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!

November 2014

Fri 28th, The Occasionals, St Brides, 7:00-late, £11.50, organised by Angus McLean, email: . Crohn's & Colitis UK ceilidh. Please note this date as the Ceilidh Meetup and regular dancers will be there to support this annual event and if you want us to support your charity ceilidh then please avoid dates that clash. TICKETS: Booking advised; always sells out

Fri 28th, HLI 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:, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). St Andrews ceilidh. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper.

Fri 28th, Nor'loch Ceilidh Band, Old St Paul's Church, 63 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 7.30pm-11.00pm, £6.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Mike Slessor, email:, 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 to Stroud! 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

Fri 28th, French and Scottish ceilidh with Dancing Feet, St Peter's Church Hall, 14 Lutton Place, Edinburgh EH8 9PE, 7pm-11.30pm, £9.00 (£7.00 concession), organised by EdinBal, email: The evening will start at 7pm by a dance workshop for beginners (with live music!), until 8.30pm and will be followed by Dancing Feet, from Perthshire, who will mix Scottish ceilidh and bal folk together, to create a memorable night! We had them play for us before, for a bit, and they were great, so we are looking forward to a full evening with them this time!

Fri 28th, tbc, Corstorphine Youth & Community Centre, 191 St John's Road, Corstorphine, 7:30-late, £10.00, email: Scottish Polich EVENING of Music, Dancing, Singing with Food and Refreshments, BYOB (Evening of music, song and dance rather than a dancing ceilidh). Fundraising for Community Centre which burned down plus Craft Fair Sat 6th Dec 11am - 3pm Corstorphine Hub (Café, corner Manse Road/St Johns Road)

Sat 29th, HLI 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:, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). St Andrews ceilidh. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper.

Sat 29th, Canongate Cadjers, St Brides Centre Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-12:00, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group. Monthly fund raiser in aid of the Scots Music Group, run by volunteers. EVENT Organisers for ceilidhs are requested to please avoid clashing with these dates as the regular ceilidh dancers support the Scots Music Group. More information to follow. Doors open 7:30pm, advance ticket booking recommended, tickets £8, on the door £10: book at venue or:

Sat 29th, Caleerie Dance Band, The Edinburgh City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh., 7.00pm-Midnight, £20.00, organised by Stephanie Donaghey, email:, tel: 07889 539512. In the elegant settings of the Edinburgh City Chambers When You Wish Upon a Star invite you to a Traditiol Scottish Supper of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties and to celebrate St. Andrews weekend. Music from the Caleerie Dance Band, a professional caller and a welcome drink all to raise money for Magical Wishes for children with life threatening illnesses in Scotland. A rare opportunity to visit the historic chambers, this event would suit a company or groups of friends looking for a great evening of traditional Scottish entertainment, group discounts are available and supper is included in the ticket price. For Tickets call Stephanie at The Scotland Office on 01357 529950 / 07889539512 or e mail All proceeds from this event will stay in Scotland for Wishes for Scottish Children.

Sun 30th, The Belle Star Band and Fun Fiddle, The Wash House, Adelphi Grove, Portobello EH15, 3.30pm-5.30pm, £6.00, organised by Fun Fiddle, email:, tel: 0781 465 7029. A community ceilidh to celebrate St Andrews Day , with the Belle Star Band, and featuring adults and kids from the Fun Fiddle team. KIds tickets are £4 and adults £6 (no concession). Under 5's are free. Tickets for sale on the door , or from The Wild Flower Shop, 90 Portobello High St.

December 2014

Sat 6th, Sott Leslie ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Ken Gourlay, email:, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Piper, soft drinks £1, alcohol £3,

More in the diary...