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RUFTY TUFTY. English, Country Dance Tune (2/2 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC (Sharp): ABCC (Barnes, Karpeles, Raven). The melody with directions for a country dance (for sets of two couples) was first published by John Playford in his English Dancing Master (1651), but was dropped from the long-running series of editions after the first volume. The third strain consists of six bars, repeated, while the first two contain eight measures each. The meaning of "rufty-tufty" is 'rumbustious, boisterous, and rough, tough'.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Barlow (The Complete Country Dances from Playford’s Dancing Master), 1986; No. 85, p. 34. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Karpeles & Schofield (A Selection of 100 English Folk Dance Airs), 1951; p. 12. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; pp. 25 & 44 (the latter page is a reprint of the Playford MS). Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 18.

Recorded sources: - Familiar Records FAM 47, Pyewackett - "7 To Midnight" (1985). Harmonia Mundi Records, The Broadside Band & Jeremy Barlow - "Arbeau & Playford: Danses Populaires Françaises" (1986). Maggie’s Music MMCD216, Hesperus - “Early American Roots” (1997).



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