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To contact me:  e mail jillyelliot@gmail.com  or ring 01275 847909 or 07515 904 707

Jill Elliot - Barn Dance Caller, Barn Dance Musician, Violin Teacher, Fiddle Teacher, Traditional Dance Music and Folk Music Teacher and Musician, Irish Music

Barn Dances, Ceilidh Dance, Irish Set Dance

Individual and Group Music Lessons Dance Music and Folk Music

Concerts/Sing Along Entertainment/Music Therapy

Jill Elliot Barn Dance Caller

Book A Barn Dance Band

Monthly Fun for All Barn Dance, Portishead - Dance or Play in Band

Social Morning with

Historic and Country Dance 

Third Party References

Individual Lessons

Group Lessons

Third Party References

Traditional dance music and folk music for all occasions, ages and venues.


Time to embark on a new, rewarding, sociable,  leisure experience!!

Come and learn to play traditional dance music - some refer to it as folk music:

Irish music, English music and Scottish music

with me (Jill Elliot) .... and several others!

Individual violin and fiddle lessons from scratch 

and group tune learning for any suitable melody instrument

plus lots more.......

Only look further if you feel like enjoying yourself! 

but don't take my word for it......visit the links in the left hand column to read what others have said - or come along to any group session (see dates and times) and have a cup of tea! 


Where are the traditional dance and folk music lessons and group lessons held?

Yew Tree Cottage,  BS20 7RH

also at the Star, Wotton under Edge, GL12 7AE

Where are the traditional country dance sessions held?

Tuesdays weekly at the Folk Hall in Portishead, and monthly at Gordano School

01275  847909 - 07515 904 707  - jillyelliot@gmail.com


easy access from Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset.....

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

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One to one fiddle tuition 

- click here for details

for all ages and abilities



Group Learning 

See Dates and Times of Events for full timetable

Learn tunes in a friendly relaxed group 

- any suitable melody instrument

Evening Groups 

Introduction to Traditional Music - Tuesday 6.30pm-7.30pm

Traditional Music Group -Tuesday 7.30pm -9.30pm

Highly Strung Music Club - Wednesday 6.30pm - 9.30pm 

Play for the Portishead Ceilidh Club Monthly Barn Dance - First Thursday of Every Month 7.30pm - 9.30pm


 Daytime Groups

Monday mornings beginners/intermediate group 10.00am - 11.00am

Dance/Play for Dance and coffee morning at the Folk Hall Portishead, Tuesday mornings 9.30am - 11.30pm

Hibernia - Saturday Morning Fortnightly -  10.00am - 12.45pm

 No need to read music as playing by ear is encouraged

 Music/whistle fingering/fiddle tab/mandolin and banjo tab are available in some groups - click here to see examples

It is desirable to have some kind of recording device but audio and visual aids are available on this web site - click here for examples


Are you organising a celebration, social evening or fund-raising event?

please contact me: 

For calling for social dances

If you want a barn dance /ceilidh band

or a musical morning, afternoon or evening with background music 

care home entertainment - both interactive and concert format

or a traditional music concert

or a lively Irish song evening in a pub

..............and if you are already fond of going to traditional music concerts, you may like to go on the mailing list for house concerts and workshops which I host during the year for visiting traditional musicians from various countries 

We have 3 completely different bands - Click here for band information


Click Here for Special Events

Click here for photo gallery

Click on the links in the left hand column for tunes your specific group is currently learning   

Music and Dance Groups and The Perfect Cure Band





suitable for

booking required







Yew Tree Cottage





1st Monday each month

Perfect Cure Band


Farrell’s, Portishead Marina


come along to listen







Dance/Play for Dance


Folk Hall Portishead

all to dance or play and coffee morning



Tuesday weekly

Irish Music Introduction


Yew Tree Cottage

players who wish to learn about playing traditional music




Tuesday weekly

Irish Music Group


Yew Tree Cottage

intermediate and above







Yew Tree Cottage




Wednesday weekly

Highly Strung Club


Yew Tree Cottage

intermediate and above



First Thursday every month

Play at the Monthly Barn Dance


Gordano School Old Assembly Hall


all to dance or play





Last Thursday each month

Perfect Cure Band


Farrell’s Keynesham

come along to listen



Saturday fortnightly



Avonmouth Village




by arrangement

private lesson



violin tuition




Perfect Cure Band



entertainment in care homes


£50 per hour


Perfect Cure Band



barn dances and Irish music for all occasions




Jill Elliot

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!

I mainly teach tunes from Ireland, England, and Scotland  by ear in the traditional method.  Group lessons are based on this but the music/tab/fingering is available in the beginners and intermediate groups.  Once a month you can play the tunes at the barn dance at Gordano School in Portishead, and at various community events throughout the year.

Some individual pupils also want to learn to read manuscript and for those who already can there is a wealth of all types of music we can explore.

I started teaching fifteen years ago when a friend asked me to help her children learn some fiddle tunes.  The following year I joined the Hibernia Centre as the fiddle teacher in the days when we were overwhelmed if ten traditional (folk) musicians turned up.  Nowadays we regularly have more than 50 musicians on a Saturday morning and are recognised as the area's foremost Centre for Irish traditional music often hosting workshops with world famous musicians.

Most of my Friday and Saturday nights are spent fiddling or calling the moves whilst the night is danced away!  I also play in different musical line-ups with various musicians for other events. - click here for band information


Maggie - Charity Finance Worker

"Fast approaching my 40th birthday, I decided to learn to play the fiddle and get married - not necessarily in that order!   I had played piano as a child, and the theoretical basis had left me unable to play by ear or join in with others.  



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............ If you've been put off music before, this would be a great way to get into it, it's loads of fun."



I also host a number of house concerts each year, plus a variety of visiting tutors giving workshops for various instruments.  If you would like to be included on an e mailing list for house concerts and/or visiting tutor workshops, please just e mail me. jill@fiddlelessons.co.uk  See photo gallery for previous events - for forthcoming events please see special events