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!

April 2018

Sat 21st, Northern Streams Ceilidh Band, Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QA, 7.30pm-11.00pm, £12.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch - Fiona Campbell, email: eltmsa@yahoo.co.uk, tel: 07951918366. Created from our Festival guest musicians from Scotland and Sweden, the Northern Streams Ceilidh Band, will be giving you the opportunity to try out Scottish and Swedish dances - which will be called/demonstrated - during the extended second half of our concert or you can just sit and listen to the Nordic & Scottish sounds! The first half is a performance by Peter Puma Hedlund (Sweden), Paul Anderson & Shona Donaldson (Scotland) - a trio made up of a ‘Riksspelman – Fiddler of the Realm’ nyckelharpa player from Sweden, one of Scotland’s top fiddlers and winner of the Scots Singer of the Year & fine fiddler – can only mean an amazing exchange of cultural delights. More details about the festival and bookings at www.northernstreams.org

Fri 27th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 34 W Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 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

Sat 28th, Bella 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!

May 2018

Fri 4th, 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 4th, Robert Fish Band, Counting House, 38 W. Nicholson street. EH8 9DD, 8pm-11.30, £12.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by Stan Reeves, email: stanreeves1950@gmail.com. “CELTA CEILIDH” @TRADFEST !!!The legendary Fish band returns to the Counting House for a night introducing traditional social dancing from Scotland,Ireland, Brittany and beyond. House band in the Assembly Rooms in the 90’s they are still pushing out. Expect wild turns of song and drama!! Dance the Eightsome reel, Connemara set, Bouree, An Dro, Gavotte, Scottiche and more!!! TICKETS:- £12 (£10 conc) from Tradfest and on the door. Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,EH1 1SR T +44 (0)131 556 9579

Tue 15th, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, British Legion Hall, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4EL, 7.30pm-10.00, £6.00, organised by Alex Ross, email: cadjersband@gmail.com, tel: 07815 741699. Traditional Scottish Ceilidh in central Edinburgh. Especially suited for Overseas Holiday & Summer Visitors to the City, Students, Singles, Groups, Families and our regular ceilidh dancing friends. Informal, fun night with live band (facebook: Canongate Cadjers) and a great Caller who will explain all the dances. Suitable for all age groups. Licenced Bar. Dancing starts 7.30pm. Inexpensive night as entry only £6.00 per person with under 12's free (discount available for groups 10+ / phone for information). No need to book just come along and pay at the door. All Welcome.

Sat 19th, Flaming Heather, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ, 8pm-11pm, £8.00, 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 19th, Ian and Charley, Columcille Hall, Newbattle Terrace Edinburgh EH10 , 8pm-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 Ian and Charley, 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.

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