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Dates  Times and Tunes for Sessions
Calendar Dates for Morning Asse mbly Tues and Thurs 9.00am -9.30am  
 Tunes For Morning Assembly 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
 
Complete Beginners
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General Info "old norm" periods 
Pre March 2020 Timetable Summary
Highly Strung Event Timetable 2020
Dance Timetable and Events 
 
 

Dance Classes 

Folk Feet Tuesday
Morning
Thursday Morning Dance Class

Monday evening Irish Set Dance classes and dances

It's Your Ceili Friday Dance Party

 
 

Book a Barn Dance/ Ceili  Band

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Music Classes Archive 

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General Information during "old norm" periods

Weddings, Birthday Parties, Anniversaries, Charity Events

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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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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Retirement Clubs, Social Clubs, Care Home Entertainment 

Perfect Cure Band at

 Amerind Grove, Bristol

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Music Groups at Yew Tree Cottage, via zoom, and various public halls.

 

Contact Jill:   jillyelliot@gmail.com  07515 904 707

Group Lessons and Highly Strung Band

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 

"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."
 Maggie 

Where were/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 J19 Gordano Services/Portishead

10 minutes from M5 J 20 Clevedon

15 minutes from Clifton and the Cumberland Basin

Monday 5pm-9.30pm Falfield Village Hall, A38,  GL12 8DH

just off M5 J 14 (Thornbury, Dursley and Wotton exit)

 

Where were/ 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.

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!