News

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!

July 2014

Wed 30th, Linlithgow Scotch Hop at the Palace, The Occasionals Ceilidh Band , 7:30pm-dark, £8.50 (£6.50 concession), email: ScotchHopCommittee@YahooGroups.com. Brilliant dancing in the open air unique setting of the Palace Courtyard with caller Sheila McCutcheon. Lively, Friendly, fun with great Scottish Bands. Alternative venue if wet weather is Low Port centre (where your adventure begins) opposite Tesco, near Linlithgow Station: Check this website after 6pm on the night if in doubt or Facebook: ScotchHop. Live music by different top Scottish Dance band each week. Buy your tickets at the door. Under 12's free. Tea and shortbread at the interval included. Facebook: LinlithgowScotchHop ; full details and programme www.ScotchHop.org.uk

August 2014

Fri 1st, Willie Fraser ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 9pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3, Piper, www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, no stiletto or high heel shoes please

Fri 1st, Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Merlin Function Suite, Morningside Road, Edinburgh, 8.00-11.00, £6.00, organised by Merlin Events, email: merlin.edinburgh@belhavenpubs.net, 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).

Sat 2nd, HLI ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 9pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3, Piper, www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, no stiletto or high heel shoes please

Mon 4th, Scott Leslie ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 9pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3, Piper, www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, no stiletto or high heel shoes please

Tue 5th, Scott Leslie ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 9pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3, Piper, www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, no stiletto or high heel shoes please

Wed 6th, Flaming Heather ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 9pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3, Piper, www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, no stiletto or high heel shoes please

Wed 6th, Linlithgow Scotch Hop dancing at the Palace, The Lomond Ceilidh Band, 7:30pm-dark, £8.50 (£6.50 concession), email: ScotchHopCommittee@Yahoogroups.com. Lively, friendly and fun, in the unique setting of the Palace open air courtyard. Alternative venue if wet weather is Low Port centre opposite Tesco, near Linlithgow Station: Check this website after 6pm on the night or Twitter or Facebook ScotchHop if weather doubtful. Buy your tickets at the door. Under 12's free. tea and shortbread at the interval included in ticket price. Further details www.ScotchHop.org.uk or Facebook: LinlithgowScotchHop All welcome, all dances called. Full programme details www.ScotchHop.org.uk

Thu 7th, Wilie Fraser ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 9pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3, Piper, www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, no stiletto or high heel shoes please

Fri 8th, Wilie Fraser ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 9pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3, Piper, www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, no stiletto or high heel shoes please

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