Our Diary

Forthcoming Dates | Past Dates

Rufus Return have played at Local Festivals, Regional Ceilidhs and many smaller private events, such as Weddings, Birthdays, Retirement parties, Fund Raising events etc.

Please contact us if you are interested in booking Rufus Return for an event.

Forthcoming Events/Gigs:


Date Event/Gig Location  

Past Events/Gigs:


Date Event/Gig Location Photos
19.08.2017 Wedding Tadley
01.07.2017 Wedding Romsey
06.05.2017 Private Function Portsmouth
16.03.2017 Private Function Hayling Island
23.02.2017 Private Function Hayling Island
18.02.2017 Wedding West Meon
10.02.2017 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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28.01.2017 Birthday Party Stockbridge
27.01.2017 Private Function Middle Wallop
10.10.2016 Private Function Portsmouth
24.09.2016 Birthday Party Staines
10.09.2016 Wedding Minstead
20.08.2016 Birthday Party Bashley
31.07.2016 Wedding Celebration Farnham
27.07.2016 Private Function Winchester
02.07.2016 Corporate function Slough View Photos
25.06.2016 Birthday Party Winchester
"BIG thank you to Nigel & his band for last night. They did a fantastic job - the dance floor was never empty. A lovely evening for all our guests"

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18.06.2016 Wedding Minstead
"Thank you SO much for coming to play at our wedding in Minstead. We had the most amazing day & the ceilidh really was the perfect way to spend out evening. I know all opf the guests had a brilliant time and lots of people have said how well you played and what a fab caller you are Brendan. I shall be thoroughly recommending you to anyone who asks! Thanks again, you really did help to make our day completely unforgettable."

Sarah & Duncan - bride & groom
02.06.2016 Wedding Winchester
"Just to say THANK YOU so much! We had a brilliant wedding and great fun dancing. Even Ed with his knee! All the guests said how much fun it was. Most had never heard of a ceilidh. Please pass on our thanks to the band. "

Beckie - 
28.05.2016 Best Bash in Bashley Bashley!
18.05.2016 Wedding Salisbury
"Just wanted to email to say thanks for playing at our wedding on the 18th May. The music was great and everybody had a great time. You did a great job of getting people up and dancing, both Charley and I wanted to stay and dance longer when we had to go." "

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13.05.2016 Wedding Chichester
07.05.2016 Wedding New Forest
"Just a quick note to say a huge thank you to you and the band for our wedding. You were amazing and everyone loved it. It really got people up and dancing, but more importantly having fun!! Please extend our thanks to the band as well, they were exceptional...a very talented bunch. Thanks again Jon&Sarah "

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16.04.2016 Fundraiser Newbury
30.01.2016 Burns Night Botley
23.01.2016 Burns Night Botley
16.01.2016 Burns Night Gosport
09.01.2016 Wedding Anniversary Portsmouth
21.11.2015 Private Function Wimbourne
31.10.2015 Private Function Ringwood
"Thanks Rufus for a fantastic night on 31st oct with Brendan and co.   It was great music, the band were lovely and Brendan was a master at calling and judging the mood etc.   Really helped make the evening very special.  I'm still getting messages from people saying they haven't had so much fun for years!!   May the barn dance live on!! Thanks again to all, Helen and David "

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09.10.2015 Private Function Chichester
"Hi Brendan Thank you so much for such a fantastic evening on Friday! I am so sorry I didn’t meet you but sadly my husband and I were both laid low with colds. Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the band and hopefully next year we will  host another. Best wishes Alison Nicholds "

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19.09.2015 Private Function Poole
29.08.2015 BMW Motorcycle Bash Winchester
21.08.2015 Private Function Broughton
26.07.2015 Private Function Beaulieu
"Hey Brendan and the band, Thank you so much for last night. You guys were amazing and we have had loads of compliments from friends and family. We will definitely be booking you up again for family do's and recommend you to others. Nick apologises for not getting a chance to see you to say hi or bye properly! All the best Sarah x "

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18.07.2015 Private Function Beaulieu
04.07.2015 Private Function Wimboure
27.06.2015 private function eastleigh
13.06.2015 Private Function Wimbourne
11.04.2015 private function portsmouth
21.02.2015 private function cadnam
31.01.2015 private function botley
24.01.2015 private function Petersfield
23.01.2015 private function gosport
31.12.2014 private function southsea
17.05.2014 Private function Waterlooville
"Hi, Just wanted to email to say thanks for playing at our wedding on the 17th May. The music was great and everybody had a great time. You did a great job of getting people up and dancing, both Charley and I wanted to stay and dance longer when we had to go. Thanks Jack and Charley"

