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!

August 2017

Thu 24th, Borders/Flaming Heather/HLI/Paddy Bar/Scott Leslie/Willie Fraser ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, EH3 9DJ, 9pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 01313395374. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3 edinburghceilidhs.net No stiletto or high heel shoes please

Fri 25th, Borders/Flaming Heather/HLI/Paddy Bar/Scott Leslie/Willie Fraser ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, EH3 9DJ, 9pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 01313395374. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3 edinburghceilidhs.net No stiletto or high heel shoes please

Sat 26th, Borders/Flaming Heather/HLI/Paddy Bar/Scott Leslie/Willie Fraser ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, EH3 9DJ, 9pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 01313395374. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3 edinburghceilidhs.net No stiletto or high heel shoes please

September 2017

Fri 1st, Canongate Cadjers, The Royal British Legion, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4DL, 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Alex Ross, email: aross@cccb.fsnet.co.uk, 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. www.canongateCadjers.com Venue near CanonMills /Broughton Street /Tesco

Sat 9th, The Science Ceilidh Band, LifeCare Centre, 7.00 pm-Midnight, £8.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by LifeCare Edinburgh, email: fundraising@lifecare-edinburgh.org.uk, tel: 0131 343 0940. Our first fundraising ceilidh last year was such a success that everyone wanted us to hold another one - so here it is! The Science Ceilidh Band will be playing for us again, getting you dancing while our caller keeps you right during classic jigs and reels such as the Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow and the Dashing White Sargeant. Further entertainment will be supplied by local talent; The Kitschenettes who will play some of your favorite Soul Classics and contemporary Pop numbers. We will be holding a raffle on the night with lots of amazing prizes and other fun games. A cash bar will be available, serving local beers, ciders and organic wines (for grown-ups) and fair trade juices and a selection of hot food and snacks will also be served. Please note that a professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. By purchasing a ticket you agree to any image being used by LifeCare for future publicity. All funds raised will go toward the work of LifeCare supporting older people, those with dementia and carers. Tickets are available (including early bird) at : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lifecare-fundraising-ceilidh-tickets-35140753941?aff=ehomecard#tickets

Sat 16th, Freeland Barbour and Edward Wallace. Caller Rachel Wallace., St Peters Hall, 14 Lutton Place, Edinburgh EH8 9PE, 8pm-10:30pm, £10.00, organised by Edinburgh Contra Dance, email: Edinburghcontra@gmail.com, tel: 07779147542. Contra dancing is ceilidh dancing's American cousin. We have live music from the great Freeland Barbour of The Occasionals on accordion, and dance fiddler Edward Wallace. Live music - all welcome - no partner needed - kids welcome (12 & under free) - jigs - reels - waltzes.

More in the diary...