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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 2024

Fri 23rd, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, Edinburgh, 8pm-11pm, £13.00 (£9.50 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidhs, email: info@annasach.co.uk. 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.annasachceilidhs.info

Fri 23rd, recorded music, Guy Roberts Room, Duns Swimming Pool, Duns, 19.30-21.30, £2.50, organised by Duns Ceilidh Club, email: dunsceilidhclub@gmail.com, tel: 07766600822. Fortnightly practice session, dancing to recorded music. All abilities and ages welcome, adults £2.50, children £0.50 (no unaccompanied children please). Bring soft indoor shoes and a water bottle. No partner required. Easier dances in the first 90 mins, introducing a couple or so slightly more advanced (Scottish country) dances in the last half hour. Find us on Facebook @dunsceilihclub or send us an email to be added to our mailing list. We are quite a small group in a rural area - new dancers very welcome!

Sat 24th, Portobello Ceilidh Band, St Bride's Centre, 10 Orwell Terrace Edinburgh EH11 2DZ, 7.30pm-11pm, £12.00 (£8.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: admin@scotsmusic.org. 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! Tickets £12/£8 in advance & £15/£10 on the door. Tickets are available to buy through the SMG website https://www.scotsmusic.org/ceilidhs/

Sat 24th, HLI, Charteris Centre, 8pm-11pm, £10.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.net, tel: 0131 339 5374. With caller Ken Gourlay and ceilidh band. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. All dances walked through and called. Good exercise and great fun. "It's so joyful" - Japanese tourist. Please try to arrive before 8pm as we have a 5-minute warm-up at 8pm to reduce the risk of injuries. Mobile phones and tablets: taking photos or videos is OK but if you need to answer / make a call / text / browse etc. (musicians find this very rude) please do so outside the dance room in the foyer. No high heels please. edinburghceilidhs.net ken@edinburghceilidhs.net 0131 339 5374 (24 hours) - free to NHS with photo-id by ringing this number

March 2024

Fri 8th, recorded music, Guy Roberts Room, Duns Swimming Pool, Duns, 19.30-21.30, £2.50, organised by Duns Ceilidh Club, email: dunsceilidhclub@gmail.com, tel: 07766600822. Fortnightly practice session, dancing to recorded music. All abilities and ages welcome, adults £2.50, children £0.50 (no unaccompanied children please). Bring soft indoor shoes and a water bottle. No partner required. Easier dances in the first 90 mins, introducing a couple or so slightly more advanced (Scottish country) dances in the last half hour. Find us on Facebook @dunsceilihclub or send us an email to be added to our mailing list. We are quite a small group in a rural area - new dancers very welcome!

Fri 15th, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, British Legion Hall, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4EL, 7.30pm-10.30pm, £10.00, organised by Edinburgh 'Open House' Ceilidh Events, email: cadjersband@gmail.com, tel: 07815741699. Great Fun Night. No Need to Book - Pay at the Door (Cash for Bar & Entry). Live Band with Caller. Licenced Bar. Accompanied age 10yrs-16yrs have free entry. Doors Open 7.30pm. Facebook: Edinburgh Open House Ceilidhs

Sat 16th, Bob Liddle, Carrington Village Hall, Midlothian, 7.00pm-11.00pm, £8.00, organised by Shona Hamilton, email: carringtonVHA@outlook.com, tel: 07747635073. Get a friendly welcome and no pressure to dance, come and tap your toe! Traditional Scottish Dance Night at the beautiful Hall in Carrington. Bob Liddle will be your player for the night. Bar will be open and Tea/Coffee and Cake available at the break. Plenty parking too.

Fri 22nd, recorded music, Guy Roberts Room, Duns Swimming Pool, Duns, 19.30-21.30, £2.50, organised by Duns Ceilidh Club, email: dunsceilidhclub@gmail.com, tel: 07766600822. Fortnightly practice session, dancing to recorded music. All abilities and ages welcome, adults £2.50, children £0.50 (no unaccompanied children please). Bring soft indoor shoes and a water bottle. No partner required. Easier dances in the first 90 mins, introducing a couple or so slightly more advanced (Scottish country) dances in the last half hour. Find us on Facebook @dunsceilihclub or send us an email to be added to our mailing list. We are quite a small group in a rural area - new dancers very welcome!

More in the diary...