a Barn Dance or Ceili Band
or ring 01275 847909 or 07515 904 707
Dance Caller and Fiddle Player
| If you are a
band requiring a caller and/or fiddle player I'd like to offer my services! - please give me a ring
847909 - 07515 904 707
happy working with children and complete novices. The emphasis is
always on having fun. I have loads of experience and patience - (so
I am told!)
provide a variety of PA equipment for different sized venues.
I have worked with
based in Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Devon and Cornwall for
often join in with the first dance and like to get on the same
wavelength as the guests. This is a party and not a dance display or
all particularly enjoyed the kilted groomsmen's Cumberland Square Eight at
one wedding at Coombe Lodge in Blagdon!!
- Chris Burch, The Somerset Photographer
Perfect Cure www.theperfectcureband.com
for all ages and occasions
Jill plays violin
and sings and calls for dances, and Mark plays button accordion, guitar and also sings.
dances, background music and songs for birthday parties, anniversaries, weddings,
Home entertainment provides interactive sing-alongs of songs all residents
will remember - we bring along percussion for added participation. Colourful
illustrated song books with large print are provided. We have
numerous regular bookings and also welcome new enquiries.
programmes include Christmas and Harvest, and special dates such as St.
George's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Burns Day.
and Afternoon Social club and Retirement Complex programmes are always
light hearted and humorous. New for this year is a slide show talk
with live music and dance on the Dance Traditions of The British Isles and
Ireland. Another favourite is a sing-along interspersed with highly
entertaining poems and songs which we promise will put a smile on your
and junior schools and special schools - simple barn dances/singing with
actions / live music and movement. Brownies
and Guides events, children's birthday parties - we've done loads!
Schools and Higher Education - barn dances for foreign students exchanges,
the young people of today are great and have an amazing time - with loads
Team Building day when over 50 employees learned two tunes on the penny
having had any previous experience!
wanted to say a big thank you for our workshop at our event last
Thursday. It went down a storm and people looked like they were
having a great time!
was great to work with you, thank you very much
Dances for all occasions
A combination ideally suited for the smaller venue or where cost
is a major consideration, Jill
and Mark offer barn dances as a duo. Mark's dynamic accordion playing
provides a full sound perfect for dancing, whilst Jill is an extremely
proficient and entertaining caller who can help even those with 3 left feet!
Jill joins in on fiddle once the dance is under way.
by Chris Burch, The Somerset Photographer
Jill and Mark,
This is long overdue but we wanted to say thank you for making our
Wedding Celebration so special. We had so much fun as did our guests
and with a marquee full of musicians, your fabulous performance and
calling was really appreciated by everyone.
The amazing send off you
organised Jill, was overwhelming and incredibly special - something
that will remain with us for the rest of our lives.
We attach a few photos by our
photographer Chris Burch, The Somerset Photographer, who I know will
be happy for you to use them if you wish as long as you credit her
Thank you seems nowhere near
enough but sometimes itís music that expresses what cannot be said
and you both certainly did that for us on 2 August at the Holcombe
our very best wishes for a fabulous Christmas and New Year,
and Glenn Clifford-Perkins x
you would like a larger band additional musicians can be added - we
regularly play with accompanists and other musicians. (for
a much larger band
see Highly Strung Community Band below)
Jill has played and called with various bands over the last
25 years and Mark has been
for dance for over 45 years.
brilliant family evening was had by all, full of fun and laughter, Jill 's
infectious enthusiasm makes the evening go with a swing!
Emma Edwards, Walton in Gordano
Folk Feet weekly
dance and social morning runs on Tuesdays at the Folk Hall in Portishead.
£3 per person - dancers and musicians. Click
here for details of these community events.
the music is on
this website for musicians who would like to play for dancing. Click
For further information ring Jill - 01275 847909
- 07515 904 707
in playing for Irish Set Dance - click
for class and dance timetable
Perfect Cure Band play for Irish Set Dance Workshops and Ceilidh
here to see where you can meet us to listen or better still, join in
out for special days of dance run throughout the year - Details
of other events can be found by visiting http://bristolirishsetdancing.blogspot.co.uk/
Perfect Cure play for us at Irish set dancing and all the dancers have
been very impressed with the standard of their playing and the
enthusiasm which comes across as they play. Very danceable and a great
variety of lovely tunes! We've also been to their barn dances and
greatly enjoyed the music and Jill's excellent calling there. They are
brilliant at involving everyone in the dance and creating an atmosphere
of fun and excitement.
very professional band to deal with too, extremely reliable and great
and Mick - Bristol Irish Set Dance Club
Strung - for Community Events
community events - a group of local traditional music enthusiasts playing a
variety of instruments to guarantee foot tapping and jigging at your event -
Barn Dance or Music for Memories. The group is comprised of members of the Highly Strung Music Club
that meets weekly in Clapton in Gordano.
our dedicated website by clicking
of the band have been playing together for over 17 years now - and since 2008 have
been known as the Highly Strung Band ......................see our facebook page
and events on our
Green Grow the Rushes
click on dancing people for music samples
Theme at Tyntesfield 2014
- Mall, Cribbs Causeway 2014
events - new regular addition to our timetable is providing music at the
monthly market at Tyntesfield. This year we raised nearly £2000 for the
Alzheimer's Society via our busking in Portishead and at the Mall, Cribbs
has started off with two very successful fundraising barn dances in January- one
in Bristol for fundraising for refugees and the Portishead Rotary Club
fundraising barn dance at the Somerset Hall where there were 23 members of the
- The latest series of "It's Your Ceili" barn dance fun party for
all was not only a real success with band members (over 20 in the band)
and dancers but also raised lots of money for Bristol charities.
Craft and Food markets will be on 3rd Sunday May-November 2019.
down for more photos.
down for summary of previous years.
Tides Festival - September 2014
Carnival June 2014
Highdown Junior School
Barn Dance for Children, April 2014
Kitchen, Portishead - Easter
Farm, Wraxall, July 2012
Festival, Clevedon, September 2010
Fair, Portishead, December 2010
Events in 2011
include Marlens Festival in Clevedon, Avonmouth Party in the Park, Music
for Memories at the Tithe Barn in Nailsea, Portishead Victorian Evening, It's
2012 we played at the National lighthouse day, various charity events, hospices,
flower shows and monthly at the Portishead barn dances
events - garden parties, fetes, barn dances, Marlens Festival
for up to date events
details of Highly Strung events over the past few years ...
see our facebook page and events page on the Highly
so much cancelled in 2020 and 2021 - lets see how it all goes in the future!