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 2015

Sat 25th, Annasach, The Counting House, 8pm-midnight, £15.00, organised by Gwen Rowland, email:, tel: 01312254766. Everyone is welcome to help celebrate Positive Help’s 25th Birthday! We’re having an evening of song and dance: ceilidh, tribal belly dance display, and an acapella choir for your entertainment. A delicious buffet is also included in the ticket price. Tickets can be purchased from our office at 139 George Street, or online from or Join us on facebook: Positive Help is an Edinburgh-based charity which provides practical support - via an amazing team of volunteers - to people living with HIV and Hepatitis C.

May 2015

Fri 1st, The Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Portobello Town Hall, High Street, Portobello EH15 1AF. , 8.00pm-10.30pm, £6.00, organised by Cadjers Music Factory, email:, tel: 07815 741699. Great venue for dancing, music by Edinburgh's own Cadjers Band with Caller. All the usual popular Ceilidh Dance's (and also specific requests - so if you want to dance it, we will play it!) Suitable for Everybody from Beginner to Experienced Dancers. Why not bring the whole family along for a fun night out! For non-dancers, who just want to listen to the music you can have a grandstand seat in the auditorium. No need to book, Just Pay At The Door On The Night.

Sat 2nd, Canongate Cadjers, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-midnight, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: Monthly SMG fundraising ceilidh. Doors open at 7:30pm. Advance booking recommended. Tickets £8/£6 in advance, £10/£8 on the door. Book on-line at or contact venue box office on 0131 346 1405.

Sat 2nd, Freeland Barbour and Sheila McCutcheon, WHALE Arts Centre, 30 Westburn Grove, EH14 2SA, 7.30pm-11pm, £6.00, organised by WHALE Arts Centre, email:, tel: 0131 458 3267. This is a fundraising Ceilidh for the Let's DANCE! group at WHALE. Bar is provided. Small venue so booking in advance is essential at

Sat 2nd, Duo Shepherd/Gielen & Auld Alliance, St Peter’s Church Hall, 14 Lutton Place, Edinburgh EH8 9PE , 7.30pm-11.30pm, £11.00 (£9.00 concession), organised by Edinbal, email: Come to a great night of Scottish, English, French and Belgian dancing with two acclaimed bands: the legendary Duo Shepherd/Gielen (with Dave Shepherd, from French-English super-band Blowzabella, and Simon Gielen, virtuoso melodeon player from Belgium); and the fantastic energetic ceilidh band Auld Alliance. No prior dance knowledge needed; Informal and fun atmosphere guaranteed! Tickets on the door or online:

Fri 22nd, Nor'loch ceilidh band, Old St Paul's Church, 63 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 7.30pm-11.30pm, £6.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Mike Slessor, email:, tel: 07722 667355. Nor'loch are a well-established band with over 20 years experience, who have performed at a wide variety of functions including weddings, anniversaries, private parties and public ceilidhs - from Wick to Weymouth! We specialise in coaching beginners, with great success in attracting students and visitors of all nationalities. Come and learn a dance with Nor'loch!

Sat 23rd, Robert Fish Ceilidh Band with Stan Reeves, St Brides, 8pm-late, £10.00. Keep the date free for more Kilt Spinning fun from the Fishes. All other details to be confirmed. Fundraiser for the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. Tickets from St Brides Booking office, Amanda on 0131 346 1405.

More in the diary...