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 2018

Thu 27th, Bass Rock Ceilidh Band, Stramash, Cowgate, Edinburgh, 9.45pm-11.45pm, entrance free, organised by Steven Cosans. Electric ceilidh band, the Bass Rock Ceilidh Band, integrate well-known rock riffs amongst traditional ceilidh tunes to give an energetic 'rock-ceilidh'. Full instructions given for all dances using fun-filled banter. One of the Stramash 'Weekly Ceilidh' series. Enjoy a drink or two in this beautiful venue in Edinburgh's Cowgate, Free entry.

Sat 29th, Portobello 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!

Sat 29th, Carrie on Dancing, Stockbridge House, Lifecare, 2 Cheyne Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1JB, 7pm-11pm, £15.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Sheila Dhariwal, email:, tel: 0131 315 2603. Come and enjoy a fun evening of dancing + dinner and raise vital funds to support education projects for South Sudanese refugees. Dinner is included with your ticket! £15 adults/£5 kids available online from Eventbrite: or from Galerie Mirages, 46A Raeburn Pl, Edinburgh EH4 1HL Tel: 0131 315 2603 to reserve. Dinner: Curries & sides by a guest chef from Punjabi Junction Cafe and donated desserts and cakes. Tombola and Raffle (tickets £1) with prizes including designer jewellery from Galerie Mirages and donations from local people and business owners. Annual sponsorships are sought for some children. Please note, guests are under no pressure to buy tombola and raffle tickets or to sign-up to become a sponsor. All funds go to educational programmes, including solar lighting initiatives, a library project and women's project. Live music & direction from Carrie on Dancing. Come and enjoy a ceilidh & curry - all ages are welcome!

October 2018

Fri 5th, 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:, 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

Sat 6th, Edinburgh Contra with Sgàil, Columcille Hall, Newbattle Terrace Edinburgh EH10, 7:45pm-10:30pm, £10.00, organised by Edinburgh Contra, email: 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 Sgàil and Rachel Wallace 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 13th, Paddy Bar Ceilidh Band, Templehall Community Centre, Kirkcaldy North Local Services, Beauly Place, Kirkcaldy, KY2 6EX., 7:30pm-10:30pm, £8.00, organised by West Fife Ceilidhs (, email:, tel: 01383 730539. (Tickets £10 on the day or £8 pre-booked). Call in advance to guarantee entry or book online here: - West Fife Ceilidhs was set up by Richard Barriball to promote ceilidh dancing in West Fife. All dances demonstrated and called. Children must be 12 years or over and accompanied by an adult. Bar available. If you can run then you can dance. Beginner's welcome.

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