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. 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.
Fri 28th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 36 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-late, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07768563138. Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at their regular ceilidh in the hidden gem of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Counting House. The Halloween ceilidh will kick off at 8pm and their dance caller, Tricia, will be there as usual to explain the dances so all beginners welcome :) Fancy dress is welcomed (but not compulsory) and there will be a prize for best costume! Tickets can be purchased on their website or at the door. For group bookings of 10 or more please email to get a quote/discount. Visit www.annasach.co.uk, Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for further information and updates!
Sat 29th, 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: email@example.com, tel: 0131 346 1405. 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 or contact St Bride's box office on the 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!
Fri 4th, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, The Edinburgh Masonic Club, EH7 4PB, 8.00pm-11.00pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Cadjers Music Factory, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07815 741699. Monthly Ceilidh Event. Suitable for all ages and abilities. All dances explained (band has Caller). Come along and join in the fun. Great Dance Floor, Modern Club with Licenced Bar, Large Private Car Park. The Edinburgh Masonic Club is located top of Leith Walk (Shrub Place Lane - opposite Magnet Kitchens) L.R Bus Service Nos. 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 22, 25, & 49 (Shrub Place Stop).See our Facebook 'Canongate Cadjers'. Doors open 7.15pm (Dancing 8.00pm-11.00pm) No need to book ~ pay at the door on night.
Fri 11th, Jimmy Wilson of Cruithne with caller Bett Morrison, Corn Exchange, Haddington, 7:30pm-11:30pm, £8.00, organised by Ramblers Walking Group. Another great Haddington ceilidh with caller Bett Morrison, email: email@example.com, tel: 01620 810 429. Fundraising ceilidh for Ramblers Walking Group. Join the regulars again in this lovely large dance venue for another fun ceilidh with loads of energetic dances all called by Bett. Those joining the Meetup group, please respond by the day before in order for tickets to be reserved and pay in cash at the door.
Sat 12th, Several, Royal Mile to Ross Theatre, Princess Street Gardens, Edinburgh, 3pm-8pm, entrance free, organised by Mohindra Dhall. Lantern Parade with dance demonstrations, music and ceilidh dancing. The Right Honourable Donald Wilson Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Chief Patron of Edinburgh Diwali. Diwali Winter Festival of light with lantern dancers from India, Ceilidh demonstrations, etc. Fireworks in the gardens after 6:30pm and ceilidh hour, before 8pm finish.
Sat 19th, Gordon Shand's Band, Queen Margaret's Hall, Blackness Road, Linlithgow EH49 7JA, 7:30pm-late, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Rotary Club of Linlithgow Grange, tel: 01506 845 698. Rotary SCOTCH HOP with dances called by John Carswell. In aid of Rotary's Global Polio Eradication Program. Tickets from the Line Gallery, Linlithgow or any club member or Roy Redwood (01506 843 960). Children under 12 free. Cash bar provided and shortbread available at the interval.
Sat 19th, Cosmic Ceilidh Band, The Wash House, Portobello, 7pm-midnight, £10.00 (£6.50 concession), organised by ceilidh collective, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07590116750. The greatest Cosmic Ceilidh EVER - the Cosmic Big Band... celebrating ten years of the most space-faring ceilidh band in the universe. Tickets now available www.ceilidhcollective.org. Fundraising for Sick Kids and Refugee Survival Trust with licensed bar, raffle and the one-off nine-piece Cosmic Ceilidh Band!