare.

Posted at 7:31 on 6th May 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Wedding in Melville Castle

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Wedding in Melville Castle

Mike and Krit married recently and Jiggered were duly roped in to serve up a Ceilidh feast, especially for the large Nepalese contingent!

We played the first half as a four piece and upped this in the second half for an unbeatable evening of entertainment!

The sound limiter at the venue was a concern at the start but we’ve mastered the art of sticking within the decibel restrictions over the years.

Ellyn and Gemma provided some beautiful vocals- this was a memorable evening for so many reasons!!

We wish Mr and Mrs Lund all the best for the future!

Posted at 22:32 on 19th April 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Piping Centre wedding

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Piping Centre wedding

Jiggered were honoured to play at Phil and Juline's wedding last night. We first met Juline a few years back at Strathclyde Uni's Christian Union so it was nice to catch up after over a decade. 

Mr and Mrs Magee had chosen a couple of frst dance songs ("God gave me you" and "Bless the broken road") which had a definite country theme. As we played them for our sound check the staff at The Piping Centre were loving it. One in particular is a massive Nashville fan- she was adding them to her favourite playlist!

We played as a five-piece last night. This was a rare treat with Ellyn joining the Jiggered family for the evening! Things were sounding great and we had a brilliant evening. 

All the best to Phil and Juline. Thanks for having us, you guys.

Posted at 7:29 on 15th April 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: 60th Birthday Party

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: 60th Birthday Party

Jiggered's latest adventure saw us rock up at Hutcheson's Rugby Club (Goffnock). Benjawan had organised a lovely 60th birthday party for her husband, Neil. Benjawan had not just sorted out the music...she had had put together the buffet and it was AMAZING. The homemade lamb curry, chicken wings and sticky rice was so good- I had two platefulls!

Birthday boy Neil enjoyed entertaining his guests, singing a couple of times during the night. The ceilidh was a hit and we had a brilliant night. See you for your 70th birthday, Neil.

Posted at 7:30 on 8th April 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Entertain Maths Troops!

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Entertain Maths Troops!

The Grange Academy Maths Camps are legendary. This year's weekend at Gartmore House was the biggest ever with 96 Higher/Advanced Higher students coming along with their enthusiastic teachers. They're a great bunch and it's always a highlight for us to play at this one each year. 

This year was pretty special for Jiggered too. Jiggered formed in 2002. After 10 glorious years, the inimitable Jenny left us. The next 5 years, we had a blast with Emma as our talented front woman. We're so grateful as a band for all of the adventures we've had with these two friends over the years.

A new Jiggered era kicked off last night with Gemma. She was calling dances like a pro. And just wait till you hear her voice! 

I'll leave you with a joke shared by one of the Maths geeks last night: "The doctor prescribed me anti barn-dance pills. He said I've not to exceed the prescribed dosey-dosage......"

Posted at 12:10 on 25th March 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band nearly snowed in at Peebles Hydro wedding!

Jiggered Ceilidh Band nearly snowed in at Peebles Hydro wedding!

Ross and Jo had heard Jiggered at Hogmanay a few years ago and knew they wanted us to play at their wedding! They booked us up for their wedding at Peebles Hydro. It was an intimate affair with a few of their friends and family gathering to celebrate the big day! 

The couple had chosen Goo Goo Dolls "Boxes" for their first dance and it was a nice one to add to our repertoire! The choreographed dance went down well with the crowd...

Jen and Gemma completed the line-up for the evening and meant we had a five-piece for a wee change, featuring three part harmonies during the evening! 

With several inches of snow forming during the evening, the hotel manager spoke to us about staying over but we decided to give the journey home a go. Thankfully we all made it home safe and sound! 

Next ceilidh: MATHS CAMP.

Posted at 8:16 on 18th March 2018 by Chris Smith

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