The Ropemakers is a popular local venue offering regular live music, open mic nights, a monthly chese club, a weekly quiz, a meat draw, and various events throughout the year.


Tori Reed and the Tall Travelling Troubadours

Friday 2nd June - 9.15pm

Local super group ready and willing to entertain.


Saturday 3rd June - 9.15pm

We found this excellent band busking in Exeter and asked them to come along and play at The Ropemakers. Blending didge, cigar box guitar and cajon this band takes the roots out of roots. Expect a good dose of alternative Americana and blues to dance your socks of to.

Logan Carter

Sunday 4th June - 4pm

We welcome Logan back for our Sunday Sessions. Logan Carter is a modern day singer songwriter residing in the West Country, writing songs to capture a moment and mood, full of passion and vibrancy.

Nick and Si's Open Mic Night

Wednesday 7th June - 8.30pm

Pack your talent and leave the safety of the bedroom and come on down and strut your inner rock star so that all can enjoy. All types of musician and poet welcomed. Better come early to book yer space.

The Mutter Slater Band

Friday 9th June - 9.15pm

Mutter Slater was the front man and flute player for the 70’s cult band Stackridge (produced by George Martin, signed by Elton John): a group that established itself as a firm favourite on countless stages throughout the land and appeared regularly on BBC TV’s The Old Grey Whistle Test and John Peel’s radio programmes. After Stackridge, Mutter returned to a life of quiet domesticity in the South West of England. The song-writing and performing bug eventually got the better of him, leading to the formation of his band and a return to the recording studios – Love & Hate 2006; Riding A Hurricane 2008 (produced by Billy Bragg) and 2014’s Absobloodylutely. His songs reflect his primary interest in 60’s American blues, soul and R’n’B as well as his persistent addiction to a ‘half decent tune’. The music is warm, harmonically panoramic and edgy. Lyrically it’s intriguing; telling of human strengths and frailties and illicit loves, bar room observations, train rides, bus rides, long walks and cosmic disintegration.

Lady Winwood's Maggot

Saturday 10th June - 9.15pm

Sometimes an angel choir. Sometimes a silent screaming maelstrom. The Clash mating with Johnny Cash. Lady Winwoods Maggot have been storming the south for many years with their unique style of Death Western. Fusing traditional American and Irish music with self-written songs and presenting them with an old-school punk attitude. Banjo, Mandolin and Acoustic Guitar are backed with thunderous Drums and Bass. This is a band who believes in putting on a show, with their own full scale lighting rig, stage attire and presence they bring to the audience an energetic and absorbing performance that exudes an incredible atmosphere guaranteed to liven the crowd at any venue, festival or event.

Stuart O'Connor

Sunday 11th June = 4pm

1600 shows in 8 years and counting as a full time touring musician. 7 tours in Japan, 5 in New Zealand, Netherlands & Italy, 3 in Australia, 2 in Germany, France, Poland and one off tours in South Korea, Czech Rep, Austria & Thailand aswell as numerous trips round the UK. Stuart has shared billings with a weird and wonderful who’s who from the musical world including: Cocco (Japan), Ocean Colour Scene, Little Bushman (New Zealand), Ed Sheeran, The Subways, James Bay, The Staves, George Barnett, Ed Tudor Pole, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Easy Star All Stars to Billy Cobham. Stuart has carved a living with 7 albums under his belt. His music has been used in schools and colleges aswell as on television and in documentaries and has attracted attention from record labels but has chosen to remain independent.

Cheese Club

Wednesday 14th June 7.30pm and 8.30pm

Dorset Artisan Cheese and Cocktails – Special Cheese Club for the Food Festival with six cheeses from the Peasants Revolution paired with cocktails from local legend and mixologist Lloyd Brown. Tickets are £6.50 for the cheese only or £15.00 to include three cocktails. Booking is essential as we have limited space.

Harpin' On

Friday 16th June - 9.15pm

Harpin’ On are a unique harp led, swamp rockin’ band. Influenced by legends such as Little Walter, Slim Harpo and Tony Joe White, they play original songs with a few covers thrown in for good measure. Little Dave’s vintage harmonica sounds, hypnotic riffs and catchy melodies blend genres from 50s rock’n’roll, blues, R’N’B to the swamp of the Deep South.

Davey Malone and the Longtails

Saturday 17th June - 9.15pm

Davey Malone & The Longtails are the new musical offering from Scary Dave, best known as front man of punk skiffle outfit Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs. Davey is accompanied by a few well-chosen friends and together they will be unleashing themselves on a stage near you! "A folk-punk phenomenon, a dark and dodgy dealer in high tragedy, comedy and sparkling morality. He'll have you laughing, weeping and thinking things you won't want to mention in polite company. Blending powerful political folk numbers with comic ditties, Davey seizes the crowd's attention with charisma and talent both, and delivers entertainment in spades" - The Good Gig Guide

Doozer McDooze

Sunday 18th June - 4pm

Doozer McDooze is a singer songwriter from Essex. He has passion to play everywhere and ... anywhere; from venues to car parks, squats, campfires, backs of vans, queues, the street, coffee shops, pubs and house parties...

Sunset Cafe Stompers

Monday 17th June - 8.15pm

The Sunset Cafe was a top night-spot on Chicago’s infamous South Side. Al Capone owned it, Louis Armstrong starred there. The Sunset Cafe Stompers do play the music of that period... great tunes from Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller... but the band’s wide repertoire also features songs made famous by artists as diverse as Patsy Cline, Marilyn Monroe, the Inkspots, Fats Domino... even Elvis. Beneath it all, one can sense the elusive, shifting, pulse which defines the sound of New Orleans. In that city, ever since the 1900s, bands have been hired to attract a crowd, or to add spirit and generate excitement for all kinds of occasion. Throughout the last twenty years we have followed in that tradition: playing jazz clubs, concerts for churches, arts centres, village dances, weddings, festivals, funerals, garden parties... from our Dorset/Somerset base, down to Cornwall and up to Cumbria.

The Velvet Doonicans

Friday 23rd June - 9.15pm

Arnie Cottrell is very untidy. A multi- instrumentalist and singer based in the south of England, he has been performing and recording acoustic music for many years on both sides of the Atlantic. His current band is The Velvet Doonicans, with Matt Tarling and Rick Foot.

Vanilla Radio

Saturday 24th June - 9.15pm

Vanilla Radio are a Dorchester based 4-piece funk rock explosion!

Chris Deacon

Sunday 24th June - 9.15pm

Some gentle Sunday afternoon folk and other tunes to while away time.

To Be Confirmed

Friday 30th June