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!

September 2015

Tue 8th, The Jimi Shandrix Experience, Summerhall, 8pm-11pm, £6.00, organised by Edinburgh Ceilidh Club, email: Edinburgh Ceilidh Club's weekly Tuesday night ceilidh at Summerhall Tickets and more information:

Fri 11th, The Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Portobello Town Hall, High Street, Portobello EH15 1AF, 8.00pm-11.00pm, £6.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Cadjers Music Factory, email:, tel: 07815 741699. N.B (Date is correct - usual 1st Friday unavailable) 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! * NEW FAMILY TICKET only £12.00 ~ (admits 2 ADULTS & 2 UNDER 16's). No need to book, Just 'Pay at the Door' on the night.

Sat 12th, tbc, Scotland, 7pm-late, £10.00, organised by Lorraine Kelly, email: . On 11th-12th September 2015 Lorraine Kelly will be taking to the road to fundraise for children affected by poverty. Following her “Shimmy Across Scotland”, which raised £100,000 last year, she’s putting her dancing shoes back on. Joined by her friend Maxine Jones, the ladies will be getting us all moving with a 24-hour ceilidh to raise as much money as possible for The STV Children's Appeal. From Friday 11th to Saturday 12th September, Lorraine will travel across Scotland to join as many fundraising ceilidhs as possible . PERHAPS Lorraine will join all the regulars at the Friday Night ceilidh in Portobello Town Hall too?

Sat 12th, Scottish Television with Lorraine Kelly in a kilt, Ross Bandstand, Princess Street Gardens, Edinburgh, 2pm-4pm, entrance free, organised by Lorraine Kelly, STV Appeal, email: RSCDs Edinburgh. FREE CEILIDH DANCING - FUN FOR EVERYONE. Get Ready to Ceilidh: Dance Scottish Dance for fun fitness and friendship. In support of Lorraine Kelly's STV Children's Appeal 24 hour ceilidh challenge. ( Further details from Kelly’s Kaper - http:​//www.​stv.​tv/appeal/latest-news/articles​/1322049-lorraine-kelly-dons-h​er-kilt-for-24-hour-ceilidh-ch​allenge/ ) On the Friday there will also be a Bottle of Malt, nearest coin wins in challenge at the Portobello Town Hall Ceilidh on Friday night, organised by Alex Ross of Canongate Cadjers who will be playing for their regular monthly ceilidh on Friday. Lorraine Kelly will be taking to the dance floor in aid of the STV Children’s Appeal this September, as she dons her kilt for a 24 hour ceilidh extravaganza. From the Gay Gordons and Strip the Willow to the Pride of Erin Waltz, Lorraine will be getting Scotland moving with 24 hours of ceilidh dancing. Working alongside the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), Lorraine will be encouraging groups not only in Scotland, but also internationally, to host their own ceilidh events on the 11th-12th September to help Scotland’s young people.

Sat 12th, tbc Cockleroy?, Masonic Hall, Linlithgow, 11:30am-1.30pm, £5.00 (concession free), organised by Seonaid Scott. STEP WE CEILIDH On We Go! Ever wanted to go to a Ceilidh, but didn't know the dances? Experienced teacher Seonaid Scott will show you have in this easy to follow workshop. No experience necessary. Learn the dances today and put them into practice at the Outdoor Ceilidh tomorrow. Children Free. Adults £5 on the door. Part of Linlithgow Folk Festival from 9th to 13th September , further details

Sun 13th, Cockleroy, The Vennel, Linlithgow by the loch, 2;30pm-4>30pm, entrance free, organised by Linlithgow Folk Festival: Seonaid Scott. FREE open air Family Ceilidh. One of the most popular events for families and passers-by Dancing on concrete slabs, so bring comfy shoes. Refreshments available. In the event of rain, this event will take place in the Guide Hall on Dogwell Wynd, right opposite the Vennel, Linlithgow Town Centre. Part of Linlithgow Folk Festival from 9th to 13th September , further details

Tue 15th, Heeliegoleerie, Summerhall, 8pm-11pm, £6.00, organised by Edinburgh Ceilidh Club, email: Edinburgh Ceilidh Club's weekly Tuesday night ceilidh at Summerhall Tickets and more information:

Sat 19th, Thunderdog Ceilidh Band, Edinburgh Steiner School (60 Spylaw Road EH10 5BR), 7.30-1am, £10.00 (£6.50 concession), organised by ceilidh collective, email:, tel: 07590116750. Our season kicks off with an exciting new collaboration - a Polish-Scottish Ceilidh with support from OJCZYZNA (The Polish Dance Ensemble) and DAVNO (Polish, Russian & Ukrainian songs). Learn/practise/observe some Polish dances as well as all the traditional Scottish burls and reels. With over three and half hours of dancing. We'll have our regular bar with local beers, organic wines, single malts, juices and our infamous Raffle (with exciting new prizes from Edinburgh and Poland). Tickets and info online ( or from The New Leaf Co-op (Argyle Place) (no booking fee!)

Tue 22nd, Pentlands Ceilidh Band, Summerhall, 8pm-11pm, £6.00, organised by Edinburgh Ceilidh Club, email: Edinburgh Ceilidh Club's weekly Tuesday night ceilidh at Summerhall Tickets and more information:

Fri 25th, Flaming Heather, Lauriston Hall, 6.30pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Ken Gourlay, email:, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hrs). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper. No stiletto or high heel shoes please.

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