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!

May 2018

Fri 25th, Ceilidh Caleerie, Royal Legion Hall, 7pm-10:30pm, £10.00, organised by Francesca Howard, email: All proceeds are fundraising for the children's charity Children 1st. The event organisers have agreed (for some crazy reason) to skydive for the charity to raise money for this worth while cause. If you would like to see what work Children 1st do please see here: Many thanks for your support!

Sat 26th, Robert Fish Band, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £9.00 (£7.50 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email:, 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 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 26th, Breton Ceilidh/Fest Noz with Breton and local bands, St Peter's Hall, 14 Lutton Place, Edinburgh , 7.30pm-11pm, £11.00 (£9.00 concession), organised by EdinBal, email: EdinBal is bringing Fest-Noz, the Breton version of a ceilidh, back to Edinburgh with our third edition of the Fête de la Bretagne / Gouel Breizh! This year is our biggest event to date, with 3 bands invited, resulting in 7 Breton musicians to make you dance at the event! Expect the typical Breton line dances (gavotte, plinn, ridée, ...) and a few couple dances. Dances are very easy to join, and the atmosphere will be very welcoming! A dance workshop will be organised from 5pm to 6.15pm to show you the basics so that you can fully enjoy the evening. Live music from 7.30pm to 11.30pm, finishing with an open session to complete the evening. There will also be Breton crepes, far and cidre, for a full dancing, musical, and gustative Breton experience.

Tue 29th, HotScotch Ceilidh Band , Summerhall, 8pm-11pm, £7.00, organised by Edinburgh Ceilidh Club. Tickets and full information on our website: Advanced tickets tend to sell out very quickly but there is a limited release of more tickets from 2:30pm in person from the Summerhall Box Office and from 3pm on the Edinburgh Ceilidh Club website on the day of the ceilidh.

June 2018

Fri 1st, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Legion Hall, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4EL, 8.00pm-11.00pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by cadjers music factory, email:, tel: 07815 741699. Great Traditional Ceilidh with Live Band & Caller. Suitable for Beginners to Experienced Dancers. Licenced Bar, Nice Dance Floor and easy on Street Parking. No need to book tickets ~ just Pay at Door on the Night. All Welcome with free entry for under 12's. Facebook: Canongate Cadjers

Sat 2nd, The Occasionals, Scout Hall, Marina, South Queensferry , 7.30pm-11pm, £9.00, organised by Sheila McCutcheon, email:, tel: 0131 331 1528. Summer Ceilidh in the fantastic setting at South Queensferry's Marina on the shores of the Forth. Dances called where required. Home baking always a feature at this ceilidh, don't miss out. Under 12s go free, 12-16 year olds £5. Always a fun ceilidh, all welcome. Water and juice available throughout, BYOB.

Tue 5th, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, British Legion Hall, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4EL, 7.30pm-10.00pm, £6.00, organised by Alex Ross, email:, tel: 07815 741699. Traditional Scottish Ceilidh in central Edinburgh. Especially suited for Overseas Holiday & Summer Visitors to the City, Students, Singles, Groups, Families and our regular ceilidh dancing friends. Informal, fun night with live band (facebook: Canongate Cadjers) and a great Caller who will explain all the dances. Suitable for all age groups. Licenced Bar. Dancing starts 7.30pm. Inexpensive night as entry only £6.00 per person with under 12's free (discount available for groups 10+ / phone for information). No need to book just come along and pay at the door. All Welcome.

Tue 5th, Ceilidh Minogue, Summerhall, 8pm-11pm, £7.00, organised by Edinburgh Ceilidh Club. Tickets and full information on our website: Advanced tickets tend to sell out very quickly but there is a limited release of more tickets from 2:30pm in person from the Summerhall Box Office and from 3pm on the Edinburgh Ceilidh Club website on the day of the ceilidh.

Fri 8th, Pentlands Ceilidh Band, Pitbauchlie House Hotel, Dunfermline, KY11 4PB, 19.30-23.30, £8.00, organised by Gabriela Valkovicova, email:, tel: 07722206033. Charity Ceilidh in aid of Cancer Research. Band starts at 20.00. Bar has a good selection of drinks.Raffle as part of the event. Tickets must be booked in advance. For enquiries and bookings contact Gabriela (only 20 tickets available now)

Sat 9th, Edward Wallace and Matt Norman, Columcille Hall, Newbattle Terrace Edinburgh EH10, 8pm-10:30pm, £10.00, organised by Edinburgh Contra, email: 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 Edward Wallace and Matt Norman, 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.

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