About Rufty Tufty

Who's Who?

Running a Barn Dance

Dance - Long Cross


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Rufty Tufty - English Traditional Folk Dance Band

Rufty Tufty is a versatile 3-piece barn dance and ceilidh band based in the heart of Warwickshire near Stratford-on-Avon. We play a variety of instruments, such as fiddle, mandolin, banjo, keyboard, recorder and guitar, in all of the different styles of music needed for a successful dance.

If you are thinking of having a barn dance or ceilidh, Rufty Tufty may be just who you need to play the music which will make your dance go with a swing. We have tunes from all of the British traditions, English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh, plus America and Europe, and even some we have written ourselves, so you are bound to hear some music you are familiar with, and probably some new tunes too.

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

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 you and your guests have a great time.

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.

Most venues require the use of a PA system and we have our own fully-tested equipment and, of course, we are fully insured.

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

New To try out a simple dance see 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.

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 Email info@ruftytufty.net

Some nice things people have said about us recently:

"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 Rufty Tufty playing:
JigsWhose Jig ,Major Mackie
ReelsThe Old Steamer ,Log Cabin ,Oh Susanna
HornpipeWaltzing Matilda
WaltzesBonnie Doon ,The Banks Of The Tyne
OtherRufty Tufty ,Dick's Maggot

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.