Jiggered- wedding at Enterkine House Hotel

Jiggered- wedding at Enterkine House Hotel

Jiggered Ceilidh Band were back in action, this time at Phil and Ruth's wedding at Ayrshire's Enterkine House Hotel. We roped in photographer Ben Blair to come along to take a few band pictures before the wedding...some have turned out not too shabby, despite the raw material Ben was working with!

Phil and Ruth kicked off the evening, about 9.45pm, with what Susan described as "the sweetest first dance she's ever seen" *cue tears*. After this, the ceilidh got underway. The marquee at Enterkine has a pretty strict sound limiter system but we managed to play within the decibel count and the music flowed without interruption all evening. 

There were a few familiar faces at the wedding, including master of ceremonies for the evening, a certain Jiggered-super-fan, Ewan Speedie!

Ice cream stand, sweety pick and mix, bacon rolls, flash mob choir, outdoor games for the kids....this weddind will be remembered for a long time! 

All the best for the future, Phil and Ruth!

Posted at 7:01 on 24th June 2017 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Yacht Club Wedding

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Yacht Club Wedding

A very busy month for Jiggered, ended with James and Heather's wedding at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club (Rhu). We've played at this venue before but I didn't remember the views being quite so spectacular.

James and Heather chose "Go Lassie Go" for their first dance (despite the groom's reservations about the first dance, the wedding guests were whooping and cheering for the couple throughout- it was lovely). And as soon as we kicked off the ceilidh action, everyone was keen to get in on the dancefloor action! 

We enjoyed playing "You and Me" by the Wannadies- another request from the couple and it proved a hit with the guests who were up boogying and knew every one of the lyrics!

There was a bit of taxing chat at the break (thanks Ewan) and we met a couple who are in a ceilidh band of their own!

We'll be back in June. For now, I need a lie down.

Posted at 7:17 on 28th May 2017 by

What a day for a wedding- Jiggered soaking up the sun!

What a day for a wedding- Jiggered soaking up the sun!

Fraser and April nailed their wedding preparations. Not only did they pick a lovely wedding venue (Glasgow's House of an Art Lover, decorated beautifully and with excellent nibbles at the buffet). Not only did they pick a cracking ceilidh band (yes, I mean us). They also managed to pick the warmest day of the year- their guests enjoyed temperatures up to 28° if the reading on my car was accurate!

The new Mr and Mrs Smith started the evening dancing to their first dance request, David Gray's "The One I Love". Nice. Some great dancing and even-than-better sounding drumming from Ewan (you didn't think that was possible!?) with his new shiny cymbals. 

First wedding of the weekend done- next one in Rhu. Maybe see you there!

Posted at 7:38 on 27th May 2017 by

Four ceilidhs in nine days (4)

Four ceilidhs in nine days (4)

Last Saturday was the wedding of Ally and Anya at the stunning
Stonefield Castle.

Having met the happy couple last year, we were excited to be part of
their big day (it's not every day you get to play for a referee who's been part of the lineup of officials for Euro Championships and Scottish Cup Finals)!!

The night kicked off in true form with the first dance where we
performed our version of Dolly Parton's 'From Here To The Moon And
Back'. We followed this up with 'From Russia With Love' which went
down a storm - particularly with Ally and Anya, and their many Russian
guests who made the journey across to Scotland to celebrate.

The crowd were consistently fantastic - filling the floor for every
ceilidh dance. One Russian guest in particular had a whale of a time
during Strip the Willow, really getting into the music...and the band!
The night ended with a group sing song after which we made our way
back round the stunning Kintyre Peninsula.

We've got another busy one this weekend with weddings Friday and
Saturday night, so stay tuned for the highlights.

All the best Ally and Anya!

Posted at 16:28 on 26th May 2017 by

Four ceilidhs in nine days (2)

Four ceilidhs in nine days (2)

Second ceilidh of the weekend. Lovely location (Bankfoot Church Centre, near Perth). Lovely bride and groom (Jacob and Lyndsay).

