About Rufty Tufty

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Running a Barn Dance

Dance - Long Cross




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Rufty Tufty - English Traditional Folk Dance Band
English Traditional Folk Dance Band

About Rufty Tufty
"What is Rufty Tufty?"

Rufty Tufty is a versatile 3-piece folk dance band based in the heart of Warwickshire near Stratford-on-Avon. We play a variety of instruments including fiddle, mandolin, banjo, keyboard, recorder and guitar, in all of the different styles of music needed for a successful dance.
"What do I do next?"

If you are planning a barn dance or ceilidh, or you want a band to play for your club dance, contra, or Playford Ball, Rufty Tufty can play the music to make your dance go with a swing. We have tunes from all over Britain, plus America and Europe, and some we have written ourselves, so you are bound to hear some familiar tunes, and probably some new tunes too.

To find out how to run a successful dance see our Running a Barn Dance page.

"Can anybody do it?"

The great thing about barn dances and ceilidhs is that everyone can join in. Some dances might be full of high-energy moves but others might be graceful and gentle suiting those who prefer a more relaxed pace. Some dances may involve changing partners so everyone gets a chance to meet, while others can give couples a chance to dance together.

"But I can't dance!"

Dont worry about whether you know how to dance or not. The caller will tell you all you need to know and will make sure everyone has a great time.

New! If you've never done this before have a look at our Dance with Rufty Tufty - Long Cross page, where you will find the instructions for a simple dance and a recording of us playing it with a caller calling it. This will give you an idea of what to expect at one of our dances.

We know some excellent callers and will book one for you if you require, but if you would prefer to book your own caller we are happy to work with them.

All of our equipment is PAT-tested and, of course, we are fully insured.

"I'd like to find out more."

So if you need a band for your barn dance or ceilidh in the Midlands area including Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Birmingham and Coventry please get in touch and we'll see if we can help you.

To enquire about a booking:

Call Jeff Sayer on 01926 490436 or 07803 048890 or Email info@ruftytufty.net

Some nice things people have said about us recently:

"Many thanks for a fabulous evening." Caroline, Hampton Magna

"Highly recommended." John, Studley

"It's better than a flashing disco." 8 year old girl, Studley

"We can't go wrong in the dance when you're playing. Your music really does tell us what to do." Avoncroft Folk Dance Club dancer

"I always try to be there when Rufty Tufty is on the programme for our club night" Mary, experienced club dancer

"You got the speed just right for us" Stratford on Avon Folk Dance Club dancer

"I love to hear the banjo." One of our callers!

"Can you come and play at our Christmas Party night?" Bishop's Tachbrook Folk Dance Club Secretary

"Thank you for your patience Rufty Tufty, when we had to start again" Bishop's Tachbrook Folk Dance Club dancer

"Just a quick BIG thank you for my party barn dance. Everyone enjoyed it. It was fab. Thank you." Carolanne, Cookhill

"I wanted to thank you for the fantastic ceilidh at our wedding, everyone had a fantastic time and it was exactly as we hoped." Emma, Ashorne

"Many thanks for the great performance on Saturday evening. I think most of our guests have participated in the dance and it seems like everyone had a great time! " Chen, Stow-on-the-Wold

"A massive thank you to you all for making my 50th so special EVERYONE loved it and I really appreciate your enthusiasm and management of the event." Sue, Solihull

"The barn dance format worked very well for us as an inclusive entertainment and your courteous, kind and no-fuss manner in setting up and leading us in the dancing was much appreciated." Phil and Cath, Bromsgrove

"Thank you very much for doing a great job at our wedding. Everyone enjoyed the music and the dancing." Graham and Sylvia, Ashorne

"A very professional job." Barman, Ashorne

"Just what we wanted. Everyone enjoyed listening to your music." Ruby wedding anniversary in a real barn, Priors Marston

"How soon do we have to book you for next year?" Village green dance organiser, Broadwell

Listen to samples of Rufty Tufty playing:
Barn Dance tunesSpaceman ,Old Steamer ,Log Cabin ,Oh Susanna ,Bonnie Doon
Playford tunesDick's Maggot ,Childgrove ,Geud Man Of Ballangigh ,Never Love Thee More
Contra tunesNew Rigged Ship ,Over The Waterfall

We recommend that you listen to these recordings using headphones or a good quality sound system because this will give a more reliable impression of the way we sound than most PC speakers.