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Calendar Dates for Morning Assembly Session  Tues and Thurs 9.00am -9.30am  
 Tunes For Morning Assembly Session Tues and Thurs 9.00am -9.30am 
 Tunes For Tuesday Morning Session 10.45am- 11.45am
  Tunes For Slow and Steady Session Wednesday 8.15pm 
Tunes For  Irish Session Tuesday 8.15pm
A-Z  Tunes  Substantial Resource of Recordings and Visual Aids
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Contact Jill:   jillyelliot@gmail.com 07515 904 707


Join our online zoom classes and sessions - all welcome - distance no object!  


Passcode: 545084

All 5 weekly sessions are Free: "Morning Assembly", Irish, Mixed (English/Irish/Scottish), Beginners Slow and Steady - just use the zoom code and we will see you there!

Classes to learn tunes and improve your technique are 10 per week - come to as many as you wish in a week - only pay or weeks you attend.  Zoom in for a complimentary trial session using the above zoom link.

If you wish to have access to the extensive A-Z resource of over 1000 tune recordings and visual aids, the annual fee is 50 to include 5 weeks of classes.

Classes  - learn tunes and improve your technique -how to play them with rhythm and phrasing - open to all melody instruments, accompanists and percussion - not just the fiddle (violin)!!  

Sessions - zoom in to the various free sessions to play English, Irish and Scottish Traditional dance tunes with the experienced Ceili Band.

Morning Assembly - Tuesday and Thursday 9.00 am - 9.30am - the band play tunes from from the Morning Assembly list.   Not just for musicians.... Audience welcome to play, clap or jig along - and start the day with a smile!   New for May and June, Captain Tom's 100 challenge fundraiser for NHS Bristol. 

New from June 2021 - dual zoom and in person format - zoom in as usual, or book onto the in person group - Covid safe guidelines are followed - email jillyelliot@gmail.com for the procedures and health and safety rules for in person attendance in Clapton in Gordano in North Somerset

All classes and sessions are suitable for melody instrument and accompanists. Percussion instruments are welcome too via zoom.  

You will be muted so you will only hear yourself and the solo fiddle or a recording of the band - so an opportunity to be free and more confident with your playing and inventive with harmony and variations.  You will not be heard by other participants and they won't hear you playing - unmute to ask a question!  You will quickly get to know the others in the group - there is always laughter!
Music is something you hear, feel, interpret and reproduce yourself on your instrument in your own unique way.   Music is not something you have to read in order to play a tune and it can even hinder the learning process.... and whether you prefer to read the "dots" or wish to learn by ear,  you can develop both these valuable skills by coming along to the music classes and sessions. 


In the classes we learn tunes in the traditional manner by ear, phrase by phrase.  This is by far the best way for a tune to stick in your head and you will start to appreciate your instrument and music in a different way.  25 years listening to the experiences of many people confirms this! 

Classes for English, Scottish and Irish tune-learning are on Tuesday morning 9.30am, Wednesday evening at 7pm and Thursday morning at 9.30am.  

There are more classes for learning Irish tunes on Tuesday evening at 7pm and Thursday morning at 11am.

See "Classes - Dates, Times and Tunes" in the column with the dark green background down the left  of your screen.  Each class has its own page which tells you what we have been learning in previous classes and what we plan to learn in upcoming classes.  Click on the class you wish to find out about and the link will take you directly to the relevant page.


In the sessions each person in turn asks for a tune or set of tunes with the aim of getting a lot of playing into the hour.  We play at a speed appropriate for the players at the session.

Our sessions are a great way to pick up new tunes by ear or discover new tunes you would like to learn.  They also provide you with the opportunity to play along with an extremely experienced ceili band to encourage the discipline of playing at a constant speed and with rhythm and feeling.

You will find a list of tunes we play at each of the sessions and the morning assemblies by clicking the links in the section in the left hand contents column with the heading "Free Sessions - Dates, Times and Tune Lists".

