Highly Strung Event Timetable
Folk Feet Tues  Dance Morning
It's Your Ceili Friday
Dance Evening

Book a Barn Dance  Ceili  Band


Group Lessons
One to one lessons

Highly Strung Play Lists

Hibernia Sets of Tunes

Morning beginner Group 
Monday  evening Groups
Tuesday evening Irish Group 
Wed evening
How to get to Yew Tree Cottage
Photo Gallery
English Country Dancing and Irish Set Dancing
No Booking Required - just turn up for our regular dance events - All our dances are to live music with the Highly Strung Band or the Perfect Cure Band

Tuesday weekly dance and social morning - click here

Irish set dance with the Perfect Cure - click here 

Information for musicians - click here

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



Weekly Social Morning - Tuesdays - with dance and live music 

 You Tube Video " Folk Feet Portishead "


above - we have loads of fun with lots of laughter! 

Every Tuesday  2   to include refreshments

(free for musicians)

9.30am-11.30am - arrive any time to watch or take part

Tea and Coffee served around 10.15/10.30 


Folk Hall, Portishead High Street, BS20 6PR

(car park opposite the hall and easy wheelchair access)


English Country Dance some dating back to before the time of Henry VIII - some new

Live Music - musicians welcome free of charge - new musicians welcome too. 

Ideal for all ages - many people come to socialise, listen to the music and watch the dancing - but most want to get up and have a go themselves!  In school holidays people bring their grandchildren to dance or play with their toys.

Lots of people have made good new friends.  Laughter Guaranteed !!!

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

below we show off at Marlens Tides Festival in Clevedon

The first Tuesday morning group was held on 3rd September 2013 and has continued weekly at the Folk Hall in Portishead 9.30am - 11.30am and is a real success not only as a dance, but also as a social morning with people coming to listen to the music, watch and socialise.  New band members always welcome.

Information for Musicians - Tune List, Recordings and Sheet Music 

Musicians and especially those who come to any of Jill's music groups are warmly invited to join the band.  

Click Here for a list of the tunes we play - and follow the link (or scroll down) to the tunes for Tuesday mornings.  You can learn the tunes at the music groups and print out the music to access the tunes immediately to play at one of the dances.

The tunes can be heard played solo slowly and then up to dance pace with the Perfect Cure Band (and a score can be printed out if necessary) via the  Tunes A-Z index on this website.  The Folk Hall has public wi-fi so all tunes are accessible via a tablet at this venue.

Entry to the Tuesday morning dance  is free of charge to musicians and includes a cup of tea/coffee.  Just turn up when you are available.


For Clubs and Charities - Traditional Barn Dance with live music

The Highly Strung Band plays regularly for barn dances for community events, clubs and charities.  Until September 2015 the band played at a monthly Barn Dance which was held at Gordano School, Portishead every month for 5 years.  We have now revived the popular It's Your Ceili event in Bristol on the first Friday of March, May, July, September and November at St. Albans Hall, Bayswater Avenue, BS6 7NU. The band is booked for several community and charity events throughout the year.  If you would like to book the band please ring or e mail Jill.  

All the dances are explained and walked through first and called throughout.  

If you prefer a less energetic entertainment, The Perfect Cure Duo have a one hour slide show presentation with live music and dance for social club meetings. 



Irish Set Dance

Jill and Mark play for Irish Set Dance Workshops and Ceilidh as a duo, or a trio with our guitarist Dave or keyboard player.  On the first Monday of every month The Perfect Cure Band play for Irish Set dance at the Beehive, Wellington Hill West, BS9 4QY from 8pm when we are joined by flute player Katie.   


Twice a month we run dances on a Monday evening at the Star in Wotton under Edge, GL12 7AE with the help of very experienced guest callers - Sharon Carr, Val Knight,  and Maggie Daniel, all of whom run their own set dance clubs.  Beginners are very welcome to watch and learn and join in with some less complicated figures.  from 8pm

We also meet on the 2nd Sunday of most months to play for Sue Costello's Set Dance Club that meets once a month at the Chipping Hall in Wotton Under Edge.  There is an informal dance and lunch from 12 noon at the Star before the ceili at 2.30pm when all dances are done with calling.  (Sue teaches beginners basics at 2pm)

Details of other events can be found by visiting http://bristolirishsetdancing.blogspot.co.uk/

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