The Legendary snakeSNAKEsnake

Friday 18th May 9.30pm

The Legendary snakeSNAKEsnake are a musical Burrow hill-billy three piece from Somerset featuring guitar, banjo, melodica and cello. They describe their sound as Johnny Cash meets Hayseed Dixie and The Ramones. A sort of country, cowpunk, vaudeville, mish mash. Chris (Vocals and Guitar) and Kev (Banjo, Melodica, Vocals) first played together in rowdy ska-punkateers Bucket* where they shared their love of cider, road movies and celebrity baiting. After a few years it was felt that perhaps they were ‘too old’ for punk and they turned their attention to the next logical musical step for white trash: country. Kev picked up a banjo and having long been fans of Johnny Cash, they began playing some of his songs along with other country and bluegrass numbers before beginning to work on their own compositions. They named the band after a variation on the snakebite drink (instead of cider and beer, three different ciders together).

Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs

Sat 19th May 9:15pm

Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs, Creators of the musical genre Skunk Rock (more commonly referred to as Skunk) are one of the more unusual acts playing in the UK today. Basically a skiffle band who can skiffle almost anything (including The Pussycat Dolls!) but also a comedy band who will keep you laughing all night while enjoying their own brand of musical entertainment. They seem to make themselves at home anywhere they play; from the corner of a small pub to busking outside your shop to a large outdoor stage, it doesn't matter where this band play, they can adapt their act to fit any type of venue. .... The band have supported The Levellers, Dr. & The Medics, Chas & Dave & Bad Manners, won the Maidstone Busker's Festival, played many weekend festivals including Run To The Sun, VW Expo, The Bath & West Bike Show, The Ragged Hedge Festival, Glastonbury, Bearded Theory, The Endorse-It In Dorset Festival and Beautiful Days Festival. .... Dressed in tattered suits and top hats, they grab your attention wherever they go and their tongue in cheek comedy & rock n roll skiffle and Skunk Rock will have you tapping your feet, laughing and singing along in no time...

Jim Reynolds

Sun 20th May 4:00pm

Jim Reynolds is a guitarist and singer who writes and plays an eclectic mix of music. The individual pieces tap into blues, ragtime, rhythm and blues, music hall and folk traditions. Some are extremely sensitive songs about life, people and relationships, while others are tongue in cheek. His albums are also sprinkled with classics from the likes of J.J. Cale, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Roy Orbison, the Inkspots, Jelly Roll Morton and Jimmy Rogers. Having played abroad and in the U.K., especially in Bristol, the South West, Wales, the Midlands and recently the South East, at clubs, pubs and festivals, he has honed his singing and playing, creating a rich and cohesive sound. His finely crafted songs and guitar are a pleasure to listen to and live performances are always memorable. Despite the rarity of 'happy' tunes, the wry observations and descriptions of peoples' experience are somehow uplifting, delivering a sense of humanity and intimacy.

Sunset Cafe Stompers

Mon 21st May 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 Electric Shakes

Fri 25th May 9:15pm

Sharing a mutual respect for hard working, unpretentious, music from the soul. All 3 members have clocked up an approximate total of 1,000,000,000 hours worth of playing music in some way shape or form. Done all the things you're meant to and not meant to do. Got signed, Mimed. Toured. Got bored. Lived. Loved. Laughed. Grafted. Got shafted. Made sweet sweet music. Used it. Abused it, and had a bloody laugh doing it.

Curst Sons

Sat 26th May 9:15pm

The Curst Sons have been playing their powerful stripped back take on early American traditional music since 1998. Performing mainly original material with a few distinctive arrangements of traditional songs they have released six CDs -and one 10” vinyl EP on their own Curst Mountain label. Over the years they have played venues ranging from tiny country pubs to festival main stages, appeared on several local radio shows and recorded two live sessions on the much missed Mark Lamarr BBC Radio 2 show. They were runners up in the 2013 International Song Writing Competition, nominated for Best Alt Country Album in the 10th Independent Music Awards 2011 and for Best Americana Act in the British Country Music Awards 2010.

Elfentale

Sun 27th May 4:00pm

Traditional and contemporary folk with vocal harmonies from Chris Deacon and Jess Yarham-Baker.

