This is really a "cakewalk" tune - "barndance" is just the nearest category. It was composed by Kerry Mills in 1899. It’s the kind of tune that’s almost totally out of fashion these days - although I do recall someone playing at once at our old-timey sessin in Bristol (UK).
Notwithstanding the above, I’ve just noticed that someone has recently posted a recording that includes it:
… and I’ve also fould that a member here requested it in a discussion:
Hence my posting!
The cross-referencing system of session.org has just indicated to me that - as well as the recording I’ve already mentioned - there are seven other recordings posted here that include this tune.
I must say that I’m surprised!
Curious, I’m pretty sure this was submitted previously, but maybe before things opened up. It was played and danced to Ireland, see the recordings. I’d heard it and collected it from numerous sources, including, if memory hasn’t failed me, from the McCusker Brothers…
Re: Whistling Rufus
I played in a brass band many years ago and we used to march to this tune, along with another tune called Lazy Pete.