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!

September 2014

Fri 5th, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Merlin Function Suite, Morningside Road, Edinburgh, 8.00-11.00, £6.00, organised by Merlin Events, email:  merlin.edinburgh@belhavenpubs.net, tel: 0131 447 4329. Looking for a Great night out? The Merlin Ceilidhs are now very much part of Edinburgh's social calendar. Super Traditional Band with Caller, Nice Cosy Venue, Big Dance Floor, Bar with Food available downstairs. Suitable for all age's (10yrs and over). Parties catered for, so if your organising a Birthday, Anniversary, Singles, Student Graduation or Works Night Out why not come along and join in the fun - Beginners to Advanced Dancers all Welcome. PAY AT THE DOOR on the Night (for parties over 10 please contact the venue as discount entry fee available).

Fri 5th, Nor'loch Ceilidh Band, Old St Paul's Church, 63 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 7.30pm-11.30pm, £6.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Mike Slessor, email: mslessor@blueyonder.co.uk, tel: 07722667355. Nor'loch are a well established ceilidh band with over 20 years experience, including weddings, anniversaries & public functions - performing as far afield as Wick in Northern Scotland and Stroud in Gloucester! We specialise in teaching beginners and foreign visitors, but still cover a wide range of dances to suit all levels of experience. The event is BYOB but there is also water and soft drinks on sale. For parties of more than 6 please contact above mobile/email for tickets. View our website at www.norloch.net.

Sat 6th, Lairds O' The Dance Ceilidh Band, Thomas Morton Hall, 7.30-midnight, £10.00, organised by Roberta McKay, email: roberta@hopscotch-charity.org, tel: 336 5554/07771762071. This is a fundraising ceilidh on behalf of HopScotch Children's Charity, providing free respite breaks for vulnerable children aged 7-11 years living in Scotland. Ticket price includes free La Favorita pizza! Tickets can bought in advance or at the door on the night.

Sat 13th, tbc, South Queensferry, 10.06pm-late, £13.50. Outdoor ceilidh for Forth Road Bridge 50th Anniversary party. ( 10.06 pm fireworks display - bridge closed 30 minutes )website www.forthroadbridge.org and the Forth Bridges Festival website www.forthbridgesfestival.com. Tickets on sale from 15th August 2014. Full event tickets £23 including fireworks; Ceilidh party only £13.50.No local parking will be available at the event or in the surrounding area, so free shuttle buses are being provided for all ticket-holders from a choice of locations both north and south of the Forth. Only 2,014 tickets, priced £23 plus booking fee, are available to take part in both the Torchlight Procession and the Bridge Party. Additional tickets are also available for the Bridge Party only, priced £13.50 plus booking fee. The event will conclude with a giant outdoor ceilidh – the “Forth Fling” – before party-goers are transported back to Fife and Lothian by free shuttle bus.

Sat 13th, Robert Whitehead Bank, Thomas Morton Hall, Leith, Edinburgh, 7.30pm-midnight, £12.00, organised by Leith Marie Curie Fundraising Group, email: leithfundraising.mariecurie@gmail.com, tel: 07747722483. This is an over 18's event in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. There's going to be a few extra things going on so please do come along and help us make this a good fun, lively event. For full information and to purchase your tickets, please visit our Just Giving site at https://www.justgiving.com/Leith-Marie-Curie-Fundraising-Group-Ceilidh/

Fri 19th, The Robert Fish Band & Da Hooley Ceilidh Band, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 7.30pm-midnight, entrance free, organised by Sarah Northcott. Dance for Democracy! Come and let your hair down on the evening after the referendum vote. Tickets are FREE, but we will ask for a donation at the door to cover costs, any profits to local charities. Tickets on the door, or book tickets via www.therobertfishband.co.uk or www.ceilidhdanceband.com Please let us know (via website contact) if you book tickets and are unable to come so someone else can have a dance!

Sat 20th, Celidh Me Softly + Tristan Driessens & Isa de Spoelberch + Waar is Boris?, St Peter's Hall, Lutton Place, 7pm-late, £12.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by EdinBal, email: jc.denis@neuf.fr. EdinBal (Edinburgh Bal folk/European dances scoeity) is delighted to invite you for another great night of dancing European-style! After a local ceilidh playing for Scottish ceilidh dancing, we will have two fantastic bands coming all the way from Belgium, playing for European-style dancing: Waar is Boris? (http://www.waarisboris.be/) Tristan Driessens & Isa de Spoelberch It will be a great way to start the academic year in style and prolong your holidays a bit further! More informations to be announced!

Fri 26th, Bon:Stovi Ceilidh Band, St Peter's, Lutton Place, Edinburgh, 8pm-11pm, entrance free, organised by Katherine Stewart. Put together prodigious young musical talent, exciting and dynamic performances and you have Bon Stovi. The band is a revelation that promises to turn any occasion into an extraordinary event. Bon Stovi's arrival on the Ceilidh scene has brought something new, fresh and exciting to the genre – globally experienced players, compelling and imaginative musical arrangements (with fiddle, guitar and percussion) and a stage presence that exudes high energy. Bon Stovi are putting on a one-off FREE, BYOB promotional ceilidh. This will be a night to remember- so grab your friends, get some drinks and join us for a foot-stomping night!

Sat 27th, Norloch Band, Old St Paul's Church, 63 Jeffrey Street Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 7pm-12.00, £10.00, organised by Mary Njoki, email: Njokiki@yahoo.co.uk. Fundraising Ceilidh to stop the elephant massacre in Kenya and Greenbelt Environmental Movement. 7 - 8pm Prof Wangari rememberance, African dance, music and story telling. 8 - 12 Ceilidh, raffle, games. Cost £8 in advance, £10 on the door Children under 10 free. 11 -15 years £4. Tickets from ZURI Beauty, 41 Dalry Road or at the door of the Church Hall.

Sat 27th, tbc, St Brides Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-12:00, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group. Regular monthly fundraising ceilidh with live music. PLEASE can organisers avoid clashing with these regular events as the regular ceilidh dancers support this charity.

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