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!

December 2014

Wed 31st, Willie Fraser ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 10pm-12.30am, £25.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Hogmanay ceilidh. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper. www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk

Wed 31st, Wilie Fraser ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 7pm-9.30pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Hogmanay ceilidh, Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper. www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk

Wed 31st, Afternoon Hogmanay 'FAMILY CEILIDH' Event, National Museum of Scotland, 2.00pm-4.00pm, entrance free, organised by Nat. Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh. Hosted by The Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band- our 9th Year. Come along and end 2014 (and welcome in the New Year) with the Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Piper & Highland Dancers and a cast of over a 1000+ enthusiastic locals / visitors all wanting to join in the fun. Dancing is divided into 3 huge sets - Children, Beginners & Experienced Dancers so everyone can be involved. All the dances will have instructions and there are volunteers on hand to assist from the floor so if you have ever wanted to give Ceilidh Dancing a go now is the time. For non-dancers you can sit in the main hall, have a coffee while listening to the music or just view the dancers in the Grand Gallery from the various balcony's - Singing Participation & Kilts / Tartan purely optional! Suitable for ALL AGE'S this Afternoon Event is FREE ENTRY. For more information check out http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/hogmanay-family-ceilidh/

Wed 31st, Hogmanay Celebrations, CocoaBean Factory, Ashland,Twynholm,Dumfries & Galloway, 7pm-1am, £45.00, organised by Avive, email: sales@thecocoabeancompany.com, tel: 01557 860 608 . Come celebrate Hogmanay with us in style Wednesday 31st December from 7pm Evening includes three course meal with coffee/tea and chocolates, spectacular fireworks display. piper at midnight and fantastic ceilidh. Tickets are £45 each and booing is essential. Group rates available. For more information or to buy tickets call 01557 860 608

Wed 31st, The Thunderdogs, Usual venue, Newington area, Edinburgh, 9pm-1am, £20.00, organised by Sue Anderson & other regular volunteers. Private Hogmanay Ceilidh, always sells out in advance, no tickets available at the door. Ceilidh regulars and friends annual Hogmanay ceilidh which has been run with the Thunderdogs for more than 10 years. No bar: soft drinks and water available. Final 8 tickets - see Sue at the Merlin on Saturday 20th December or contact me through the Ceilidh Meetup website.

January 2015

Sat 3rd, Canongate Cadjers, Heriot's Rugby Club, Goldenacre, Edinburgh, 7pm-12:30pm, £10.00, organised by Lois Steuart, Chris Yemm, Matt Balmer, email: Loissteuart@hotmail.co.uk, tel: 07546 934 023. Ceilidh with the Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band and their caller Marina Sharp at Heriots Rugby Club, Goldenacre (Bangholm Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5QN. Organised by Lois Steuart, Chris Yemm and Matt Balmer as a fundraiser for Action Against Hunger. With a Licensed Bar. Snacks and nibbles will be provided during the band’s half-time break. Everyone welcome - For tickets (£10 each) or other enquiries contact Lois on 07546 934023 or loissteuart@hotmail.co.u­k Round off your Christmas holiday at our ceilidh on this first Saturday of January. The band will walk us through every dance and call the moves too, so inexperience is no impediment – in fact it makes it more fun. Bring your family before you all disperse again - and get them to pay for your ticket and drinks!

Sat 17th, Cosmic Ceilidh Band, Richmond Craigmillar Church Hall, 227 Niddrie Mains Road , Edinburgh EH16 4PA, 7pm-midnight, £10.00 (£6.50 concession), organised by ceilidh collective, email: robin@boe.org.uk, tel: 07590116750. BIG Ceilidh in the Little Hall. Raising funds for Bridgend Inspiring Growth. With support acts, local bar, raffle and all dances called. A truly cosmic experience...

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