Tuesday Morning Class 
Tuesday Evening Irish 
Wednesday Evening Class 
Thursday Morning Beginners
  Thursday Late Morning 
Thursday Evening Complete Beginners
Complete Beginners Help
Beginners first tunes
 pre March 2020 Timetable
Highly Strung Event Timetable 2020
Dance Timetable and Events 


Folk Feet Tuesday
Thursday Morning Dance Class

Monday evening Irish Set Dance classes and dances

It's Your Ceili Friday Dance Party



Monday Morning Group  

Monday Evening Falfield Village Hall Archive

Tuesday evening Irish Group Archive

Wednesday evening groups Archive

Old Monday evening groups Star Inn Archive


Book a Barn Dance  Ceili  Band


Group Lessons
One to one lessons
Beginners Tunes 
Irish Tunes

Highly Strung Play Lists

Hibernia Sets of Tunes

Important Health and Safety Sept 2020 Halls
How to get to Yew Tree Cottage

Photo Gallery



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Contact Jill:   jillyelliot@gmail.com 07515 904 707

All classes and sessions are currently via Zoom 

There are various classes and sessions each week 

Scroll down for archive of tunes learned in groups pre March 2020

No Folk Feet English Country Dancing and Irish Set dance at the moment - but we are running occasional zoom dance parties - 

upcoming Christmas Party Wednesday 23rd December 1.45pm Highly Strung Band and Folk Feet Dancers

Link to the new Highly Strung and Folk Feet Youtube channel

 Timetable and Classes from September 2020

Groups will be held at Covid-Regulated Halls in Portishead or via Zoom

Please  email  Jill jillyelliot@gmail.com  for the zoom codes or any queries 

We observe strict social distancing when we are at the halls. Masks are worn at all times, a one way system is in place and hand sanitisers are used on entry and exit.  Please read Important Health and Safety rules. 


 All classes are 10 per session and tune playing sessions are 5 and paid via bank transfer or paypal.  If you have attended a class, the "linked" session to play tunes is included in your fee.  If you just wish to come to a session of tunes led by Jill, it is 5.


Zoom Timetable for Music Groups - from Tuesday 10th November 2020

There is just one zoom code which is used for every class and session.  Email Jill for the link which you can save so you can find it easily.  You can join without video if you prefer to be private, and unless you have a question, participants will be muted.


Tuesday Morning Class 9.30am -10.30am - 10 - to include the session 10.45am - 11.45am
Tuesday Morning Session - 10.45am - 11.45am - 5 


Tuesday Evening- Irish Tunes class 7.00pm - 8.00pm - 10 - to include the session 8.15pm-9.15pm 
Tuesday Evening Irish Session - 8.15pm-9.15pm 5


Wednesday Evening 7.00pm - 8.00pm - Class - 10 - to include the session 
Wednesday 8.15pm - 9.15pm session - 5


Thursday Morning 9.30am -10.30am - Beginner's Tunes Class - 10

The most appropriate session for you would be Wednesday evening at 8.15pm



Thursday Late Morning 11.00am-12.00 noon - Irish Fiddle Technique - 10

The most appropriate session for you would be Tuesday evening at 8.15pm 


Thursday Evening 7.00pm-8.00pm  - Complete Beginners - 10

Advice and Information for Complete Beginners


Scroll up from here and click the links in the contents column on the left of this page to be directed to the page with the tunes we have been learning in the classes. 


Also available:

One to one fiddle lessons with Jill  - e mail to arrange - via zoom at the moment

Zoom tune tutorial Mondays 4pm-5pm with Katie Kennedy

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

           Currently suspended: Highly Strung Friday Session at Pill Memorial Club, Lodway, Pill, BS20 0DH 10am-12 noon - 3 

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

Fiddlelessons was established in 1998.  Pupils are encouraged to join the Highly Strung Community Band and Dancers are known as the Folk Feet Dancers and perform English Country Dances and Irish Set Dance




Jill Elliot Barn Dance Caller

Book A Barn Dance Band

Folk Feet Dance Class


Irish Square Set Dance Class 


Its' Your Ceili

Third Party References

A-Z Tunes index

Beginner's Exercises and Tunes

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 - currently via zoom 

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

Advice and Information for Complete Beginners

"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!

Most melody instruments are suitable - violin, viola, cello, flute, recorder, whistle, tenor banjo, mandolin, octave mandolin, concertina, melodeon, accordion, clarinet, harp - if in doubt ring or e mail

For dancers there are weekly dances, 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? - 2 venues:

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, Dursley and Wotton exit)


Where are the regular traditional country dance sessions held? - 3 venues:


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


Folk Feet Monday evenings - weekly workshops and dances - Irish set dancing - Falfield Village Hall, A38 (M5 J14)  



Plus lots of one-off events throughout the year.

When  does this all happen?

click here!

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, fiddle tablature, and whistle 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