An English Ceilidh Band with a decided sense of light and shade in their music. Very few bands manage to vary the character and pace of tune convincingly during a dance, bringing in lighter phrasing for example, or slowing the music down. Rufus Return manage this very nicely. The majority of bands do only seem able to speed up an tune and wind up the excitement through a dance. They are, if anything, slightly on the 'rock ceilidh' side of the spectrum of styles and an exception to the Accordion Rule.

When I saw them they also played a mean schottische. Keep an eye out for them.


... still on the speeches

Rufus Return, 1999

  • Karly Boy (Andrew Perkin, Cop. Con.) / Calliope House (Dave Richardson, Gilderoy Music)
  • The Solstice Reel (Jason Little, Cop. Con.)
  • The Kesh Jig / The Rakes of Kildare (Trad)
  • My Young Man / Rufus Rag (Andrew Perkiss, Cop. Con.)
  • Brenda's Polka (Andrew Perkiss, Cop. Con.) / Indian Queen
  • Lark Rise
  • Time to Ring Some Changes (Richard Thompson)
  • My love is but a lassie / Atholl Highlanders / Cock o' the North (Trad)
  • Aiken Drum / Boatie Rows / McJohns Trousers (Trad)
  • Getting up Stairs / Pleasures of the Town (3 round 3) (Trad)
  • Gigue d'Osca / Gigue de la Bolduc (Trad)