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!

September 2017

Sat 23rd, Emily & the Simons, Columcille Centre, 2 Newbattle Terrace, EH10 4RT, Edinburgh, 7.30-late, £11.00 (£9.00 concession), organised by Edinbal, email:, tel: 07900142807. Euro-ceilidh/balfolk dance with Belgian/English band, Emily & the Simons. Balfolk is a style of folk dancing primarily from France, Belgium, Scandinavia and beyond. Emily & the Simons are a young and distinctive balfolk band, playing beautiful original music centred around Emily's compositions. No experience or partner required.

Fri 29th, Fraser Mckinnon ceilidh band, Bainfield Bowling Club, 34 Hutchison Crossway, Edinburgh EH14 1RU, 7:30pm-late, £10.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by Sheila Clarke , email: , tel: 07704672627. MND Ceilidh This is an Annual charity event in aid of MND Scotland. Support appreciated. Contact Sheila Clarke to reserve tickets or pay at the door.

Sat 30th, 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:, 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 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!

October 2017

Fri 6th, Canongate Cadjers, The Royal British Legion, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4DL, 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Alex Ross, email:, tel: 07815 741 699. Start the weekend in Reel Style with the Canongate Cadjers monthly ceilidh. All welcome, all dances called. Join the Ceilidh Meetup regulars for an energetic and friendly evening. No need to book just pay at the door. Venue near CanonMills /Broughton Street /Tesco

Sat 7th, Carrie on Dancing Ceilidh Band, Stockbridge House, Cheyne Street, Edinburgh EH4 1JB, 7pm-11pm, £15.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Ceilidh for Education for South Sudan, email:, tel: 0131 315 2603. A great evening of dancing and food - long-established fund-raiser ceilidh. Dancing starts 7 pm, music by Carrie On Dancing Dinner served at 8.30pm Menu: our celebrated chicken curry by Punjabi Junction's guest chef, and our South Indian speciality: coconut lentil curry with vegetables and pilau rice. Dessert, a table of mouthwatering cakes. A wonderful evening raising money for educational projects for young people and ladies who are refugees from the civil war in South Sudan and are now in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. Tickets available from Galerie Mirages, 46a Raeburn Place Edinburgh EH4 1HL, or on the door. £15 adult, £5 child

Sat 14th, Wild Ride. Rachel Wallace calls., Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ, 8pm-10:30pm, £10.00, organised by Edinburgh Contra Dance, email:, tel: 07779147542. Contra dancing is ceilidh dancing's American cousin. We have live music from Wild Ride - Bob Tracey on fiddle, Robbie Thomas on guitar, Holly Norton on piano coming up from England (yes, Robbie Thomas is another former member of Silly Wizard). All dances will be taught by our fabulous, friendly and efficient caller Rachel Wallace. All welcome - no partner needed - kids welcome (12 & under free) - jigs - reels - waltzes - cash bar.

Fri 20th, Sandy Brechin & Cameron Ritchie, Lauriston Hall, Lauriston Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ, 7:30pm-11pm, £15.00 (£7.50 concession), organised by CARDS, email:, tel: 0131 229 7554. DRY ceilidh fundraiser organised by Rowan Alba Charity for the C.A.R.D.S service (Community Alcohol related damage service). The CARDS service recruits and trains volunteers and peer volunteers to work with people who have a problematic relationship with alcohol (a befriending type service). The Ceilidh itself will be a alcohol free (DRY), our aim is to create an event that is alcohol free, (hot and soft drinks available) inclusive and loads of fun for all. Tickets are available on Eventbrite, however, you can buy tickets directly through them. £15 full price incudes Haggis, Neeps & tatties or veggie option, £7.50 for concessions (under 16, students, unemployed, over 65’s). Twitter : @RowanAlba Facebook : RowanAlba . Great ceilidh music from Box Player Sandy Brechin. With The Melville Pipers featuring Cameron Ritchie formerly of Boghall & Bathgate Caledonian and currently with New York Metro Pipe Band.

More in the diary...