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 29th, Ceilidh Caleerie Ceilidh Band, Broughton Rugby Club, 109 Granton Road, Edinburgh EH5 2DW, 7pm-10pm, £10.00, organised by Louise Ogilvie, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Join some of the regulars for the ceilidh in aid of Parkinson's UK, organised by the Edinburgh Branch. Ticket price includes light refreshments, pay on the door. All welcome, all dances called. The Science Festival talk on Research by Dr Peter Lovatt and Dr Emily Cross highlighted the benefits of dance to help keep brains healthy (as well as the rest of us) and the way you move changes how you think, helping solve problems. Dr Peter Lovatt mentioned that dance is now being used to help people with Parkinsons' stay active, with positive results. It is great to hear that there is scientific research proving the health benefits of dance.
Sat 30th, Portobello Ceilidh Band, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-midnight, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: email@example.com. 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 www.scotsmusic.org/dance or contact venue box office on 0131 346 1405.
Fri 5th, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 13th, Bett Morrison with Jimmy Wilson of Cruithne, Haddington Corn Exchange, 6:30pm-late, £25.00, organised by Bett Morrison, email: Kidlaw64@gmail.com, tel: 01620 810 429. STRICTLY COME DANCING Fund Raiser for Marie Curie, with Rugby personalities (previous presentation by Gavin Hastings) Tables of 8. Doors open 6:30pm for 7:30pm start for meal with vegetarian options, all locally produced seafood/salad. Bar/food served by Rugby Team members. Memorial Trophy presented. Hall decorated as Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Professional dancers demonstration. Vote. Voting open to all. Opportunity to dance for all. Bookings open in April. Speak to Bett for more information.
Sat 20th, The Occasionals, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-midnight, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: email@example.com. 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 www.scotsmusic.org/dance or contact venue box office on 0131 346 1405.
Sat 20th, Hayden 's Accordian, The Merlin Function Suite, Morningside Rd, Edinburgh , 8pm-Midnight , £10.00 (£8.00 concession), organised by Richard, email: GarethOwen513@hotmail.com. Join us for an enjoyable evening of smooth JIVE dance. Caledonian Blues . Com presents khamandu Fundraiser: modern jive and some ceilidh dancing. Tickets www.caledonianBlues.com. Tickets £8 PayPal via website in advance; £10 at the doors