As if a cracking ceilidh wasn't enough, guests were treated to an ice-cream stand, more homemade traybakes that I've ever seen in one place, a soft play, rolls at the break... Excellent!!

Things went so well that at the end father-of-the-bride, Iain, came to thank us for playing another of his daughter's wedding. Two of his girls have hired Jiggered for their weddings and Iain's determined his other two will in the future too! 

Next gig on our list: a graduation ball at Glasgow's fancy Corinthian!

Posted at 7:05 on 14th May 2017 by

Four ceilidhs in nine days (1)

Four ceilidhs in nine days (1)

Jiggered Ceilidh Band have a busy May lined up- we're starting with a run of four ceilidhs in nine days. Don't worry, we have the stamia for it!

The first is one of our regular favourite gigs. The Larbert Pentecostal Church ceilidh is organised by Michelle and it's always a packout. Everyone gets dressed up, arrive early and the buzz in the room even as we set up indicate this is going to be a belter! We're not disappointed either- this crowd love a ceilidh and Beancross Farm's massive dance floor is crammed all evening with smiley dancers. 

If forced to mention something here that won't make any sense to the rest of you I'd probably refer to Ewan's raffle/competition skills being demonstrated once again, Emma's ability to tell her left from her right (she's a bright girl, after all...I mean, she has Standard Grades and everything) and Susan lamenting that her Magner's pint glass was filled with water.

Off to Perth next.

Posted at 7:22 on 13th May 2017 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Edinburgh Academy Wedding

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Edinburgh Academy Wedding

I'll go ahead and say it. Boris and Gillian's reception at Edinburgh Academy provided the ceilidh of 2017! This one will be the benchmark against which all ceilidhs will be compared this year. The newlyweds were loving our tunes (especially hugh praise as they're both talented musicians- violinists!). The crowd, which included a load of Russian guests, absolutely lapped up every ceilidh dance, cover set and Scottish tune. From the moment Emma anounced the next song, the floor was crammed every dance and it's always nice to have massive applause after every one!

A few of our newest sets (including some cover mashups Emma put together and ceilidh tunes courtesy of Susan) went down a storm...looking forward to building them into future ceilidhs!

We had some grub at half time from award winning chippy L'alba D'oro...great wee place- the owner Filippo even offered Emma some free chips. 

Posted at 8:38 on 9th April 2017 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Christmassy Wedding at Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Christmassy Wedding at Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Lauren and Andrew heard Jiggered at another wedding on the banks of Loch Lomond. We were delighted to be recruited for their wedding at the luxurious Cameron House Hotel! Their wedding was a lot fun and Lauren had to be dragged from the dancefloor. This was one bride who was here to dance! Great enthusiasm, dancemoves and smiles! 

Emma was celebrating two years with her pacemaker, Chris was "this close" to telling a belter of a story, Ewan confessed to a undiminished obsession with Father Christmas spotting on Christmas Eve and Susan's powers of prediction finally came unstuck with this year's Secret Santa gifts.

Merry Christmas everyone: it's good news of great joy!

Posted at 18:42 on 18th December 2016 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band- another Dalmeny Park wedding

Jiggered Ceilidh Band- another Dalmeny Park wedding

Over a decade ago, at Dalmeny Park Hotel, the newly married Mr and Mrs Stirling danced for the first time while Jiggered played. Our fantastic violinist Susan returned "to the scene of the crime" to play at Jonathan and Carolanne's wedding at the same venue!

Jiggered were just a small part of an evening of entertainment for the Steensons- they had singers performing at the end of their meal, Jiggered providing the celidh and a DJ taking the guests dancing through to 1am! We wish the happy couple many years of love in their new married life. 

