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.
Thu 24th, Robert Fish with Stan Reeves, The Counting House, West Nicolson St, Edinburgh, 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Stan Reeves, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Greenpeace ceilidh, wear tartan with pride. Yes it says Thursday 24th in his email! Come along to another foot stomping, skirt swirling Greenpeace ceildh ! Music will be provided by the fantastic Robert Fish Band, as well as keeping us right with the steps ! So if you are a complete novice, an old hand or have just forgotten, you will soon be in the swing of the dances. Its an informal event but if you have anything tartan - wear it with pride ! kids free. Raffle on the night.
Fri 25th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 36 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-late, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: email@example.com, 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 25th, Nor'loch, Old St Paul's Church, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, 19.30-23.30, £6.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Mike Slessor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07722667355. Fri 25th April, Nor'loch Ceilidh Band, Old St Pauls Church, 39 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 7:30pm-11:30pm, £6.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Philip Condie, tel: 0131 440 1347. Ceilidh in association with The Blue Fox Knights and Reel Good Music Agency. Caller to teach and demonstrate the dances even for complete beginners. Venue behind Waverley Train Station. www.Norloch,net BYOB (Bring your own booze and soft drinks). Tickets at the door. "Come tae the ceilidh for Scottische Dance wi Norloch and Caller we'll surely enhance yer rhythm and timing o' the traditional beat. Come new let's dance, exercise yer feet!!" (Pipe Major Fionn Macdram)
Sat 26th, Da Hooley :: 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
Fri 2nd, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Merlin Function Suite, Morningside Road, Edinburgh, 8.00-11.00, £6.00, organised by Merlin Events, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Cosy 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 2nd, Rachel's band, Liberton Kirk, 7:00pm-10:30pm, £12.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by 1st Powburn Senior Section, email: email@example.com, tel: 07792965829. Fundraiser ceilidh in aid of Girlguiding and the Vietnamese community which will be visited in June and where building work will be done in the areas of Vietnam which need it most. This will be a fun night for everyone with a ceilidh band playing throughout the night and a bagpipe player! There will also be activities for children on throughout the night like outdoor games and indoor activities all which will be lead by a responsible volunteer. There will also be a raffle with chances to win amazing prizes like vouchers from Craig Davidson Hairdressing and many others! Catering is by Khushis and food is included in ticket prices. If you would like any more information/have any questions/would like tickets just get in touch! Hope to see you all there! Family tickets can also be purchased 2adults 1 child (under 15) for £27. You are also welcome to bring your own drinks as we cannot sell them.
Fri 2nd, Robert Fish, Counting House, West Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, 8-12:30, £10.00 (£8.00 concession), organised by Stan Reeves, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mummers Ball and Ceilidh. Once again the legend that is The Robert Fish Band hosts an evening of ceilidh dancing interspersed with performances from some of the oldest celtic traditions..The Armagh Rhymers have been maintaining these traditions from their base in Ireland for more than 30 years, using strange, magnificent costumes made from the nature that surrounds them. ----The Preston Pans Mummers have revived the Galoshins mummers play once performed in burghs and streets all over Scotland and into the 20th century in “The Pans”. Folk dancers The Mons Meg Rappers stomp and spin, weaving wild patterns on the floors. If you need a break from all that vigour, listen to the session of music and song in the back room. Age 18+ Tickets: http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/1078/mummers-ball
Thu 8th, Kilter Ceilidh and the Dopplegang Horns, Roxy Assembly, 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh EH8 9SU, 8pm-11pm, £10.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Lindsay Corr, email: Lindsay@ScottishStorytellingcentre.com. TradFest - Edinburgh's new Festival of traditional arts - see this link for full details, taking place at Roxy Assembly here in Edinburgh: http://www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest/events/1074/kilter-ceilidh-the-doppelgang-horns
Sat 10th, Willie Fraser ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: email@example.com, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3, Piper, www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, no stiletto or high heel shoes please