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!

February 2019

Sat 23rd, The Occasionals, 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!

March 2019

Fri 1st, Pont Five and Monkey Box, The Jam House, 7pm-12.30am, £10.00 (£8.00 concession), organised by IVFDF 2019, email: ivfdfedinburgh2019@gmail.com. This unique ceilidh features not only one but two of the best ceilidh bands! We are super excited to dance on the music of local band Point Five, with strong and energetic fiddles to make you want to jump onto the dance floor. They will be followed by Monkey Box, from England. They will play an English-style ceilidh and make sure you have a excellent time until late in the night! Dances will be called by Andrew Swaine, Xavier Oliver and Kieran Porter. Tickets on sale at the door or online from: https://ivfdf2019.eventcube.io/events/16801 This event is part of IVFDF 2019 - the longest running folk festival in the UK. We are putting many more exciting dance events in Edinburgh the rest of the weekend. Visit our website: http://ivfdf2019.org.uk to learn more. We have unbeatably cheap tickets on sale to make you dance all weekend!

Fri 1st, Canongate Cadjers Band with Caller, British Legion Hall, 33 Rodney St. Edinburgh EH7 4EL, 8.00pm-11.00pm, £9.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Cadjers Music Factory, email: cadjersband@gmail.com, tel: 07815 741699. No need to book ~ PAY AT THE DOOR. 14yrs and under free entry. Licenced Bar.

Sat 2nd, An Conasg , South Hall, 8pm-11.30pm, £10.00 (£8.00 concession), organised by IVFDF 2019, email: ivfdfedinburgh2019@gmail.com. One of the best young local bands, An Conasg, will be playing at this Scottish Ceilidh. Believe us, you are in for a treat: with Siannie Moodie on the clàrsach, Sam Gillespie on the flute and Tara Cunningham on the fiddle, An Conasg will be play beautifully melodic music, packed with lots of energy and amazing arrangements. They will want to make you dance until late in the night! Come and dance along, we promise you won't be disappointed. Dances will be called by Neil Wignall. Tickets on sale at the door, or online from: https://ivfdf2019.eventcube.io/events/16802 . This event is part of IVFDF 2019 - the longest running folk dance festival in the UK. We are putting many more exciting dance events in Edinburgh the rest of the weekend. Visit our website: http://ivfdf2019.org.uk to learn more. We have unbeatably cheap tickets on sale to make you dance all weekend!

Sun 3rd, Scratch Band, Southside Community Centre, 2pm-5pm, £10.00 (£8.00 concession), organised by IVFDF 2019, email: ivfdfedinburgh2019@gmail.com. Survivor's Ceilidh : Scottish, English and American ceilidhs led by a scratch band, as part of IVFDF 2019, the UK's longest running folk dance festival. Back in Edinburgh for 2019, for a weekend packed with ceilidh dances, workshops and other events. More information on http://ivfdf2019.org.uk/

Fri 8th, Jimmy Wilson of Cruithne with caller Bett Morrison, Knox Academy School Hall, Haddington, East Lothian, 7:30pm-late, £8.00, organised by Bett Morrison, email: kidlaw64@gmail.com, tel: 01620 810 429. Charity Ceilidh, all welcome, all dances called. [In local school hall as Corn Exchange closed for 9 months for refurbishment]

Fri 8th, HLI ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ, 8pm-11pm, £10.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374. With caller Ken Gourlay, ceilidh band and piper. Hall has air-conditioning and a bar. All dances walked through and called. Good exercise and great fun. No high heels please. Attendees without handbags, bags or rucksacks will get fast track entry. No liquids or food to be brought in. Mobile phones and tablets: photos and video are OK but if you intend spending any time texting, browsing the web etc., we'd rather you didn't come. Musicians find this very rude.

Sat 9th, The MacAlasdairs Ceilidh Band, St Columba's Hall, Upper Gray Street, Edinburgh, 7.30pm.-11:00pm, £6.00, organised by Amnesty International, Edinburgh South Group. Tickets are only available to buy at the door. There will be a raffle and a well stocked bar. Please come and support Amnesty International. Thank you. x

Fri 15th, Fraser McKinnon Ceilidh Band, Bainfield Bowling Club, 34 Hutchison Crossway, EH14 1RU, 7:30pm-late, £10.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by Sheila Clarke / Val McGuigan, email: Valmcguigan@blueYonder.co.uk. Charity Ceilidh. Come to a sociable and fun ceilidh in aid of MND : Motor Neurone Disease which is the charity.

More in the diary...