The Perfect Cure Band is a trio of talented musicians, working mainly in Bristol and the South West, specialising in Barn Dances and Irish Dance Music. All three members have many years’ experience and together create lively music for dancing.

In addition to regular weekly barn dance bookings for folk dance clubs and for Irish Set dancing, the band can be booked for private barn dances and other music events throughout the year. Additional musicians join the trio to form a larger band for private bookings. Catch up with the Perfect Cure at the Chippenham Folk Festival in May and the Sidmouth Folk Festival in August where they will be playing for the Irish Set Dance workshops and ceilidh.

As keen dancers themselves, the band has a special affinity with its audience, carefully choosing the best music to suit each set dance figure or barn dance.


The Bandband

Jill Elliot (fiddle)

Jill is a fine traditional player who has taught Irish traditional fiddle for many years.  She has played in English and Irish dance bands and runs traditional music and dance classes every week. Jill is a keen set dancer and a regular visitor to Ireland. Jill and Mark met whilst playing for the West Country Band “On Tap”. Jill calls for the barn dances and joins in on the fiddle once dances are in full swing.

Mark Wallis (melodeon)
Mark Wallis began his Irish music career playing guitar and tenor banjo with the 1970s band Kempion touring the UK and Europe. Mark started playing the melodeon in the early 1980s initially playing for English Morris and folk dancing. Mark is a vibrant player providing swing and lift to the music. He runs a weekly Irish music session in Gloucestershire. Eight years ago Jill and Mark formed the Perfect Cure Duo to specialise in Irish dance music and whilst playing for Irish Set Dance in Gloucestershire, met Dave Lambert.

Dave Lambert (guitar)
Dave is a sensitive and intuitive guitarist who supplies the band with its driving rhythm. He has sung and played Irish music for many years and is a much sought after accompanist. Over the past 5 years Dave has played with Jill and Mark at festivals, barn dances, Irish Ceilidh and concerts.

We have regular bookings for public events throughout the week so if you would like to meet us before booking it is easy to arrange.

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Keep fit in retirement every Tuesday morning with traditional country dancing