Email Jill - jillyelliot@gmail.com 07515 904 707


We are operating via zoom - it is the same zoom link for every class, session and morning assemblies:


Passcode: 545084

You can join without video if you prefer to be private, and when we are playing, participants will be muted.  Jill will lead the tunes in the sessions on solo fiddle or together with a recording from the Perfect Cure Band and friends.  

The fee is 10 per week regardless of the number of times you log in.  Only pay for weeks you attend.  Payment is via bank transfer or Paypal - email jillyelliot@gmail.com for details. 

The morning assembly is free fun for all ! - log on from 9am for a chat and play from 9.10am - 9.30am.

Tuesday Morning Assembly - open 9.00am, play 9.10am-9.30am
Tuesday Morning Class moderate pace 9.30am-10.30am 
Tuesday Morning Session 10.45am-11.45am
Tuesday Eve Irish Tunes Class moderate pace 7.00pm-8.00pm
Tuesday Evening Irish Session 8.15pm-9.15pm
Wednesday Evening Steady learning pace Class 7.00pm-8.00pm 
Wednesday Evening Slow and Steady Session 8.15pm-9.15pm
Thursday Morning Assembly - open 9.00am, play 9.10am-9.30am
Thursday Morning Slow and Steady Class 9.30am-10.30am 
Thursday Morning Irish Class moderate pace 11.00am-12 noon
Thursday Evening Complete Beginners Class 7.00pm-8.00pm


Substantial Music Resource

The Full A-Z Index of over 700 tunes is a substantial resource of traditional music with recordings and sheet music and other visual aids.  Scroll up to the link in the left column to access the "A-Z Tunes Recordings and Visual Aids".  Fiddle tab, mandolin tab and whistle fingering are available for several of the tunes, as are suggested chords for accompanists.   

Here are the icons you will see on the A-Z Tunes resource page:

Single Tune on its own Tune in a Set with other tunes
slow  recording dots  fiddle tab mandolin and 4 string banjo tab whistle fingering set of tunes with various band combinations set of tunes with solo fiddle dots and chords for tune sets 
Here are two examples from the extensive A-Z Tunes Resource of Recordings and Visual Aids with hundreds of tunes.
All in a Garden Green    

Pride of Petravore (Irish Hornpipes)  


How to Join In:

Complete Beginners Introductory Plan - A one hour private lesson plus 4 group lessons, to also include one year's access to the A-Z Tunes Resource.  - 80.  People who live near Portishead in North Somerset are welcome to borrow an instrument if one is available.  Click here to find out all you need to know about joining the beginners class.

Already Play an Instrument?   Start by coming along to a class or session that you think will suit your experience level.  Come along for a complimentary taster session then you will have a better idea of how it all works!  

email jillyelliot@gmail.com for further information or just use this code and we will see you soon!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88960263597?pwd=QnM5U2ZiU0tnVkhNNXBkTDczSDBUdz09 - Passcode: 545084

The Introductory Fee for 5 classes including access to the A-Z Tunes resource page of over 700 tunes with recordings and visual aids for one year is 50.  Thereafter the fee is 10 per week for any number of classes or sessions you attend in that week.  Only pay in weeks you attend.  


Also available

One to one fiddle lessons with Jill  - e mail jillyelliot@gmail.com to arrange - via zoom at the moment

Zoom tune tutorial Mondays 4pm-5pm with Katie Kennedy (flute)

Zoom music session Wednesday 8pm-10pm hosted by Roland Godshaw

Currently suspended: all dance classes

Other Information 

Jill Elliot Barn Dance Caller

Book A Barn Dance Band

Irish Set Dance Class


Its' Your Ceili

Third Party References

Link to the new Highly Strung and Folk Feet Youtube channel - not much there yet - it's another project!

Link to Highly Strung Facebook page - sharing lots of happy memories with the band