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
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
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
We've played at this Milngavie Primary fundraiser a few times in the past and it's one of our favourites. The place is packed, there's a real family and community atmosphere, opportunity for Uee to win on the tombola, everyone seems to love the music, there are prizes to be won for the best dancers and Domino's pizza at the break. Hopefully, we'll be back again next year!
Jiggered have a wee break coming up. Only one more ceilidh before a manic April....
Posted at 22:46 on 20th February 2016 by
Jiggered played for Larbert Pentecostal Church in 2009,2010,2011 and 2012 before we lost touch for a wee while. It was great to be back ceilidhing for such an enthusiastic bunch of ceilidhers again and given their reaction, I doubt it'll be 4 years before our next LPC gig!
Michelle had organised the event at Beancross- a really nice venue (and driving by the illuminated Kelpies at night is always breathtaking!). The suite was packed and this will have helped to raise loads of cash for the "Katriona M Graham Care Centre" in Brazil which the church support.
It was also lovely to bump into a couple of stars who feature in this youtube sensation.
Posted at 7:12 on 7th February 2016 by
We've played for loads of folk since 2002 but our latest ceilidh saw us perform for FOLK for the first time! "Friends of Loudoun Kirk" are a charity who exist to restore and maintain the partially ruined Loudoun Kirk, near Galston. They've been holding a ceilidh for years and years. This year, they'd asked Jiggered to provide the music and we were delighted to play for them at Galston Community Centre.
As usual, Ewan was on fine form on the drums and excelled in the raffle. Two prizes from £3 of raffle tickets. I'll not say what he won in case that proves to be a Christmas pressie spolier alert for any of his friends/family!
A day off from ceilidhing (although the Smiths/Stirlings will be meeting up!) before we do a bit of recording on Monday night....watch this space!
Oh, and some feedback from our Friday ceilidh: "Sorry I didn't get a chance to thank you for playing at our ceilidh, although Sandy did. I just personally wanted to say how much we all really enjoyed your music it was refreshingly modern and such a good standard. Guests commented on "how lovely the singing was" , "what a good voice your singer has " and "what a great band you are". The dances were great fun and there were a few which were new to us, which we all thoroughly enjoyed even those who got bamboozled by them. We would thoroughly recommend you to anyone looking for a ceilidh band. Thank you for making our night special and good luck in all your future bookings. Best wishes Pat"
Posted at 9:11 on 29th November 2015 by
Last millennium, I went to school with a girl called Emma. Some years (and about 500 Facebook messages later) Jiggered were playing at mma's great fundraiser in Kilmarnock's St Joseph's Hall. Emma's been raising money all year for Ayrshire Hospice, in memory of her dad Norman Muir Birnie.
The evening was a lot of fun and the hall was packed with families and young children enjoying each other's company, the music, raffle and food.
Tonight's ceilidh brought in over £1000 and Emma is not stopping yet. She's heading off with her wee family to Florida in the morning but will soon return to her latest challenge: a half marathon. We wish Emma all the best with her fundraising adventure!
Posted at 22:15 on 12th September 2015 by
We've done a load of fundraisers over the past couple of years and this one was another cracker. Held at Hillhead Sports Club, Yorkhill's Audiology Department hosted a fundraiser which generated money to provide hearing dogs for the deaf!
With Ewan skiing in France, it was an opportunity for Mark to fill in (as ever, you have to forgive me for that irrestible pun). Mark studies Music Business and slotted in nicely to the Jiggered lineup. Susan was in (glass)smashing form while Emma scared Mark with her terrifying rant about the behaviour she expects from students in her lab. Don't mess with Dr Brockett!
It was a great night organised by Jim...hopefully we'll get to play for this crowd again!
Posted at 11:32 on 28th February 2015 by
...THIS GUY! Our great buddy and Jiggered superstar drummer Uee is turning 30 this week. He has been in Jiggered for over 40% of his life which is a pretty significant chunk!
