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!

February 2018

Sat 24th, Matthew Maclennan 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 24th, Queensferry Parish Praise Band, Kirkliston Bowling Club, 7pm-10pm, £15.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by Carol Findlay, email:, tel: 0131 331 5570. Come and join us at the Kirkliston Bowling Club,Bowling Green Road,Kirkliston,EH29 9BG for our silver jubilee fundraising ceilidh on Saturday 24 February 2018. All the dances will be called by our excellent band, and a hot supper and home baking are included in the ticket price ! Please contact Carol( to purchase tickets and for more information. QCCC provides Day Care services for the local community.

March 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:, 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. Facebook: Canongate Cadjers

Fri 9th, Flaming Heather, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ, 8pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email:, 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.

Sat 10th, MacAlasdair Ceilidh Band, St Columba's Hall, Upper Gray Street, just off Causewayside, 7.30pm-10:30pm, organised by Amnesty International -Edinburgh South Group. Tickets will be available at the door. They cost £6 each. There will be a bar and a raffle. Come and support Amnesty!

Sat 17th, Edinburgh Contra and EdinBal, Columcille Hall, Newbattle Terrace Edinburgh EH10, 8pm-11:15pm, £15.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by Edinburgh Contra, email: Edinburgh Contra and EdinBal present A Contra Dance and Bal Folk evening. Date: Saturday 17th March Time: 8pm-11:15pm Venue: Columcille Hall, Newbattle Terrace Edinburgh EH10 Cost: £10-15 on the door (pay what you can), under 12s free. Contra dancing, Ceilidh’s American cousin, is a fun social dance that everyone can enjoy. Danced in long lines, Contra dancing is known for its interesting patterns, great music and friendly atmosphere. Tonight we will be pairing with EdinBal for some Bal Folk dancing. Bal Folk is a French/Western European version of a ceilidh, with a mixture of partner and group dances. For the Contra dancing we have live music from Edward Wallace & Mark Neil, with caller Rachel Wallace teaching the dances. For the Bal we are pleased to welcome Nicky McConkey & Jamie Huddlestone. All are welcome, family friendly, no partner needed, no experience necessary. 15-minute welcome session for new dancers starts at 7:45pm. Drinking water will be provided, bring your own drinks. Come along and give it a go!

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