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!

November 2019

Fri 22nd, HLI ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ, 8pm-11pm, £10.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374. with caller Ken Gourlay, Willie Fraser ceilidh band and piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. No high heels please. Attendees without handbags, bags, rucksacks etc. will get fast track entry. Mobile phones and tablets: photos and video are OK but if you intend spending any time texting, browsing the web etc. we'd rather you didn't come. Musicians find this very rude. edinburghceilidhs.net facebook.com/edinburghceilidhs

Sat 23rd, HLI ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ, 8pm-11pm, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374. with caller Ken Gourlay, HLI ceilidh band and piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. No high heels please. Attendees without handbags, bags, rucksacks etc. will get fast track entry. Mobile phones and tablets: photos and video are OK but if you intend spending any time texting, browsing the web etc. we'd rather you didn't come. Musicians find this very rude. edinburghceilidhs.net facebook.com/edinburghceilidhs

Sat 23rd, Da Hooley 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!

Sat 23rd, The Yiddish Song Project, and Kleyne Klezmer, Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, 4 Salisbury Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AB, 7pm-10pm, £12.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, email: events@scojec.org, tel: 07724 549817. Yiddish Song Concert & Klezmer Ceilidh The Yiddish Song Project with Stephanie Brickman & Phil Alexander Michael Alpert, internationally celebrated Klezmer musician and Yiddish singer, with Klezmer/Scottish fiddler Gica Loening. Followed by a Klezmer Ceilidh with band Kleyne Klezmer and caller. Tickets: £10/£8 in advance, £12/£10 on the door. Book online: www.trybooking.co.uk/LMJ For further information visit www.scojec.org/events.html Contact Joanne | Tel: 07724 549817 | Email: events@scojec.org Scottish Council of Jewish Communities SCIO no. SC029438 Supported by: Netherlee and Clarkston Charitable Trust Registered Charity no. SC042072 Jewish Music Institute Charity no. 328228 Kleznorth Registered Charity no. 1182048

Sun 24th, Jimmy Wilson with caller Bett Morrison, Kidlaw Farm Barn, Haddington, 6pm-10pm, £5.00, organised by Bett Morrison, email: kidlaw64@Gmail.com, tel: 01620 810 429. Bonfire being lit 6pm, ceilidh from 7pm in the farm Barn. Bett may provide Chilli - please let her know if you plan to join them. Suggested price is a donation for the band.

Sat 30th, Flaming Heather ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ, 8pm-11pm, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374. with caller Ken Gourlay, Flaming Heather ceilidh band and piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. No high heels please. Attendees without handbags, bags, rucksacks etc. will get fast track entry. No drink or food to be brought in. Mobile phones and tablets: photos and video are OK but if you intend to text, browse the web etc. we'd prefer you didn't come. Musicians find this very rude. edinburghceilidhs.net ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk facebook.com/edinburghceilidhs 0131 339 5374 (24 hours)

Sat 30th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £20.00 (£17.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Come and dance to Annasach's St Andrews Night Ceilidh at The Counting House. Tickets price includes stovies and a dram of The Famous Grouse and are available from https://www.annasach.co.uk/events

Sat 30th, Aidan Frost Ceilidh Band, St Mungo's Hall, Kirkhill Road, Penicuik, 7.30pm-11.30pm, £10.00, organised by Penicuik & District Marie Curie Group, email: annabel_oates@hotmail.com, tel: 07795033090. BYOB Includes light supper

December 2019

Sat 7th, The Occasionals , The Priory Church, South Queensferry , 7.30pm-11pm, £10.00, organised by Sheila McCutcheon, email: sheila.mccutcheon@gmail.com, tel: 01313311528. Just the perfect warm up to the festive season with a bit of dancing in the lovely old Priory church, South Queensferry. Home baking and a cuppa at the break with juice and water available throughout. Please feel free to BYOB. This is usually a busy ceilidh so please book early to avoid disappointment. Under 12's free. All welcome

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