We spent tonight playing in Milngavie for the Milngavie Primary PTA, helping to raise funds for the school's new astro turf pitch! Organiser Meirion puts on a superb event...music, Dominos pizzas, games and, of course, a top class ceilidh band. He messaged us to say "A massive thank you for this evening - literally everyone said how fantastic you guys were !!".
That review, coupled with the fact that we were asked for our autographs from some young fans, confirms that we'll be back at this event in the future! Great...
Posted at 23:42 on 30th January 2015 by
Jiggered were delighted to be able to play at "Too Good To Be Forgotten"- a fundraiser supporting The Brain Tumour Charity in memory of Irene Lawn. Pamela had booked us up to provide the ceilidh at this excellent event at the Crutherland which is definitely one of our favourite venues.
With snow enveloping Scotland, about 250 guests packed the hotel ready for a meal, entertainment and fundraising activities. It was announced at the end of the night that the running total for the evening was just under £10,000 but some money was still to be counted. That's a superb effort for such a worthy cause- and the crowd were a pleasure to play for, loving our ceilidh and cover sets!
Posted at 19:12 on 18th January 2015 by
The 88th Craigalmond Scout Group were in a bit of a jam. Their St Andrew's Weekend Fundraiser was in danger of being cancelled when their band cancelled with just a few days to go!
Clare contacted Jiggered Ceilidh Band and fortunately we were able to go over to play at the event, held in Carrick Knowe Primary School over in Edinburgh.
It was a great night- the crowd were youthful and enthusiastic, Emma had fun playing with the props backstage and we the Scouts raised loads of money too!
So, if you have a problem and no-one else can help and if you can find them, maybe you could hire The Jiggered Team....
Posted at 8:35 on 30th November 2014 by
Glasgow's Grand Central Hotel is a stunning venue in the heart of the city. We'd be happy to recommend it, especially for a large scale event or wedding. And it was through Grand Central recommending our ceilidh band that we ended up playing at tonight's DEBRA Tartan and Tiaras Ball. Jaye's the Regional Fundraising Manager for this worthy charity who help "those whose skin doesn't work" and she was coordinating this massive event, so booked us up to join a brilliantly varied lineup of entertainment. It was a slick event, well managed and supported by the super-efficient team from Marvelus who were in charge of AV. They did a great job- really smooth and professional.
We played an action-packed one hour set and we had the ideal crowd: willing, lively and appreciative. It was a pleasure to play for this event. Fantastic to have Ewan back from his wedding spree, too!
Clocks go back tonight, Jiggered fans. Savour that extra hour in bed!
Posted at 22:55 on 25th October 2014 by
Tonight at Destiny Church, Jiggered Ceilidh Band provided just a fraction of the evening's entertainment! The fundraiser was an unashamed celebration of Philippine Culture- their music, dance, fashion, food. Once all that was finished, Jiggered had about half an hour to cram in as many dances as we could! An action-packed night...Jenny was back and in fine form, Susan confirmed I don't smell and Ewan's belt burst. Just about sums it up.
Posted at 22:04 on 22nd March 2014 by
It's March: spring's here. Every year about this time, Jiggered Ceilidh Band head to the Troon's Concert Hall to perform at Ann's charity ceilidh. Ann raises loads of money for The Smiles Foundation, a charity that helps young people and families in Romania. As well as ceilidh, Ann had laid on a tombola, silent auction, chocolate fountain, bar, pizza....It was amazing to watch the stack of pizza boxes being piped in with bagpipes. Brilliant!
Highlight of the night though might have been a wee practice of a trio of vocals for an upcoming ceilidh. Watch this space, folks.
Posted at 23:29 on 1st March 2014 by
Jiggered Ceilidh Band like our annual visit to Galston to play at the Church Fete Christmas Ceilidh in Hogg Hall. The food is always great. The crowd really love our blend of Scottish music, ceilidh dances and covers. With it being a local one for me, I always bump into familiar faces...this year I chatted to Fraser and Sarah who I went to school with, some former customers I used to serve in my part time job at the local petrol station and Mr and Mrs Smith from Kilmarnock whose son I teach. However, most of the break was spent with new friends: the current Galston minister and his wife and then Karen, a enthusiastic nutter who turned out to be a Maths teacher- we had lots to discuss!