Samantics

Fri 1st Jun 9:15pm

He came and blew us away last October so we are having him back! Samantics is a next generation one man band. Using a loop-station and a sh*t load of instruments he creates live, multi-instrumental spoken word. He's not a stereotypical rapper, he's not into maiming and murking Gs but he does like gaming a slurping tea.

Glass Spiders

Sat 2nd Jun 9:15pm

Introducing the Glass Spiders. The Spiders from Dorset! Nick Horton and Andrew Sykes (both former Dinnerladies) together with Marc Eyre and Tony Bygrave (previously Freak Circus). With a 70s feel, Glass Spiders promise lots of Bowie, and other associated artists such as Iggy Pop, Roxy Music, T-Rex, Lou Reed, Mott the Hoople and Eno. And then add a bit of New York Dolls into the mix!

Tori Reed & Rick Foot

Sun 3rd Jun 4:00pm

Tori and Rick mix a quirky blend of genres to give something that is utterly unique, genuine and heartfelt. Tori's music goes from finger picking folk, through to jazz influenced beats, a dusting of country and vocals that could be soul. It's music that will touch hearts, get toes tapping and leave you wanting more. Born in New Zealand, raised in Australia, and having done a lot of travel, Tori has difficulty naming one place home. This affinity with being on the road has manifested itself in many songs and undoubtedly, being a wandering spirit, will do in many more.

Open Mic / Musicathon

Wed 6th Jun 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.

BEMIS

Fri 8th June 9:15pm

Bemis are recognised among their peers as a superb live act who can headline any bill. They are Gareth Howells, Louis Howells, Dillon Hughes, Mark Finn and Ian Scarbro. They're an acoustic rock group led by the songs of frontman Gareth Howells, with guitars played with attack, wrapped up in a punchy sound provided by a solid rhythm section. Getting an enviable reputation with their own take on the covers they perform, and their original songs heard across their albums.

Thin Wire Fence

Sat 9th Jun 9:15pm

TWF's music is inspired by the grittier side of the alternative rock/ country movement and their mission is to write good songs to make people feel something. The lyrics are mostly dark and cynical social commentary (DC Smith isn't known for his cheer), the songs prove pedal steel can be a rock instrument (a distortion pedal helps) and they also include a healthy dose of fuzz. The band's eclectic musical influences make for a unique sound that's not so easy to describe ('Fuzzicana' and 'Crunge' are some top suggestions), and there's a lot of energy at their live shows (Janey's percussion enthusiasm would be hard to match).

Inner City Smugglers

Sun 10th Jun 4:00pm

Inner City Smugglers are an acoustic Dorset duo with a very powerful sound. They are incredibly diverse and play music from a wide mix of genres from folk rock, house and pop in a modern contemporary style. Influences from the likes of Swedish House Mafia, Amy Macdonald and CCR bring a truly fresh feel to the music. Inner City Smugglers will play a selection of tunes from the 60’s to now that everyone will be able to enjoy and definitely get you up and dancing.

Cheese Club

Wed 13th Jun 7:30 / 8:30pm

Featuring a selection of six delicious Dorset Cheeses. Booking is essential.

Sixteen String Jack

Fri 15th Jun 9:15pm

Sixteen String Jack are a 3-piece band from Dorset that combine Americana, Irish Trad & Shanties to produce an original stripped down, unique sound. The band was formed in the summer of 2016 by Andy, Tom & Ethan three past members of the popular Bournemouth folk punk band “The Jack Ratts”. They have developed an enthusiastic & lively experience for their audience which is guaranteed to get everybody up and dancing. The guys are currently working on a new LP which is looking to be released later this year.

Wessex Pistols

Sat 16th Jun 9:15pm

All the Punk Hits (and more) Hillbilly Style ....guitar/mandolin/squeeze-box/double-bass/fiddle/stand-up drums

Craig and Alex Priddice

Sun 17th Jun 4:00pm

Craig and Alex Priddice are an acoustic duo from Street in Somerset playing covers and original compositions.

Sunset Café Stompers

Mon 18th Jun 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.

