Highly Strung Event Timetable 2017
Highly Strung Event Timetable 2018
Folk Feet Tuesday
 and Thursday Dance Mornings

It's Your Ceili Friday Dance Party

Irish Set Dance


Book a Barn Dance  Ceili  Band


Group Lessons
One to one lessons
Irish Tunes

Highly Strung Play Lists

Hibernia Sets of Tunes


Monday Morning Beginners Group

Monday evening group

Tuesday evening Irish Group 

Wednesday evening group

How to get to Yew Tree Cottage

Photo Gallery



Home Page

Contact Jill:   jillyelliot@gmail.com  01275 847909 or 07515 904 707

Welcome to a world of Traditional English, Irish and Scottish Music and Dance




Jill Elliot Barn Dance Caller

Book A Barn Dance Band

Folk Feet Dance Class


Irish Set Dance Class 


Its' Your Ceili

Third Party References

Highly Strung Band

Highly Strung Band Website

Individual Lessons

Group Lessons

Third Party References

Irish Set Dance and Barn Dance and Ceili Band 

Traditional dance music and folk music for all occasions, ages and venues.

Care Home Sing-Along 1900s

Presentations with live music and dancing


Getting started in playing an instrument:

Introductory Plan 

a one hour private lesson plus 4 group lessons plus a loan instrument for 4 weeks - 80

"Learning with Jill is great, as you're with like-minded people who just enjoy the music (including people who'd hitherto considered themselves 'unmusical'!).  Playing with beginners like myself at the weekly groups meant I was able to build confidence; playing with others without getting too precious about it.  We all make mistakes and we've all been beginners at some time.  Even the more advanced students are full of enthusiasm and know they're never too good to learn something new.
If you've been put off music before, this would be a great way to get into it, it's loads of fun."

Learn English, Irish and Scottish traditional dance music - and rather than sitting at home wondering why you are learning an instrument or tune, come and use your new-found skills and play with the Highly Strung Community Band at barn dances fetes, fundraising events and festivals!

Any melody Instrument considered - violin, viola, cello, flute, recorder, whistle, tenor banjo, mandolin, octave mandolin, concertina, melodeon, accordion, clarinet in C, harp- if in doubt ring or e mail

For dancers there are regular ceilis, barn dances, and Irish set dance to attend 

Contact Jill:   jillyelliot@gmail.com  01275 847909 or 07515 904 707

Where are the traditional dance music/ folk music lessons and group lessons held?

Monday morning, Tuesday evening and Wednesday evening

Yew Tree Cottage,  Clapton in Gordano, BS20 7RH 


5 minutes from M5 junction 19 (Gordano Services and Portishead)

 10 minutes from M5 junction 20 (Clevedon) 

15 minutes from Clifton and the Cumberland Basin



Monday afternoon/evenings Falfield Village Hall, A38,  GL12 8DH

just off junction M5 junction 14 (Thornbury and Wotton)


Where are the regular traditional country dance sessions held?


Folk Feet is held weekly on Tuesday mornings at the Folk Hall in Portishead, BS20 6PR 


Folk Feet Thursday - Irish set Dance plus Country dance class - weekly on Thursday mornings, North 

Weston Village Hall, Portishead, BS20 6TB


Monday evenings - Irish set dancing at The Star Inn, Wotton-Under-Edge GL12 7AE, 

and The Beehive, Westbury on Trym, Bristol,  BS9 4QY


It's Your Ceili - First Friday March, May, July, September and November

St. Albans Hall, Westbury Park, BS6 7NU


Plus lots of one-off events throughout the year.

When  does this all happen?

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Contact Jill to go on an e mail list for details of events - please specify music list,  dance list or both

Group Lessons and Highly Strung Band

In the main, the tunes we cover are the dance tunes from Ireland, England, and Scotland.  Tunes are taught  by ear by the traditional method.    In addition to learning by ear, the music, tabulature, and fingering is available in the beginners and intermediate groups as a learning aid.  

The dots and chords for the tune sets we play for the weekly and monthly dancing are on this website.  This enables those who can already read music to join in immediately with the Highly Strung Community Band.   

Go to Tunes A-Z index and click on the

So now you can learn an instrument and use what you have learned to practical use from day one!!

Playing traditional music is tremendous fun for all.  It is instantly accessible even in your first lesson as a complete beginner - but don't take my word for it - read what others have said by clicking on the links on the left - or better still,  come along and try for yourself!


Are you organising a celebration, social evening or fund-raising event?

Fundraising - Highly Strung Community Band 

Sarah Schranz from the Labrador Rescue Trust, caller Jill Elliot of the 'Highly Strung Band', Gemma Bradley organiser, Sheila Pratt from the Labrador Rescue Trust and Michelle Harvey fundraising for Crohn's and Colitis UK.

May 2015

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care home entertainment - Perfect Cure Band

 Amerind Grove, Bristol

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Weddings, Birthday Parties, Anniversaries


photo by courtesy of Chris Burch, The Somerset Photographer

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Perfect Cure Ceili Band

Irish Set Dancing

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Corporate Team Building Event 

Madejski Stadium


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Contact Jill:   jillyelliot@gmail.com  01275 847909 or 07515 904 707