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!

June 2019

Thu 27th, Kleyne Klezmer Band & caller, Edinburgh Greyfriars Charteris Centre 138-140 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9RR, 8.30pm-late, £15.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by Fiona Frank, tel: 07778 737 681. Klezmer Ceilidh. Preceeded by Contemporary Dance Performance from 7pm - tickets for both performance and ceilidh £25/£15. Part of Refugee Festival Scotland, following performances in Germany in 2018, three Syrian Refugees dancing about the refugee experience. The director of their dance company is a Berlin-based Israeli - and those nationalities hadn't workd together before this.... Details and more about the story on https://vimeo.com/234645079 . : booking www.trybooking.co.uk/6890

Sun 30th, Kleyne Klezmer Band & caller, Glasgow, 8:30pm-late, £15.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by Fiona Frank, tel: 07778 737 681. Klezmer Ceilidh. Preceeded by Contemporary Dance Performance from 7pm - tickets for both performance and ceilidh £25/£15. Part of Refugee Festival Scotland, following performances in Germany in 2018, three Syrian Refugees dancing about the refugee experience. The director of their dance company is a Berlin-based Israeli - and those nationalities hadn't workd together before this.... Details and more about the story on https://vimeo.com/234645079 . : booking www.trybooking.co.uk/6870

July 2019

Fri 5th, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band with Caller, British Legion Hall, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4EL, 8.00pm-11.00pm, £8.00, organised by cadjers music factory, email: cadjersband@gmail.com, tel: 07815 741699. If you are a Visitor, Tourist or Student looking for a Traditional Ceilidh in Central Edinburgh (suitable for all the family age 8+) then this event is for you. Learn all the best ceilidh dances with full instructions provided for absolute beginners. Informal, fun night with encouragement from all our regular dancers. Licenced Bar. Entry £8.00 (16yrs and under free entry) ~ payable at the door on the night. (Large groups please contact for further information). All very welcome. Facebook: Canongate Cadjers

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 Everest Witman and Kathleen Fownes of the US band Nova, 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.

Wed 17th, Scott Band's Scottish Dance Band, Linlithgow Palace Courtyard, EH49 7AL , 7:30pm-10pm, £10.00 (£8.00 concession), organised by Linlithgow Scotch Hop SCIO, email: ScotchHopCommittee@gmail.com, tel: 0131 331 1528. Linlithgow Scotch Hop, Scottish dancing for all. Lively friendly and fun. Great Scottish Dance Bands - unique setting in this historic palace courtyard dancing round the fountain. Five Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm, tickets for cash at the door include tea and shortbread at the interval. Under 12 years of age FREE. Alternative venue for bad weather - Low Port Centre by Linlithgow Station. Season ticket for all 5 Wednesdays to 14th August: Adults £32, Concession £25. See facebook for photos: https://www.facebook.com/events/579570335821097/ Dance in the Palace - OPEN AIR - 30th year FABULOUS FUN for all ages, nationalities and abilities - YOU are invited to the PALACE to dance...

More in the diary...