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 27th, Borders/Flaming Heather/HLI/Scott Leslie/Willie Fraser ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, EH3 9DJ, 9pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Ken Gourlay, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hrs). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3 edinburghceilidhs.net
Fri 2nd, Gunna Sound Ceilidh Band, Fintry Sports Centre, Kippen Road, Fintry, Glasgow G63 0YA, 7:30pm-1am, £15.00, organised by David Steel, email: or Donnie Beatton 01360 550679, tel: 01360 440612. HO-DOWN including buffet supper & raffle. Celebrating 200 years of Strathendrick Agricultural Society.
Tue 6th, CAMPBELL'S CEILIDH, Scottish Storytelling Centre, 7pm-9pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scottish Storytelling Centre, email: email@example.com, tel: 0131 556 9579. Campbell's Ceilidh is a 21st century old style shindig and there's no knowing what might happen! Mairi Campbell's easy and fun approach will facilitate harmony singing for everyone plus offerings from Mairi and participants in song, story or poems. We may meet in step dancing or have a ceilidh dance with live fiddle! Each event is unique. No experience required. For more info and booking: http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/4545/campbells-ceilidh
Fri 9th, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, The Edinburgh Masonic Club, EH7 4PB, 8.00-11.00, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Cadjers Music Factory, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07815 741699. Monthly Ceilidh Event. Suitable for all ages and abilities. All dances explained (band has Caller). Come along and join in the fun. Great Dance Floor, Modern Club with Licenced Bar, Large Private Car Park. The Edinburgh Masonic Club is located top of Leith Walk (Shrub Place Lane - opposite Magnet Kitchens) L.R Bus Service Nos. 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 22, 25, & 49 (Shrub Place Stop).See our Facebook 'Canongate Cadjers'. Doors open 7.15pm (Dancing 8.00pm-11.00pm) No need to book ~ pay at the door on night.
Fri 9th, tbc, Chalmers Hall, Linlithgow Bridge EH49 7PW, 7:30pm-9:30pm, £6.00, organised by John Carswell, email: JohnDCarswell@gmail.com, tel: 01506 845698. Linlithgow Scottish Country Dance Club opening night for new season. If you are a dancer, you are invited to come along and join in to find out about the programme of events. If you are interested in starting dancing, you are welcome to come along and see the dancing to find out about classes to help you get started. Further details www.linltihgowscdc.org - John Carswell, President of the Linlithgow Scottish Country Dance Club started Linlithgow Scotch Hop which is now in its 27th year dancing in the open air Palace courtyard for 5 Wednesdays each summer.
Sun 11th, Da Hooley ceilidh band, St Mark's, 287 High Street, Portobello, EH15 2AR, 2.30pm-5pm, £7.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Da Hooley ceilidh band. Porty Family Ceilidhs Doors open 2pm. Bring your kids, your granny or your neighbours, or come on your own! We'll guarantee a fun afternoon of lively ceilidh dancing, expertly called by Drew, our accordionist. See you on the dance floor! Tickets are available online at http://www.ceilidhdanceband.com/da-hooley-family-ceilidhs/ up until 10am on Saturday 10th September. Tickets on the door (subject to availability) will be £8/£6 conc.
Sat 24th, Jimmy Wilson of Cruithne with caller Bett Morrison, Corn Exchange Haddington, 7:30pm-11:45pm, £8.00, organised by Bett Morrison, email: email@example.com, tel: 01620 810 429. Fundraising ceilidh for Amisfield Walled Garden Project. Join the regulars again in this lovely large dance venue for another great ceilidh with loads of fun dances all called by Bett. Call to book tickets or for further details.
Sat 24th, Canongate Cadjers, 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!