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.
Sat 14th, The Robert Fish Band (Scots Music Group fundraiser), St Bride's Community Centre, Orwell Terrace, Haymarket, Edinburgh, 8pm-midnight, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: email@example.com, tel: 0131 346 1405 (box office). Tickets are £10 / £8 on the door; advance purchase cheaper at www.scotsmusic.org/dance
Sat 14th, Flaming Heather ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Hall has air-conditioning. No stiletto heels or high-heeled shoes please.
Sat 14th, Cosmic Ceilidh Band, Edinburgh Steiner School, 7pm-midnight, £10.00 (£6.50 concession), organised by ceilidh collective, email: email@example.com, tel: 07590116750. The Cosmic Ceilidh Band bring you three awesome sets, taking the ceilidh scene in new dimensions. You will be surprised what tunes you can end up dancing the eightsome reel to! With support from Lucky Jumper and more. We also have a licensed organic and local bar, and a wacky fund-raising raffle with our very own Gandolf the Multi-coloured. All profits to Refugee Survival Trust (www.rst.org.uk). Tickets from http://www.boe.ticketsource.co.uk
Fri 20th, Lomond Ceilidh Band, Mitchell Hall, Kinglassie, 7.30 pm-11.30 pm, £8.00, organised by Elizabeth Mitchell, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 01592 882913. Soup, clootie dumpling, trifle, tea and coffee served at interval. Please bring own refreshments.
Fri 20th, Nor'loch Ceilidh Band., Old St Paul's Church, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, 7.30pm-11.30pm, £6.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Mike Slessor, email: email@example.com, tel: 07722 667355. Friday 20th Dec, Nor'loch Ceilidh Band, Old St Paul's Church, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, 7.30pm-11.30pm, £6.00 (concessions £5.00), organised by Mike Slessor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07722 667355. Nor'loch are a well-established 5-piece band with over 20 years experience, performing for both private functions (weddings, anniversaries, annual events) and public dances (Caledonian Brewery, various charity events, etc). We specialise in coaching for beginners, with live calling and demonstration of all dances. For further information (including clips of live music, please see our website at www.norloch.net
Sat 21st, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Merlin Roadhouse, Morningside Road, Edinburgh, 8.00-11.00, £8.00, organised by Merlin Events, email: email@example.com, tel: 0131 447 4329. THE CADJERS 'CHIRISTMAS' CEILIDH Get your festive celebrations off to a great start by coming to a traditional Ceilidh. Fun for all (from age 12 upwards) - All Dancers whether experience or beginners made most welcome or just come along and listen to the music. Great live Band, Large Dance Floor and Bar. Parties catered for, so if your organising a Christmas Works Night Out, Birthday, Anniversary, Singles Night or just a good old 'knees Up' why not come along and join in the fun - All Welcome. Tickets in advance £10.00 (or Pay at the Door on the Night £12.00) * N.B Ticket price INCLUDES Buffet and Mulled Wine. Phone the Merlin on 0131 447 4329.
Tue 31st, Willie 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Hogmanay. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper. A few international folkdances. No stiletto heels or high heel shoes please. www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk
Tue 31st, Willie Fraser ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 10pm-12.30pm, £20.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: email@example.com, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Hogmanay. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper. A few international folkdances. No stiletto heels or high heel shoes please. www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk
Tue 31st, Ceilidh Stomp from Aberdeen, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-1am, £65.00, organised by Peter Ferguson of PDF, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0131 669 6003. Early Bird Offer until 31st October, organised by Peter Ferguson of pdf Productions & Hug My Knee Ltd. HOGMANAY at the Assembly Rooms with Hidden Agenda Motown & Soul in the Music Hall and Ceilidh Stomp Flingin' in the Ballroom. Early Bird tickets £45 to readers of this website until 31/10/13 then £65. VIP tickets £90 include complimentary glass of Rocco Prosecco on arrival, 2 dedicated VIP lounges, Private Bars and table service. Live screening of Fireworks & bells. The party continues at Le Monde until 3am and Shanghai Until 5am. www.edinburghhogmanay.com for tickets.
Tue 31st, Ceilidh Sound, Corstorphine Scout Hall, 7:30-1am, £15.00, organised by Andrea Taylor, email: email@example.com. Local Corstorphine Hogmanay Ceilidh with great music and calling from Ceilidh Sound! Saughton crescent scout hall , BYOB and food. Organised by Andrea, all tickets sold in advance, money just to pay band and costs.