Posted at 22:58 on 26th November 2016 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Melville Castle Wedding

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Melville Castle Wedding

Our latest wedding was great for a number of reasons.
1. The venue, Melville Castle, is stunning. 
2. The buffet featured bars of chocoate- you can't beat a Wispa!
3. Some young wedding guests proved that ceilidh really is for all ages (brilliant dancing from them!).
4. The wedding reception was from 7pm-10pm meaning a well-appreciated early night.
5. A blend of Scottish and Mexican cultures.
6. Emma made one announcement that reminded Ewan and I of the Jenny-era!
7. We were playing for a bunch of guests who've heard us before and have become definite Jiggered fans! 
8. The new Mr and Mrs Meldrum were a delight to play for- all the best guys.
That's enough for now!

Posted at 8:00 on 13th November 2016 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Wedding Ceilidh at Bachilton Barn

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Wedding Ceilidh at Bachilton Barn

Remember, remember, the 5th of November. I'm sure that will be an easy task for Ruth, Dan and their guests after a really memorable wedding held at Bachilton Barn, near Perth. 

Spectacular fireworks, quirky venue, energetic dancing, fine music, tasty food and smiles all round. 

All the best to our Dan and Ruth. Thanks for having us, guys!

Posted at 8:40 on 6th November 2016 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band in North Berwick for Wedding

Jiggered Ceilidh Band in North Berwick for Wedding

Hope you all enjoyed your extra hour in bed last night with the clocks changing! After a ceilidh over in North Berwick last night, it was a welcome pressie for the jiggered members of Jiggered Ceilidh Band!

We were invited to play at Edward and Ottilie's wedding at MacDonald's Marine Hotel and from the very start it was clear this was a crowd who were keen to ceilidh! The guests were invited onto the floor to join the new Mr and Mrs Crossan during their first dance (we'd learned "Beneath the Rose" as a special request by the couple) and they were keen to pile on for every dance after that!

All the best for the future, Edward and Ottilie!

Posted at 8:34 on 30th October 2016 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band oversee actual Estonia and Scotland matchup!

Jiggered Ceilidh Band oversee actual Estonia and Scotland matchup!

Cast your mind back to 1996. An era when the Scottish football team actually managed to qualify for the odd World Cup or Euro Championships. October that year, the Scottish team arrived in Estonia's capital Tallinn for their latest match. A mixup lead to one of the most ridiculous scenes in the Tartan Army's history- Scotland lined up for their national anthem, kicked off, and celebrated victory a few seconds later. There was no Estonian team there! Refresh your memory of the story here.

Fast forward almost exactly 20 years. Thankfully there was no such mis-match at Fraser and Selene's wedding celebrations. Both sides of the union turned up: Fraser representing the Scots and Selene was Estonian bride! They had their big "do" in St Andrews in the Square. It's a lovely venue- if you are having a function there bear in mind that your band will have to work with the sound limiter system installed because the building is in a redsidential area. We are used to playing with these but it can be hard as enthusiastic whooping andn clapping from the ceilidhers add to the decibel count!!

Congrats to Mr and Mrs Law. Thanks for having us.

Posted at 7:00 on 23rd October 2016 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Memorable Wedding at Elphinstone, Aberdeen

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Memorable Wedding at Elphinstone, Aberdeen

Jiggered were excited to be playing at Fraser and Rachel's wedding for a number of reasons:

-it was our first time playing at the impressive Elphinstone Hall at Aberdeen University 
-we were able to issue celebratory high fives to Paul and Carolyn, still going strong 6 months after we played at their wedding
-the opportunity for us to play a waltz written especially for the couple's big day

Fraser and Rachel were a lovely couple- they looked after us like one of their guests and were an absolute pleasure to play for. We reckon that the gorgeous Rachel had chosen the ideal wedding dress for spinning around during the ceilidh dancing. Fraser thanked us for our "almost-instantaneous" response time to his emails during the planning of the wedding...if you're looking for a ceilidh band and want to ensure you get one that will reply quickly and accommodate your specific requests give us a shout!

A superb wedding. All the best for the future, Fraser and Rachel.

