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, The Edinburgh Masonic Club, 8.00pm-11.00pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Cadjers Music Factory, email: email@example.com, tel: 07815 741699. Monthly Friday Night 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 Page Canongate Cadjers. Doors open 7.15pm. No need to book ~ pay at the door on night.
Fri 6th, ROBERT FISH BAND with Stan Reeves, Pleasance Kirk O'Fields, near Edinburgh Royal Mile. 140 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9RR, 8pm-11:30pm, £10.00, organised by Stan Reeves/Scottish Story Telling Centre, tel: 0131 556 9579. MUMMER’S CEILIDH DANCE A rollicking ceilidh of performance, music and dance! At May festivities in medieval Edinburgh, Burghers would act out the ancient Folk Play, The Galoshins, telling of death and resurrection. This play is the roots of pantomime and now you can experience it, led by the Abbot of Misrule, and dance the night away with the Band for 3 hours. Tickets: Scottish Storytelling Centre 0131 556 9579 www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk
Sat 7th, Mairi Campbell, Netherbow Theatre, Storytelling Centre, Royal Mile Edinburgh, 8pm-9pm, £12.00. Join us at the theatre for Award-winning Scottish musician Mairi Campbell’s solo quest to heal cultural wounds. A homecoming in viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling. From London’s classical Guildhall training, to love and danger in Mexico, discovering step-dancing in Cape Breton, Mairi Campbell 'becomes a bold chameleon in her own back-story, switching characters as she goes…On a stage bare but for a rough-hewn pendulum – its flat stone culled from her family’s croft – Campbell opens her throat in a spirit of belonging that is ancient and modern, and life affirming for all of us.' (Mary Brennan, Herald ****) . Directed by Kath Burlinson. THE St Serfs CEILIDH with The Occasionals on 7th May was CANCELLED.
Fri 20th, Belle Star Band, The Wash House, Portobello, 7pm-1am, organised by ceilidh collective, email: Robin@boe.org.uk, tel: 07590 116 750. Fundraising ceilidh celebrating 40 years of Scottish Women's Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland. The first ceilidh collective adventures in Portobello! With raffle and full licensed bar.
Sat 28th, Matthew Maclennan Ceilidh Band, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £9.00 (£7.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!