The annual Grange Academy Maths Camp is a cracking event. Jiggered's piano man, Chris, is known as "Mr Smith" at this one and his students are so Maths-crazed that they'll spend an entire weekend at the Revision weekend each year studying Higher and Advanced Higher Maths.
The Saturday night ceilidh at Gartmore House is a definite highlight of the weekend: the enthusiastic, energetic students dance for a solid hour and a half and they LOVE it.
Maths and Scottish music- what a great blend. Check out Chris' geeky version of "500 Miles" at the Scottish Mathematical Council's Conference earlier in the month.
Posted at 18:36 on 26th March 2017 by
Anytime Glasgow University's Statistics Department host a ceilidh, Jiggered are the significant outliers drafted in. A strong correlation has been empirically established between the endless enthusiasm of last night's postgraduates and the sweatiness of the ceilidhers!
This crowd always throw themselves into the ceilidh action (many first time ceilidh dancers, many from overseas). It was a relentless workout for them as dance after dance after dance ensued in an action-packed night! They never even relaxed during our break- instead, as has become a tradition at this event, they performed dances and poems, songs and karaoke. There's never a dull moment with this bunch. And of course Prof Adrian Bowman likes to entertain the crowd with a Scottish tune- he received a thunderous response to his latest performance.
Can't wait till the next one...
Posted at 19:24 on 26th August 2016 by
Grange Academy had their Maths Camp at Gartmore House this weekend (Jiggered have played here before for Scottish TV icon Sally Magnusson). Maths geek "Mr Smith" helps organise this event and planned a surprise ceilidh on the Saturday night! As soon as the sound check started, the students were up bouncing on the floor and enjoyed an action-packed set of dances. A brilliant bunch of enthusiastic kids and teachers. It was a super night and the perfect way to finish off a busy Saturday at Maths Camp! Hopefully the four of us will be able to play for these guys again (it was also a personal highlight for me to see Susan, Emma and Ewan wearing Maths-themed T-Shirts.
Posted at 19:22 on 20th March 2016 by
It's the first time we've played at Greenfaulds High School, Cumbernauld, but hopefully not the last if this event was anything to go by! A huge crowd of senior pupils arrived in their party gear ready to show off the moves they've been learning in PE! And the night was buzzing from start to finish. The students were enthusiastic, well-behaved and cheered like crazy at the end of the night. It was the perfect pre-Christmas ceilidh for us! We'll hopefully be back for more in the future when Greenfaulds move to their new school!
Our last gig before Christmas meant the obligatory exchange of Secret Santa presents. I think everyone went home happy this year!! It was a year to the day since Emma had her pacemaker "installed" and she's still loving life in the fast lane with Jiggered as we look to another busy year in 2016!
Merry ChrisSmith to all our fans...
Posted at 17:14 on 18th December 2015 by
The second of our run of four ceilidhs was an absolute cracker. This annual event for Statistics PhD students is always brilliant. A (statistically) significant number of them are international students who've never ceilidhed before but as soon as Emma announced the dance they were spilling onto the dance floor to learn how to do it. A pleasure to play for!
As if that wasn't enough, this lot provided some pretty special performances during the break including a rendition of the Danish national anthem, poetry, an Irish duet, odes to Scots abroad, our fan Adrian's love like red, red roses, an impressive piano piece...and lots more.
The evening started badly with Susan getting her (courtesy) car bashed from a woman blinded by the dazzling Scottish sun! But everyone's fine and looking forward to the next step in our adventure (50% done):
Posted at 22:47 on 3rd September 2015 by
Poor Kate got in touch with us 12 days before the East of Scotland Universities Air Squadron Summer Ball. She'd been tasked (kind of last minute) with organising the event and was scrambling about trying to find a ceilidh band who would play for them in St Andrew's luxurious Fairmont Hotel. Thankfully, Jiggered Ceilidh Band were available and only too happy to head up and play for the ESUAS!
There was a Hawaiin theme, as you can just about make out from this not-exactly-clear picture of Susan and Emma. The night was a lot of fun. Joseph was on drums and (apart from a slight crisis with his crotchets) it was great catching up with him again.
Kate asked at the end of the night if we'd travelled up in one car. I apologised that we hadn't meaning our carbon footprint might be a bit high. She joked that next year they'd fly us up to the gig. That would be awesome!
