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September 2014

Fri 5th, 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).

Fri 5th, Nor'loch Ceilidh Band, Old St Paul's Church, 63 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 7.30pm-11.30pm, £6.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Mike Slessor, email: mslessor@blueyonder.co.uk, tel: 07722667355. Nor'loch are a well established ceilidh band with over 20 years experience, including weddings, anniversaries & public functions - performing as far afield as Wick in Northern Scotland and Stroud in Gloucester! We specialise in teaching beginners and foreign visitors, but still cover a wide range of dances to suit all levels of experience. The event is BYOB but there is also water and soft drinks on sale. For parties of more than 6 please contact above mobile/email for tickets. View our website at www.norloch.net.

Sat 6th, Lairds O' The Dance Ceilidh Band, Thomas Morton Hall, 7.30-midnight, £10.00, organised by Roberta McKay, email: roberta@hopscotch-charity.org, tel: 336 5554/07771762071. This is a fundraising ceilidh on behalf of HopScotch Children's Charity, providing free respite breaks for vulnerable children aged 7-11 years living in Scotland. Ticket price includes free La Favorita pizza! Tickets can bought in advance or at the door on the night.

Sat 13th, tbc, South Queensferry, 10.06pm-late, £13.50. Outdoor ceilidh for Forth Road Bridge 50th Anniversary party. ( 10.06 pm fireworks display - bridge closed 30 minutes )website www.forthroadbridge.org and the Forth Bridges Festival website www.forthbridgesfestival.com. Tickets on sale from 15th August 2014. Full event tickets £23 including fireworks; Ceilidh party only £13.50.No local parking will be available at the event or in the surrounding area, so free shuttle buses are being provided for all ticket-holders from a choice of locations both north and south of the Forth. Only 2,014 tickets, priced £23 plus booking fee, are available to take part in both the Torchlight Procession and the Bridge Party. Additional tickets are also available for the Bridge Party only, priced £13.50 plus booking fee. The event will conclude with a giant outdoor ceilidh – the “Forth Fling” – before party-goers are transported back to Fife and Lothian by free shuttle bus.

Sat 13th, Robert Whitehead Bank, Thomas Morton Hall, Leith, Edinburgh, 7.30pm-midnight, £12.00, organised by Leith Marie Curie Fundraising Group, email: leithfundraising.mariecurie@gmail.com, tel: 07747722483. This is an over 18's event in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. There's going to be a few extra things going on so please do come along and help us make this a good fun, lively event. For full information and to purchase your tickets, please visit our Just Giving site at https://www.justgiving.com/Leith-Marie-Curie-Fundraising-Group-Ceilidh/

Fri 19th, The Robert Fish Band & Da Hooley Ceilidh Band, St Bride's Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 7.30pm-midnight, entrance free, organised by Sarah Northcott. Dance for Democracy! Come and let your hair down on the evening after the referendum vote. Tickets are FREE, but we will ask for a donation at the door to cover costs, any profits to local charities. Tickets on the door, or book tickets via www.therobertfishband.co.uk or www.ceilidhdanceband.com Please let us know (via website contact) if you book tickets and are unable to come so someone else can have a dance!

Fri 19th, Yes/No Ceilidh with music from Rachel Newton & Friends, Southside Community Centre, 7.30pm-11.30pm, £10.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by Soundhouse Organisation, email: jane-ann@soundhouse.org.uk. Rachel Newton, harpist, fiddle-player, and singer who’ll be leading the Soundhouse Allstar Ceilidh Band, is one of Edinburgh’s most accomplished and in-demand musicians. She plays with The Emily Portman Trio, The Furrow Collective and The Shee, and recently released her solo album The Changeling to rave reviews. Tickets are £10. The music starts at 8pm and there will be a bar supplying celebratory or commiserative drinks. Funds raised will support The Soundhouse Organisation.

