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!

October 2018

Sat 20th, The Raggle Taggle Dance Band, Grassmarket Community Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row EH1 2QA, 7pm-11pm, £12.00, organised by Grassmarket Community Project and GRASS (Grassmarket Residents’ Association), email: grassmarket.residents.assoc@gmail.com, tel: 0131 225 3626 . Grassmarket Community Ceilidh, fundraiser for GCP and GRASS BYOB (no bar), stovies (vegan option), auction, raffle and live music from The Raggle Taggle Dance Band Advance tickets £12, available through: Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-ceilidh-fundraising-for- grass-grassmarket-community-project-tickets-50392590595 In Person: pop into the Grassmarket Centre Tickets at the door on the night £15, kids under 12 free

Sat 20th, Hud Yer Wheesht and Wayward Jane, Greyfriars Kirk, 7pm-midnight, £12.00 (£7.00 concession), organised by ceilidh collective, email: robin@boe.org.uk, tel: www.ceilidhcollective.org. With room for 300 dancers, we've a full ceilidh with three hours of dances and calling by Hud Yer Wheesht as well as as support from the fabulous 4-piece Americana roots band, Wayward Jane. Our night to remember will be complemented by our full licensed bar with organic and fruit wines, real ales and local lagers, ethical juices, mulled cider, ten single malts, and a fundraising raffle with Gandolf... 100% of profits from bar, food, raffle and door go to Friends of the Earth Scotland and Refugee Survival Trust. The venue is fully accessible and family friendly.

Fri 26th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 34 W Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-11pm, £10.00 (£7.50 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at our regular Ceilidh at The Counting House, Edinburgh from 8pm.  All dances can be called so beginners welcome. Tickets available from https://www.annasach.co.uk/events

Fri 26th, Jimmy Wilson of Cruithne, Corn Exchange, Haddington, East Lothian EH41 3DS, 7:30pm-11:30pm, £8.00 (£8.00 concession), organised by Bett Morrison, email: Kidlaw64@gmail.com, tel: 01620 810 429 . Great fun charity ceilidh with all dances called or demonstrated by Bett Morrison. All welcome, please reserve tickets in advance if possible with organiser by phone. BYOB & nibbles if required. Charity fundraiser for Choir with India links. Family ticket two adults and 2 children £20.

Sat 27th, Bells McNab's Dance 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!

November 2018

Fri 2nd, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Legion Hall, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4EL, 8.00pm-11.00pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by cadjers music factory, email: cadjersband@gmail.com, tel: 07815 741699. Great Traditional Ceilidh with Live Band & Caller. Suitable for Beginners to Experienced Dancers. Licenced Bar, Nice Dance Floor and easy on Street Parking. No need to book tickets ~ just Pay at Door on the Night. All Welcome with free entry for under 12's. Facebook: Canongate Cadjers

Fri 2nd, John Carmichael and his SCD Band, PERTH Bells Sports Centre coaching Hall, Hay Street Perth PH1 5HS, by Black Watch Centre, 7:30pm-10:30pm, £10.00, organised by RSCDs Perth, tel: 0131 225 3854. Friday Night is Ceilidh Night PERTH. As part of the 2018 programme for the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society's Conference weekend, a fun and informal ceilidh is included with caller and live music. Suitable for all ages and abilities, it's a chance to get a taste of some of themost famous Scottish country dances, enjoy the energetic tones of a traditional Ceilidh band, and most of all join in one big party. [Birthday 80th Celebration for John Carmichael.] Great fun evening. Get your tickets in advance or at the door. More detail - ask John Carswell or Bernie Hewitt (Fife). Book on www.rscds.org Under 16s £5.

Sat 3rd, Edinburgh Contra with Scott Hartley and Marit Fält, Columcille Hall, Newbattle Terrace Edinburgh EH10, 7:45pm-10:30pm, £10.00, organised by Edinburgh Contra, email: EdinburghContra@gmail.com. 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. We have live music from Scott Hartley and Marit Fält, and Lisa Heywood teaching the dances. All are welcome, family friendly, no partner needed, no experience necessary. 15-minute welcome session for new dancers starts at 7:45pm. Come along and give it a go! £10 on the door, under 12s free. Bring your own drinks. Step-free access and accessible toilets available. Calling will be gender-neutral ‘larks and ravens’ style.

Sat 3rd, Bella McNab band with Dave Francis, Edinburgh City Chambers - Mound - Ross Theatre, Princess St Gardens, 1:45pm-7:30pm, entrance free, organised by Mohindra Dhall. Save the Day for Edinburgh's Diwali celebration, Scottish Ceilidh dancing plus variety of other styles including Bhangra, Bollywood, Salsa and Highland dancing. Starts with demonstrations outside City Chambers gather 1:30pm; proceeds down The Mound to Princess Street Garden. Castle Street 3:45pm. Edinburgh Diwali is an initiative by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh to bring Diwali-Festival of Lights, the most famous Indian Festival to Edinburgh so that the mainstream community can Share, Participate and Celebrate the Victory of Good over Evil. Edinburgh Diwali has successfully organized Diwali for last Three Years. The First Winter Festival of Edinburgh. More details Facebook & http://www.edinburghdiwali.co.uk/

Sun 4th, Jimmy Wilson of Cruithne, Kidlaw Farm Barn, near Haddington, East Lothian, 6pm-10pm, £5.00, organised by Bett Morrison, email: kidlaw64@gmail.com, tel: 01620 810 429. Ceilidh regulars as invited to join Bett Morrison on the farm for the Fireworks bonfire will be lit at 5pm, followed by perhaps a bite to eat (bowls of Chilli) and then the Ceilidh Dancing in the barn. Please donate £5 towards costs. Please note this is a Sunday evening.

More in the diary...