Posted at 12:08 on 15th June 2014 by
Last night, Jiggered Ceilidh Band were performing at Edinburgh's Marriott Hotel for 160 Mathematicians from 55 different countries. They had gathered to set questions for the Kangourou Sans Frontieres- a tough Maths competition taken by 4 million students across Europe. With only a few Scots (including local Maths legends Prof Adam McBride OBE and Mary Theresa Fyfe) there to demonstrate the ceilidh dances, Emma had her work cut out but it was an excellent evening. Loads of enthusiasm and appreaciation from a superb crowd. We were even given wee medalions at the end of the night...
No-one mentioned the fact I was wearing my "Pi" TShirt!
Thanks to the UKMT's Rachel Greenhalgh for booking us up and to Kitty Kilday for the recommendation.
Posted at 11:13 on 2nd November 2013 by
I'm just going to say it. Jiggered Ceilidh Band were the ideal band for Joanne's 21st at Stirling Rugby Football Club. The energetic, young, enthusiastic crowd filled the floor all night...they bounced around to covers, jigged every ceilidh dance...it was great.
Joanne's friends/families had written short, fun, touching speeches. They'd baked 21 (yes, twenty-one) birthday cakes. And there was a full roast pig on a spit. Now, Jiggered have a reputation of tucking into buffets at events, and we certainly went the whole hog tonight!
Lots of business cards dished out at the end of the night so hopefully we'll get to play for some of this crowd again!
Posted at 0:21 on 21st September 2013 by
Last night Jiggered Ceilidh Band rolled up at Glasgow University for a regular event in our calendar of gigs. Adrian Bowman from the Statistics Department there organises a training event for postgraduate students from all over the place and we're the band he always chooses to guide this international bunch of students through the ceilidh dances.
A highlight of the night is always the break...because that's when the talented Stats crew reveal their other abilities. On display last night was group Greek style dancing, magic, a solo Indian dance performance, a self-penned song and Adrian's version of Red Red Rose.
Emma had her work cut out calling every dance but did a brilliant job. At the end we were told that next year's event will be in Oxford so Adrian's tartan waistcoat will be in hibernation until 2015 when we hope to play for this fanstatic lot once again!
Posted at 6:48 on 6th September 2013 by
Jiggered's final ceilidh before Christmas was at the impressive Performing Arts Centre at Stewart's Melville College, Edinburgh. It was a joint birthday party for two sisters, Annie (16) and Jess (18). The hall was huge but we were really impressed that the dance floor filled up every time with super-enthusiastic, energetic friends and family! Definitely the BEST EVER Cumberland Basket from one set who would kneel as if starting a sprint and then launch themselves in the air, forming the basket while still in flight and then hurling each other around full pelt. Awesome.
It was a great event and we were delighted to be involved. Our next ceilidh's down in England on the 29th December followed by our Hogmanay gig at Gleddoch House Hotel, Langbank.
Have a brilliant Christmas everyone from the Jiggered team!
Posted at 9:24 on 15th December 2012 by
Tonight's ceilidh started very peculiarly...Upon arrival at the venue (Glasgow University's QMU) we found there was another ceilidh band set up!! After a bit of investigation we discovered that although the event organiser, Adrian had booked us...QMU had booked another band (who she introduced us as Thistle Dubh). The lads from the other band were great- very understanding and got packed up and headed off for an early night.
The litmus test for how well a ceilidh will pan out is usually the first dance: the Gay Gordons. Tonight it was a distaster...we had lots of international postgraduate Statisticians and the moves seemed to stump them. Thankfully things got a LOT better and by the end of the night, you might have mistaken the crowd for ceilidh veterans (well,almost).
Throughout the night a bizarre ritual unfolded...Adrian's waistcoat was passed from guy to guy and by the end everyone had pretty much tried it on. I buckled under the peer pressure, hence the photo.
Looking forward to the next conference, Prof Bowman!
Posted at 22:47 on 6th September 2012 by
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were back in Troon (it's fast becoming one of our most frequented towns!). This time we were singing "Happy Birthday to you" to the birthday girls, Emma and Joanne who turn 18 this month.
It was a brilliant night- the crowd were young and lively. They filled the floor all night and four hours of ceilidh still didn't manage to completely sap all their energy from them!
First gig of 2012- off to a flier!
Posted at 0:30 on 7th January 2012 by
Jiggered Ceilidh Band returned from their weekend off to a double gig. The first of these was Garnock Academy's school prom, held at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow. We've done a few school proms over the years...this one had a huge variety of ball gowns on display!
