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

Music Groups
 
Country Dancing (and related dance) to live music
 
Highly Strung Community Band Bookings 2016
 
Irish Set Dance 
 
Listen to and Dance with The Perfect Cure Band

 

 

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Music Groups

Each group has a dedicated web page with a term's dates to view.  On this page you will also see tunes learned.  Click on the relevant link in the green column with yellow text on the left.  

All groups suitable for most melody instruments - ring if in doubt

Highly Strung Beginners/Improvers  9.45am-11.15am - 8 (1-4) 10 (5+)

Monday mornings weekly

Yew Tree Cottage, BS20 7RH

just turn up - no booking required 

Tune Learning Group /individual lessons

 Wotton under Edge 4.30-6.00pm

Monday late afternoon 2nd and 4th Mondays

Star Inn, Wotton-Under-Edge, GL12 7AE

booking required 

Tune Learning Group Wotton under Edge 6.00pm-7.30pm - 8

Monday early evening 2nd and 4th Mondays

Star Inn, Wotton-Under-Edge, GL12 7AE

excludes August and December and 29th Feb not 22nd

just turn up - no booking required 
Music Group 7.30pm-9.30pm - 8

Tuesday evening weekly

Yew Tree Cottage, BS20 7RH

just turn up - no booking required 

Wednesday Highly Strung Music Club - 8

6.30 - 7.30 Beginners

7.45- 9.45pm All levels/any instrument

Wednesday evening weekly

Yew Tree Cottage, BS20 7RH

just turn up - no booking required
Hibernia mornings - 5 Saturday morning/evening fortnightly - not August or December, St. Andrews Hall, Avonmouth and Avonmouth Community Centre, BS11 9EN just turn up - no booking required
Weekly Dance to the Music of the Highly Strung Community Band

Social Morning with Country Dancing

 free for musicians

 dancers - 2

Tuesday mornings every week  - Folk Hall Portishead, BS20 6PR  includes refreshments  just turn up - no booking required

see our video on you tube - Folk Feet Portishead

 Highly Strung Bookings 2016 

 

The Highly Strung Band has both regular weekly and monthly bookings and we also play at charity events, barn dances and ceilis, fetes, festivals and fayres, and we fundraise for charity with our music.  For details of events we have booked click here to go to the Highly Strung Band website page for Events.

 

If you are a musician and would like to join in you are very welcome to just turn up to our Tuesday morning and Tyntesfield bookings - just e mail Jill if you need more details:

Every Tuesday 9.30 am -11.30 am - Play for dancing at Folk Hall, Portishead, BS20 6PR

First Sunday of  month (not Jan or Feb) - 11.00am - 1.00pm - Tyntesfield Monthly Market 

 

Other events involve more organisation and we need to have numbers for all sorts of reasons so if you want to be involved in special events such as playing for ceilis or at a fete please confirm attendance with Jill.

 

If you are interested in coming to an evening ceili / barn dance, for ticket information please e mail jillyelliot@gmail.com  

 

Details of our events are to be found on the Highly Strung Community Band website - click here to go directly to the page for a summary.  The list is updated regularly when new events are added.

 

The Perfect Cure Band Regular and Special Bookings
1st Monday of every month  Set Dancing to the live music of the Perfect Cure Band - The Beehive, Westbury on Trym, BS9 4QY - 8pm-10pm - minimal calling - newer dancers should dance with an experienced dancer - Social Evening
1st Thursday every month Salutation at Ham - live music from 7.45pm
2nd and 4th Mondays each month - excludes August and December and 29th Feb not 22nd Set Dancing to the live music of the Perfect Cure Band with calling from Val Knight, Sharon Carr and Maggie Daniel. - the Star Inn, Wotton under Edge GL12 7AE  8.00pm-10.15pm suggested 2 per person charity collection - all welcome -
Second Sunday of the month periodically throughout the year

e mail Jill to check if it is on

Set dancing with Sue Costello and friends with live music from the Perfect Cure Band.

