Do you supply your own PA?
How many dances do you do in an evening?
What dances do you do?
What sort of space do we need for dancing?
How much space does the band need?
Do you have a microphone we can use for speeches?
Can we play our recorded music through your PA?
What power supply do you require?
What parking and access do you require?
Do we need to provide refreshments for the
How can I book the band?
What if I need to cancel or rearrange my booking?
Jiggerty comes with a full PA (Public Address) system, suitable for
venues with a capacity of up to 250 people.
How many dances do you do in an evening? Back
In a typical evening there is usually time for between 8 and 10 dances.
As a rule of thumb, each dance takes about 15 minutes in total,
including the time taken to get dancers onto the dance floor and
arranged into sets, explaining & walking through the dance without
music, then doing the dance to music.
Typically we provide barn dance/ceilidhs for social functions where
most people are new/fairly new to this form of dancing and the
organisers have no preference for dances. The programme for such an
evening might start with Buttered Peas (a simple, mixing dance)
followed by some other relatively simple dances such as Flying Scotsman
and Lucky Seven, then head into some slightly more complex dances such
as Cumberland Square Eight (the dance with the ‘basket’ / 'helicopter'
dance!), Caerphilly March, Virginia Reel and Snowball, before ending
with Riverside Jig and Circassian Circle – two simple, large-group
dances, aimed at getting everyone on the dance floor at the end of the
can do a whole evening of traditional Scottish ceilidh at your request,
with the Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow
(Orcadian and/or normal variants), St Bernard’s Waltz, Canadian
(Highland) Barn Dance, Houlihan’s Jig, Eightsome Reel etc.
If you have any
specific requirements, please ask – we have a range of dances we can
do, from different regions or difficulty levels. We aim to tailor each
ceilidh to suit the preferences and capabilities of its participants.
What sort of space do we need for dancing? Back
We are experienced in working with a variety of different spaces and
adjust dances accordingly to provide a fun evening of dancing, whatever
the size and shape of the venue. If you are in the process of selecting
we recommend you look for a square or rectangular dance area with no
trip-hazards (for example, it is best not to use a portable dance floor
- usually laid over hotel carpet for discos - as they are not large
enough for ceilidh dancing and people may trip as they dance over the
edges). The size of dance floor needed will depend on the maximum
number of people you will have dancing at one time - we suggest you
allow approximately 1 square metre of dance floor per person. For
example, a typical church hall should provide a dance space of at least
7 metres width and 10 metres depth, which would be sufficient to
accommodate approximately 70 dancers.
How much space does the band need? Back
appreciate a space of at least 3 metres wide by 2 metres deep however
we will work with whatever room is available. We
recommend the use of a stage for the band if possible - this allows the
band, and particularly the dance caller, to be seen and offers some
protection to our sound equipment and instruments from the exuberance
of the dancers. We also require a space some distance to the front of
the band on each side for each of our two PA speaker stands
(approximately 1 square metre in floor area each).
Do you have a microphone we can use for speeches? Back
Yes. We are happy
to give you access to a microphone for speeches/announcements during
the event, at no extra charge. Please speak to us at the beginning of
your event to arrange this.
Can we play our recorded music through your
We usually play
recorded music through the PA system when the band is having a
half-time break. If you would like to provide your own music for this
(on CD or IPOD), please discuss with us in advance. We can also provide
this facility after the band has finished (for a ‘disco’ end to the
evening) for an additional cost - please discuss this with us if you
What power supply do you require? Back
Our PA system
draws less than 1kW which is easily provided by a normal mains supply.
We require one standard mains power socket at the venue to plug into
which should be not more than 5 metres away from the band’s performance
area. To protect our PA, we can only agree to use an external generator
as a power source (for example, in a marquee) if this has surge
protection and has been supplied by a reputable company. Any
cabling/sockets used outdoors must be suitable for outdoor use – if in
doubt, please seek the advice of a professional electrician.
you require? Back
We require a
standard size parking/unloading space as close to the performance area
as possible, to provide a short, safe access route for the
transportation of our sound equipment. We like to have access to the
performance area approximately 45 minutes before we are due to start
playing, in order to set up and sound-check. Please discuss with us if
there are any flights of stairs on the access route of if there is
likely to be a problem accessing the venue/performance area in advance
of our performance time.
Do we need to provide refreshments for the
For a typical
event the band will be out of their houses for at least 6 hours
(allowing for travelling, setting up, performance and packing up
afterwards). We would therefore appreciate you arranging refreshments
for the band, equivalent to a meal and 2 drinks per person. It is
customary for the band to be invited to share in food and drink
provided for guests unless this would be inappropriate.
Please use the
contact details given on our main page to check our
availability and receive a tailored quote for your event. We require a
confirm a booking which should be sent within a week
of your last contact with us, in order to be sure that we remain
available for your chosen date - please contact us for details of how
to pay this. Once we have received your deposit we will send you a
containing details of what we have agreed (date, venue, timings etc),
to form a contract.
What if I need to cancel or rearrange my
incur the loss of your deposit. Changing the date of your booking may
be possible without penalty depending on how much notice we are given
and whether we have turned away other work in the meantime