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.
Tue 1st, Heeliegoleerie, Summerhall, 8pm-11pm, £6.00, organised by Edinburgh Ceilidh Club, email: email@example.com. Edinburgh Ceilidh Club's weekly Tuesday night ceilidh at Summerhall. Tickets and more information: http://edinburghceilidhclub.com
Fri 4th, 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: 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! * 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 5th, Greater Spotted Ceilidh Band, Edinburgh Steiner School (60 Spylaw Road EH10 5BR), 7pm-1am, £10.00 (£6.50 concession), organised by ceilidh collective, email: email@example.com, tel: 07590116750. Wild and crazy dancing, far wackier than you've danced before. Warning, not for SCD lovers! With support from The Pink Ladies, The Pearls, James Brown and the Edinburgh Mbira Collective. Fundraising for Garvald Edinburgh. Dress to impress, dress to dance. Full licensed bar and raffle with Gandolf. Mincepies if we're lucky! online at www.ceilidhcollective.org
Sat 5th, International Year of Light Ceilidh, Southside Community Centre, 7.30-23.30, £6.00 (£3.00 concession), organised by Lewis Hou, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07813743662. Got a bright spark in your feet? Feeling in the dark about the science behind darkness? Join the award-winning Science Ceilidh Band for an evening of Scottish ceilidh dances all with a twist on the theme of light. Written as part of the International Year of Light with scientists around Edinburgh, we’ll be explaining the behaviour of light in the Dashing White Light Wave, exploring how we see with the Flying Photon and experiencing how our most important star illuminates the sky with the CumberSun Square Eight. No experience necessary, both steps and science will be called and glowsticks provided, just be ready to light up the dance floor! More info: www.scienceceilidh.com/light Tickets: https://iylceilidh.eventbrite.co.uk
Sat 12th, Robert Fish Band, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £9.00 (£7.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: email@example.com, tel: 0131 346 1405. Monthly SMG fundraising ceilidh. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets £9/£7 in advance, £10 on the door. Book on-line at www.scotsmusic.org/ceilidhs or contact St Bride's box office on the number above. 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!