News

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!

January 2018

Thu 25th, SOLD OUT Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 34 W Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £20.00 (£17.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal celebration of The Bard's birthday. The ceilidh will start at 8pm with a break for a buffet supper served around 9.30pm of haggis, neeps & tatties, and a complimentary dram of The Famous Grouse to wash it all down. Then it's back to the dancing! Beginners welcome. Tickets available from https://www.annasach.co.uk/events

Fri 26th, SOLD OUT Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 34 W Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £20.00 (£17.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal celebration of The Bard's birthday. The ceilidh will start at 8pm with a break for a buffet supper served around 9.30pm of haggis, neeps & tatties, and a complimentary dram of The Famous Grouse to wash it all down. Then it's back to the dancing! Beginners welcome. Tickets available from https://www.annasach.co.uk/events

Sat 27th, Canongate Cadjers, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £9.00 (£7.50 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: info@scotsmusic.org, tel: 0131 555 7668. Monthly SMG fundraising ceilidh. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets £9/£7.50 in advance, £10 on the door. Book on-line at www.scotsmusic.org/ceilidhs. Our ceilidhs are enjoyed by all ages and are friendly, informal and fun. You’ll be made welcome whether you come on your own or with a party. You don’t need to know what to do – a caller will explain the dances and there are lots of friendly folk to give you a hand and get everyone up dancing!

Sat 27th, SOLD OUT Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 34 W Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £20.00 (£17.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal celebration of The Bard's birthday. The ceilidh will start at 8pm with a break for a buffet supper served around 9.30pm of haggis, neeps & tatties, and a complimentary dram of The Famous Grouse to wash it all down. Then it's back to the dancing! Beginners welcome. Tickets available from https://www.annasach.co.uk/events

Sat 27th, The Dance Bandits, Summerhall, 8pm-late, £12.50, organised by The Neil Mackenzie Trust. Join us for a ceilidh as we celebrate Burns weekend and raise money for the Neil Mackenzie Trust (Charity No. SC046080) at Summerhall in Edinburgh. Featuring the incredible 'The Dance Bandits' - http://dancebandits.weebly.com/ - as well as lots of fun fundraising events, and a bar on site it's a night not to be missed. Food will also be available from the delicious Gannet and Guga - https://www.gannetandguga.com/ Tickets: £12.50 (inc. booking fee) Times: 20:00 - 00:30 We will also be drawing our Grand Raffle including amazing prizes from: Spa minibreak at Norton House Hotel, Edinburgh Minibreaks in Glasgow: Jury’s Inn and 111 by Nico and Inverness: Waterside Hotel, The Mustard Seed and Jacobite Cruises Adventure Activities from Mad Max (Quad biking and Archery for 4) and Nae Limits (watersports for 2) Full training/expedition grant from The Neil Mackenzie Trust (Ts & Cs apply). Whisky, Thistly Cross cider, The Stand Comedy Club tickets, a hamper from Craigies Farm... and many more. Tickets will be available on the night or visit our website for more info: https://theneilmackenzietrust.wordpress.com/fundraising/ Please also join us for a free pre - ceilidh get together. Mini talks, food, bar, friends & family. Everyone welcome, find out about the Trust, and the grants available, and participate in our fundraising (raffle, games etc!). 5.30pm onwards, Summerhall, 27th January 2018.

February 2018

Fri 2nd, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Legion Hall, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4EL, 8.00pm-11.00pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by cadjers music factory, email: cadjersband@gmail.com, tel: 07815 741699. Great Traditional Ceilidh with Live Band & Caller. Suitable for Beginners to Experienced Dancers. Licenced Bar, Nice Dance Floor and easy on Street Parking. No need to book tickets ~ just Pay at Door on the Night. All Welcome. Facebook: Canongate Cadjers

Sat 17th, Edinburgh Contra: Sgàil with caller Lisa Heywood, Bruntsfield Hall, Barclay Viewforth Church, Edinburgh EH10 4HN, 7:30pm-10pm, £10.00, organised by Edinburgh Contra, email: EdinburghContra@gmail.com. Contra dancing, Ceilidh’s American cousin, is a fun social dance that everyone can enjoy. Danced in long lines, Contra dancing is known for its interesting patterns, great music and friendly atmosphere. We have live fiddle and guitar music from Sgàil, and Lisa Heywood teaching the dances. All are welcome, family friendly, no partner needed, no experience necessary. 15-minute welcome session for new dancers starts at 7:15pm. Come along and give it a go! Under 12's free.

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