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!

January 2017

Fri 20th, HLI ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, EH3 9DJ, 8pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hrs). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper. No stiletto or high heel shoes please. edinburghceilidhs.net

Sat 21st, Flaming Heather ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, EH3 9DJ, 8pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hrs). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper. No stiletto or high heel shoes please. edinburghceilidhs.net

Wed 25th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 36 West Nicolson Street, 8pm-11.30pm, £19.00 (£17.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768 563138. Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal celebration of The Bard's birthday. The ceilidh will start at 8pm with a break for a buffet supper served around 9.30pm of haggis (vegetarian option available), neeps & tatties, and a complimentary dram of The Famous Grouse to wash it all down. Tickets at www.annasach.co.uk

Fri 27th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 36 West Nicolson Street, 8pm-11.30pm, £19.00 (£17.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768 563138. Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal celebration of The Bard's birthday. The ceilidh will start at 8pm with a break for a buffet supper served around 9.30pm of haggis (vegetarian option available), neeps & tatties, and a complimentary dram of The Famous Grouse to wash it all down. Tickets at www.annasach.co.uk

Sat 28th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 36 West Nicolson Street, 8pm-11.30pm, £19.00 (£17.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768 563138. Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal celebration of The Bard's birthday. The ceilidh will start at 8pm with a break for a buffet supper served around 9.30pm of haggis (vegetarian option available), neeps & tatties, and a complimentary dram of The Famous Grouse to wash it all down. Tickets at www.annasach.co.uk

Sat 28th, Bella McNab's Dance Band, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £9.00 (£7.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: admin@scotsmusic.org, tel: 01315557668. Monthly SMG fundraising ceilidh. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets £9/£7 in advance, £10 on the door. Book on-line at www.scotsmusic.org/ceilidhs. Limited phone reservations via number above. 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 28th, local students - Fiddlers on the Hoof (Calling by Mary Gristwood), Armadale Community Centre, 15.00-18.00, £6.00 (£4.00 concession), organised by Mary Gristwood, email: mgris1000@gmail.com, tel: 07956250799. Burns Family Ceilidh to raise funds for an AccuVein for the Childrens Ward at St Johns Hospital. Haggis, Neeps and Tatties will be served with ticket.

February 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 New Venue between Canon Mills, Broughton Street / Tesco.

Sat 11th, European Ceilidh with Duo Pilartz/Gielen & Siannie Moodie and friends, Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9ER, 7.30pm-11.30, £11.00 (£9.00 concession), organised by EdinBal, email: dance@edinbal.org.uk. Duo Pilartz/Gielen is very famous in Belgium (and beyond!) for the energy and joy they deliver to dancer. This European version of a ceilidh is open to everybody: no partner nor experience necessary. Informal and fun atmosphere guaranteed!

More in the diary...