Mike features in this EFDSS Youtube Clip

What is Country Dancing?


Mike on TV

In summer 2019 Allcock & Brown were filmed for an episode of  

Back in Time For the Corner Shop for BBC2

Mike and Chris are in the first episode,  

Tuesday 25th February 2020 just repeated on 19th January 2021

Mike also managed about 2 seconds of solo maypole for a mayday feature  for BBC  News

Video & Audio This section now has 3 online mini concerts, a Mummers Play and a short audio presentation for COAM about the mAy teams appearance there. There are also videos of Quicksilver and links to a whole range of recorded tracks from Mike’s varied career.

Sadly Allcock & Brown will be calling it a day after 11 years of fun. We will still be available for a farewell gig or two but both of us are focused on other things. Of course, the CDs are still in the shop and they make wonderful Christmas presents with all the cheerful songs.  

Cambridge Museum of Technology


Mike Ruff looks at the museum from a new angle, taking the Museum’s collections of printing presses, a steam powered pumping station and radio and recording equipment as a starting point Mike will look at the impact these technologies had on our cultural heritage using some folk songs and tunes as illustrations.

Filmed onsite at the Museum over two days at the Museum in August by Josie Halls and with additional information from Pam Halls the Museum Manager this webinar went out live in various formats on Monday 14 September

   To see the webinar  Click Here or  Here via Facebook


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maypole in lockdown the mAy team at Spring Live! 2021

June 2021

It’s been far too long and it is still painfully slow but things are happening

the mAy team –

We now own the large Maypole from the Countryfile Live shows and it has a new home at the Chiltern Open Air Museum where it was introduced on May 23rd along with a range of other dances. Some of the pictures went mildly infectious if hardly viral. More will follow over the next few months as the Museum expand their programme.

We also were invited to perform at Spring Live  and were able to put shows together after consulting the government’s rules for “Performing Arts in a Professional Context” and adapting our repertoire to allow for more social distancing.

Spring Live 2021

Socially distanced maypole in 2020

installing the maypole

the mAy team  at Spring Live!

Installing the maypole at COAM

Tradamis & EducationClaire Butler and Tim Walker will be doing two days teaching at Bourne Westfield School in Lincolnshire as part of their Arts Week and I will be adding an after school Teacher Training Session. Great to have a school with vision and a chance to help them.

Meanwhile I have been reviewing my various books and it looks very likely that digital versions will be available in the next few months – watch this space

Talks – Last month I delivered an online talk for Beckenham Rotary Club which converted some sceptics to the beauty and relevance of country dancing and is likely to lead to some more events when they start their live programme once more.

Elsewhere I have now performed live at a Care Home and have bookings for a local Beavers group, a Tudor Dance party and various wedding events over the next few months while waiting for a return to Folk Dancing in the autumn.

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