12 noon at the Star Inn, 2pm - 5.30pm Chipping Hall, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7AD - special class for beginners 2pm-2.30pm - 3 for the whole afternoon to include refreshments

Last Thursday every month Farrells Restaurant, Keynesham - 7pm - 9.30pm
Weekly Barn Dances, Pub Events, Restaurants and other venues - e mail Jill for schedule
To book the band contact: Jill Elliot 01275 847909 or e mail jillyelliot@gmail.com
Chippenham Folk Festival We will be playing at various venues throughout the town and for the Irish Set Dance workshops and ceili.  Friday 27th - Monday 30th May 2016
Sidmouth Folk Festival We will be playing at various venues throughout the town and for the Irish Set Dance workshops and ceili and Social Dancing.  Friday 29th July - Friday 5th August 2016
Irish Set Dance  
Every Sunday evening Southmead Community Centre 248 Greystoke Avenue, BS10 6BQ - set dancing class with calling from Sharon Carr and Val Knight - 3 per person     www.bristolirishsetdancing. blogspot.co.uk - beginners more than welcome
1st Monday of every month  Set Dancing to the live music of the Perfect Cure Band - The Beehive, Westbury on Trym, BS9 4QY - 8pm-10pm - minimal calling - newer dancers should dance with an experienced dancer - Social Evening
2nd and 4th Mondays each month  Set Dancing to the live music of the Perfect Cure Band with calling from Val Knight, Sharon Carr and Maggie Daniel. - the Star Inn, Wotton under Edge GL12 7AE  8.00pm-10.15pm suggested 2 per person charity collection - all welcome -
Fortnightly Tuesday evening Shoscombe set dancing with Val Knight - contact Graham and Ann Hunter 01761 435204 - suitable for beginners
Second Sunday of the month Set dancing with Sue Costello and friends with live music from the Perfect Cure Band.

12 noon at the Star Inn, 2pm - 5.30pm Chipping Hall, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7AD - special class for beginners 2pm-2.30pm - 3 for the whole afternoon to include refreshments

Third Sunday of Every month Colyford Village Hall - 2.00pm - 5.00pm, Maggie Daniel - 01626 204350 - 3
Special Day of Dance/Ceilis - periodically - next one on Sunday 31st January in Shoscombe

With live music from The Perfect Cure Ceili Band

11am-12.30pm - workshops 3

2pm-5pm ceili - 7  

contact Val Knight 07979 523918 or Graham and Ann Hunter 01761 435204

to get weekly updates sent to you by e mail of Irish Set Dance classes and special events including visiting bands from Ireland, please e mail Sharon and ask her to add you to her e mail list - Sharon sharonjcarr@virginmedia.com  and also jillyelliot@gmail.com

Highly Strung Past Bookings:

Highly Strung Bookings 2015 

Friday 23rd January -  fundraising barn dance for refugees, Welcome Centre, Bristol - 7pm-10.30pm 

Saturday 24th January - Annual Rotary Charity Barn Dance, Somerset Hall Portishead - 7pm - 11pm

Wednesday 25th March - Claverham lunch club - Claverham Village Hall 1.45-2.45pm

Saturday 25th April - Fundraising Barn Dance, Hutton Village Hall, 7pm-11pm

Sunday 3rd May - Tyntesfield Monthly Market - 11.00am - 1.00pm

Wednesday 20th May - Fundraising for the Alzheimer's Society during dementia awareness week - 11am-3pm - raised 700

Sunday 7th June  - Tyntesfield Monthly Market - 11.00am - 1.00pm

Sunday 14th June - Dig For Victory Show - 11.00am-1pm North Somerset Showground BS48 1NE

Saturday 20th June - Portishead Lifeboat Launch - 12 noon - 1.00pm - Lifeboat Station Portishead BS20 7EA

Sunday 5th July - Tyntesfield Monthly Market - 11.00am - 1.00pm

Saturday 11th July - Walton in Gordano Village Fete - Country Dance and Music demonstration - 2pm -2.30pm

Saturday 11th July - fundraising barn dance Bleadon - 7pm 

Saturday 18th July - Portishead Community Picnic - Central Park, Portishead Marina, BS20 7DF - 1.15pm - 2.30pm

Sunday 2nd August - Tyntesfield Monthly Market - 11.00am - 1.00pm

Thursday 20th August - Thornbury Sailing Club - Barn Dance for Club Week - 7pm-11pm

Sunday 6th September - Tyntesfield Monthly Market - 11.00am - 1.00pm

Sunday 13th September - Make Sunday Special - Avonmouth Park time tbc

Saturday 19th September - Clapton Village BBQ - play 12 noon-1pm - event ends 3pm

Sunday 4th October - North Somerset Fair at Tyntesfield Monthly Market - 12 noon - 2.00pm

Tuesday 6th October - Memory Cafe, Slade Road, Portishead - 2pm - 3pm

Saturday 10th October - St. George's Community Centre fundraising barn dance event - 7pm -11pm

Sunday 1st |November - Tyntesfield Monthly Market - 11.00am - 1.00pm

Saturday 7th November  Mall Cribbs Causeway fundraising for Alzheimer's Society - 11am-3pm - raised 820

