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.
Sat 13th, Hud Yer Wheesht, Edinburgh Steiner School (60 Spylaw Road EH10 5BR), 7pm-1am, organised by ceilidh collective, email: email@example.com, tel: 07590116750. Valentine's Ceilidh - for Refugee Survival Trust and Reforesting Scotland with support from Chaos Jazz Quartet. Full licensed bar and raffle with Gandolf. Tickets (£6.50-£15) and info: www.ceilidhcollective.org
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: 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!
Tue 1st, French Ceilidh, with Les Zéoles, The Mash House, 37 Guthrie Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JG, 7.30pm-10pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by EdinBal, email: email@example.com. EdinBal is proud to invite you to this French-ceilidh with one of the most exciting and renowned French bands! Les Zéoles is a dynamic Parisian duo with the diatonic accordion of Amélie Denarié and the chromatic accordion of Anne Guinot who've been playing together for over 10 years. Their self-penned lyrical, bittersweet and playful dance tunes are inspired by both traditional and classical French and European music. They have produced three albums full of great dance music. More about Les Zéoles - http://leszeoles.net/ The night will only be £9/£7 (conc.) at the door, £8/£7 (+booking fee) if you buy them online: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/350247 Limited number of early bird tickets available at £7/£5 until 21st of February, or until they sell-out!