News

Sun 18th July, 2010. I've added another ceilidh chart, comparing the number of ceilidhs per month this year to last year. This chart updates dynamically as ceilidhs are added to the diary.

Mon 5th July, 2010. Ceilidh Charts I've added a new ceilidh charts page that shows interesting insights into ceilidhs over the years. I'll be adding more charts very soon, but the first one is up. They all update automatically as time goes on. There's a permanent link to the charts page on the diary page. You can also click on the little chart image to get to it, such as the one on the right.

Fri 18th June, 2010. I found some nice pictures and videos online from a recent Assembly Rooms ceilidh with the Thunderdog Ceilidh Band. Euan & Stefan are looking good in the first video, doing the Dashing White Sergeant as a four ;-) Note: you can view the videos in high definition by clicking on "HD" at the bottom right of the video player.

Fri 18th June, 2010. Whatever happened to the Cutting Edge? The Cutting Edge Band is one of my favourites. I've not heard of them playing at any public ceilidhs since the Caledonian Brewery decided they'd rather store beer than run ceilidhs. However, they have been spotted as recently as Jan 2009, as this YouTube video shows. For me they represent the best of modern, up-to-date ceilidh sound. Have a listen - they really are good! It starts as the familiar traditional Dashing White Sergeant but keep listening as they progressively become more and more samba. Absolutely fantastic to dance to! I just wish they'd be booked for public events. For any ceilidh organisers reading this: please book this band!

Thu 10th June, 2010. Added an RSS feed to the ceilidh diary. Now you can be notified in your newsreader when a new ceilidh is added. You'll need a news feed aggregator but there are so many to choose from these days. Most browsers can display news, or you can use an online reader such as Google Reader or, my personal favourite, FeedDemon.

Sun 6th June, 2010. MikesCommunity 2.0 is now live! Testing was very successful so the old site was retired and replaced by this one on Sunday 6th June 2010. Please send your comments about the new site and your suggestions on what you'd like to see here, etc., to Mike by clicking on contact above.

Upcoming Ceilidhs

The following ceilidhs are coming up in the next few weeks. Have a look at the diary to see all future events. And remember, anyone can submit ceilidhs to the diary!

January 2019

Thu 24th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 34 W Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £22.00 (£18.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal celebration of The Bard's birthday in the hidden gem of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Counting House. Buffet & a Famous Grouse included. All dances can be called so beginners welcome. Tickets available from https://www.annasach.co.uk/events

Fri 25th, HLI ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ, 8pm-11pm, £10.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374. with caller Ken Gourlay, ceilidh band & piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. No high heels please. Attendees without bags, large handbags, rucksacks etc. will get fast-track entry. Mobile phones & tablets: photos & videos are OK but if you intend to spend time texting, browsing the web etc. please don't come. Musicians find this very rude. edinburghceilidhs.net

Fri 25th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 34 W Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £22.00 (£18.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal celebration of The Bard's birthday in the hidden gem of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Counting House. Buffet & a Famous Grouse included. All dances can be called so beginners welcome. Tickets available from https://www.annasach.co.uk/events

Sat 26th, Flaming Heather ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ, 8pm-11pm, £10.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374. with caller Ken Gourlay, Flaming Heather ceilidh band & piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. No high heels please. Attendees without bags, large handbags, rucksacks etc. will get fast-track entry. Mobile phones & tablets: photos & videos are OK but if you intend to spend time texting, browsing the web etc. please don't come. Musicians find this very rude. edinburghceilidhs.net

Sat 26th, Da Hooley Ceilidh Band, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £9.00 (£7.50 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: info@scotsmusic.org, tel: 0131 555 7668. Monthly SMG fundraising ceilidh. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets £9/£7.50 in advance, £10 on the door. Book on-line at www.scotsmusic.org/ceilidhs. Our ceilidhs are enjoyed by all ages and are friendly, informal and fun. You’ll be made welcome whether you come on your own or with a party. You don’t need to know what to do – a caller will explain the dances and there are lots of friendly folk to give you a hand and get everyone up dancing!

Sat 26th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 34 W Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £22.00 (£18.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal celebration of The Bard's birthday in the hidden gem of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Counting House. Buffet & a Famous Grouse included. All dances can be called so beginners welcome. Tickets available from https://www.annasach.co.uk/events

February 2019

Fri 1st, The Canongate Cadjers, Royal British Legion Hall, 33 Rodney St, Canonmills, Edinburgh EH7 4EL, 8pm-11pm, £9.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Alex Ross, email: CadjersBand@gmail.com, tel: 07815 741699. Monthly Friday ceilidh (usually first Friday of the month). No need to book, just pay at the door. 14 years and under free. Join the Ceilidh Meetup regular dancers for a good reel to start the weekend.

Sun 3rd, Bass Rock Ceilidh Band, Whitburn Juniors Football Club, 7.00pm-9.30pm, £5.00, organised by David, email: david@whitburncdt.org.uk, tel: 01501 748708 . 'Rock-ceilidh' organised by Whitburn Community Development Trust with full instructions given for all dances using fun-filled banter. Family-friendly ceilidh suitable for all ages. Food will be provided and we will be joined by the Bass Rock Ceilidh Band. Tickets can be purchased from david@whitburncdt.org.uk, call 01501 748708 or pop in to the office at 61 West Main Street Whitburn. Limited Tickets available. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Sat 9th, Sam and Grace; Jo Veal and Andrew Swaine, Columcille Hall, Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh EH10, 7:15pm-11pm, £20.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by Edinburgh Contra and EdinBal, email: EdinburghContra@gmail.com. Edinburgh Contra and EdinBal present an evening of contra and Balfolk dancing! Contra dancing, Ceilidh’s American cousin, is a fun social dance that everyone can enjoy. Danced in long lines of couples, Contra dancing is known for its interesting patterns, great music and friendly atmosphere. Balfolk brings social and couple dances from around Europe together in a mixed programme. We have live music from Grace and Sam for the contra, with Jo Veal and Andrew Swaine for the Bal. All dances will be taught. All are welcome, family friendly, no partner needed, no experience necessary! £10-20 pay-what-you-can on the door, under 12s free. Bring your own drinks and a snack to share in the break. Step-free access and accessible toilets available. Calling will be gender-neutral ‘larks and ravens’ style.

More in the diary...