Jigsmith are an exciting new ceilidh and folk band featuring a line up of melodeon, fiddle, guitars, percussion and bass. The band comprises players from several musical traditions -from classical and folk to jazz and we also provide our own caller. With Jigsmith you can be assured of the very best in danceable music.
We believe that the taking part is more important than getting the dances exactly ‘right’ and our main aim is for you to party and enjoy your evening.
Our music is mainly traditional English folk music which is performed in a contemporary manner although we can also provide incidental music to further your night’s enjoyment. We will call jigs, reels, steps as well as waltzes and some fun items. Our caller is experienced at organising an enjoyable evening and will select dances to suit the ability of the audience.
The name ‘Jigsmith’ was derived after an arduous meeting in the local hostelry (the White Lion in Ash) and following a subsequent search on the internet we discovered a passage from ‘Finigans Wake’ which refers to a ‘moromelodious jigsmith.’ We were none the wiser after this! – however we did call our first CD Moromelodious We originally formed in 2005, are based in Ash (North Shropshire) and will normally work within a 50 mile radius, which takes us into Cheshire, North Wales, Shropshire and Staffordshire.
We provide our own amplification with both indoor and outdoor systems available, and have public liability insurance through EDFSS.