Sat 20th, Auld Alliance + Tristan Driessens & Isa de Spoelberch + Waar is Boris?, St Peter's Hall, Lutton Place, 7pm-late, £12.00 (£10.00 concession), organised by EdinBal, email: jc.denis@neuf.fr. Mixed Scottish/Continental Europe ceilidh. EdinBal (Edinburgh Bal folk/European dances society) is delighted to invite you for another great night of dancing European-style! The bal will start at 7pm and the dance workshop is from 3 to 5pm. We will start the night with Tristan Driessens & Isa de Spoelberch. Dancing on the sounds of the oud and the harp, with their own compositions they will make us travel from Western Europe to the Middle East. Then, Auld Alliance, an Edinburgh-based band created by the musicians of the fantastic Scottish ceilidh band "Ceilidh Me Softly" will play Scottish ceilidh dances with an exciting, unusual European flavour. We will finish in style with Waar is Boris?. Mixing Eastern European sounds with traditional bal folk music, this unique mix will garantee that you have the energy to dance until the end of the day! Bal folk is like a French/Western European version of a ceilidh, and is open to everybody. Informal and fun atmosphere guaranteed! You can simply come to listen to the great music, or move your body on the dance floor – there are basic steps for each of the dances, but these can be learnt very quickly during the bal, so a will to have some fun dancing on French folk music is everything which is required! A dance workshop will be held from 3 to 5pm in St Peter's hall so that beginner dancers can learn the basic of the dances.

Fri 26th, Bon:Stovi Ceilidh Band, St Peter's, Lutton Place, Edinburgh, 8pm-11pm, entrance free, organised by Katherine Stewart. Put together prodigious young musical talent, exciting and dynamic performances and you have Bon Stovi. The band is a revelation that promises to turn any occasion into an extraordinary event. Bon Stovi's arrival on the Ceilidh scene has brought something new, fresh and exciting to the genre – globally experienced players, compelling and imaginative musical arrangements (with fiddle, guitar and percussion) and a stage presence that exudes high energy. Bon Stovi are putting on a one-off FREE, BYOB promotional ceilidh. This will be a night to remember- so grab your friends, get some drinks and join us for a foot-stomping night!

Sat 27th, Norloch Band, Old St Paul's Church, 63 Jeffrey Street Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 7pm-12.00, £10.00, organised by Mary Njoki, email: Njokiki@yahoo.co.uk. Fundraising Ceilidh to stop the elephant massacre in Kenya and Greenbelt Environmental Movement. 7 - 8pm Prof Wangari rememberance, African dance, music and story telling. 8 - 12 Ceilidh, raffle, games. Cost £8 in advance, £10 on the door Children under 10 free. 11 -15 years £4. Tickets from ZURI Beauty, 41 Dalry Road or at the door of the Church Hall.

Sat 27th, tbc, St Brides Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-12:00, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group. Regular monthly fundraising ceilidh with live music. PLEASE can organisers avoid clashing with these regular events as the regular ceilidh dancers support this charity.

Sat 27th, Heeliegoleerie, St Brides Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-12:00, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group. Monthly fund raiser in aid of the Scots Music Group. EVENT Organisers for ceilidhs are requested to please avoid clashing with these dates as the regular ceilidh dancers support the Scots Music Group. More information to follow. Advance booking of tickets recommended - price £8 in advance, £10 on the door. Doors open 7:30pm Book: www.ScotsMusic.org / event

October 2014

Fri 3rd, 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 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).

Fri 3rd, Nor'loch Ceilidh Band, Old St Paul's Church, 63 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 7.30pm-11pm, £6.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Mike Slessor, email: mslessor@blueyonder.co.uk, tel: 07722 667355. Nor'loch are a well established ceilidh band with over 20 years experience, including weddings, anniversaries & public functions - performing as far afield as Wick in Northern Scotland and Stroud in Gloucester! We specialise in teaching beginners and foreign visitors, but still cover a wide range of dances to suit all levels of experience. The event is BYOB but there is also water and soft drinks on sale. For parties of more than 6 please contact above mobile/email for tickets. View our website at www.norloch.net.

