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
In 1904, a Scottish expedition headed to the Antarctic and brought ceilidh music to a unique new demographic:
"A number of emperor penguins, which were here very numerous, were captured. … To test the effect of music on them, Piper Kerr played to one on his pipes, — we had no Orpheus to warble sweetly on a lute, — but neither rousing marches, lively reels, nor melancholy laments seemed to have any effect on these lethargic phlegmatic birds; there was no excitement, no sign of appreciation or disapproval, only sleepy indifference." (Rudmose Brown et al., The Voyage of the “Scotia,” 1906).
Thankfully, when last night's crowd gathered to celebrate Derek's 50th at Clarkston showed no indifference to the marches, reels and laments that echoed through the venue during the evening! Even the first-timers were excited by Jiggered's tunes and were keen to dance the night away. We had a brilliant time with Emma, Andi and Raymie on fine form!
Thanks to Derek and Paula for having us play ay this birthday bash. There was even discussion about another big birthday for Derek in 2066...!
Posted at 7:09 on 28th August 2016 by
Over the years we've played at Glasgow's Destiny again and again! It's a great venue if you're planning a wedding or a party. This time it the birthday boy was Henry, who was just turning 70! His wife Maggie was the driving force behind this event...coordinating food and drink (we were stuffed after the snacks, champagne, buffet, dessert and cake which Maggie kept insisting we "wired into") and ensuring the guests were getting up to dance throughout the evening.
Henry gave a short speech and was joined by his family who performed a couple of songs that mean a lot to him. It was nice to hear a bit of Henry's fascinating life story and be a part of the 70th celebrations!
Rob from Destinly looked after us well and we met a few familiar faces. And all done by 9.30pm!
Posted at 7:50 on 1st May 2016 by
A busy wee stint for Jiggered, with our third Burns' Supper Ceilidh! This one was for TGSA and was held in the spectacular Trades Hall in Glasgow.
After the guests' meal, a few polished speeches and a raffle, we delivered a two hour ceilidh to finish the evening!
The Trades Hall doorman looked after us well during the evening and loved Jiggered's sound. He's hoping we'll be back there soon.
Burns' Season over...back to normality!
Posted at 1:24 on 31st January 2016 by
Jiggered have played at Townhead Church, Newmilns, loads of times in the past. This might just edge it as the best one yet. The place was packed with folk: friends, colleagues, family, neighbours, haggis-addressers, former pupils of Mr Smith, randoms, potential stand-ins, budding poets...we had a great time.
The first half flew in. After this, Paul gave his entertaining address to the "chieftain o' the puddin' race" before everyone tucked in to their haggis, neeps and tatties. After all that was washed down with Scotland's finest (Irn Bru) we were treated to various cute perfomances from youngsters who'd learned some Scottish poetry!
A short second half ended, as ever, with an Orcadian Strip the Willow, Auld Lang Syne and plenty of cheers and smiling faces. Loved it.
Two Burns' Ceilidhs done. One more to go!
Posted at 8:07 on 30th January 2016 by
Our friends at Destiny always enjoy a wee Jiggered ceilidh. The team there look after us well. Stuart, Gemma and others are really helpful hosts...having our own sound engineer and generously stocked green room mean we appreciate our regular Destiny visits too.
Enquiries have been flooding in for 2016/2017 (our most recent one for a wedding next year in Poland...!). If you're planning on booking Jiggered Ceilidh Band, please do it soon to avoid disappointment.
Two more Burns' Ceilidhs to come this month...
Posted at 23:41 on 23rd January 2016 by
Another memorable year for Jiggered Ceilidh Band ended on a high with a cracking Hogmanay Ceilidh at the stately Easterbrook Hall.
The crowd were treated to top notch food by all accounts, were entertained by Jiggered Ceilidh Band and enjoyed a midnight countdown followed by a couple of confetti cannon explosions!
We made a few new Jiggered fans, bumped into some old friends, impressed an experienced accordian-playing ceilidher and chatted to a girl who first heard us when we played at Old Trafford earlier in the year! And a couple GOT ENGAGED on the stroke of midnight while we played Auld Lang Syne!!!
2015 was fun. 2016 looks to be even better with new material to share and lots of gigs lined up already- we'd love to play for you.
Posted at 10:34 on 1st January 2016 by
I spent yesterday at the BBC, being filmed for a small part in a TV game show called "The Dog Ate My Homework". It was an odd experience (not least as it was the Christmas special, being recorded in September) and, inevitably given the fact it's a brilliant-but-ridiculous CBBC programme, I ended up looking like a complete tube. All canine-related excuses for forgetting your homework are of course, unnacceptable to us teachers, kids.
Anyway, last night Jiggered travelled to Bishopbriggs to play at Cadder Freestone Social Club. Gordon who booked us made sure we were well looked after. He provided us with drinks, bigged us up on our on-stage intro (twice), gave us a tour of the place...And at the end of the evening he let us know how pleased he was with the ceilidh and said those words that let you know you must have done a good job "You'll be back"....
