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 3rd, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Merlin Function Suite, Morningside Road, Edinburgh, 8.00-11.00, £6.00, organised by Merlin Events, email: email@example.com, 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 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 3rd, Nor'loch Ceilidh Band, Old St Paul's Church, 63 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 7.30pm-11pm, £6.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Mike Slessor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07722 667355. 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 www.norloch.net.
Fri 3rd, Scotch Snap, 14 Lutton Place, Edinburgh EH8 9PE (St Peter’s Episcopal Church Hall), 6pm-9pm, £8.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Liz Hare, email: email@example.com, tel: 0131 337 8570 . Family Ceilidh: a splendid time guaranteed ! All are welcome. Dancing to ‘Scotch Snap’, a caller will lead you through the steps. No previous experience necessary! Light refreshments included in ticket price. BYOB but there is also soft drinks on sale. Charity event in aid of Age Scotland
Sat 11th, Flaming Heather 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Piper, soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. edinburghceilidhs.co.uk
Sat 18th, Flaming Heather 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: email@example.com, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Piper, soft drinks £1, alcohol £3, edinburghceilidhs.co.uk
Sat 18th, Pentlands Ceilidh Band, Corn Exchange, Court Street, Haddington EH41, 19:00-23:00, entrance free, organised by Wullie, email: CeilidhConnections@StirNetWork.com, tel: 01620 822 934. First of a series of monthly ceilidh nights at the Corn Exchange in Haddington run by David 01620 648205 and Wullie 01620 822 934 to launch this new social enterprise in Haddington. Tickets must be pre booked by 11th October. Food can also be pre-ordered, (BYOB for over 18s only.) First event FREE (£8 donation suggested.) Haddington Ceilidh Connections team is part of the Kilcheran family of social enterprises Reg No 467354,. BOOKING by 10th essential - NO TICKETS at the door.
Sun 19th, Science Festival Band also known as Auld Alliance/Ceilidh Me Softly, Lasswade Centre, Midlothian, 17:00-21:00, £3.00, organised by Iona Beange, Festival Manager. Science Festival Ceilidh with dances including: the Dashing White Blood Cell and Canadian Brain Dance. The event combines traditional music and dance with basic science concepts in a bid to make science more accessible and fun. http://buytickhttp://midlothiansciencefestival.com/event - http://www.scienceceilidh.com/scienceceilidh/ - http://midlothiansciencefestival.com/event/midlothian-community-science-ceilidh/
Fri 24th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 36 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-late, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07768563138. Regular ceilidh with Annasach Ceilidh Band at The Counting House. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from www.annasach.co.uk
Fri 24th, Science Ceilidh Band, Summerhall, Meadows, Edinburgh, 7pm-late, £10.00 (£8.00 concession). CANCER RESEARCH CEILIDH at SUMMERHALL Tickets: Eventbrite.co.uk http://www.scienceceilidh.com/cancerresearch/
Sat 25th, Portobello Band, 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. 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 booking recommended: tickets £8 in advance from: www.ScotsMusic.org