Events


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.

March

Vanilla Radio


Friday 17th March- 9.15pm

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

NC4OM


Saturday 18th March - 9.15pm

Showing their love of country music, NC4OM cover a wide range of tracks the ‘train beat’ style of Johnny Cash, the alt stylings of Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams to the more laid back style of Freedy Johnson all mixed with punk attitude.

Tinker's Cuss


Sunday 19th March - 4pm

Something special for a Sunday afternoon, a good old fashioned sing-a- long with this popular local band who often number 7 or more members with great instrumental variety. They hail primarily from Bridport playing a varied selection of music from classics of the 50's and 60's to modern and contemporary covers that together embrace the decades of popular music.

Sunset Café Stompers


Monday 20th March - 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.

The Guns of Navarone


Friay 24th March - 9.15pm

You all know what to expect… Classic Ska with Big Brass Sounds and Skanking Rhythms. Guaranteed to make you Dance and Smile!

The Junco Shakers


Saturday 25th March - 9.15pm

Taking influences from 40’s rock n roll, skiffle, reggae, blues and jazz artists such as big Joe Turner, Leadbelly, Lonnie Donegan, Muddy Waters and Louis Prima. With Mitch Ratcliffe on double bass, Ben Gunn beating the washboard & driving blues harmonica, Sam La’penn and Gaz playing acoustic guitars, topped off with gospel vocal harmonies are making Junco Shakers create their own style of authentic music dubbed “Skiffllebilly Swing”. Throwing music back to its roots whilst crafting contemporary songs.

Jerry Bird


Sunday 26th March 4pm

Folk musician, historian and author Jerry Bird plays an afternoon of folk music.

Imprints


Friday 31st March 9.15pm

Imprints are a gypsy, folk, shanty, rock band based in Bristol, UK.  They bring a high-octane, frantic yet focused spin on the current folk-rock genre and ensure every performance is a memorable knees-up foot-stomping jigging occasion! Founded in 2011 in Falmouth by Andy Truckle (lead vocals & guitar) and Vince Martin (violin & vocals), Imprints moved to Bristol in 2014 and have been gigging as a five piece with band members and long-time friends Annie Wright (vocals), Tom Cornwall (drums & vocals) and Tom Bangham (bass).

April

Windslide


Saturday 1st April 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.

Chris Nunn


Sunday 2nd April 4pm

Better known to the locals as Aussie Chris this man will astound. Songs and tunes full of character and charm.

Nick and Si's Open Mic Night


Wednesday 5th April 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.

Shelby's Elbows


Friday 7th April 9.15pm

An acoustic duo from deepest darkest Dorset, playing a variety of covers, from Nirvana to Neil Young, Seal to Skynyrd, Dire Straits to Turin Brakes and anything in between.

Tapioca


Saturday 8th April 9.15pm

The band that stormed the last ever Endorse-it- in-Dorset Festival this band play a selection of brilliant Pub Rock. Think Dr. Feelgood and Eddie and the Hot Rods. This will be a night of getting down and dirty!

TBC


Sunday 9th April

 

Cheese Club


Wednesday 12th April

The Cheese Club has now been going for over four years with participants having tried hundreds of different cheeses. This month we bring a selection of six artisanal cheeses from Spain, all served with a selection of crackers and accompaniments. Tickets are available from the bar. Get your tickets early for this popular night as we have limited spaces.

Behind Closed Doors


Friday 14th April 9.15pm

A couple of local yokels who decided it would be fun to play covers in a metal style with some humour attached and suddenly found that people liked it! Expect very special versions of those favourite songs you know.

Jack Scrumpy & The Moonshiners


Saturday 15th April 9.15pm

This band is Scrumpy and Western but with a vibrant and original twist. Parody, Originals and covers. Its about everyone feeling good and enjoying themselves!

Harpin' on


Sunday 16th April 7pm

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.

Sunset Café Stompers


Monday 17th April 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.

Mojo


Friday 20th April 9.15pm

Rock, Reggae, Soul and Funk Covers from the 60s to now!

Exclave


Saturday 22nd April 9.15pm

The brilliant fiddle player who we know from the band Elephant Talk and also playing with Arnie Cottrell now comes with his new band Exclave. Should be fun!

Mutter Slater


Sunday 23rd April 4pm

– 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 songwriting 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.

Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls


Friday 28th April 9.15pm

Imagine a British punk band playing a sleazy 1930’s New Orleans nightclub, armed only with acoustic instruments from 1890’s Tennessee and you are half way there! Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls - Throwing Old Time, Alt Country and Punk into a backwoods still to make musical moonshine!!!

Pronghorn


Saturday 29th April 9.15pm

In 1992 when grunge was what every self respecting alternative music fan was into, a group of friends who decided to go against the grain formed a band that the likes of Dorset and the world had never seen. 20 odd years ago they started off by busking outside Debenhams in Bournemouth and then played their first gig at the Brunswick Hotel in Charminster. It was after that gig they received their first ever review too- on collection of their gear the following morning, they discovered the landlord's dog had left a rather large message by the drum kit. The band was put together from the ashes of skiffle outfit  'Hoedown at Hanks'. a Cult tribute band ' Blue Rain' and local upstarts 'the Crunchy Tractors and quickly went onto busking outside more salubrious locations, Amsterdam Central Station, Copenhagen Homeless Hostels and Cherbourg docks to name but a few. As the band's sound evolved with a mash of punk, country and rockabilly which brought together the band’s very own genre “Cowpunk”, proper gigs soon followed and then the festivals came calling.. The line up has seen many changes over the years but the founder members, Toni Viagra and Lamma are still there, along with newbies(!) Ffi, Krusty, Gypo, Aussie Mike and Andy Law- who've only done the last twelve years or so.