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Rufus Return

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About Rufus Return

Ceilidh band
Public liability insurance of £1 million
Rufus Return are a Ceilidh/Barn Dance Band on the 'rock ceilidh' side of the spectrum. Line up of Guitar, Drums, Violin, Accordion & caller.

Rufus Return was formed in 1986 by Andrew Purkiss. The name of the band came from his surname, "Purkiss", being written on the Rufus Stone (a memorial to William the Conqueror's son, situated on the edge of The New Forest) and "Return" because Andrew had just returned from Avery Hill College in London to Southampton. The original line-up of the band was Andrew Purkiss on accordion, Phil Wood on drums, Sandy Auber on flute and Peter Atkinson calling. In 1988 Andrew met his now wife Lisa Reeves, who joined the band playing flute and recorder. In 1992 following the birth of their first child, Lisa's brother Brendan joined the band playing acoustic and bass guitar. In 1994, child number 2 was on its way (who now plays a stand in roll for our drummer - Phil), so Nina Barrell joined the band playing violin. By this time, Rufus Return were playing regularly with 4 musicians and 1 part time. So Lisa decided to have a try at calling and became the regular caller for the band. In August 2000, the Purkiss family moved to Qatar in the Middle East, so Andrew was replaced by Danny Harmer on accordion - whom Andrew had taught since the age of 5! This made Phil, our drummer, the only original member of Rufus. In 2007, Nina left the band and her place was taken by Polly who plays a Bridge Violin. Rufus have performed at festivals such as Sidmouth, Towersey, Chippenham, Winchester and The Isle of Wight and also at regional ceilidhs including Cecil Sharp House, Reeling in Ealing and M27 Megabops.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional English folk, Irish rock, Folk rock, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Various traditional tunes from all over the world along with some original compositions. We can also throw in some Traditional Irish songs:
Tell Me Ma
Irish Rover
Wild Rover
Black Velvet Band
Streams of Whiskey
Dirty Old Town
Fields of Athenry
Among many, many others.


From customers:

Client, 1 year ago

21st birthday party Andover "Hi Brendan, thank you so much to all the Rufus Return band, we had a great night, thoroughly enjoyed by all, and I do hope you didn't get too cold beforehand... Thanks also for your flexibility with timings and announcements, planned or spontaneous!

Alison, 2 years ago

School Fundraiser Chichester "Thank you so much for making our Barn Dance on Friday night such a success! Great fun and great exercise!! The music was fantastic, we were all very impressed by your skills and your instruments, especially the funky violin!! We raised approx. £500.00 which will be extremely useful for the School in times of low budgets. We have had requests for another Barn Dance asap , so please may we use you again!! Many thanks to you all Best wishes Alison x

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