Assembly Rooms

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Ceilidh band Hebrideans / HLI / John Stuart / Wild Geese and 
caller Ken Gourlay (International Dance Council member) 


Bar : soft drinks 1, alcohol 2

Piper, some international folkdances

Fridays 8pm

Assembly Rooms, 54 George St., Edinburgh EH2 2LR
March 20, 27
April 17
May 1 (kids welcome 6)

Ladies: please don't wear stiletto heels (fishnet stockings and suspender belts are OK).

1st 10 tickets 6, 8 in advance, 10 on day, from:
0131 339 5374 (24 hours) with a debit / credit card
If you buy 9 or more tickets on this number, we'll give you a free ticket
You can only do this by ringing 0131 339 5374

Tourist Office, 3 Princes Street

Or you can pay online from here using Paypal





The following images were taken by Gilberto Martinez of Studio4Images :

HLI in the Assembly Rooms

HLI in the Assembly Rooms

Assembly Rooms

Assembly Rooms

Assembly Rooms

Video clips (WMV files, 2-14 Mb)

Dashing White Sergeant

Eightsome Reel

Flying Scotsman

Gay Gordons


Shetland Strip the Willow

Strip the Willow

Virginia Reel

Auld Lang Syne (17/4/9)

Testimonials (originals available)
What a wonderful night! A tremendous & great night - MAGIC!!!
- The Lads & Lasses from the Shearwater Platform in the North Sea

A great lively evening. We're only up for the weekend from Derby. It was good to find a ceilidh. - Maureen & Dennis, Run of the Mill Folk Dance Club

Very cosmopolitan - Japanese, Canadian & Scottish came together to have a great evening. Fabulous!! - Joyce Matear, Carricknowe Primary School

It's very nice to be at a ceilidh with so little downtime between dances. Keep up the good pace of dancing. - Michael

Thank you for a fantastic night! I didn't know what to expect from a ceilidh, but now having been here, I think it is an absolutely fantastic night & I would definitely come again! All of us girls really appreciated being made so welcome. Thanks again - The Hen Party from Reading

I took 15 students from the Duncan Place CBESL class to the ceilidh on Friday night and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The students and myself all said that we would like to go again sometime. It gave a real feeling of the ceilidh tradition. So thanks to you and all the band, plus the Ghanaian group - Katherine, Stevenson College

We took part in a ceilidh dance in the Assembly Rooms with a fabulous and very accommodating dance instructor, Mr. Ken Gourlay. What a wonderful evening. Thank you for the good times and the special attention - Alles gute & viel liebe - Jay, Ina & Theda Erdmann, Germany

What a lovely time you showed us - we really appreciate your kindness and hospitality in making us feel welcome and at home. What a treat it turned out to be. You inspired us to start dancing regularly when we get back to Hawaii. Aloha nui loa (with much affection) - Sandy & John Bassford, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

We are delighted to be here for the Scottish ceilidh dance. A group of 5 students from Nepal are here in the Royal Botanic Gardens. We are having great fun at the weekend - Krishna, Nepal

I would like to thank you for organising such a wonderful evening.  I attended with a group of colleagues for a 'leaving do' and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I hope to attend the next Ceilidh on the 20th - Sara Jishaq

The students loved it. It was the highlight of the year, so thank you very much! I'm planning next semester's schedule and would like to book tickets for the Ceilidh on 9th March - Mary Fischer, Scottish Culture & Society, Napier University

Ken, we can't make the next one but keep us in touch - everyone had a great time! - Jackie Macdonald

We had a really excellent (first) time at the Ceilidh dance event at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh when we visited last week - Nora Evans

Dear Ken, I have left Edinburgh and I am now in Cape Town completing my studies. I was a few times at the ceilidh and I enjoyed it a lot. It was a new and very refreshing experience to me. Kind regards, Theresia Pellio

I thoroughly enjoyed the ceilidh on fri - it was an amazing experience!!  Thank you very much. - Eleanor Hereford

I am very dizzy, but it is very interesting - Chinese teacher of English

You're really cool - young lady to very hot and sweaty caller

Best putdown : I danced with the other old man - Spanish girl