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04.01.2014 Private function Totton
"Dear Brendan, Polly, the legend Phil, Danny and Ian, Thank you all for a truly amazing fun filled 40th birthday celebration on Saturday. Everyone said they had such a brilliant time and commented on how talented you guys all are. Thank you for making it such a memorable occasion. Guests remarked they haven’t laughed so much in ages. I am thrilled that nearly everyone felt compelled to join in, even my non dancing husband. Which was a massive feat! I’m so glad that I chose your band to play at my party, based on the feedback and tunes on your website, you more than exceeded my expectations, you sound phenomenal and were exceptional value for money. You guys were absolutely incredible, thank you so much. Kindest regards and all good wishes, "

Jenny  - 
28.09.2013 Private function Minstead, New Forest
"Hi Brendan,   Some weeks have passed from our wedding, so we’ve been reflecting on the big day!   We just wanted to personally thank you for being such an important part of our wedding!  The ceilidh went down an absolute storm - people are still talking about it and they will do for some time to come!  (Ignore my horrific drunken dancing!).   You have come highly recommended from us and I know that all who attended will spread the good word of Rufus Return J   All the best for the future,   Gorran & Sarah"

Gorran & Sarah - 
06.09.2013 Private Function Winchester
" To everyone in Rufus return, Thank you so much for the fantastic ceilidh you provided at our wedding at Lainston House on the 6th September. It was an exceptionally happy day which culminated in a fantastic evening which our guests have not stopped talking about yet! Everyone had so much fun and it was a way of getting everyone of all ages involved, up on their feet and having a great time. Thank you to the caller for her patience and energy and thank you to the rest of you for great music and creating such an electric atmosphere. With many thanks again, Marianne and Andrew Oswell. "

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24.08.2013 Private Function Whiteley
03.08.2013 private function Stockbridge
"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding, on the 3rd of August. The band was great and Nigel did an excellent job at getting everyone involved. We had a wonderful time and our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and frequently comment on how great you all were. We will be highly recommending you to any family and friends who are looking for a ceilidh band and hope to have your band in our company again in the future. Kind Regards Shaun and Alex"

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27.07.2013 Private Function Winchester
01.06.2013 Private Function Southampton
04.05.2013 Private Function Chichester
"Hi Brendan, Thank you so much for a great evening on Saturday – the band and the Nigel were excellent and everyone enjoyed themselves, as you could see! Although I was a bit disappointed at first that your fiddle player wasn’t able to make it, the music sounded great and nobody knew you were one person down. Several people have asked me how I found you and I think you may well get some enquiries for other events as a result! It was a great party and I am so pleased I decided to have a ceilidh, as all ages joined in, and even people who don’t usually dance were up on the floor – as you may have realised in some of the more complicated numbers! The one where the women ‘take the men’s line’ and vice versa had me in tears of laughter – our group were all over the place but it was enormous fun anyway. Thank you again and please pass on our appreciation to the rest of the band. Best wishes, Hilary "

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20.04.2013 Private Function Winchester
02.02.2013 Private Function Bashley, New Forest
25.01.2013 Burns Night Portsmouth
12.01.2013 Private Party Chichester
24.11.2012 Private Function Chichester
"Dear Brendan, Polly, Phil and Nigel! Thank you so much for making my Birthday party very special and memorable. Everyone had a great time and lot's of fun. We had so many positive comments about the music. And I personally hope to dance some more to your music very soon! Best Wishes Bettina"

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22.09.2012 Private Function Portsmouth
09.09.2012 Private Function Chessington
01.09.2012 Private Function Fareham
31.08.2012 Private Function Twyford
04.08.2012 Private Function Portsmouth
30.06.2012 private Function Beckenham
06.05.2012 Private Function Bashley
05.05.2012 Private Function Eastleigh
21.04.2012 Private Function Bursledon
03.03.2012 Private Function Portsmouth
17.12.2011 Private Function Locks Heath
"Just a quick note to say thanks so much for making Hugh's party such a fantastic evening. Everyone commented on how brilliant the band was and I hope you will get a lot of business from it!!! Ian the caller was great to and made sure everyone got up and had a dance so all in all, a fabulous night was had by all."