Posted at 7:51 on 19th September 2015 by
It all started for Jiggered back at Strathclyde University in 2002 and it's always nice to make a return visit on ceilidh business! Especially to The Barony: a fabulously atmospheric building with outstanding acoustics. Dr Alison Ramage and Dr Phil Knight knew just the right ceilidh band to encourage the delegates at this 26th Biennial Numerical Analysis Conference. With visitors from across the world it needed the expert calling of Emma and the relentless enthusiasm of Team Jiggered to make this ceilidh such a belter! We didn't allow many breaks as we churned out ceilidh tune after ceilidh tune- the crowd were loving it! I'd be told in advanced (by a certain Professor friend of mine) that we wouldn't need to worry too much about stray notes as Numerical Analysts are only interested in approximations. However, I suspect this "joke" is a bit niche for the majority of our fans... Anyway, a two day break before our next two ceilidhs!!
Posted at 22:28 on 24th June 2015 by
The Southern General Summer Ball is one we've enjoyed playing at before and it was nice to be back at Oran Mor!
After a meal, the crowd were entertained by a band made up of their own colleagues who introduced themselves as our warm-up act!
These guys really love a ceilidh- the floor was crammed as we played an action-packed ceilidh set...dance after dance.
We're off to Perthshire for a wedding tonight as a busy couple of months continues for Team Jiggered.
Posted at 9:53 on 13th June 2015 by
This was a goooood ceilidh! The annual conference for BAPO (the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists) was held in Manchester...we were invited down to play for their big conference dinner.
Susan was unavailable, celebrating her parents' 40th wedding anniversary (yeah, congratulations to the Millers for that milestone!), so Raymie was roped into our latest Jiggered adventure! The roadtrip was banter-filled but incident-free. Ideal.
The dinner was being held in The Members' Room at The Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Club. The views from our rooms over the international sporting venue were breathtaking. The meal we were served in our executive box after setting up was pretty special too!
Starter: Horseradish and herb crust coated salmon, warm salad of greens and baby potatoes, micro shoots and house vinaigrette. Main: Pork fillet stuffed with chorizo and caramelised apple wrapped in streaky bacon, lyonnaise potato, spiced red cabbage and roots Dessert: White chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, cranachan quenelle and fruit. Yum.
The ceilidh was a massive hit, especially with a significant chunk of the Conference delegates alumni of Strathclyde. Emma's vocals were praised over and over while Ewan's drumming was particularly impressive!
And Sandie and Ashley, our hosts for the evening involved in organising the event were first class- a pleasure to work with!
A whirlwhind visit to England but a fantastic experience...
Posted at 18:54 on 22nd March 2015 by
Friday night of Burns' Weekend saw Jiggered return to Newmilns to play at Townhead Church. We've played here many times, to a friendly bunch of ceilidhers!
As well as the ceilidh action, there was a performance from the toddlers' dance class, a load of youngsters reciting their Scottish poems, guest speaker Jamie McKerlie and the address to the haggis, performed brilliantly by Paul Brown! The Irn Bru flowed, the haggis, neeps and tatties were excellent and Jiggered provided the music.
It was great to see a lot of familiar faces (a few of my former students appeared, one even had her scientific calculator with her...) and they helped to make it a fab night. Here's a quote from Angela which sums it up: "We had a great night. Thanks very much for the invite. Great music, company and food. Gordon says that you're the best ceilidh band he has heard. Alan said he had a smashing night."
Back in action tonight too!
Posted at 8:05 on 24th January 2015 by
Jiggered Ceilidh Band returned for the 5th year in a row to provide the Hogmanay entertainment at Gleddoch House Hotel, Langbank. There are always a few regulars at this ceilidh (and one commented at the end "you guys sound better every year"). After a meal, Jiggered play from 10pm until the midnight countdown. A piper plays before the guests tuck into some stovies....we finish off the celebrations until 1am. It's a great night (and coincides with the hilarious annual Jiggered Secret Santa gift-giving).
Team Jiggered have had another super year- loads of fantastic ceilidhs throughout 2014 and we have some real stoaters set up for 2015. Remember, if you book up a ceilidh for February/March 2015 quoting "JIG50", you'll get a half price ceilidh...this offer is subject to availability and dates will be snapped up quickly- if you snooze you lose!
Posted at 11:44 on 1st January 2015 by
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were out and about for their first ceilidh of the weekend...
This one was in Glasgow- Bath Street Tron Halls to be precise. It was a pleasure to be playing for Laura and the RTW team. We played for just over two hours and the crowd were fab. There were a number of internationals present, ceilidhing for the first time! Expertly guided by Emma, the whole ceilidh went smoothly and we were getting loads of compliments on our way out of the door!
Next up, Edinburgh...
