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 14th, Ceilidh Caleerie, St Bride's Centre, 7.30-midnight, £10.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by Samaritans of Edinburgh and the Lothians, email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com, tel: 0131 556 1440 / 07758 330017. Another great Fundraising Ceilidh on behalf of Samaritans of Edinburgh & the Lothians. Tickets will be £10 on the door and £8 up to one week in advance. The ticket price will include a raffle ticket and St. Bride's will be selling soup and stovies between 9.30 - 10.30 p.m. Come along and dance the night away to Ceilidh Caleerie and support a great cause - Edinburgh Samaritans provide a 24/7 listening service - see our website for more details (www.edinburghsamaritans.org). Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call Sue on 0131 556 1440 or Julia on 07758 330017 for more details. Tickets also available from St. Bride's Centre.
Sat 15th, HLI ceilidh band, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3 Piper www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk no stiletto or high heel shoes please
Sat 15th, Pentlands Ceilidh Band with performaces by Stockbridge Pipe Band, Teviot Row, Bristo Square, Edinburgh, 7:30pm-1am, £8.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Euan Whitmore, email: StockbridgePipeBand@Hotmail.com. Stockbridge Pipe Band annual Fundraising Ceilidh featuring the Pentlands Ceilidh Band. Doors Open 7pm - photo ID may be required for entry to Teviot. Under 16s £5; children welcome. Contact Stockbridgepipeband@hotmail.com to reserve tickets for collection on the night at the door. Licensed Bar, last orders 00:45am
Fri 28th, Norloch Ceilidh Band, Old St Pauls, 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 Waverly 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) Family group (4 people) £15.
Sat 29th, Portobello Ceilidh Band :: 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 4th, 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).
Sat 5th, Freeland Barbour, Kevin MacLeod & dance caller Sheila McCutcheon, Priory Church, South Queensferry, 7.30pm-11pm, £8.50, organised by Sheila McCutcheon, email: email@example.com, tel: 0131 331 1528. Come and join us at the beautiful Priory Church in South Queensferry for a real mixture of dances. Dances will be called where necessary. Tea and home baking served at half time but please feel free to BYOB. Advise booking in advance as tickets go quickly.
Sat 5th, Carrie On Dancing Ceilidh Band, St Brides Centre, 10 Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh £H11 2DZ, 7:30pm-11:30pm, entrance free, organised by Carrie Bulley, email: LittleDonkeyCarrieMary@Hotmail.com, tel: 0791 987 1724. Promotional fun-raising ceilidh for Scottish Adoption Charity. Tickets FREE Please give a donation to help fundraising... www.CarrieOnDancing.co.uk All funds raised will go to Scottish Adoption Charity.