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!

June 2016

Fri 3rd, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, The Edinburgh Masonic Club, EH7 4PB, 8.00pm-11.00pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Cadjers Music Factory, email:, tel: 07815 741699. Monthly Ceilidh Event. Suitable for all ages and abilities. All dances explained (band has Caller). Come along and join in the fun. Great Dance Floor, Modern Club with Licenced Bar, Large Private Car Park. The Edinburgh Masonic Club is located top of Leith Walk (Shrub Place Lane - opposite Magnet Kitchens) L.R Bus Service Nos. 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 22, 25,& 49 (Shrub Place Stop).See our Facebook 'Canongate Cadjers'. Doors open 7.15pm (Dancing 8.00pm-11.00pm) No need to book ~ pay at the door on night.

Fri 17th, Flaming Heather ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 8pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email:, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hrs). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3.

Sun 19th, Da Hooley ceilidh band, St Mark's, 287 High Street, Portobello, EH15 2AR, 2.30pm-5pm, £7.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Da Hooley ceilidh band. Porty Family Ceilidhs Doors open 2pm. Bring your kids, your granny or your neighbours, or come on your own. We'll guarantee a fun afternoon of lively ceilidh dancing, expertly called by Drew, our accordionist. See you on the dance floor! Tickets are available online at up until 10am on Saturday 18th June. Tickets on the door (subject to availability) will be £8/£6 conc.

Tue 21st, Bass Rock Ceilidh Band + guests, Armadale Parish Church Hall, 7.00pm-9.30pm, £5.00 (£3.00 concession), organised by Mary Gristwood, email:, tel: 07956250799. The Solstice Shindig Family Ceilidh! All funds raised for STV Childrens Appeal. Donation at door (prices given are recommended donations). Light refreshments available and raffles will be held to raise money for this excellent cause. Ideal for all the family. The Parish Church Hall is located on Academy Street, just behind the Buckshead Tavern on West Main Street, Armadale. Parking available behind Scotmid.

Fri 24th, Flaming Heather ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 8pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email:, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hrs). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3.

Sat 25th, The Occasionals, Nelson Hall (scout hall) The Marina, South Queensferry, 7.30pm-11pm, £9.00, organised by Sheila McCutcheon, email:, tel: 0131 331 1528. Summer Ceilidh at an amazing venue. The hall has doors opening out into a lovely garden area where you'll be able to take a rest from the dancing (should you desire) and take in fantastic views of the New Queensferry crossing. Bring your cameras. Dancing will begin at 7.30 and we'll have a break for our usual tea and home baking, then dancing again till 11pm. There will be juice and water available but please feel free to BYOB. Tickets are £9. Children very welcome, under 12 are free. 12 - 16 year old cost is £5. Dancing will be to the " world famous " Occasionals with some dances called. Please get in touch if you would like to reserve tickets on 0131 331 1528 or email at the above address. Look forward to seeing some of you there for a grand night of dancing !

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