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!

October 2017

Fri 27th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 36 West Nicolson Street, 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768 563138. Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at our regular Ceilidh at The Counting House (aka The Peartree), from 8pm. All dances will be called so beginners welcome. Tickets at www.annasach.co.uk/events

Fri 27th, Bernie Hewitt, City Chambers, Dunfemrline, 7.30 pm-10.30 pm, £10.00, organised by Bernie Hewitt, email: bh@bernhew.com, tel: 07795 233920. This ceilidh takes place on the first evening of the Dunfermline Folk Club weekend, and is supported by the Dunfermline Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and Cairneyhill Explorer Scouts. Bernie Hewitt and his band will be playing, with Pia Walker doing the calling. It is being held in the old Courtroom of the City Chambers, and there will be a bar there provided by Fife Council. General tickets are £10 each, and family members under 16 (with an adult) can get on for £6. No experience is needed as all dances will be called. Two left feet is no excuse - one of them will be cured! Tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dunfermline-ceilidh-tickets-35932238292

Fri 27th, Bernie Hewitt, City Chambers, Dunfermline, 7.30 pm-10.30 pm, £10.00, organised by Bernie Hewitt, email: bh@bernhew.com, tel: 07795 233920. This ceilidh takes place on the first evening of the Dunfermline Folk Club weekend, and is supported by the Dunfermline Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and Cairneyhill Explorer Scouts. Bernie Hewitt and his band will be playing, with Pia Walker doing the calling. It is being held in the old Courtroom of the City Chambers, and there will be a bar there provided by Fife Council. General tickets are £10 each, and family members under 16 (with an adult) can get on for £6. No experience is needed as all dances will be called. Two left feet is no excuse - one of them will be cured! Tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dunfermline-ceilidh-tickets-35932238292

Sat 28th, Thunderdog Ceilidh 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!

Sun 29th, tbc, From City Cambers to Ross Theatre, Princess Street Gardens, Edinburgh, 14.00-19.00, entrance free, organised by Mohindra Dhall. Diwali The Indian Festival of Light - come along and dance. Starting at 2pm with procession from City Chambers, Edinburgh's Royal Mile by St Giles Cathedral, progressing down the Mound by National Gallery to Hanover Street, George Street, Castle Street into Princess Street Gardens. Tartan Clad ceilidh dancers please join the parade group. Bollywood, Bhangra etc combine with Ceilidh for a great fun family friendly day. Concert at Ross Bandstand follows parade featuring Navin Kundra. More details and confirmation of outline timings to follow

November 2017

Fri 3rd, Canongate Cadjers, The Royal British Legion, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4DL, 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Alex Ross, email: aross@cccb.fsnet.co.uk, tel: 07815 741 699. Start the weekend in Reel Style with the Canongate Cadjers monthly ceilidh. All welcome, all dances called. Join the Ceilidh Meetup regulars for an energetic and friendly evening. No need to book just pay at the door. www.canongateCadjers.com Venue near CanonMills /Broughton Street /Tesco

Sun 5th, Jimmy Wilson of Cruithne with caller Bett Morrison, Kidlaw Farm, near Haddington, 5pm-early, organised by Bett Morrison, tel: 01620 810 429 (Bett). Fireworks at 5pm with bonfire followed by Sunday evening ceilidh in the barn. Kindly organised by Bett Morrison of Haddington Ceilidhs fame. Note the barn has a concrete floor - suitable footware advised.

Fri 10th, Portobello Ceilidh Band , Dunblane Hydro, Dunblane , 7.00 pm-Midnight , £45.00, organised by Henri Forman on behalf of the Finola Trust, email: Henri@finolatrust.co.uk, tel: 07720837683. Join us to raise funds for an electric wheelchair for Finola Forman, a friend of the band. Tickets £45 and include: 3 course dinner Gary James Magic Auction ....and ceilidh with Portobello Ceilidh Band. For tickets, contact Henri or visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/the-finola-trust

Fri 10th, Jimmy Wilson of Cruithne with caller Bett Morrison, Haddington Corn Exchange, HADDINGTON Corn Exchange, Main Street, Haddington, EH41 3HA, 7:30pm-late, £8.00, organised by Ramblers Walking Group, tel: 01620 810 429 . Ceilidh in Haddington for the Ramblers. BYOB. Further details Bett Morrison on 01620 810 429

Sat 11th, John Carmichael and his Band, Queen Margaret Hall, Blackness Road (By LowPort) Linlithgow, 7:30pm-late, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Rotary Club of Linlithgow Grange, email: RoyRedwood@Gmail.com, tel: 01506 843960. Linlithgow Rotary Scotch Hop - All welcome, all dances called by John Carswell of Scotch Hop fame. Great fun evening with Scottish Dancing for all including ceilidh, old time and Scottish Country dances. Tickets available from Roy Redwood or the Line Gallery, 236 High Street Linlithgow (or cash at the door).

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