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.
Fri 26th, Bon:Stovi Ceilidh Band, St Peter's, Lutton Place, Edinburgh, 8pm-11pm, entrance free, organised by Katherine Stewart. Put together prodigious young musical talent, exciting and dynamic performances and you have Bon Stovi. The band is a revelation that promises to turn any occasion into an extraordinary event. Bon Stovi's arrival on the Ceilidh scene has brought something new, fresh and exciting to the genre – globally experienced players, compelling and imaginative musical arrangements (with fiddle, guitar and percussion) and a stage presence that exudes high energy. Bon Stovi are putting on a one-off FREE, BYOB promotional ceilidh. This will be a night to remember- so grab your friends, get some drinks and join us for a foot-stomping night!
Sat 27th, Norloch Band, Old St Paul's Church, 63 Jeffrey Street Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 7pm-12.00, £10.00, organised by Mary Njoki, email: Njokiki@yahoo.co.uk. Fundraising Ceilidh to stop the elephant massacre in Kenya and Greenbelt Environmental Movement. 7 - 8pm Prof Wangari rememberance, African dance, music and story telling. 8 - 12 Ceilidh, raffle, games. Cost £8 in advance, £10 on the door Children under 10 free. 11 -15 years £4. Tickets from ZURI Beauty, 41 Dalry Road or at the door of the Church Hall.
Sat 27th, tbc, St Brides Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-12:00, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group. Regular monthly fundraising ceilidh with live music. PLEASE can organisers avoid clashing with these regular events as the regular ceilidh dancers support this charity.
Sat 27th, Heeliegoleerie, St Brides Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-12:00, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group. Monthly fund raiser in aid of the Scots Music Group. EVENT Organisers for ceilidhs are requested to please avoid clashing with these dates as the regular ceilidh dancers support the Scots Music Group. More information to follow. Advance booking of tickets recommended - price £8 in advance, £10 on the door. Doors open 7:30pm Book: www.ScotsMusic.org / event
Fri 3rd, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Merlin Function Suite, Morningside Road, Edinburgh, 8.00-11.00, £6.00, organised by Merlin Events, email: email@example.com, tel: 0131 447 4329. Looking for a Great night out? The Merlin Ceilidhs are now very much part of Edinburgh's social calendar. Super Traditional Band with Caller, Nice Venue, Big Dance Floor, Bar with Food available downstairs. Suitable for all age's (10yrs and over). Parties catered for, so if your organising a Birthday, Anniversary, Singles, Student Graduation or Works Night Out why not come along and join in the fun - Beginners to Advanced Dancers all Welcome. PAY AT THE DOOR on the Night (for parties over 10 please contact the venue as discount entry fee available).
Fri 3rd, Nor'loch Ceilidh Band, Old St Paul's Church, 63 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 7.30pm-11pm, £6.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Mike Slessor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07722 667355. Nor'loch are a well established ceilidh band with over 20 years experience, including weddings, anniversaries & public functions - performing as far afield as Wick in Northern Scotland and Stroud in Gloucester! We specialise in teaching beginners and foreign visitors, but still cover a wide range of dances to suit all levels of experience. The event is BYOB but there is also water and soft drinks on sale. For parties of more than 6 please contact above mobile/email for tickets. View our website at www.norloch.net.
Sat 11th, Flaming Heather ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Ken Gourlay, email: email@example.com, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Piper, soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. edinburghceilidhs.co.uk
Sat 18th, Flaming Heather ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Ken Gourlay, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Piper, soft drinks £1, alcohol £3, edinburghceilidhs.co.uk