Jiggered back at Beancross for Found Church Ceilidh

Jiggered back at Beancross for Found Church Ceilidh

Performing at weddings is always a privilege. But we don't have any clients who routinely get married over and over (thankfully)!

It's also a real honour to be involved in ceilidhing again and again for folk like Found Church. They have us at their big church ceilidh regularly and it's lovely to come back to see the same faces dancing about and finding out what's been happening since our last visit. Beancross is a superb venue and the food's ace. 

Looking forward to Michelle getting in touch when it's time for the next one.

Posted at 8:28 on 6th October 2018 by

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

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

Jiggered Kick off 2018 with a Burns Supper in Newmilns

Jiggered Kick off 2018 with a Burns Supper in Newmilns

Every January, Jiggered rock up at Townhead Church for their Burns' Supper Ceilidh. The place was a packout last night- over 150 people crammed in ready to enjoy the music, that address to the haggis, tasty grub and enthusiastic dancing. 

It was brilliant to see so many familiar faces in the crowd for this one- love our Jiggered fans!

Posted at 8:51 on 28th January 2018 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Edinburgh Uni for a Conference Ceilidh

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Edinburgh Uni for a Conference Ceilidh

Jiggered travelled over to Edinburgh University's South Hall Complex for our latest gig. Jane was organising a large European conference for vets working in support of research (the 2017 LAVA-ESLAV-ECLAM Conference on Reproducibility of Animal Studies). 

It's always fun when there's an international feel to a ceilidh and with a large number of European delegates learning to ceilidh for the first time, this was no exception. Mobile phones were filming us, photographing the dancing action and torches were even providing alternatives to lighters as Susan melted hearts with her rendition of "Hector the Hero" and as Emma wowed the crowd (unintentional rhyming there) with "Caledonia.

Lots of fun.

Posted at 5:55 on 26th September 2017 by

Jiggered at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event 2017

Jiggered at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event 2017

Jiggered have been ridiculously busy over the past few weeks and this came to a climax with our second appearance at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event (last time we played at this it was at Hampden). 

The wedding fayre sees Glasgow's Doubletree Hilton overtaken by wedding suppliers of all descriptions- entertainers and caterers, venues and photographers...

As well as manning stall "420" (firing out vast quantities of pick n mix), we also performed two live showcases for the brides as they piled into the Robert Burns Suite for the catwalk. 

It looks like we're going to be busy next year!

Posted at 19:41 on 2nd September 2017 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Birthday Bash in Hurlford

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Birthday Bash in Hurlford

Maybe you've never been to Hurlford (formerly Whirlford and Hurdleford). Jiggered have been a few times. Every time we've been ceilidhing at the request of David Rowan. Up until now, the events were fundraisers for a local football team but on this occasion we were performing at a big family/friends get-together under the guise of a Birthday Bash! 

Fish suppers all round at our break. Brilliant. But the highlight for me was chatting to all the folk who know me less as Jiggered's piano player and more as Mr Smith, local geeky Maths teacher. There were former students who reminisced about our class antics, parents (one who asked for a selfie for her son who is currently partying in Magaluf) and some super-smart pupils from our new 5th Year who'd put in a bit of effort scrubbing up nicely for the evening! When David gave a speech at half-time he (without warning) asked for a Maths song from me. Thankfully, the crowd bailed me out from an embarrassing solo by joining in to "The Quadratic Formula Song"...

Thanks for having us at your "do", Rowans. Happy 50th to David, happy 50th to Sandra, happy 21st to Scott, happy 16th to Sophie and happy 24th to Nicola!



Posted at 7:45 on 18th June 2017 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band entertain Hogmanay guests at Dumfries' Crichton

Jiggered Ceilidh Band entertain Hogmanay guests at Dumfries' Crichton

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

Jiggered Ceilidh Band play for Derek's 50th at Clarkston Tennis Club

Jiggered Ceilidh Band play for Derek's 50th at Clarkston Tennis Club

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

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: 70th Birthday Party at Glasgow's Destiny

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: 70th Birthday Party at Glasgow's Destiny

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

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Burns' Ceilidh Number 3 of 3

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Burns' Ceilidh Number 3 of 3

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 Ceilidh Band: Burns' Ceilidh Number 2 of 3

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Burns' Ceilidh Number 2 of 3

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

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Burns' Ceilidh Number 1 of 3

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Burns' Ceilidh Number 1 of 3

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

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Wrap Up 2015 With Hogmanay at Easterbrook

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Wrap Up 2015 With Hogmanay at Easterbrook

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

Jiggered Ceilidh Band-A Hit in Bishopbriggs

Jiggered Ceilidh Band-A Hit in Bishopbriggs

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

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Play at Strathclyde's Barony for Maths Conference

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Play at Strathclyde's Barony for Maths Conference

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

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Glasow's Oran Mor for Summer Ball

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Glasow's Oran Mor for Summer Ball

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

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Play at The Emirates: Old Trafford for BAPO event

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Play at The Emirates: Old Trafford for BAPO event

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

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Burns' Supper 2015 (Part 1)

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Burns' Supper 2015 (Part 1)

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

Happy New Year- Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Gleddoch for Hogmanay

Happy New Year- Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Gleddoch for Hogmanay

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

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