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 31st, Bass Rock Ceilidh Band, Wellshot Hall, Tollcross International Swimming Centre, 350 Wellshot Road, Glasgow, G32 7QR, 8.00p.m.-11.00p.m., £12.50, organised by Bill Baird, email: email@example.com. Would you like to come to our raucous 'rock' ceilidh at Tollcross, Glasgow, where you can twirl your partner, swirl your skirts and have your waistcoats wrestled? Don't worry, we also do 'calm' dances to give you a rest in between. However, you are guaranteed an evening of laughter and high energy. Ceilidh novices need not be afraid! You'll be in safe hands - our experienced dance caller will guide you step by step through the most popular dances and a few more unusual ones too. Music by the Bass Rock Ceilidh Band who intersperse high-energy ceilidh tunes with well-known rock riffs. Buffet is included in ticket price (best dancers queue first!) There will be a bar in the dancing hall. Tickets available from https://www.ceilidhscotland.org/buy-tickets-glasgow
Sat 1st, band tbc, The Wash House, Portobello, 7pm-midnight, £10.00 (£6.50 concession), organised by ceilidh collective, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07590116750. A Fool's Ceilidh with licensed bar and raffle. More details with www.ceilidhcollective.org
Sat 1st, Thunderdog Ceilidh Band, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-11.30pm, £9.00 (£7.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group, email: email@example.com, tel: 01315557668. Monthly SMG fundraising ceilidh. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets £9/£7 in advance, £10 on the door. Book on-line at www.scotsmusic.org/ceilidhs. Limited phone reservations via number above. 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!
Fri 7th, Canongate Cadjers, The Royal British Legion, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh EH7 4DL, 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Alex Ross, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07815 741 699. Start the weekend in Reel Style with the Canongate Cadjers monthly ceilidh. All welcome, all dances called. Join the Ceilidh Meetup regulars for an energetic and friendly evening. No need to book just pay at the door. www.canongateCadjers.com Venue near CanonMills /Broughton Street /Tesco
Sat 8th, Bass Rock Ceilidh Band, Linlithgow Burgh Halls, Cross House, Linlithgow EH49 7AH., 7.30p.m.-10.30p.m., £12.50, organised by Bill Baird, email: email@example.com. Linlithgow ceilidh Launch! Would you like to come to our raucous 'rock' ceilidh at Linlithgow Burgh Halls, where you can twirl your partner, swirl your skirts and have your waistcoats wrestled? Don't worry, we also do 'calm' dances to give you a rest in between. However, you are guaranteed an evening of laughter and high energy. Ceilidh novices need not be afraid! You'll be in safe hands - our experienced dance caller will guide you step by step through the most popular dances and a few more unusual ones too. Music by the Bass Rock Ceilidh Band who intersperse high-energy ceilidh tunes with well-known rock riffs. There will be a bar in the dancing hall. The ceilidh will be launched by a local dignitary, food is included in the ticket price. Tickets available from; https://www.ceilidhscotland.org/buy-tickets
Mon 10th, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, British Legion Hall, Rodney Street, Edinburgh, 7.30pm-10.30pm, £3.00, organised by cadjers music factory, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07815 741699. *Special Event* We have a group of 70+ music students travelling over from Cyprus to play various concerts in Scotland. While here they wish to take part in a Traditional Ceilidh. They are all complete beginners so we are looking for any new and our regular dancers to come along and make this a special night for them. Entry is only £3.00 payable at door.