Included at no extra charge – the “caller” is the person who sets the tone, and holds your event together.
Explaining the dance steps, inviting people onto the floor, and generally having a bit of chat with the audience in between the tunes, The Jiggers dance caller will be experienced, friendly and encouraging. They’ll put your guests at their ease, and help the night go brilliantly!
(The caller will also be one of the musicians, so you’re not paying for an extra band member.)
Not sure when you want things to start/stop? We can be flexible!
Typical bookings are around three to four hours.
Example (standard 8-12, ceilidh & DJ):
7pm – band arrives to set up
8pm – first dance and ceilidh
9.30pm – break (background music)
10pm – ceilidh resumes
10.30– ceilidh finish/DJ start
12.00 – DJ finish
This is just an example though – we’ll do it the way you want it!
If you’d like us to start or finish later or earlier, we are happy to offer this.
We can also arrange to set up the PA system and band earlier in the day (venue permitting). Just ask us about early set-up.
If your planned schedule changes, we are happy to accommodate – you don’t need to have the whole schedule finalised before you book us.
Contact us if you have any questions!
We can help you choose the size of band that is the best fit for your event. The Jiggers musicians perform together in the following line-ups.
five piece ceilidh & covers band –
combine a ceilidh set and a covers set for plenty of variety.
Fiddle, drums, bass, guitar and singer. (includes caller)
five piece band – big impressive sound, good for larger events/venues.
Typical 5-piece line up: fiddle x 2, guitar, bass, drums. (includes caller)
four piece band –
our classic line-up, suitable for most venues unless stage area is at a premium.
Typical 4 piece line up: fiddle, guitar/keys, bass, drumkit. (includes caller)
three piece band –
A good, lively option – cost-effective, good for small venues or shorter ceilidhs.
Typical 3 piece line up: fiddle, guitar/keys, drumkit. (includes caller)
two piece band –
Perfect for a more acoustic ceilidh set. No drums, just great foot-stomping tunes.
Typical 2 piece line up: Guitar, fiddle.
eight piece ceilidh band –
Make a huge impact with our four fiddlers leading the band. Popular for corporate events. (plus drums, bass, guitar, keyboards for a knockout rhythm section!)
For clients who are looking for a simplified, low-cost entertainment solution, remember to ask us about *REJIGGED*
Here’s a video of the different band line-up from 2 to 5 piece. https://vimeo.com/56916190
We use high quality PA and lighting equipment that is suitable for the typical events we play. If you’d like us to provide our special room lighting package (e.g. uplighters for around a marquee) then just ask! This can help transform even the most basic of halls into a really beautiful atmosphere.
Certain larger events benefit from a dedicated sound/lighting/visual tech team. We are happy to supply this, or to liaise with your technical subcontractors.
We offer demonstration ceilidh dancers who can help build a party atmosphere. Perfect for parties where the guests don’t know one another, or with international groups.
You can hire either 2 or 4 dancers. Our demo dancers will:
Encourage people onto the floor
Work with the dance caller
Give a visual demonstration as the dance is called
Take part in the dances*
*If the dance floor becomes too busy, they will make space for the guests.
Part of the fun of a ceilidh is that many people are learning the steps as they go along. We don’t take it too seriously – It’s not a hard-core Scottish Country Dance class, and the dances are chosen because they’re fun and easy to pick up. Demo dancers can help because it means none of your guests need to worry about being first on the dance-floor.
If you have guests from foreign countries like … England (or even further afield!) it’s important to show them the meaning of Scottish hospitality, and that includes a good ceilidh!
The Jiggers are experienced with international audiences, and perform all over the world. We can work with interpreters if required, and can supply demo dancers as well. Our caller will ensure that the steps are communicated clearly and simply. Your guests will be encouraged to find that there’s no such thing as a mistake – it’s just creative improvisation.
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You can reserve your date NOW! It’s quick, simple and secure. Contact us on 0141 4199 558 or freephone 0800 9788 206. Or contact us online using the button below.