Skimmity Hitchers

Fri 22nd Jun 9:15pm

Rising from the cider soaked floors of Dorset’s back street boozers, the Skimmity Hitchers now roam the full girth of the West Country and beyond. Bringing their dry and fruity blend of Scrumpy & Western music to venues, festivals and fairs, these scrumpy swillin’ reprobates appeal to young and old, and everyone from folkies to cider punks, beardy badgers to shifty blaggers. The ‘Hitchers blend razor sharp parodies and original material with a raucous stage show, spontaneous audience interaction, cheeky banter and general cider shenanigans… In their quest to bring proper job drinkin’ music to the masses the band have stolen the show at events of all types and sizes. Highlights include Camp Bestival, Boomtown Fair, Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and headline slots at the Great Dorset Steam Fair and OutCider Festival, but there’s simply nowhere these four fruity fellas can’t instigate a good time. They have Christened children, tamed hordes of hairy bikers and even serenaded Tony Benn with his own personal number. Oh, and believe it or not they’re the first Scrumpy & Western band EVER to play the USA having toured Oregon, Washington and Vancouver BC in February 2016.

Sat 23rd Jun 9:15pm

Two Man Ting

TwoManTing was formed in 2004, when Jon Lewis and Jah-man Aggrey were working together in world/dance band Le Cod Afrique, performing at the likes of WOMAD, Montreux Jazz Festival and Glastonbury. Since then, the duo has been performing regularly throughout the UK, and particularly on the Festival circuit. Festie shows have included Glastonbury, the Secret Garden Party, Musicport, Green Man, Whychwood, Big Green Gathering, Off the Tracks, Sunrise Celebration, Broadstairs Folk Week, Small World, Waveform....to name but a few. Recent arts centre shows have incuded support slots for Mali desert-blues legends, Tinariwen, and Muntu Valdo. TwoManTing are regularly featured on UK and US radio stations. The album “Legacy” is a collection of 12 songs, some old, some new, all recorded in the Autumn of 2010. We feel it captures the essence of the live TwoManTing show, with Jon’s bouncy African guitar licks, live looped to create a full band sound. This is complemented by Jah’s djembe beats, and meaningful and witty lyrics, sung in Krio - his native tongue from Sierra Leone

James Hollingsworth

Sun 24th Jun 4:00pm

South-West England-based James Hollingsworth has a passionate voice and a unique, complex acoustic guitar finger-style, reminiscent of Andalusian guitar, fusing elements of folk, blues, trance, metal and psychedelic rock. Since turning professional in 2006 he's played numerous festivals, private bookings, folk, acoustic and rock venues nationally, supported Nick Harper (twice), Cara Dillon, Hazel O'Connor, 60's legends It's a Beautiful Day and Barry 'The Fish' Melton (of Country Joe and The Fish), who said: "It was truly a phenomenal experience hearing James Hollingsworth's music, I know now that the tradition of ground-breaking music is in good hands. Thank you, James – Barry Melton." A former long-time resident of Bristol's Tantric Jazz Cafe, James is adaptable and spontaneous, picking material with his mood and that of the audience. As well as being a critically acclaimed songwriter, he performs soulful interpretations from his repertoire of 300+ covers, including solo acoustic Pink Floyd

Imprints

Fri 29th 9:15pm

Imprints – 9:15pm – Imprints are a folk, shanty, gypsy, rock band based in Bristol. Described as a knees-up explosion with an unforgettable energy on stage they deliver their unique high-octane spin on the folk-rock genre and ensure every performance is a memorable foot-stomping 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).

Harpin On

Sat 30th 9:15pm

Harpin On are a unique Blues Harp led, Swamp Rockin’ band playing the live circuit and receiving radio play. The band is a four-piece tight little outfit generating a big sound. Their original songs take influences from blues harp legends such as Little Walter, Slim Harpo along with Elvis and Bo Diddley and Tony Joe White. They play original songs with a few covers thrown in for good measure. Little Dave being described as a dynamic experienced front man, with multi range vocals, exceptional vintage harp skills. His song-writing skills craft impossible catchy riffs, hypnotic melodies and songs you feel you have always known blending genres from 50sRock n Roll, Blues and RnB of the Deep South.

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.