Posted at 7:43 on 16th October 2016 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Fusion Wedding at Dundas Castle

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Fusion Wedding at Dundas Castle

Jiggered were in action David and Tina's recent wedding celebrations at Dundas Castle, near Edinburgh. The couple had a lavish fusion wedding recognising the Indian and Scottish culture. DJ Hari was in charge of entertainment for the evening and hired Jiggered to provide a burst of ceilidh in between his Asian DJing. It was fun working with this larger-than-life character who complemented Emma's calling, even translating the calling instructions! 

A memorable night- thanks for having us Hari!

Posted at 7:36 on 2nd October 2016 by

Jiggered at Bothwell Bridge Hotel for Wedding

Jiggered at Bothwell Bridge Hotel for Wedding

Jiggered have played at Bothwell Bridge Hoel but not for a long time! The room used for weddings has been done up and looked amazing last night for Elaine and Colin's wedding. 

It was also the bride's birthday so the Hotel produced a big birthday cake ablaze with candles and the wedding coordinator serenade Elaine (tunelessly) in a rendition of "Happy Birthday"!

The guests loved the ceilidh dancing and the happy couple had requested some of their favourite tunes for the playlist at the break which proved popular as the floor was well filled all night.

All the best, Colin and Elaine!

Posted at 11:16 on 1st October 2016 by

Make sure you book up Jiggered for your wedding!

Make sure you book up Jiggered for your wedding!

A Thursday evening ceilidh at one of our favourite venues: Crutherland House Hotel. As it happens, our bride Kirsty has mistakenly booked up a ceilidh band with a similar name initially (she quickly cancelled that booking and lined up her favourite: Jiggered!). Hopefully this will serve as a cautionary tale...make sure it's JIGGERED you book up for your event. 

Kirsty and Kevin chose "How Long Will I Love You?" for their first dance. Great choice. It turns out Emma and Kirsty went to school together...they got a chance to reminisce at the end of the evening. We'd like to wish the couple many years of happy married life!

Posted at 23:04 on 15th September 2016 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Kirknewton Stables for wedding

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Kirknewton Stables for wedding

Last night reminded me that Jiggered Ceilidh Band are a well-oiled machine, well worth considering if you're getting married or need a ceilidh band for your event.

Posted at 7:47 on 4th September 2016 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Fenwick Hotel for the Hill's Ruby Wedding

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Fenwick Hotel for the Hill's Ruby Wedding

Tonight Jiggered were in action in the Fenwick Hotel. We've played here a few times- it's a great venue for a wedding or party. Brian and Catherine were celebrating their Ruby Wedding. To see a couple sticking together for four decades is admirable...Forty years is a looong time to be married (although I guess it might feel even longer depending who you're married to!).

Brian and Catherine had a lovely day, starting with a service conducted by George McGinn, a chance to blether with friends and family who were then spoiled with a lovely meal after some short speeches. Evening entertainment? Of course it was Jiggered. Catherine loves to hear Jiggered's ceilidh music and watching the dancing.

Many congratulations to Mr and Mrs Hill on their marriage milestone!

Posted at 22:33 on 13th August 2016 by

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Return to Glasgow's Hilton Grosvenor

Jiggered Ceilidh Band Return to Glasgow's Hilton Grosvenor

David and Rebekah tied the knot yesterday and Jiggered were recruited as the obvious choice for entertainment at their wedding at Glasgow's elegant, luxurious Hilton Grosvenor.

Emma and Susan know the new Mr and Mrs Keiller so this was a nice one for us to do- their guests were loving the ceilidh too.

In an exemplary display of commitment to the Jiggered cause, Susan tried one of buffet items that I suspected might have contained cheese (which I'm not a fan of) but it turned out to be filled with mushrooms (which Susan is allergic to). Thankfully, Susan was fine- otherwise I'd have some explaining to do to big Alan!!

Jiggered wish David and Rebekah all the best for their new married life!

Posted at 7:31 on 7th August 2016 by

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