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 6th, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Portobello Town Hall, High Street, Portobello EH15 1AF., 8.00pm-10.30pm, £6.00, organised by Cadjers Music Factory, email: email@example.com, tel: 07815 741699. Great Venue for Dancing, Music by Edinburgh's own Cadjers Band with Caller. All the usual popular Ceilidh Dance's (and also specific requests - so if you want to dance it, we will play it!) Suitable for Everybody from Beginner to Experienced Dancers. Why not bring the whole family along for a fun night out! For non-dancers, who just want to listen to the music you can have a grandstand seat in the auditorium. No need to book, Just 'Pay at the Door' on the night.
Sat 7th, Canned Haggis, Lauriston Hall, 10 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DJ, 7.15 pm-11 pm, £10.00, organised by Mojo, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All over 18s very welcome. Dances called so no need to know the steps. Dress Smart casual although kilts and tartan very welcome. Licensed Bar. Soup & Stovies for sale on the night also. Last 10 ceilidh's sold out, please purchase your ticket in advance via Eventbrite (Mojo) All profits go to the BIG dinner (500 miles charity)
Sat 14th, Robert Fish, St Brides Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 2DZ, 7:30pm-late, £10.00, organised by Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. Fundraising ceilidh in aid of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, Please book tickets through St Brides Centre: box office open weekdays until 2pm, or tel 0131 346 1405
Thu 19th, Thunderdogs / CDs, Harry Younger Hall, Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8BN, 7pm-10pm, £6.00, organised by Colin MacLennan, email: ColinMacLennan45@Googlemail.com. Contra-dance class with Colin MacLennan, caller from the Thunderdogs Ceilidh Band. Check for details and prices.
Sat 21st, Hud Yer Wheesht, Edinburgh Steiner School, 7pm-1am, £10.00 (£6.50 concession), organised by ceilidh collective, email: Robin@boe.org.uk, tel: 07590116750. Equinox Ceilidh. Hold this date, fellow dancers...
Sat 21st, Dance Callers – Host and Guide Workshop, Scottish Storytelling Centre, 10.30am-1.30pm, £18.00 (£15.00 concession), organised by Scottish Storytelling Centre, email: email@example.com, tel: 0131 556 9579. The Dance Caller is a vital ingredient for a successful dance event. What are the skills and background knowledge required? What should be the style and tone used and how can people vary their approach to suit different groups and situations? Skilled caller, Pia Walker, takes you through the basics, onto a developing journey of discovery and experience.
Fri 27th, Nor'loch Ceilidh Band, Old St Paul's Church, 63 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 7.30pm-11.30pm, £6.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Mike Slessor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07722667355. Nor'loch are a well-established band with over 20 years experience, who have performed at a huge variety of functions including weddings, anniversaries, private parties and public ceilidhs - from Wick to Weymouth! We specialise in coaching beginners, with great success in attracting students and visitors of all nationalities. Come and learn a dance with Nor'loch! edit
Fri 27th, Jimmy Wilson of Cruithne Ceilidh Band with caller Bett Morrison, Haddington Corn Exchange , 7:30pm-late, £8.00, organised by Bett Morrison, email: Kidlaw64@gmail.com, tel: 01620 810 429. Fundraising ceilidh in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care. All welcome, all dances called or demonstrated. Great venue, lively music and fun calling. You are welcome to bring a picnic. Family ticket 2 adults and 2 children £20. Pay at the door tickets available for all those who have booked through the Ceilidh Meetup: www.meetup.com/ceilidh-meetup/ or booked by phone with Bett.
Sat 28th, Da Hooley, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-midnight, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: email@example.com. Monthly SMG fundraising ceilidh. Doors open at 7:30pm. Advance booking recommended. Tickets £8/£6 in advance, £10/£8 on the door. Book on-line at www.scotsmusic.org/dance or contact venue box office on 0131 346 1405.