Posted at 23:51 on 28th November 2014 by
The latest was a ceilidh dinner hosted by SCSN/ASpiH (for those of you who don't know that's the Scottish Clinical Skills Network/Association for Simulated Price in Healthcare). What a great bunch. They had enjoyed a lovely meal followed by a night of ceilidh and casino! Yes, in between dances they were rushing over to the gambling tables before returning to dance away to Jiggered tunes. With well over a decade of ceilidh experience, Jiggered Ceilidh Band are a safe bet for your event!
It was nice to get positive feedback at the end of the night on Twitter and when we spoke to the organiser he uttered the words we always love to hear "We'll be in touch to book up for the next ceilidh!".
Posted at 17:38 on 24th April 2014 by
Sabine and Jonny married back in 2012 and Jiggered Ceilidh Band provided the music at their weekend of wacky wedding celebrations! We were delighted to be called on again for Sabine's 30th birthday party. Again, they had organised a weekend of crazy competitions, with Saturday night culminating in a fancy dress ceilidh. And the costumes were incredible...so many were home-made beauties, with the birthday girl's Dalek outfit being particularly impressive.
Plenty food and drink, a location on the banks of Loch Lomond that allowed everyone to have a swim in the freezing water and a crowd that were loads of fun and up for every ceilidh dance!
It sounds like Susan and Emma had a wee adventure on the way home with a puncture...the tyre change sounded interesting- Emma fell back through a hedge into a cemetry. You can't make this stuff up. I'm glad to say they did make it home eventually...
Posted at 8:24 on 9th March 2014 by
What a brilliant weekend it's been for Jiggered Ceilidh Band! Tonight we returned to play at one of favourite venues: Destiny's Burns' Night Ceilidh. It's consistently one of the best events we play at every year.
The team (in particular organiser Gemma, our host Alan and sound genius Wyl) looked after us superbly. The dancers were incredible. The floor was heaving and it was a glorious sight...
Banter in the green room at the break was outstanding...as we muched on Mr T's macaroons we chatted about future church events and recording a video (watch this space), about the irresistible Emma, about just what it would make to make Ewan's life crumble (lots of pressure on me, there!), about our plastic surgery needs...it was hilarious stuff.
Anyway, after our double weekend, we get next weekend off!
Posted at 0:14 on 26th January 2014 by
The last four years, Hogmanay for Jiggered Ceilidh Band has been spent performing at Gleddoch House Golf Hotel and Spa. We love playing at weddings at various venues across the UK but it's nice to have a regular event like this one where we know the set-up arrangements, where we know the crowd will be enthusiastic participants joining the floor for every dance and joining in singing the Scottish favourites (like Caledonia and Go Lassies Go) and where there are familiar faces year on year!
We play from about 10pm till 1am with a piper belting out a couple of tunes before the bells. After the countdown to the bells, everyone enjoys a New Year hug/handshake/smooch (I enjoyed this bit almost as much as the awkward moment when Susan went to kiss a guest as he moved on to shake Ewan's hand- classic). It was nice to share the first moments of a New Year with my great pals, Ewan, Susan and Emma. It's been an exciting year for Jiggered with our new lineup and last night just reiterated for me how far we've come...sounding better than ever!
While stovies are being served we took a 10 minute break during which we dished out our Secret Santa gifts- a fine crop this year it must be said. I'm happy with my geeky Maths clock- the allegations of plantpot envy are wide of the mark!
The last four years Jiggered have averaged exactly 52 ceilidhs a year, as the graph shows. All the best to all our friends, families and fans for 2014...
Posted at 10:00 on 1st January 2014 by
A ceilidh that starts with dinner at Susan's is always off to a flier. Yum.
Edna's 60th birthday celebrations were held at Calderwood Baptist Church and she'd booked up Jiggered for her party. After arriving and getting set up, we had a chance to have a wee chat. Ewan quizzed Susan on her recent spa visit, earlier that day: "Did you enjoy your spa? Do you find it leaves your hair kind of matted?". Classic*
The evening featured some photos of Edna over the last 60 years, some excellent ceilidh music and cracking food enjoyed by Edna's friends and family. It was nice, too, to be performing in front of a couple of couples who are having Jiggered at their 2014 weddings!
*it should be noted that these questions were fed to Ewan by the more mischevious Jiggered members :)
Posted at 8:25 on 1st December 2013 by
Bath Street, Glasgow: busy, bustling, vibrant. Over the years, Jiggered Ceilidh Band have often rolled up at Adelaide's ready to ceilidh. Tonight was another really fun night, with the Stirling sisters providing tasty treats (muffins and "15s").
Other highlights included: Ewan nearly securing a gym-buddy, Susan's nail-shattering revelation, Chris almost persuaded to cha-cha, Emma sticking to her guns with the pronunciation of "military".
Double ceilidh next weekend...can't wait!
Posted at 23:47 on 23rd November 2013 by