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.
Fri 30th, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07722667355. Nor'loch are a well-established band with over 20 years experience, who have performed at a huge variety of functions including weddings, anniversaries, private parties and public ceilidhs - from Wick to Weymouth! We specialise in coaching beginners, with great success in attracting students and visitors of all nationalities. Come and learn a dance with Nor'loch!
Sat 31st, Bella McNab's Dance Band, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-midnight, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: email@example.com. Monthly SMG fundraising ceilidh. Doors open at 7:30pm. Advance booking recommended. Tickets £8/£6 in advance, £10/£8 on the door. Book on-line at www.scotsmusic.org/dance or contact venue box office on 0131 346 1405.
Fri 6th, Canongate Cadjers, Portobello Town Hall, EH15 1AF, 8pm-10:30pm, £6.00, organised by Alex Ross, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0131 661 3836. First of the Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band new Monthly Ceilidhs in Portobello Town Hall, 147-149 High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1AF. Pay at the door £6; all welcome, all dances called or demonstrated. Bus stop opposite Nos 26 / 21 /40/ 42 / 49/ 69 / 15 / 45. www.canongatecadjers.com The regular ceilidhs, previously at the Merlin in Morningside are moving to Portobello to continue the regular first Friday of the month.
Sat 7th, The Occasionals, The Priory Church, South Queensferry, 7.30pm-11pm, £9.00, organised by Sheila McCutcheon, tel: 0131 331 1528. Come and join us for another night of great dancing to Freeland Barbour and Kevin MacLeod, with Sheila McCutcheon calling the dances. The famous tea and cakes are served at the break to help pick up your feet for the second half. Juice and water available but please feel free to BYOB. This Ceilidh typically sells out, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Sat 14th, Belle Star Band, Edinburgh Steiner School, 7pm-1am, £10.00 (£6.50 concession), organised by ceilidh collective, email: Robin@boe.org.uk, tel: 07590116750. Valentine Ceilidh for Friends of the Earth Scotland. Three sets of called dances, and support acts, a wacky raffle and organic and local bar. Hold this date, dear dancers, and bring your loved ones...
Sat 14th, Jimmy Wilson of Cruithne Band with caller Bett Morrison, Haddington Corn Exchange, 7:30pm-late, £8.00, organised by Bett Morrison, email: Kidlaw64@gmail.com, tel: 01620 810 429. Valentines day ceilidh at the Corn Exchange in Haddington in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Great venue, fun dances, all welcome, all dances called or demonstrated. You are welcome to bring a picnic. Tickets available at the door for those who have responded through the Ceilidh Meetup: www.meetup.com/ceilidh-meetup/or booked by phone with Bett. Family ticket 2 adults and 2 children £20.
Fri 27th, 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: email@example.com, tel: 07722667355. Nor'loch are a well-established band with over 20 years experience, who have performed at a huge variety of functions including weddings, anniversaries, private parties and public ceilidhs - from Wick to Weymouth! We specialise in coaching beginners, with great success in attracting students and visitors of all nationalities. Come and learn a dance with Nor'loch! edit