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12.11.2011 Private Function Chichester
05.11.2011 Private Function Fareham
""We wanted a Ceilidh at our Wedding so that everyone could join and have fun. Rufus return were perfect. They are tight, talented and fun. They got everybody involved and we would recommend them for a relaxed happy evening of dancing". Thanks"

Andrew - 
29.10.2011 Private Function Isle of Wight
"Rufus Return were great, we had a fantastic time hope you did too. You played, we jigged and it was a brilliant night"

Heather - 
15.10.2011 Private Function Basingstoke
14.10.2011 Private Function West Meon
01.10.2011 Private Function West Meon
"Dear Rufus. Just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic job you did playing at our wedding. We absolutely loved it - especially our first dance and the goodbye circle at the end! You got everyone on their feet and dancing, and we had so many compliments about the music from the guests. Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding a very special and memorable day."

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24.09.2011 Private Function Portsmouth
07.09.2011 Private Function Botley
03.09.2011 Private Function West Meon
20.08.2011 Private Function Southampton
19.08.2011 Private Function West Meon
11.08.2011 Private Function Itchen Abbas
"Dear Rufus Return We just wanted to say thank you for playing at our wedding at Itchen Abbus. You played a huge part in making it a perfect day. It was wonderful that EVERYONE was involved in the final dance which is a tribute to your quality! You will certainly be recommended! "

Julia & Nick - 
06.08.2011 Private Function Bashley
02.07.2011 Private Function Netheravon
18.06.2011 Private Function Trowbridge
05.06.2011 Private Function West Meon
21.05.2011 Private Function Salisbury
12.03.2011 Private Function Alton
05.02.2011 Private Function London
21.01.2011 Private Function Gosport
06.11.2010 Private Function Bashley
08.10.2010 Private Function West Meon
02.10.2010 Private Function Itchen Abbus
25.09.2010 Private Function East Meon
17.09.2010 Privae Function Twyford
29.08.2010 Beer Festival Kings Head Pub, Hursley
20.07.2010 Traveling World
09.01.2010 M27 Megabop Nursling Village Hall, Nursling Street, Southampton, SO16 0XH
03.10.2009 Boaz Chilidh Stockbridge
12.09.2009 Private Function Newbury
08.09.2009 Private Function Southampton
05.09.2009 Private Function Botley
04.09.2009 Private Function Titchfield
16.08.2009 Private Function Dorchester
25.07.2009 Private Function Bashley
18.07.2009 Private Function Basingstoke
17.07.2009 Private Function Totton
10.07.2009 Private Function Twyford
04.07.2009 Private Function West Meon
07.06.2009 Private Function East Meon
06.06.2009 Private Function Weymouth
"Just wanted to say thank you so much for yesterday. You guys were wonderful and everyone loved you. Thank you so much"

Lyns and Amy - 
30.05.2009 Private Function Sherfield
16.05.2009 Private Function Botley
02.05.2009 Private Function Totton
28.03.2009 Private Function Southampton
"Just to say thank you again for Saturday night. Everyone has recovered a little now. It was an excellent night. Thanks again."

Mark - 
14.03.2009 Private Function Botley
28.02.2009 Private Function Southampton
31.01.2009 Private Function Southampton
"Thank you to Rufus Return and Lisa for making Carly’s 21st such a fantastic night. Everyone from age 8 to 88 enjoyed the night and can’t wait for the next one. So many people have mentioned how good they thought ‘the band’ were and we have passed your name on to them so expect some future bookings."

Sue Simmering - 
19.12.2008 Private Function Portsmouth
08.11.2008 Private Function Verwood, Dorset
01.11.2008 Private Function Titchfield
25.10.2008 Private Function Southampton Uni
18.10.2008 National Ceilidh Bishops Waltham
11.10.2008 Private Function Warnborough
27.09.2008 Boaz Barn Dance Winchester
"Thank you for a lovely evening again - you do a great job and the calling was just right for a mixed clientel like us! Are you free next year?"

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13.09.2008 Megabop Southampton
12.09.2008 Private Function Portsmouth
"Just wanted to say a massive thank you for making my hubby's suprise birthday barn dance such a massive hit! Everybody had such a great night and all the guests have been contacting us singing your praises! There were so many (including hubby!) who were completely new to barn dancing and who are now converts! That's all down to your amazing band and your fantastic caller. We had such fun and feel confident we will see you again soon as all our guests have been asking for your contact details!"

