Once more she flies through Autumn skies

September 5, 2017

Autumn is on the wing and so is the wiley dancing bird of cosmic and earthly joy. For 8 months she has roamed the skyways and the ether and moved in silence over the oceans of darkness stretched between the stars. Soon she returns home to alight upon a bough most dear to her heart. To be precise she will alight at 7.30pm on Friday 15th December at Peter’s Church Hall in Edinburgh. Way Aye hinnies come ceilidh once more to heart’s content.

This ceilidh will be raising money for two projects associated with the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre:

Weace Community Edinburgh- a new initiative aiming to create community through nonviolent action and events and,

Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre Cooperative Game & Conflict Resolution workshops for primary schools.

As usual there will be delicious refreshments, this time victuals as well as libations.

Here is the FB page for the event https://www.facebook.com/events/1891693430871164/


And here is the poster from the ever inspired and inspiring Emma Brierley

Please feel free to spread the word, all are welcome, share the page as you please.





A massive thank you for Saturday night

December 6, 2016

We in the band had the most cracking night at the ceilidh at St Peter’s last Saturday. It was really exciting and heart warming to see all those vibrant people whirling, such generous and beautiful energy is hope in dark times. It was probably the best turn out we have had since the first Greater Spotted Ceilidh we put on back in 2013 (can you believe it?!) and for some of us at least it was the most fun we have had playing a ceilidh in a while.

We are delighted to announce that together we raised £1012.95 for the Calais woodyard Project, this way exceeds our expectations and should be a tangibly helpful contribution to an excellent organisation. Thus we want to say a huge thankyou to everyone who came and supported this event and this cause. We also want to specifically thank the following folk who made the night possible:

The amazing team of volunteers who staffed the door, the bar, put out decoration, went on a mission to get extra supplies when we ran low, performed a host of other invaluable feats, and generally exuded supportive and grounding vibes.

Darla and Emma for creating the delicious ‘Kaleidh Soup’ and to Womtopia flat for offering the use of their kitchen for this.

The mighty Forest Cafe for lending us their PA system and to Tibo for so generously giving his time to do the sound.

Emma Brierley for creating yet another beautiful poster/ flier design and Edinburgh Uni print services for being really friendly, helpful and offering great prices on printing.

Sorry if you should have been mentioned here but haven’t, so many folk helped out that it’s hard to keep track of.

We intend to make the public ceilidhs a more or less quarterly happening (in an imprecise kind of way) and are looking at some time in February for the next one. Keep an eye on the website for details.

Cheeeaaaarrrs Pals!

With love,




3rd December Greater Spotted Ceilidh confirmed

October 18, 2016

We are delighted and excited to announce that the wily bird is flying home this winter for another public Greater Spotted Ceilidh. It will be  happening on Saturday 3rd December at St Peter’s Church Hall on Lutton place and we’ll be raising money for the Calais Woodyard project, great people working to bring much needed firewood to the folk stranded in the Calais jungle. Here is a link to their site http://calaiswoodyard.com/

It’s been a good while since we put on a ceilidh and we’re hoping to make it a special one, as always there shall be refreshments on offer and this time there’ll be delicious home-cooked vittles as well.

Here is a link to the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/184858331961349/

Please spread the word far and wide, we cannae wait to see you for a warming winter caper


FINAL poster for web GSCB dec 2016


The Plumed one launches forth into the cybershpere

July 20, 2016

We celebrate the entry of the Greater Spotted website into the world. Designed by the ingenious Cyber-engineer Doug Brown, it  features the inspired work of artist Emma Brierley who has so generously created the posters for our Edinburgh events over the past few years. We’ll keep the site updated with any public performances we’ll be doing including the next Greater Spotted Ceilidh scheduled for the Autumn. It wouldn’t be altogether surprising to see the plumes flocking to the Meadows this August for some outdoor Summer sunshine capering as well. We’ll be sure to post news of any spontaneous happenings.