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 2018

Sat 24th, Portobello Ceilidh Band, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £9.00 (£7.50 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email:, tel: 0131 555 7668. **Please note change of date from 31st March** Monthly SMG fundraising ceilidh. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets £9/£7.50 in advance, £10 on the door. Book on-line at 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 24th, The Klatsh and Falkirk Fiddle Workshop, Stirling Rowing Club, Dean Crescent, Stirling TO8 1UT, 19.30-22.30, £8.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Riverside Music Project. Klezmer Keilidh - Eastern European music and circle dances led by The Klatsh with dance leader Judith Plowman. Bring your own drink and food. Eastern European treats most acceptable.

Sat 24th, The Big Shoogle, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St. EH3 9DJ, 7.30pm-10.30pm, £15.00, organised by Alice Paterson on behalf of Hospices of Hope, tel: 07811440848. This ceilidh is raising funds for Hospices of Hope ( Tickets are £15 and may be bought via bank transfer (sort code 23-05-80, account number 12577133) or paypal ( - if it is not already sold out then there will be tickets available on the door, however, it is advisable to purchase your tickets in advance. It is BYOB (there won't be a cash bar) - note that there are supermarkets nearby on West Port and Tollcross. There will be a raffle though so still bring some money with you. I hope to see you there! For more details and a status on ticket sales, please check the facebook page via

April 2018

Mon 2nd, The Occasionals with Freeland Barbour & caller Sheila McCutcheon, Merchiston Castle School, 294 Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH13 0PU, 20:00-23:00, £9.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Catriona Smith. Harp Festival Family ceilidh, always great fun with The Occasionals. Tickets: Sheila McCutcheon is also running a Ceilidh dance workshop from 11.00am-12.00pm that day for those who are new to dancing or would like to learn some cool new moves.

Fri 6th, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Legion Hall, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4EL, 8.00pm-11.00pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by cadjers music factory, email:, tel: 07815 741699. Great Traditional Ceilidh with Live Band & Caller. Suitable for Beginners to Experienced Dancers. Licenced Bar, Nice Dance Floor and easy on Street Parking. No need to book tickets ~ just Pay at Door on the Night. All Welcome. Facebook: Canongate Cadjers

Sat 14th, Maivish, Lauriston Hall, Lauriston Street Edinburgh EH3, 8pm-10:30pm, £10.00, organised by Edinburgh Contra, email: 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 Maivish, 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. Cash bar.

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