Sat 11th, Flaming Heather ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Piper, soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. edinburghceilidhs.co.uk

Sat 18th, Flaming Heather ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Piper, soft drinks £1, alcohol £3, edinburghceilidhs.co.uk

Fri 24th, Annasach Ceilidh Band, The Counting House, 36 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, 8pm-late, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Annasach Ceilidh Band, email: info@annasach.co.uk, tel: 07768563138. Regular ceilidh with Annasach Ceilidh Band at The Counting House. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from www.annasach.co.uk

Sat 25th, Portobello Band, St Brides Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-12:00, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group. Monthly fund raiser in aid of the Scots Music Group. EVENT Organisers for ceilidhs are requested to please avoid clashing with these dates as the regular ceilidh dancers support the Scots Music Group. More information to follow. Doors open 7:30pm; advance booking recommended: tickets £8 in advance from: www.ScotsMusic.org

Fri 31st, Nor'loch Ceilidh Band, Old St Paul's Church, 63 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 7.30pm-11pm, £6.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Mike Slessor, email: mslessor@blueyonder.co.uk, tel: 07722 667355. Nor'loch are a well established ceilidh band with over 20 years experience, including weddings, anniversaries & public functions - performing as far afield as Wick in Northern Scotland and Stroud in Gloucester! We specialise in teaching beginners and foreign visitors, but still cover a wide range of dances to suit all levels of experience. The event is BYOB but there is also water and soft drinks on sale. For parties of more than 6 please contact above mobile/email for tickets. View our website at: www.norloch.net.

November 2014

Sat 1st, tbc, Edinburgh Steiner School, 7pm-late, organised by ceilidh collective, email: Robin@boe.org.uk, tel: 07590116750. More info to follow. Hold this date, dear dancers...

Sat 1st, Garster's Dream, St Peter's Church, Lutton Place, EH8, 7pm-11pm, £10.00 (£5.00 concession), organised by Joan Carter, email: the-carters@freeuk.com, tel: 0131 667 0592. This is a South Side and Newington Green Party fundraiser. Beer, wine, snacks and sandwiches available. Excellent raffle prizes! (concession price is for children only)

Fri 7th, 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 8th, HLI ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk

Sat 15th, Wayne Robertson SCD, Linlithgow Academy, 7:30-late, organised by Rotary Club of Linlithgow Grance, email: D.Timperley@BlueYonder.co.uk, tel: 01506 845623. . Great live music from Wayne Robertson Scottish Dance Band, all dances called by John Carswell. All welcome. Fundraising ceilidh organised by the Linlithgow Grange Rotary Club in aid of Global Polio Eradication Campaign. Bar, raffle, tea and shortbread. Tickets £8 (£6.00 students - under 12 years free); at the door or the Line Gallery, 236 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7ES or David Timperley 01506 845623.

Sat 15th, Scott Leslie ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Piper. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk

Fri 21st, Lomond Ceilidh Band, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 7.30pm-11pm, £9.00 (£7.00 concession), organised by Scots Fiddle Festival, email: info@scotsfiddlefestival.com. Part of the three day long Scots Fiddle Festival. Tickets purchased through The Queen's Hall Box Office or at www.scotsfiddlefestival.com.

Sat 22nd, Sandy Brechin, Charlie McKerron & Brian Ò hEadhra, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 7.30pm-11pm, £9.00 (£7.00 concession), organised by Scots Fiddle Festival, email: info@scotsfiddlefestival.com. Part of the three day long Scots Fiddle Festival. Tickets purchased through The Queen's Hall Box Office or at www.scotsfiddlefestival.com.

Fri 28th, The Occasionals, St Brides, 7:30-late, £10.00, organised by Angus McLean. Crohn's & Colitis UK ceilidh. Ticket price and details to be confirmed nearer the time. Please note this date as the Ceilidh Meetup and regular dancers will be there to support this annual event and if you want us to support your charity ceilidh then please avoid dates that clash.

