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!

November 2018

Sat 24th, Canongate Cadjers, 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!

Fri 30th, St. Andrews Night Ceilidh. Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Royal British Legion Hall, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh, 8.00pm-11.00pm, £10.00 (£7.00 concession), organised by cadjers music factory, email: cadjersband@gmail.com, tel: 07815 741699. Celebrate St. Andrews Night in Traditional Style. Highland Dance Team Demonstration. Live Ceilidh Band and Caller. No need to book (unless large group - phone for info) ~ Buffet Food included in ticket price. Just pay at the door . Everybody welcome.

Fri 30th, 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 30th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 34 W Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £20.00 (£17.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal St Andrew's Night celebration in the hidden gem of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Counting House. Buffet & a dram included. All dances can be called so beginners welcome. Tickets available from https://www.annasach.co.uk/events

Fri 30th, Pentlands Ceilidh Band, Pitbauchlie House Hotel, Dunfermline, KY11 4PB, 20.00-23.30, £8.00, organised by Gabriela , email: gvalkovicova@gmail.com, tel: 07722206033. Charity Ceilidh in aid of Cancer Research at the Pitbauchlie House Hotel, Dunfermline. Doors open at 19.30. For bookings please contact Pitbauchlie House Hotel 01383 722282 or Gabriela 07722206033. Please book in advance.

December 2018

Sat 1st, 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, 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 8th, SOLD OUT - The Occasionals, The Priory Church, South Queensferry, 7.30pm-11pm, £10.00, organised by Sheila McCutcheon, email: sheila.mccutcheon@gmail.com, tel: 0131 331 1528. A lovely venue, brilliant music for dancing, terrific home baking ! (Ward and Grant's) Please join us for another great night at the Priory. Some dances called and loads of dancers to help you through them all. Please book early as tickets sell out quickly. Home baking and tea at the break but please feel free to BYOB. - SOLD OUT

Sat 8th, Ceilidh Caleerie Dance Band, Edinburgh Ukrainian Club, 14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, 6pm-Late, £12.00, organised by Scottish-Finnish Society, email: sihteeri@scottish-finnish-society.org.uk. Join us for a special ceilidh to celebrate Finnish Independence Day! Absolutely all welcome - you don't have to be Finnish or Scottish, or a member! Children welcome too (free entry under the age of 15, though a ticket must still be obtained). Doors from 6pm and dancing will start at around 7pm. Music and caller provided by Ceilidh Caleerie Dance Band. Bar at the venue (takes cash and card), and the event will include a raffle and whisky roll. Welcome drink included in the price. For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/scottish-finnish-society-12137611673

Sat 15th, Robert Fish 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 15th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 34 W Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £20.00 (£17.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal Christmas celebration in the hidden gem of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Counting House. Buffet & a dram included. All dances can be called so beginners welcome. Tickets available from https://www.annasach.co.uk/events

More in the diary...