English Country Dancing and Irish Set Dancing
All our dances are to live music with the Highly Strung Band or the Perfect Cure Band
No Booking Required for our regular dance events - just turn up 
weekly dance and social morning - click here

Irish set dance with the Perfect Cure - click here 

information for musicians - click here
e mail jillyelliot@gmail.com to go on the mailing list - contact Jill - 01275 867909

 

           

Weekly Social Morning - Tuesdays - with dance and live music 

 You Tube Video " Folk Feet Portishead "

 

above - we certainly have a really happy time with lots of laughter 

Every Tuesday - 2 to include refreshments

(free for musicians)

9.30am-11.30am - arrive any time to watch or take part

Tea and Coffee served around 10.15/10.30 

 

Folk Hall, Portishead High Street, BS20 6PR

(car park opposite the hall and wheelchair access for audience)

 

English Country Dance some dating back to before the time of Henry VIII - some new

Live Music - musicians welcome free of charge - new musicians welcome too. 

Ideal for all ages - many people come to socialise, listen to the music and watch the dancing - but most want to get up and have a go themselves!  In school holidays people bring their grandchildren to dance or play with their toys.

Lots of people have made good new friends.  Laughter Guaranteed !!!

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

below we show off at Marlens Tides Festival in Clevedon

The first Tuesday morning group was held on 3rd September 2013 and has continued weekly at the Folk Hall in Portishead 9.30am - 11.30am and is a real success not only as a dance, but also as a social morning with people coming to listen to the music, watch and socialise.  New band members always welcome. 

 

For Clubs and Charities - Traditional Barn Dance with live music

The Highly Strung Band plays regularly for barn dances for community events, clubs and charities.  Until September 2015 the band played at a monthly Barn Dance which was held at Gordano School, Portishead for 5 years.    We have now revived the popular It's Your Ceili event in Bristol on the first Friday of March, May, July and September at St. Albans Hall in Westubury Park, BS6 7NU.  If you would like to book the band please ring or e mail Jill.  

All the dances are explained and walked through first and called throughout.  

If you prefer a less energetic entertainment, The Perfect Cure Duo have a one hour slide show presentation with live music and dance for social club meetings. 

Information for Musicians - Tune List, Recordings and Sheet Music 

Musicians and especially those who come to any of Jill's music groups are also welcome to join in the band.  

Click Here for a list of the tunes we play and follow the link (or scroll down) to the tunes for Tuesday mornings - you can learn the tunes at the music groups and print out the music to access the tunes immediately to play at one of the dances.

The tunes can be heard played solo slowly and then up to dance pace with the Perfect Cure Band (and a score printed out if necessary) see  Tunes A-Z index on this website.  The Folk Hall in Portishead has public wi-fi so all tunes are accessible via a tablet at this venue.

Entry to the Tuesday morning dance  is free of charge to musicians and includes a cup of tea/coffee. - just turn up when you are available.

Irish Set Dance
Jill and Mark play for Irish Set Dance Workshops and Ceilidh as a duo, or a trio with our guitarist Dave or keyboard player.  On the first Monday of every month the band can be heard at the Beehive in Wellington Hill, BS9 4QY from 8pm when we are joined by flute player Katie.

We run dances on a the 2nd and 4th Monday evenings each month at the Star in Wotton under Edge, GL12 7AE with the help of very experienced guest callers - Sharon Carr, Val Knight,  and Maggie Daniel, all of whom run their own set dance clubs.  Beginners are very welcome to watch and learn and join in with some less complicated figures.  8pm-10.15pm

We also meet on the 2nd Sunday of most months to play for Sue Costello's Set Dance Club that meets once a month at the Chipping Hall in Wotton Under Edge.  There is an informal dance and lunch from 12 noon at the Star before the ceili at 2.30pm when all dances are done with calling.  (Sue teaches beginners basics at 2pm)

Details of other events can be found by visiting http://bristolirishsetdancing.blogspot.co.uk/

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

 

 

 

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