Jiggernaut

Jiggernaut

 Fort Worth, Texas, USA
BandRockCeltic

Bagpipes AND vocals. Songs AND Tunes. Respect for celtic tradition while redefining celtic rock. No screaming, just powerful harmonies and great musicianship. Deanna Smith sings like an angel, Richard Kean plays like the devil. Jiggernaut IS the future of Celtic Rock

Biography

Jiggernaut formed in 2001 as an experimental recording project. Three cds and ten years later, they continue to be a vibrant presence in the celtic rock arena. “When we began, we were just going to record a cd and maybe play a few festival gigs” explained Matthew Williams, Jiggernaut’s long time drummer and musical director. “Everyone was involved in other bands and Deanna (Smith Scotland) was still living in Milwaukee. But somewhere in the middle of recording that cd (In Search Of More) we realized that something very special was happening. The release of that record, and the reviews that followed made it obvious that Jiggernaut had eclipsed our original plans.”
2004 saw the release of “Evolution”, Jiggernaut’s second cd. The next few years brought some changes, to the music and the lineup. Founding member Wolf Loescher relocated his family to Minnesota, and Jiggernaut went “In Search” of a new band member.” Replacing Wolf was a real challenge. He was the guiding force behind the first two cds, Jiggernaut was originally his dream.” Says Deanna Smith Scotland, lead singer. “He is such a dynamic performer, on stage and in the studio; we knew it would take someone really incredible to fill the empty place on our stage.” Enter Garren Bagley! Garren is a guitar picking, piano playing singing force of nature. He joined Jiggernaut in 2005 and the band has never looked back.
“We spent some time breaking (or is that breaking in) the new guy” joked bass player Rodger Harrison. “Seriously though, Garren was a perfect fit. His skills as a musician, his personality and his rock and roll sensibility allowed him to slide seamlessly into the band, and that’s not easy, we have really high expectations of each other.”
After Garren joined the band, the next step was to record a new cd. “We knew it was overdue, people were asking when we would release a new record” said Smith Scotland, “So we started working on new music. Everyone brought new songs and tunes to the table, great songs, folk, rock, traditional celtic, it was all there.” But Williams and Smith Scotland knew that something was still missing. “We had this great list of songs, that we all liked, but it didn’t feel like Jiggernaut” recalled Williams. “The celtic rock world was changing fast, with the advent of a more punk influenced lead vocal and a harder edge. For us it all begins with the song. What does the song say, what can Jiggernaut add to it, to make it personal?”
“I guess that’s when it hit us….it needed to be personal” Smith Scotland added. “We were singing someone else’s songs, instead of writing our own. We talked about it for a long time, and came to the conclusion that the only logical thing to do was write a new record.”
So Smith Scotland started writing in earnest. “Being a songwriter is a little like being a voyeur. You never know when you will be inspired, a comment in an elevator, half of a cell phone conversation….I kept a notebook with me at all times, I wrote down everything.” When she had several songs and a few sets of lyrics, she turned to Williams. “I really needed to write complete songs, to prove to myself that I could, but I realized that Matthew had mad arranging skills, and my songs would be better with his touch. I also knew that I had written lyrics to a song for which I could not write the music.’ Martyr’ needed something I didn’t have, but Matthew did. “So a songwriting team was born. “We collaborated on “Home front (2001s In Search Of More), but this was the first time we sat down and wrote, face to face
In May 2010 .Jiggernaut proudly announced the release of their latest recording “The Well.” Filled with unforgettable characters, and compelling stories, these songs grab and hold the listener from the first note to the last.
Featuring powerful, passionate vocals and tight harmonies, these are well written songs set to an irresistible groove.
With more than half of the tracks written by Jiggernaut members, this cd is their most personal work to date. The title track “The Man Who Dug The Well” is a touching tribute to Irish music legend Tommy Makem. “We decided that we had some things to say, and we wanted to use our words to say them” says Deanna Smith Scotland (lead singer and the bands principal songwriter). “Songwriting is risky and very personal” Smith Scotland continued, “It is wonderful when a songwriter finds an environment that is safe and a group of musicians who embrace original music. That is what I have found in Jiggernaut.” Smith Scotland wrote four of the tracks on the record and collaborated with drummer Matthew Williams on the hard rocking “Martyr.” “Matthew is a very talented arranger”, Smith Scotland asserts, “He takes my songs and finds the hook, the musical theme, then arranges them for a full celtic rock band. Don’t misunderstand, everyone in the band brings ideas to the table, and the finished product is a reflection of the entire band, but Matthew is a visionary, the driving force be

Discography

CD's
The Well (2010)

Evolution (2004)

In Search of More (2001)

Set List

Jiggernaut playlist/set list
The following is a partial list of the songs and tunes that make up a Jiggernaut show. The list is always growing and changing as new songs are written and added. If you have a special request, we will always do our best to accommodate it.

*THE MAN WHO DUG THE WELL
KISHMUL’S GALLEY
SOFIA TO ST. ANDREWS (PIPE TUNE)
*AMAZING GRACE AGAIN
GALWAY TO GRACELAND
SOLSBURY HILL
TWO MINUTES SILENCE
THE CORGI (PIPE TUNE)
THE SHEPHERD LAD
*MIDWINTER (CHRISTMAS SONG)
*IAN JAMES (PIPE TUNE)
*LEGACY
PEACE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING
*ABSENT FRIENDS
*BREWERY TAP (PIPE TUNE)
*HOMEFRONT
*McFURLEY'S RANT (PIPE TUNE)
DOWN WHERE THE DRUNKARDS ROLL
*TRUE NORTH
*FAREWELL PIXEL (PIPE TUNE)
I HAVE COME TO TAKE MY BOY HOME
*MARTYR
1952 VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING
MI AMIGO PAGARA (PIPE TUNE)
CALTON WEAVER
IRISH BLUES
SWINGTOWN
FAT BOTTOM GIRLS

*INDICATES AN ORIGINAL JIGGERNAUT SONG/TUNE