The big changes this year? Jiggered didn't scoop any prizes in the raffle. And Santa wasn't able to make his usual appearance.
Still, a fantastic night. Lots of laughs.
Posted at 7:38 on 8th December 2013 by
For the last three years, Jiggered Ceilidh Band have played for Kilmarnock Portland FC at Hurlford Bowling Club. And with us booked up for 2014 and 2015 already, we're looking forward to strengthening our links with the club. Every year their St Andrews' Night ceilidh gets better and better.
The evening started off with a sticky situation for Ewan (crisis avoided, thankfully). The crowds started to arrive just before 8pm so we were all set to start our mix of ceilidh/Scottish tunes/modern covers. Emma worked hard all night, explaining dances expertly and singing loads of songs to the appreciative crowd.
Chippy at the break, amazing. We didn't manage to win any raffle prizes (the Rowans scooped almost all the prizes this year)!
Off to play at East Kilbride tonight. Happy St Andrews' Day, Jiggered fans!
Posted at 9:33 on 30th November 2013 by
Tonight was quite different for Jiggered Ceilidh Band! We headed off to Milngavie to play at a fundraiser organised by the PTA of Milngavie Primary School. The ceilidh had a true family feel about it with hordes of kids running about and showing off all the ceilidh moves they'd been learning but also introducing us to some they'd invented themselves!
A great night: raffle, games, Dominos pizza, fun, dancing...and if you're not convinced read this short testimonial from Meirion who had booked us and emailed after to say:
"Chris, Can I just say a huge thank you for this evening you guys were fantastic and understanding of our "younger" dancers. Without exception everyone had a great night and how fab you guys were."
Another satisfied customer :)
Posted at 22:50 on 4th October 2013 by
Another great night for Jiggered Ceilidh Band kicked off with dinner at Emma's...Haggis chilli was on the menu- surely a wee glimpse for you guys into our ceilidh rock and roll lifestyle.
Then it was off to Oran Mor to provide entertainment at a Dinner Dance for NHS staff. Our warm-up act specialised in medical-themed song parodies...very niche but ideal for this crowd!
We played a two hour set which went down really well- then it was back out of Oran Mor (i.e. off the stage, through the kitchen, down in the lift, out through the store room, down a small, damp alley up to the cars...) and driving home in the snow!
Posted at 8:35 on 23rd March 2013 by
For the last few years Jiggered Ceilidh Band have played in Troon for The Smiles Foundation, a Christian charity who support those in Romania suffering from crippling poverty. This ceilidh is always well attended with a fantastic bunch of energtic young folk who love a good ceilidh. The event's host, Ann, had organised the band, raffle, silent auction, tombola, bar, buffet, pizza, chocolate fountain and games too. It was a brilliant night, Looking forward to playing for these guys again, that's for sure!
Posted at 7:31 on 10th March 2013 by
Last night saw the first of Jiggered Ceilidh Band's gigs with our new line-up. It was a Burns' Night ceilidh for Townhead Church (all proceeds going to Christian Aid), Newmilns and the place was packed with troops keen on ceilidhing the night away...
Highlights of the night:
-some fine dancing from the kids
-a solo from Bob "smiler" Dewar
-rendition of Willy Wassell by Elaine "I widnae gie a button for her" Smith
-address to the haggis by Stephen "thigh slapping" Dewar
-yummy haggis, neeps and tatties followed by tablet!
And to top it all, Emma was unveiled as the newest member of Jiggered- she slotted into the lineup seamlessly, sang beautifully, called the dances like a pro. At the end of the night, loads of folk came over to say how brilliant Jiggered sounded! Can't wait to get back to it tonight.
Posted at 23:34 on 26th January 2013 by