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!

December 2017

Thu 21st, Goerge Meikle Scottish Country Dance Band, Airdrie ML6 6DE, Cairnlea Church Hall, 127 Graham Street, 7:30pm-late, £6.00, organised by Monklands RSCDs branch. Monklands Branch RSCDS Christmas Dance. see for details.

Fri 22nd, 'SOLD OUT' CHRISTMAS CEILIDH ~ Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, British Legion Hall, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4EL, 8.00pm-midnight, £10.00, organised by Cadjers Music Factory, email:, tel: 07815 741699. 'The Cadjers' Annual Christmas Ceilidh. Great fun night with 5pce Band (with Caller). Licenced Bar with the best prices in town. This event is always a sell-out with entry by 'Ticket Only' so send email to reserve your tickets (collect/pay on the night). For all our regular dancers who attend throughout the year get in touch and I will put tickets aside. Dancing till Midnight.

Fri 29th, Jimmy Wilson of Cruithne with caller Bett Morrison, Kidlaw Farm, near Haddington, 7:30pm-late, £8.00, organised by Bett Morrison, tel: 01620 810 429 (Bett). Bett and Norman's Ceilidh in the Barn - suitable shoes recommended due to stone floor.

Sun 31st, The Thunderdogs, Newington, South side, Edinburgh EH9, 9pm-1am, £25.00, organised by Sue Anderson on behalf of The Thunderdogs, email: The Ceilidh Regulars Hogmanay Ceilidh 2017. Dancing from 9pm until 1am. Booking essential, doors open 8:30pm, entry by ticket only, dancing 9pm until 1am. Soft drinks and nibbles provided, BYOB. Join the ceilidh regulars for the 16th annual Hogmanay Ceilidh..Tickets £25 in advance (or through Ceilidh Meetup £27.50 including Meetup web admin fee) Bookings and tickets for cash at Ceilidhs or bank transfer to: Iain McLachlan Thunderdogs Ceilidh Band.

Sun 31st, Afternoon Family Ceilidh ~ Canongate Cadjers Band & Friends, NATIONAL MUSEUM of SCOTLAND, Chambers Street, edinburgh, 2.00pm-3.30pm, organised by Cadjers Music Factory, email:, tel: 07815 741699. 11th consecutive year. The Cadjers Ceilidh Band will have Piper / Highland Dancers / Singer joining them to provide a real taste of Scotland. Suitable for all so brings the wee yins, the auld yins and everybody in between for a great fun filled afternoon of Traditional Scottish Music, Song & Dance. All the dances are easy, and fully explained, or just come and listen to the music. Everybody welcome. Entry is free.

January 2018

Wed 3rd, Pop Shop Boys, Bainfield Bowling & Social Club, 34 Hutchison Crossway, Edinburgh EH14 1RU, 7.30pm-11.30pm, £5.00, organised by Willie Cruickshank, tel: 0131 440 9756 or 07570 791764. It's only £5 a ticket, with all proceeds to Cancer Research. There are 120 tickets available, on a first come, first served basis. Make your evening go with a 'reel' swing by bringing along a group of relatives and friends. Order your tickets by phone I hope to hear from you soon Willie Cruickshank THIS CEILIDH IS NOW SOLD OUT

Fri 5th, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, British 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, easy on Street Parking and no Stairs Access to Hall. No need to book tickets ~ just Pay at Door on the Night. All Welcome. Facebook: Canongate Cadjers

Sat 13th, 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 Amisfield Walled Garden , email: Charity Ceilidh in Haddington for the Amisfield Walled Garden. Further details Bett Morrison on 01620 810 429 or Amisfield Walled Garden volunteers. The walled garden is being developed by Amisfield Preservation Trust as a community facility and visitor attraction. It relied on volunteers to manage the project, develop and maintain the garden.

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