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.

Shelby's Elbows

Friday 1st December 9.15pm

Shelby’s Elbows are an acoustic duo, made up of Dorset musicians Martin P. Davies and Phil Jeffs. Formed after meeting in various Open Mic nights in 2008, Shelby’s Elbows have developed into a locally well known entertainment duo, playing a variety of instruments and producing an instantly recognisable sound that surprises people when they discover that there’s only two people making it. Starting out as a covers band, they are now writing and recording their own original music from a wide variety of influences gained from their covers set – from Nirvana to Neil Young, Seal to Skynyrd, Dire Straits to Turin Brakes and anything in between. Shelby’s Elbows are an exciting, dynamic duo, delivering a deep filled sound that punches well above the level which their numeric deficiency should allow. Inspirational lyrics and catchy conundrums for those who like to rock their fun but socially-aware world with guitars, exuberance and honesty, along with the misuse of inappropriate and inaccurate presidential quotes.


Saturday 2nd December 9.15pm

NUMB stands for Never Underestimate Musical Belief. A five piece Neo- Soul/Alternative Hip Hop band cutting the red tape of musical genres with stadium sized hooks, unforgettable live performances and songs that stay with you forever. Sponsored by Faith Guitars and THTC Clothing – Support for Peter Andre/Arrested Development/Mica Paris/Finley Quaye/Frank Turner/Reason4/The Beat/ – Performed over 600 shows including Glastonbury/02 Wireless/Secret Garden/Beachbreak - Featured on Brit Comedy Film ‘Three and Out’ – 3 Albums - 4th album on the way!

Jim Reynolds

Sunday 3rd December 4pm

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.

Nick and Si's Open Mic Night

Wednesday 6th December 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.

Arnie Cotterel and The Velvet Doonicans

Friday 8th December 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.

Mother Ukers

Saturday 9th December 9.15pm

The Mother Ukers are proving to be a big hit on the musical entertainment scene, performing a repertoire of songs you know in their own unique 1920's ukular style & with a constantly busy schedule of gigs and appearances throughout the UK. In the last 4 years they have quickly risen to be among the top UK ukulele acts, playing alongside world renowned artists at the country’s largest ukulele fest...

The Lost Revellers


Lost Revellers play an original fusion of swinging Gypsy jazz, fiery tangos, wild dance beats and stomping folk… Lost Revellers are a London based folk-fusion band playing daringly arranged traditional tunes, alongside their own imaginative compositions. Performed on violin, accordion, drums/percussion and bass, their bold and creative sound draws from Gypsy jazz, swing, tango, folk and more.... 

Folk Festival Talent Evening

Sunday 10th December 4pm

Details to be confirmed...

Cheese Club

Wednesday 13th December 7.30pm

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 cheeses based around the theme of Christmas, all served with a selection of crackers and accompaniments. A selection of cocktails will also be available from Lloyd Brown for an additional cost of £8.50. Tickets are available from the bar. Get your tickets early for this popular night as we have limited spaces.

Vanilla Radio

Friday 15th December 9.15pm

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


Saturday 16th December 9.15pm

Formed in 2006, BEMIS have been making a name around the South and in London, with close harmonies, a huge list of covers, a long list of songs written by themselves and a strong commitment to the professionalism they bring. Simply superb!


Sunday 17th December 9pm

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..

Sunset Cafe Stompers

Monday 18th December

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.

Guns of Navarone

Saturday 23rd December 9.15pm

Probably the best in Ska and Northern Soul on the south coast. You all know what to expect!!

Closed For Christmas

Monday 25th December

Closed but we wish you all a very merry Yuletide

Boxing Day Quiz

Tuesday 26th December 8pm

It may be Boxing Day, but that won’t stop us!