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 2017

Fri 17th, Grouse Ceilidh Band SCOTS FIDDLE FESTIVAL, Summerhall, 7.30pm-11pm, £9.00 (£7.00 concession), organised by Scots Fiddle Festival . Tickets from Queens Hall Box office Plus £1 transaction fee for entire booking if purchased via telephone, post or online. The Queen’s Hall Tickets & Information: 0131 668 2019. For online booking go here: https://boxoffice.thequeenshall.net/WEBPAGES/EntaWebEvent/EventSBandPrices.aspx

Sat 18th, Ceilidh Caleerie ceilidh orchestra, Pencaitland Bowling Club, 7:30pm-Midnight, £10.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Jon Moore, email: joncsmoore@gmail.com, tel: 01875 341961 / 07493 204572 . Fund raising ceilidh for Raleigh International, a development charity. The evening includes a pay bar, hot food, raffle and auction. TIckets now available from The Granny Shop, and Winton Arms in Pencaitland or Jon Moore. www.RaleighInternational.org is a sustainable development charity. They challenge and inspire young volunteers to work with communities living in poverty. Donations help continue to transform lives and empower youth to bring about lasting change.

Sat 25th, 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!

Sat 25th, Canned Haggis CeilIdh Band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, 7.30 pm-11 pm, £10.00, organised by Mo Polson, email: mopolson@yahoo.co.uk, tel: 07515 409 985. We would absolutely love you to join us at our St Andrew's Ceilidh. Dances will be walked through, so don't worry if you don't know the steps. Kilts and tartan are always encouraged. We will have a licensed bar, so it will be over 18s only. This is a charity event all profits go to SANE a mental health charity. Please purchase tickets in advance via Eventbrite Edinburgh Mojo or www.meetup.com/EdinburghMojo/

Thu 30th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 34 W Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £19.00 (£17.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal St Andrew's Night celebration with a buffet supper of stovies and a complimentary wee dram of The Famous Grouse. Beginners welcome. Tickets available from https://www.annasach.co.uk/30-november-2017

December 2017

Fri 1st, 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: cadjersband@gmail.com, tel: 07815 741699. Great Traditional Ceilidh with Live Band & Caller. ALL WELCOME ~ 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.

Sat 2nd, The Occasionals, Kirkliston Bowling Club, 7.30pm-11pm, £9.00, organised by Sheila McCutcheon, email: sheila.mccutcheon@gmail.com, tel: 0131 331 1528. Fabulous Ceilidh with The Occasionals in Kirkliston Bowling Club. Dances called where necessary, some of the old favourites and a few to keep you interested in something new. The famous home baking at the break and a bar is provided at the club. Come and join us with your friends and family to kick off the Xmas celebrations. Tickets available from Sheila McCutcheon at email address above or by phone. Book early to guarantee a place. Under 12's free.

Sat 9th, Robert Fish 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!

Tue 12th, Canongate Cadgers, LifeCare, Cheyne St, Edinburgh, 7pm-10pm, £10.00, organised by Bright Light, email: admin@bright-light.org.uk, tel: 0131 556 1527. Come along and dance the night away with one of Scotland's greatest Ceilidh bands, the Canongate Cadgers, celebrating 70 years of counselling. Please email or phone for tickets. Hot food served included in ticket price.

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