Fri 28th, HLI ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). St Andrews ceilidh. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper. www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk

Sat 29th, HLI ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). St Andrews ceilidh. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper. www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk

Sat 29th, Canongate Cadjers, St Brides Centre Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-12:00, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group. Monthly fund raiser in aid of the Scots Music Group, run by volunteers. EVENT Organisers for ceilidhs are requested to please avoid clashing with these dates as the regular ceilidh dancers support the Scots Music Group. More information to follow. Doors open 7:30pm, advance ticket booking recommended, tickets £8, on the door £10: book at venue or: www.ScotsMusic.org

Sat 29th, Caleerie Dance Band, The Edinburgh City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh., 7.00pm-Midnight, £20.00, organised by Stephanie Donaghey, email: Scotland@whenyouwish.org.uk, tel: 07889 539512. In the elegant settings of the Edinburgh City Chambers When You Wish Upon a Star invite you to a Traditiol Scottish Supper of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties and to celebrate St. Andrews weekend. Music from the Caleerie Dance Band, a professional caller and a welcome drink all to raise money for Magical Wishes for children with life threatening illnesses in Scotland. A rare opportunity to visit the historic chambers, this event would suit a company or groups of friends looking for a great evening of traditional Scottish entertainment, group discounts are available and supper is included in the ticket price. For Tickets call Stephanie at The Scotland Office on 01357 529950 / 07889539512 or e mail scotland@whenyouwish.org.uk All proceeds from this event will stay in Scotland for Wishes for Scottish Children.

December 2014

Sat 6th, Sott Leslie ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Piper, soft drinks £1, alcohol £3, edinburghceilidhs.co.uk

Sat 6th, Carrie on Dancing, Edinburgh Steiner School, 7pm-late, organised by ceilidh collective, email: Robin@boe.org.uk, tel: 07590116750. Garvald Masked Ceilidh. More info to follow. Hold this date, exotic dancers...

Sat 13th, Robert Fish Ceilidh Band, St Brides Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 8pm-12:00, £8.00 (£6.00 concession), organised by Scots Music Group. Monthly fund raiser in aid of the Scots Music Group, run by volunteers. EVENT Organisers for ceilidhs are requested to please avoid clashing with these dates as the regular ceilidh dancers support the Scots Music Group. More information to follow. Doors open 7:30pm advance booking recommended, tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door, book at venue or : www.ScotsMusic.org

Fri 19th, The Lomond Ceilidh Band, Mitchell Hall Resource Centre Kinglassie Fife, 7.30 pm-11.30 pm, £8.00, organised by Elizabeth Mitchell, email: gmitchell232@btinternet.com, tel: 01592 882913. There will be soup, clootie dumpling and trifle served in the interval. Please bring own refreshments.

Sat 20th, CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT - Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band with Zeus Disco & D.J, Merlin Function Suite, Morningside Road, Edinburgh, 8.00-1.00, £10.00, organised by Merlin Events, email: merlin.edinburgh@belhavenpubs.net, tel:  0131 447 4329. Organising a Works Christmas Night Out??? - how about a full-on Traditional Ceilidh till 11.00pm followed by 70's/80' Disco night music till late? The 'Cadjers' band will start the night and as all instructions are given everybody can join in the fun. Then D.J Robert will keep the party going with everything from T.Rex to Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran to ABBA. Complimentary Mulled Wine and Mince Pies provided. This event is always a sell out - so please book your tickets early.

Wed 31st, Willie Fraser ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 10pm-12.30am, £25.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Hogmanay ceilidh. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper. www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk

Wed 31st, Wilie Fraser ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 7pm-9.30pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Hogmanay ceilidh, Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper. www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk

January 2015

Fri 23rd, HLI ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £8.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Burns ceilidh, Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper. www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk

Sat 24th, Flaming Heather ceilidh band & caller Ken Gourlay, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ (between Grassmarket & Tollcross), 8pm-11pm, £10.00, organised by Ken Gourlay, email: ken@edinburghceilidhs.co.uk, tel: 0131 339 5374 (24 hours). Burns ceilidh, Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Piper. www.edinburghceilidhs.co.uk

February 2015

Sat 14th, tbc, Edinburgh Steiner School, 7pm-late, organised by ceilidh collective, email: Robin@boe.org.uk, tel: 07590116750. Valentine Ceilidh for Friends of the Earth Scotland. More info to follow. Hold this date, dear dancers...

March 2015

Sat 21st, tbc, Edinburgh Steiner School, 7pm-late, organised by ceilidh collective, email: Robin@boe.org.uk, tel: 07590116750. Equinox Ceilidh. More info to follow. Hold this date, fellow dancers...