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!

October 2017

Fri 27th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 36 West Nicolson Street, 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768 563138. Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at our regular Ceilidh at The Counting House (aka The Peartree), from 8pm. All dances will be called so beginners welcome. Tickets at www.annasach.co.uk/events

Fri 27th, Bernie Hewitt, City Chambers, Dunfemrline, 7.30 pm-10.30 pm, £10.00, organised by Bernie Hewitt, email: bh@bernhew.com, tel: 07795 233920. This ceilidh takes place on the first evening of the Dunfermline Folk Club weekend, and is supported by the Dunfermline Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and Cairneyhill Explorer Scouts. Bernie Hewitt and his band will be playing, with Pia Walker doing the calling. It is being held in the old Courtroom of the City Chambers, and there will be a bar there provided by Fife Council. General tickets are £10 each, and family members under 16 (with an adult) can get on for £6. No experience is needed as all dances will be called. Two left feet is no excuse - one of them will be cured! Tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dunfermline-ceilidh-tickets-35932238292

Fri 27th, Bernie Hewitt, City Chambers, Dunfermline, 7.30 pm-10.30 pm, £10.00, organised by Bernie Hewitt, email: bh@bernhew.com, tel: 07795 233920. This ceilidh takes place on the first evening of the Dunfermline Folk Club weekend, and is supported by the Dunfermline Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and Cairneyhill Explorer Scouts. Bernie Hewitt and his band will be playing, with Pia Walker doing the calling. It is being held in the old Courtroom of the City Chambers, and there will be a bar there provided by Fife Council. General tickets are £10 each, and family members under 16 (with an adult) can get on for £6. No experience is needed as all dances will be called. Two left feet is no excuse - one of them will be cured! Tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dunfermline-ceilidh-tickets-35932238292

Sat 28th, Thunderdog Ceilidh Band, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £9.00 (£7.50 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: info@scotsmusic.org, tel: 0131 555 7668. Monthly SMG fundraising ceilidh. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets £9/£7.50 in advance, £10 on the door. Book on-line at www.scotsmusic.org/ceilidhs. 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!

Sun 29th, tbc, From City Cambers to Ross Theatre, Princess Street Gardens, Edinburgh, 13.50-18.00, entrance free, organised by Mohindra Dhall. Diwali The Indian Festival of Light - come along and dance. Starting at 2pm with procession from City Chambers, Edinburgh's Royal Mile by St Giles Cathedral, progressing down the Mound by National Gallery to Hanover Street, George Street, Castle Street into Princess Street Gardens. Tartan Clad ceilidh dancers please join the parade group. Bollywood, Bhangra etc combine with Ceilidh for a great fun family friendly day. Concert at Ross Bandstand follows parade featuring Navin Kundra. More details and confirmation of outline timings follow: Timings are 13:40 and 14.30 at the City Chambers, on the Royal Mile near St Giles Cathedral; and between 15.00 and 15.40: Castle Street, near Princess Street. If you could be there sharp before the start (between 13:30 and 13:40, this would be appreciated). There will be music for us to join in with some Ceilidh Dancing in between watching other performers such as Bollywood dancers, Bhangra and other groups. The parade includes school children with their lanterns and last year there were floats with the Hindu Gods - it is spectacular.

November 2017

Fri 3rd, 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

Fri 3rd, Triple Trouble Ceilidh Band, Coaching Hall, Bells Sports Centre, Perth, 19:30-22:30, £9.00 (£4.50 concession), organised by RSCDs / Bernie Hewitt, tel: 07795 233 920. Friday Night is Ceilidh Night: As part of the 2017 programme for the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society's Conference Weekend, they are including a fun and informal Ceilidh, with professional Caller and live music. Suitable for all ages and abilities, it's a chance to get a taste of some of the most famous Scottish country dances, enjoy the energetic tones of a traditional Ceilidh band, and most of all, join in one big party! Wear whatever you like, as long as it's comfortable and you're ready for a night of dancing. Dances will be inspired by those in the new Collins Harper volume, "Little Book of Scottish Dance". Under 16s £4.50. Visit www.RSCDS.org to book For more information, contact Bernie on 07795 233920 or use the "Contact Us" link at www.bernhew.com

Sun 5th, Jimmy Wilson of Cruithne with caller Bett Morrison, Kidlaw Farm, near Haddington, 5pm-early, organised by Bett Morrison, tel: 01620 810 429 (Bett). Fireworks at 5pm with bonfire followed by Sunday evening ceilidh in the barn. Kindly organised by Bett Morrison of Haddington Ceilidhs fame. Note the barn has a concrete floor - suitable footware advised.

Fri 10th, Portobello Ceilidh Band , Dunblane Hydro, Dunblane , 7.00 pm-Midnight , £45.00, organised by Henri Forman on behalf of the Finola Trust, email: Henri@finolatrust.co.uk, tel: 07720837683. Join us to raise funds for an electric wheelchair for Finola Forman, a friend of the band. Tickets £45 and include: 3 course dinner Gary James Magic Auction ....and ceilidh with Portobello Ceilidh Band. For tickets, contact Henri or visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/the-finola-trust

Fri 10th, Jimmy Wilson of Cruithne with caller Bett Morrison, Haddington Corn Exchange, HADDINGTON Corn Exchange, Main Street, Haddington, EH41 3HA, 7:30pm-late, £8.00, organised by Ramblers Walking Group, tel: 01620 810 429 . Ceilidh in Haddington for the Ramblers. BYOB. Further details Bett Morrison on 01620 810 429

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