Jo - 
06.09.2008 Private Function Wellington, Somerset
17.08.2008 Private Function Petersfield
16.08.2008 Private Function Southampton
02.08.2008 Private Fuction Romsey
"Our wedding day was truly fantastic and you guys were a big part in making it so. Everybody really enjoyed the music and dancing, The perfect end to a perfect day. Weren't we lucky? Anyway thanks for your's, the band's and Ian's efforts. "

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26.07.2008 Private Function Andover
12.07.2008 Private Function Salisbury
05.07.2008 Private Function Portsmouth
08.06.2008 Private function Southampton
03.05.2008 Private Function Winchester
28.02.2008 University Gig Southampton
12.01.2008 Wedding Fareham
"Hello Brendan, just wanted to say a BIG thank you for the marvellous time we had at our wedding reception. We have had so many of our guests tell us what a great choice it was to have you play and how much they enjoyed the evening. The whole day was fantastic and you did us proud with the entertainment. It was so good to see the whole age range on the dance floor. I hope you enjoyed it too. I think you may well have at least one more booking from amongst our guests! Thanks again."

Mark & Ann Lucas - bride & groom
24.11.2007 Private Function Portsmouth
20.10.2007 Ruff Ceilidhs Cardiff
01.09.2007 Wedding Andover
11.08.2007 Wedding Bristol
27.07.2007 Private Function Isle of Wight
23.07.2007 Wedding Winchester
13.07.2007 Private Function East Grinstead
07.07.2007 Private Function East Grinstead
23.06.2007 Private Function Stockbridge
16.06.2007 Wedding Portsmouth
"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding reception on Saturday 16th June at the Lee-On-The-Solent Community Centre. Everyone had an absolutely wonderful time. The dance floor was never empty! Thank you for making our evening so special - and a big thank you to Nigel for his patience trying to explain all the moves for each dance! We can honestly say that every person we have spoken to since the wedding has not stopped talking about the ceilidh - it was a huge success. You are a very talented group and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending you to friends and family. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our day so memorable. All the very best and long may you continue to make people get up and dance the night away!"

Kate & Pete Warburton - bride & groom
09.06.2007 Private Function Cranleigh
03.06.2007 Private Function East Meon
12.05.2007 Private Function Petersfield
28.04.2007 Wedding Amesbury
"Dear all, we just wanted to express our thanks to you all for making our wedding so very special. We had a fantastic time, the band was terrific, Nigel was great and a wonderful, memorable time was had by all. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend other couples to try something different and book you for their wedding as it is certainly a great way to get people who don't know each other to mix. A stonking good evening to end the perfect day. Thank you."

Angie & Mark Pooke - bride & groom
24.03.2007 Wedding Basingstoke
20.01.2007 Party Salisbury
11.11.2006 Meltdown Ceilidh Lewes
23.09.2006 Wedding Portsmouth
12.08.2006 Wedding Northampton
15.07.2006 Social East Grinstead
07.07.2006 Social Salisbury
"The band were fantastic and the caller was very good - not too bossy and he managed to get everyone up on the dance floor and include everyone."

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01.07.2006 Wedding Gloucester
24.06.2006 Wedding Isle of Wight
"Hi there, we really enjoyed the wedding ceilidh, everyone was so enthusiastic, the music was great and the caller made the whole event go excellently. Thank you so much for the evening, we will be in touch again no doubt..."

Ruth & Lionel Hilton - bride & groom
10.06.2006 Wedding Isle of Wight
"A very big thank you for playing at our wedding. Rufus really ended the day on a high. The dance floor was full for every dance thanks to your excellent encouragement and enthusiasm. The send-off you gave Justin and I was such fun and very memorable."

Sarah & Justin - bride & groom
29.05.2006 Summer Ceilidh North Boarhunt View Photos
"Many thanks for a brilliant evening on Monday, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. And it was good for us to break the habit of a lifetime and have a different and equally excellent band! We had many appreciative comments as people left, so once again, many thanks and best wishes to all the band."

Charles - event organiser
20.05.2006 Wedding Alton
"Thanks ever so much for playing at our wedding on the 20th May. Everyone said how much they enjoyed the set.... We had a fabulous time thanks in large part to your band! Best Wishes."

Kath & Ian Tubby - bride & groom