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!

April 2019

Fri 26th, tbc, Stockbridge Lifecare Centre, Cheynes Road,, tbc-tbc, £10.00, organised by Sara. Charity ceilidh Awaiting further details and confirmation on ticket price.

Fri 26th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, Edinburgh, 8pm-11pm, £10.00 (£7.50 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Come and dance to Annasach's regular Ceilidh at The Counting House. Tickets available from https://www.annasach.co.uk/events

Sat 27th, Portobello Ceilidh Band, 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, Greater Spotted Ceilidh Band, King's Hall, 7pm-midnight, £12.00 (£7.00 concession), organised by ceilidh collective, email: robin@boe.org.uk, tel: 07590116750. An evening of twirling dancing, soaring music and hearty companionship, with The Greater Spotted Ceilidh Band. With room for 180 dancers, our ceilidh has over three hours of dances and calling by our band. Full licensed bar with organic and fruit wines, real ales and local lagers, ethical juices, mulled cider, ten single malts, and a fundraising raffle... We can't wait to welcome you back to the lovely King's Hall of Newington. The venue is fully accessible and family friendly. Book your tickets now and see you there! www.ceilidhcollective.org

Sat 27th, The Northern Streams Ceilidh Band, Upper Hall, The Pleasance Student Union, 7.30pm-11.00pm, £12.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch, email: eltmsa@yahoo.co.uk, tel: 0795 191 8366. Northern Streams Festival Ceilidh with a preceding first half 45 minute concert from Kata (5 Singers from the Faroe Islands using mesmerising harmonies to perform old songs based on folk stories and myths) then followed by 2 or so hours of The Northern Streams Ceilidh Band (Scotland/Norway/Sweden). Created from our Festival guest musicians, the Northern Streams Ceilidh Band, will be giving you the opportunity to try out Scottish and Nordic dances - which will be called/demonstrated - during the extended second half of our concert or you can just sit and listen to the great sounds! Plus there will be one or two performances to let you catch your breath! More details at www.northernstreams.org including the rest of the Festival programme taking place 26-28 April at the Pleasance with concerts, workshops (including dance ones) and sessions. The venue is fully accessible with café/bar on hand.

May 2019

Fri 3rd, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band with Caller, British Legion Hall, 33 Rodney Street, 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 4th, Robert Fish Band, French Institute, West Parliament Square (Royal Mile/Bridges by St Giles) EH1 1RN, 8pm-11pm, £10.00 (£8.00 concession), organised by French Institute, email: info@ifecosse.org.uk, tel: 0131 285 6030 . Calta Ceilidh festuring Scottish & Breton dancing in conjunction with Scotland’s Tradfest (26 April - 6 May 2019), the Robert Fish Band is putting on a Scottish-Breton Ceilidh at the Institut français d’Ecosse. With deep ties to Scotland’s traditional music scene and after having taken part in a cultural exchange with a Breton organisation in Finisterre for many years, the Robert Fish Band is putting on a Celta Ceilidh featuring Scottish and Breton dancing. For beginners and experts alike, this night of Breton and Scottish traditional dance will get your heels moving and your hearts racing. And for a twist appropriate to the Institut français d’Ecosse, the band even can call Scottish dances in French!

Sat 4th, Robert Fish Band, Institut Francais d'Ecosse, 8pm-11pm, £10.00 (£8.00 concession), organised by stan reeves, email: stan.reeves1950@gmail.com, tel: 07730268001. In conjunction with Scotland’s Tradfest, the Robert Fish Band is putting on a Scots-Breton Ceilidh at the Institut français d’Ecosse. Scots dances plus, Gavotte, Bouree, An dro,Chapeloise etc.

Sun 5th, Williamson brothers and friends, st.Peter's church,14 Lutton place,EH8 9PE, 6pm-11pm, £10.00 (£8.00 concession), organised by THeresa Mazak, email: theresamazak@gmail.com, tel: 07727176967. Beloved community, we are excited to announce our Ceilidh in May! It's been a busy year so far for XR Edinburgh, the Burns Day action in January, Rig Rebellion in March and coming up in April, International Rebellion week. We're not messing around, and we need your help to continue this important mission. We need funds, and this is where you come in! Our Fundraising Ceilidh is your chance to help support XR, and have a tonne of fun doing it! All the raised money will help XR Edinburgh with - Expenses for equipment and supplies - Future actions You can look forward to a night of great live music, dancing, fun and rad company! There'll be a raffle, delicious snacks, a bar and stalls with cool arty stuff to buy. Bring instruments if you would like to join a jam when the band has a break. Join us for a right good knees-up, and help this movement to grow. That feeling when your dancin' helps mamma Earth, oh yeah. Tickets (£8 advance, £10 on the door, £12 if you want to give an additional donation): https://www.seetickets.com/event/extinction-rebellion-fundraising-ceilidh/st-peter-s/1332091

Sat 11th, Edinburgh Contra, Columcille Hall, Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh EH10, 8pm-10:30pm, £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 of couples, Contra dancing is known for its interesting patterns, great music and friendly atmosphere. We have live music from Grace and Sam, and Rachel Wallace teaching the dances. All are welcome, family friendly, no partner needed, no experience necessary. 15-minute welcome session for new dancers starts at 7:45pm. Come along and give it a go! £10 on the door, under 12s free. Bring your own drinks. Step-free access and accessible toilets available. Calling will be gender-neutral ‘larks and ravens’ style.

More in the diary...