Jiggered Ceilidh Band:- Two Weddings in One Day (Part 2)

Jiggered Ceilidh Band:- Two Weddings in One Day (Part 2)

A quick bag of chips and we left our afternoon wedding in Linlithgow to head over to Edinburgh's lush Dalhousie Castle! This place is impressive- the oldest occupied castle in Scotland. 

Jerry and Amy had asked us to perform the "Skye Boat Song" for their first dance- a song that had an extra special meaning for them! After this, the party really got into full swing and we enjoyed an evening of great music and great dancing!

Another smiling couple- we wish them all the best from Team Jiggered.

Posted at 7:58 on 5th May 2019 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band:- Two Weddings in One Day (Part 1)

Jiggered Ceilidh Band:- Two Weddings in One Day (Part 1)

Jiggered kicked off a busy day for the band with a lovely afternoon wedding in Linlithgow Burgh Halls.

Richard and Annabel had asked us to learn Hillsong's "Be Still" for their first dance. It had a special meaning to the couple and was a beautiful way to start their marriage celebrations! 

This was an action-packed two hour ceilidh and I'm sure we have many new Jiggered fans, but it was also fantastic to catch up with our old buddy Stuart Aitken too.

All the best to the happy couple!

Posted at 7:43 on 5th May 2019 by

Jiggered: Ceilidh Band:- Scottish/Austrian wedding at Dalmahoy

Jiggered: Ceilidh Band:- Scottish/Austrian wedding at Dalmahoy

Jonathan and Katharina celebrated their wedding at Dalmahoy Country House. It's a lovely venue just outside Edinburgh and we've enjoyed playing there a few times. 

The new Mr and Mrs McLatchie have serious ceilidh pedigree in the family- Jonathan's sister Lois played fiddle for Reel Guid before she moved to Geneva to work for the United Nations! So it was a real honour to be chosen as the ceilidh band for this Scottish-Austrian wedding! 

A wonderful evening, with glorious wedding in the middle of Easter weekend! Fantastic.

Posted at 7:49 on 22nd April 2019 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Strawberry Barn Wedding 2

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Strawberry Barn Wedding 2

It's official. Strawberry Barn is just a stoater of a wedding venue. Every one we've done there has been fantastic, so it can't be a fluke! 

James and Katherine were the latest bride and groom to celebrate their newlywed status there and this was another lovely occasion. The first dance came courtesy of four talented guests before the standard Jiggered line up took over and entertained the crowd with our usual mix of ceilidh, covers and other surprises!!

A beautiful setting, keen crowd and happy bride and groom. Fantastic.

We wish James and Katherine all the best and pray that Katherine's mum has a swift recovery (what a shame that she was in hospital on the big day).

Posted at 8:18 on 13th April 2019 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Strawberry Barn Wedding 1

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Strawberry Barn Wedding 1

What a lovely venue Dunbar's Strawberry Barn is. A stunning barn conversion which makes an ideal space for a wedding. Loads of room for the tables for the meal and a huge dance floor for the ceilidh afterwards!

David and Kirsten's guests were big fans of ceilidh (even the large English contingent were giving it laldy!).

It was a pleasure to play for the happy couple and we're making it two nights in a row at Strawberry Barns. Can't wait.

Posted at 7:35 on 12th April 2019 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Sutton to celebrate at Fenwick Hotel

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Sutton to celebrate at Fenwick Hotel

It's always a real treat to play at friends' weddings! So the opportunity to perform at Gregor and Katie's wedding was a genuine pleasure.

The new Mr and Mrs Sutton celebrated their big day at the Fenwick Hotel. Their wedding was bursting with colour (rainbow theme), full of life (loads of young kids involved throughout the day) and a celebration of faith (from start to finish).

A special day. Thanks for having Jiggered at your wedding, Mr and Mrs Sutton!

Posted at 22:12 on 5th April 2019 by

Jiggered at Hogmanay- a pair of gigs!

Jiggered at Hogmanay- a pair of gigs!

Hogmanay 2018: Part 1. 
We kicked off the Hogmanay action back with our friends from ViZion Church again. They have a lovely wee New Year's Eve "do" each year in the Murray Owen Centre in East Kilbride and we dished up an action packed two hour ceilidh for them from 7.30-9.30 before a rapid pack down so we could head over to our second gig of the evening!