November - 3 different days - 45 minute sets for Sanctum at Temple Church, Bristol - performers are not to disclose publically the dates and times of their performances - e mail me if you would like to be involved

Saturday 28th November - St. Peter's Hospice Christmas Market at BGS - 11.30am-12.30pm

Sunday 6th December - Tyntesfield Christmas Market - 11.00am - 1.00pm

Thursday 10th December 7pm-8pm Late Night Shopping Evening Weston Super Mare - plus collecting for charity

Tuesday 22nd December 10am-2.30pm Christmas Party - Folk Hall Portishead - dance, buffet, entertainment - 7 in advance

Highly Strung Bookings 2014

Tues 18th Feb - Norewood Lodge - BS20 8DU meet 1.15 in car park - start 1.45 ends 2.45

 
Tues 18th Feb Half Term Barn Dance  Lido Kitchen at Lakegrounds Portishead, 3.30-5.00 

Wednesday 26th February - Claverham Lunch Group - Claverham Village Hall Bishops Rd, Cleeve, Claverham, North Somerset BS49 4NF - arrive 1.30 to play at 1.45 

Monday 7th April - Easter Holidays Barn Dance for Children - Lido kitchen, Portishead - 3.30-5.00

 

Thursday 17th April -  Easter Holidays Barn Dance for Children - Lido kitchen, Portishead  - 10.30-12 noon

 

Sunday 4th May Tyntesfield Monthly Market - 11.00am - 1.00pm

 

Tuesday 20th May - Fundraising for Alzheimer's Awareness Week - Portishead Library - 12pm-2pm - raised 45.55

 

Thursday 22nd May - Fundraising for Alzheimer's Awareness Week - Boots, High Street Portishead - 10am -12noon - raised 42.30

Sunday 1st June - pirates theme at Tyntesfield Monthly Market - 11.00am - 1.00pm

Saturday 14th June - Portishead Carnival supporting Highdown Infants School with music for their entry - meeting time 10.30am 

Saturday 5th July - Highdown Infants School fete - 11am-1.30pm - playing for dancing at 11.30am in school playground - Down Rd, Portishead, Bristol, North Somerset BS20 6DY

Sunday 6th July - Tyntesfield Monthly Market - 11.00am - 1.00pm

Sat 12th July Blacknore Ladies Day - Portishead -  2.00pm - 3.00pm

Wednesday 16th July - In Concert with Portishead Community Choir - St. Nicholas Church - 7pm-8.30pm arrive 6.30pm

Saturday 26th July - Garden Party, North Weston - from 6pm - fundraising for Water Aid

Sunday 3rd August - Tyntesfield Monthly Market - 11.00am - 1.00pm

Tuesday 5th August - Rotary Memory Cafe, Jubilee Hall, Slade Road, Portishead - 2.30pm-3.30pm

Saturday 16th August - Blacknore Lighthouse Day, Portishead Sailing Club- 12 noon-4pm

Sunday 31st August - Fowler Family Fundraising for still birth charities - Clarence House, High Street, Portishead 2pm-4pm

Sunday 7th September  - Tyntesfield Monthly Market - 11.00am - 1.00pm

Sunday 14th September  - Memory Walk, Grand Pier, Weston Super Mare - 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Saturday 20th September - Marlens Festival Clevedon - 1.00pm - 1.45pm

Sunday 5th October - Tyntesfield Monthly Market - in the Orangery - 12 noon - 1.00pm 

Saturday 8th November - Fundraising for Alzheimer's Society at the Mall, Cribbs Causeway - slots between 11am and 3pm

 
Wednesday 19th November - Portishead Senior Forum - Somerset Hall Portishead 3.00pm-4.00pm - arrive 2.30/2.45

Thursday 4th December- 6.15pm - 6.45pm - Portishead Christmas Shopping evening - venue tbc

Friday 5th December - Hibernia Christmas Party - session, supper and super concert with New Rope String Band - early booking essential - 7pm - 11.30pm

Saturday 6th December 2014 - Text Santa - fundraising event at the Mall, Cribbs Causeway 12.30pm-3.30pm

Sunday 7th December - Tyntesfield Christmas Market - 11.00am - 1.00pm

Sunday 7th December - Christmas Barn Dance at the Star in Wotton Under Edge - come along and play or dance - 4.30pm-6.30pm - free entry

 
Friday 12th December - Victorian Evening in Portishead - 7.15 - 8.00pm - meal at 8.30pm