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 2015

Fri 31st, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 8pm-late, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at our regular Ceilidh at The Counting House. All dances will be called so beginners welcome :) Tickets can be purchased on our website or at the door. For group bookings of 10 or more please email us to get a quote/discount. Visit www.annasach.co.uk, Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for further information and updates!

August 2015

Wed 5th, Matthew MacLennan SDB, Linlithgow Palace Courtyard, 7:30pm-dark, £8.50 (£6.50 concession), organised by Scotch Hop Committee, email: scotchhopcommittee@gmail.com. LINLITHGOW SCOTCH HOP Scottish Dancing for all, 26th year. Lively friendly and fun with great Scottish Dance Bands in a unique setting. Held on 5 consecutive Wednesday evenings in July and August. Alternative venue in wet weather is Low Port Centre (opposite Tesco). All welcome, all dances called. Tea and shortbread available at the interval included in the ticket; free juice and water also available. Full details www.ScotchHop.org.uk

Fri 7th, The Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band, Portobello Town Hall, High Street, Portobello EH15 1AF, 8.00pm-10.30pm, £6.00, organised by Cadjers Music Factory, email: cadjersband@gmail.com, tel: 07815 741699. Great Venue for Dancing, Music by Edinburgh's own Cadjers Band with Caller. All the usual popular Ceilidh Dance's (and also specific requests - so if you want to dance it, we will play it!) Suitable for Everybody from Beginner to Experienced Dancers. Why not bring the whole family along for a fun night out! For non-dancers, who just want to listen to the music you can have a grandstand seat in the auditorium. No need to book, Just 'Pay at the Door' on the night.

Fri 7th, 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). Piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3 edinburghceilidhs.org

Sat 8th, HLI 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). Piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3 edinburghceilidhs.org

Sat 8th, Clarsach, Bowhill, Selkirk, 10am-4pm, £85.00, organised by Elspeth Borders, email: elspeth_borders@hotmail.com, tel: 07708306453. Come and try Clarsach weekend. Bowhill House Selkirk 8-9th August. The cost of the 2 day workshop is £85 - 11hrs of teaching time in total over the weekend but with breaks. I would ask for a deposit of £40 by cheque & the balance of £45 to be paid on the day. Or phone is 01573 228289. Total beginners welcome. Advance booking necessary, small class.

Mon 10th, 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). Piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3 http://www.edinburghceilidhs.org

Wed 12th, John Carmichael SDB, Linlithgow Palace Courtyard, 7:30pm-dark, £8.50 (£6.50 concession), organised by Scotch Hop Committee, email: scotchhopcommittee@gmail.com. LINLITHGOW SCOTCH HOP Scottish Dancing for all, 26th year. Lively friendly and fun with great Scottish Dance Bands in a unique setting. Final of 5 Wednesday evenings. Alternative venue in wet weather is Low Port Centre (opposite Tesco). All welcome, all dances called. Tea and shortbread available at the interval included in the ticket; juice and water also free. Further details www.ScotchHop.org.uk

Wed 12th, 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). Piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3 edinburghceilidhs.org

Thu 13th, Willie 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). Piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3 edinburghceilidhs.org

More in the diary...