Hogmanay 2018: Part 2.
We were at Elim Church in Glasgow by 10pm and that allowed us plenty time to get set up! This was a huge Hogmanay do and it's always nice to be involved in the "over-the-bells" slot...the big countdown and the cheering and the New Year greetings. Love it. 

2018 has been another massive year for Jiggered. A load of amazing ceilidhs, an overseas trip and a change in lineup. This was the year when Emma finished up with the band after 5 years of Jiggered excellence! And in stepped our Gemma! From ceilidh novice to total pro in a year- it's been a steep learning curve for Mrs P but the journey has been so much fun. Here's to more awesome ceilidh action in 2019!

Posted at 9:41 on 1st January 2019 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Christmas Do in Cumbernauld!

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Christmas Do in Cumbernauld!

It's that time of year! December maybe sneaked up on you but we're now in the midst of Christmas fever. That means Christmas parties- Jiggered love playing at these and last night's one at Freedom City Church was a belter. We were loving the opportunity to shoehorn Christmas classics into the dances to give a properly festive flavour to this gig.

Such a lovely event with plenty families, loads of grub and a lovely atmosphere. An honour for us to do this one. But Gemma needs to realise we're not changing the name of the band. It's only allowed to be called "Gemma and the Jiggered Ceilidh Band" when we're doing a home gig in her church!!

Merry Christmas from Jiggered, folks!

Posted at 9:04 on 8th December 2018 by

Jiggered celebrate wedding St Andews University

Jiggered celebrate wedding St Andews University

Katy and Yiannis recently married in Cyprus. But you can't have a real wedding without a ceilidh afterwards...! So they hired Jiggered to provide this vital component to the wedding celebrations. 

St Andrews University was the venue: specifically the Upper College Halls. Wandering through the starlit quadrangle would have been much more enjoyable if we hadn't been humphing all the drums, speakers and instruments! Still, it's a lovely spot and this ceilidh crowd were worth it! From the first dance - we performed Jason Mraz' "I won't give up" while the bride and groom expertly executed their choreographed masterpiece- to the big finale of the evening (a monstrous orchadian strip the willow, auld lang syne and loch lomond- the Scottish/Cypriot crowd were totally up for the ceilidh. A pleasure to play for. 

Raymie was filling in for Susan as she popped down to see her folks in Sheffield (which was a bit of a shame as we'd played at Morven's wedding 11 years ago and she was there last night)! But a brilliant evening. Lots of laughs. Thanks for having us!

Posted at 19:16 on 18th November 2018 by

Carnoustie Golf Hotel Wedding for Jiggered

Carnoustie Golf Hotel Wedding for Jiggered

Kirsty and Mark booked us up for their wedding at the hotel at Carnoustie Golf Course. They were absolutely adamant they wanted to kick off the evening with all of their guests joining them in the Gay Gordons rather than have a first dance. So we did exactly that. However, there were a few times when the newlyweds took to the floor during the evening to dance together to some of their favourites...they could totally have pulled off a lovely first dance! 

There's no doubt that while many familiar faces were giving Jiggered the thumbs up, we've also collected a fair few new fans last night too...with enquiries of bookings for 2019 and 2020 on the cards.

A brilliant evening- great chat with Team Jiggered.

Posted at 17:51 on 27th October 2018 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band back at Crutherland for Wedding!

Jiggered Ceilidh Band back at Crutherland for Wedding!

It's hard to beat the MacDonald CrutherlandHouse for us.

Convenient loading access for equipment, it's handy to get to for us, the room is superb for a ceilidh, they do cracking tattie scones as part of the buffet and you can play board games in the lounge! 

Philip and Jacqueline booked us for their wedding and the crowd were fantastic. Some had jetter over from New York for the wedding and others had travelled up from England too. And what a Scottish celebration we had. The floor was packed for every dance and it's always reassuring when the groom exerts himself so much that his shirt is drenched in sweat and he needs to have a lie down on the dance floor!!

Another ceilidh masterclass. 

All the best Mr and Mrs Anderson!

Posted at 18:04 on 1st October 2018 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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