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!

October 2014

Fri 24th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 36 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-late, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email:, tel: 07768563138. Regular ceilidh with Annasach Ceilidh Band at The Counting House. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from

Fri 24th, Science Ceilidh Band, Summerhall, Meadows, Edinburgh, 7pm-late, £10.00 (£8.00 concession). CANCER RESEARCH CEILIDH at SUMMERHALL Tickets:

Sat 25th, Portobello Band, 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. Doors open 7:30pm; advance booking recommended: tickets £8 in advance from:

Fri 31st, 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:, 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:

November 2014

Sat 1st, Cosmic Ceilidh Band, Edinburgh Steiner School, 7pm-1am, £10.00 (£6.50 concession), organised by ceilidh collective, email:, tel: 07590116750. With support from mesmerising indie folk band 'The Forgotten Works', local singer-songwriter Kenny Vass. And for the first time we are delighted to introduce a host of family-friendly activities run by NonStuff from 7-8pm including sea shanties, crafts, games, innertube art. We've our regular craft beer, organic wine and single malt bar, supplemented by a new freshly-pressed apple cocktail bar - three cocktails including one non-alcoholic. We are fundraising this time for Reforesting Scotland & Refugee Survival Trust

Sat 1st, Garster's Dream, St Peter's Church, Lutton Place, EH8, 7pm-11pm, £10.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Joan Carter, email:, tel: 0131 667 0592. This is a South Side and Newington Green Party fundraiser. Beer, wine, snacks and sandwiches available. Excellent raffle prizes! (concession price is for children only)

Sat 1st, Ceilidh Minnows with special guest Rise Kagona from BhunduBoys, Murrayfield Church Hall, Orimdale Terrace, Edinburgh, 7pm-10.30pm, £10.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Stan Reeves , email:, tel: 07890 631429. Family Ceilidh with Edinburgh ceilidh band: the Minnows and Special Guest Rise Kagona from Bhundu Boys. Jit Jive from Zimbabwe!! Tickets include a glass of wine and canapes . Adults £10, children £5. Family Ticket £25 All proceeds to Ghana Partnership, providing latrines and teacher training in the rural village of Kwamebikrom

Fri 7th, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Merlin Function Suite, Morningside Road, Edinburgh, 8.00-11.00, £6.00, organised by Merlin Events, email:, 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 Cosy 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).

Sat 8th, HLI 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:, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3.

Sat 8th, The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 7pm-late, £15.00, email:, tel: 0131 556 9710. Tartan Ribbon Ceilidh: A birthday celebration for all our friends in the LGBT community and beyond. Kick up your heels in the main hall ceilidh room with the Dashing White Sergeant and Gay Gordons or join DJ Michelle in the party room. Event in support of Waverley Care's 25th birthday; please wear tartan or tart it up for a night to remember.

More in the diary...