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!

March 2019

Sat 30th, Matthew Maclennan 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!

April 2019

Fri 5th, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band with Caller, British legion Hall, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4EL, 8.00pm-11.00pm, £9.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Cadjers Music Factory, email: cadjersband@gmail.com, tel: 07815 741699. No need to book ~ PAY AT THE DOOR. 14yrs and under free entry. Licenced Bar.

Sat 13th, Edinburgh Contra, Columcille Hall, Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh EH10, 8pm-10:30pm, £10.00, organised by Edinburgh Contra, email: EdinburghContra@gmail.com. Contra dancing, Ceilidh’s American cousin, is a fun social dance that everyone can enjoy. Danced in long lines of couples, Contra dancing is known for its interesting patterns, great music and friendly atmosphere. We have live music from Edward Wallace and Friends, and Rachel Wallace teaching the dances. All are welcome, family friendly, no partner needed, no experience necessary. 15-minute welcome session for new dancers starts at 7:45pm. Come along and give it a go! £10 on the door, under 12s free. Bring your own drinks. Step-free access and accessible toilets available. Calling will be gender-neutral ‘larks and ravens’ style.

Sat 13th, 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, ceilidh band and piper. Hall has air-conditioning and a bar. All dances walked through and called. Good exercise and great fun. No high heels please. Attendees without handbags, bags or rucksacks will get fast track entry. No liquids or food to be brought in. 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.

Sat 20th, Da Hooley ceilidh band, Bellfield, 16B Bellfield Street, Portobello, EH15 2BP, 7.30-11pm, £12.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by Ros Gasson, email: ceilidhs@ceilidhdanceband.scot. Join us for a fantastic Porty night out. Bring your granny, your neighbour, your friends who can dance, and those who can’t. Drew, our caller will keep folk right with the dances. Tickets available from The Skylark and The Velvet Easel Gallery, Portobello High Street, and online. More info at ceilidhdanceband.scot/porty-ceilidhs Doors open 7pm Raising money for the Wash House, Portobello’s community centre

More in the diary...