I'm asked from time to time if I'm close to the band- I certainly was last night....we had to squeeze onto a tiny stage that we were sharing with a DJ. It was certainly nice and cosy.
We only did one and a half hour set but the kids were really keen and got up on the floor for every dance. And it was lovely to catch up with the school's Miss Goldie who was a student teacher at my school for a while.
Posted at 7:35 on 18th June 2011 by
...but we didn't take too much offence ;)
Last night Jiggered Ceilidh Band (not to be confused with any other similarly named ceilidh bands with equally bad jig-related puns) were playing at Glasgow's Piping Centre for Glasgow's Scool of Art and Agriculture Grad Ball. Chris and Ewan arrived early and started to get set up...Chris managed to pull a zip off one of the bags of our equipment...then he got caught on the banner stand hook, tearing a chunk of flesh off his index finger....he released the hook only for it to rip the banner stand! Good start!!
Thankfully the event itself ran smoothly. The graduates needed no coaxing- they streamed onto the floor for every dance and enjoyed a brilliant evening of ceilidh-so did we!
Posted at 6:16 on 9th June 2011 by
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were out and about yet again in April 2011. This time we headed across to the capital for Edinburgh University's Music Department Graduation Ball. It's always a wee bit of added pressure playing in front of a crowd you know are talented musicians but the ceilidh went down a storm (thanks in part to the venue's resident sound engineer Malcy)!
It was our first time playing at Ghille Dhu, a fun, quirky, really cool venue. They are well into ceilidh there and we were proud to join the proud ceilidh tradition (they've even got a picture on their website of naked ceilidh. No thanks).
Posted at 14:44 on 29th April 2011 by
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were in action again last night, this time on board The Ferry. It was the 2010 Grad Ball for the RSAMD. The students had some concerns after the ceilidh band at last year's event only played FOUR dances before leaving. Jiggered played a solid 2 hour set and the response from the graduating students was incredible! It was the first time Jiggered have played on a boat before (our "dressing room" felt like the inside of a submarine)!
This was also the first ceilidh for Ewan after his recent kidney transplant and not only did he have a fully functioning kidney, he also had a brand new drum kit! I'll get a photo of his operation staples for a future blog!
Posted at 8:04 on 7th July 2010 by
Jiggered Ceilidh Band played at Strathclyde Univeristy's spectacular Barony Hall on Saturday. This was the location for many of our uni exams- nightmares revisited!! It was a ceilidh for some Engineers and since Chris was on holiday it was a three-piece band!
Posted at 6:55 on 4th July 2010 by
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were playing at Glasgow's Thistle Hotel last night. It was the annual ball for the Christian Unions across Glasgow. The function room had an enormous dance floor but it was packed with energetic and enthusiastic students- it was a fantastic night.
And just before 11pm the fire alarm started ringing- everyone went outside and we had to wait for about 20 minutes before getting back in! Definitely a Jiggered first- we'll remember this ceilidh for a long time!
Posted at 7:40 on 22nd May 2010 by
Jiggered Ceilidh Band were back at Strathclyde Union this time for a Malawi fundraiser. It's always great to be back in the venue where it all started for us back in 2002 (eight years ago- that's mad). Vertigo was quieter than usual but the dancers were enthusiastic and we enjoyed our night as usual...Ewan bought 5 tickets for the raffle and Jenny bought 2. They ended up winning three times although they decided not to claim prize number three! Maybe the second prize (the ropey looking Ginger Tam's) put them off!
Posted at 11:23 on 17th April 2010 by
It was weird that the same week Jiggered Ceilidh Band got an enquiry to see if we'd go to play in Slovakia in November, we also performed at an International Ceilidh! David Wilson is a top guy and along with his wife provides a home, family and regular ceilidhs for International students. We're always glad to come along to Adelaides on Bath Street, Glasgow and play to a packed room and even more crowded dance floor.
The response after this latest ceilidh was amongst the best ever...comments like "you've never been to a ceilidh until you've been to a Jiggered ceilidh", "Jiggered are the best band in Glasgow...no...Scotland" and "fantastic....Chris is incredible on the keys and holds the band together" (yes, that last one is a really a genuine quote). It seems our fanbase is spreading to Namibia, Russia....
Anyway, we'll be back!!
Posted at 23:33 on 20th March 2010 by