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!

April 2017

Fri 28th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Charteris Centre, 138/140 The Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9RR, 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email:, tel: 07768 563138. Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at our TradFest Ceilidh at The Charteris Centre, from 8pm. All dances will be called so beginners welcome. Tickets at

Fri 28th, Corra, Edinburgh Zoo Members Club, 7:00pm-12:00, £25.00, organised by Fiona. Go Wild Ceilidh for Marie Curie details: With two course buffet Including Ceilidh Band DJ/Other Band Raffle and silent auction. Funds Raised go to Marie Curie. Dinner 7pm, band on 7.45 - 11.45. There is also a raffle, a fun photo booth on the night. The tickets are £25 each, which includes a 2 course buffet and a goody bag per person.

Sat 29th, 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:, 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! Part of TRADFEST Edinburgh.

Sat 29th, European Ceilidh with Philippe Plard and Four Fingered Fre, St Peter's Hall, 14 Lutton Place, Edinburgh, 7pm-11.30pm, £11.00 (£9.00 concession), organised by EdinBal, email:

May 2017

Thu 4th, Bass Rock Ceilidh Band, Teviot Debating Hall Teviot Row House Edinburgh EH8 9AJ, 8.00pm-11.00pm, £7.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Mary Gristwood, email:, tel: 07956250799. The Big Rock Ceilidh at TradFest! Enjoy a raucous night with the Bass Rock Ceilidh Band toe-tapping traditional tunes played on with electric instruments amongst well-known rock riffs. Full instructions are given for all the dances, so even if you've never been to a ceilidh before, they'll make sure your willows are well and truly stripped! Get your tickets at the Scottish Storytelling Centre;

Fri 5th, Canongate Cadjers, The Royal British Legion, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4DL, 8-11, £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 6th, Freeland Barbour : The Occasionals, Inverleith St Serf's Church Centre, 1a Clark Road, Edinburgh, EH5 3BD, 7pm-10.30pm, £10.00, organised by Donna Flouraud, email:, tel: 07732 302073. Doors open at 6.45pm. Child tickets - £5 Family tickets - £25 Tickets to be bought in advance of the event. Finger buffet and tea/coffee will be provided.

Sat 13th, Gordon Clark band, Bowling Club, 28 Bog Rd South, Penicuik EH26 9BT , 7:30pm-late, £6.00. Fundraising ceilidh, Ticket price includes food.

Sat 20th, Breton Ceilidh Fest Noz, St Peter's Hall, 14 Lutton Place, Edinburgh EH8 9PE, 7:30pm-11.30pm, £11.00 (£9.00 concession), organised by Suzanne. Breton Ceilidh Fest Noz. Following the Breton Ceilidh in Newcastle attended by a couple of groups from Edinburgh - see videos on Facebook. (under 14s free) BEGINNERS WORKSHOP: 5pm –6.15pm: Breton Dancing workshop. Experience the excitement of a Breton-style ceilidh - no partners or experience required. Take hands in spirals and circles and immerse yourself in a uniquely Breton experience! Google: May 2017 Edinburgh Breton Ceilidh. Facebook: French & Breton Dancing

Thu 25th, Bass Rock Ceilidh Band, Linlithgow Burgh Halls, Cross House, Linlithgow EH49 7AH., 7.30p.m.-10.30p.m., £8.50 (£6.50 concession), organised by Bill Baird, email: Would you like to come to our raucous 'rock' ceilidh at Linlithgow Burgh Halls, where you can twirl your partner, swirl your skirts and have your waistcoats wrestled? Don't worry, we also do 'calm' dances to give you a rest in between. However, you are guaranteed an evening of laughter and high energy. Ceilidh novices need not be afraid! You'll be in safe hands - our experienced dance caller will guide you step by step through the most popular dances and a few more unusual ones too. Music by the Bass Rock Ceilidh Band who intersperse high-energy ceilidh tunes with well-known rock riffs. There will be a bar in the dancing hall. Tickets available from;

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