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!

May 2017

Sat 27th, Portobello Ceilidh Band, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £9.00 (£7.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email:, tel: 01315557668. Monthly SMG fundraising ceilidh. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets £9/£7 in advance, £10 on the door. Book on-line at Limited phone reservations via 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!

June 2017

Fri 2nd, Canongate Cadjers, The Royal British Legion, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4DL, 8PM-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Alex Ross, email:, tel: 07815 741 699. Start the weekend in Reel Style with the Canongate Cadjers monthly ceilidh. All welcome, all dances called. Join the Ceilidh Meetup regulars for an energetic and friendly evening. No need to book just pay at the door. Venue near CanonMills /Broughton Street /Tesco

Sat 3rd, Ken Gourlay & his Ceilidh Band, Lauriston Hall 28 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh,EH3 9DJ, 20.00-23.00, £10.00, organised by lee noquet, email:, tel: 01313391680. Come Ceilidh the night away with a live Ken Gourlay & his Ceilidh Band line-up who will walk and talk you through each dance. Kick up your heels, have a laugh, and immerse yourself into the best of Scottish culture. Bar available with soft & alocholic beverages being served. It promises to be a great night out to share with family & friends. TICKETS AT: Fundraising for with Project Trust. Project Trust has almost 50 years experience of providing Gap Year opportunities for 17-19 year old school leavers. Since 1967, over 7000 Project Trust volunteers have challenged themselves, learnt about the world and discovered how to be a positive force within it… Project Trust Company Reg No. 170673 / Registered as a Charity in Scotland No.SCO25668

Fri 9th, Alastair Wood, Edinburgh Academy Senior School, 42 Henderson Row, Edinburgh EH3 5BL, 7pm-midnight, £25.00, organised by Julie Robertson, email: Stockbridge Reelers Summer Ceilidh.... Live Ceilidh Band led by Alastair Wood will be included in this price, as well as a buffet. This is a BYOB event. Order your tickets from Julie by email: Our ceilidhs are enjoyed by all ages, levels or fitness and are great fun. You’ll be made very welcome whether you come on your own or with a party. Although a bit of previous knowledge of reeling is helpful, you don’t need to know what to do as we will call the dances and there are lots of friendly members to give you a hand and get everyone up dancing!

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