We plan to nominate at least one ceilidh a month as the specific Ceilidh MeetUp and there will be a table reserved for our group with the Meetup Logo sign. Do come along and have some great nights out joining in the dancing, it really is great fun, especially with a group.
FAQ We've tried to answer most of the Frequently Asked Questions on the ABOUT page about the Ceilidh Meetup.
There will be a group of us at each of the monthly Scots Music Group ceilidhs at St Brides. We get a table reserved for us until 9pm, we may have to remove the reserved sign from the table after that time, so if you're new, come along early. Please note the numbers shown for Meetup members attending the ceilidhs is usually LESS than accurate as several turn up regularly without having this noted on the Meetup site. The average at the regular monthly ceilidh is 35 dancers, with often over 60 in our group so we book several tables at the back of the dance hall. If you don't see the table sign, you can ask at the door.
PLEASE NOTE you need to book and pay for your own tickets direct with the individual ceilidh organisers for each event. We much appreciate payments made to this Ceilidh Meetup which help toward the Meetup web fee to keep this site going; contributions are most welcome.
If your New Year's Resolution was to get fit and get out more or do more socially, you can combine these with ceilidh dancing. Meantime, to quote the Scots Music Group website “If you’d like to brush up on your ceilidh dancing skills before coming along to one of our ceilidhs, why not drop in to the friendly ceilidh dance classes.” It is relaxing, fun and a great way to keep fit. There are classes at DanceBase, the National Centre for Dance, Edinburgh. The drop in classes from September 2013 are on Thursday nights at DanceBase in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh. Beginners (7:30 - 8:30pm) or Intermediate level (20:00 -21.30hrs) joining the end of the beginners class for a warm up. The classes are great fun and a very relaxing way to get fit. To quote the DanceBase website, beginners classes are “A chance to learn those traditional dances and join in at the ceilidh. Aimed at socialising through dancing. Only those prepared to have fun should be there!” They have live music and you will have fun. Further details: The night classes are a great way to learn the dances and get to know some of the regulars. http://www.dancebase.co.uk/
Thanks to everyone who has come along and enjoyed the events run over the few years and thank in particular to all the regulars who support this group and are such a brilliant fun, welcoming, friendly group. We hope you will also continue to support lots great fundraising ceilidhs which are promoted (by us or the individual organisers) on the Edinburgh Ceilidh Diary: http://www.mikescommunity.com
Ceilidh Event Organisers are kindly asked to ensure their events are scheduled on different dates so we have at least one ceilidh each weekend. In the past, we have had no ceilidhs for several weekends and then a choice of 4 on the same night: PLEASE check with www.MikesCommunity.com/diary _ On behalf of the regular dancers who support all your charities by attending the ceilidhs, please check in advance and avoid the middle Friday which is Teannaich at HMV Picture House (around 15th of the month) and the final Saturday of the month which is the SMG St Brides ceilidh, and please check the dates including the first Friday in the month is usually Ken's ceilidh at Lauriston Hall.
. . The Ceilidh Meetup group is a diverse group of folk all keen to dance. You are welcome to come on your own and make new friends. It's much more fun to be at a ceilidh with a large group of friendly folk. Couples are welcome and some of us have met partners at the ceilidhs. Please note this is not a dating site; many of us come along to dance without bringing our partners. All nationalities are welcome: you don't need to speak English (or Scottish, or even understand Glaswegian) to join in the dancing.
What to wear? We've been asked this question frequently so look at the photos pages here, the photo album on footwear or this link for more information http://www.diyscotland.co.uk/ceilidh-dress-code Generally comfortable shoes: you wouldn't want someone wearing stillettos to tred on your toes, so please don't wear sharp heels on the dance floor.
Just a general reminder that when you RSVP for any Meetup events, please keep it positive - you don't need to give a NO rsvp unless you initially gave YES but then change your plans.
_____ Some ceilidhs you can buy tickets on the door if you are lucky and arrive early (within 30 minutes of the start/doors open time), but it's a good idea to buy your ticket in advance as many ceilidhs sell out and the SMG are cheaper on-line. PAYMENTS paid to this website go towards the Meetup web hosting monthly charge and administration costs: contributions are most welcome and gratefully received - there is a collection tin on the tables at some ceilidhs and we suggest £1 per ceilidh or £5 per year. Newcomers are advised to arrive early for the start of the ceilidh so we can meet at the table and say hello to one another - and because the logo may have to be taken off the table after 9pm.
.. If you've not visited the site in 6 months and also changed email address, Meetup's automated system takes you off their lists advising the organisers: if all of their emails have been returned as "undeliverable" for at least 6 consecutive months.
To quote from Eat Haggis & Ceilidh On, published by Bookspeed: "Ceilidh - always means having a good time."
...Other quotes: "Very uplifting, not just the kilts". "The enthusiasm is infectious! Ceilidhs lift your spirits..."