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.
The psychosonic constellations are clearing so open your airwaves and countenance these cavalcades of swinging surf and raucous rockabilly. Thundering their way to a gathering near you this year secreting rustic rockabilly charm, allow their guttural guitars and dynamic drums to reverberate your reason and magnify the madness. Simply throw back your hair, whirl that waistline onwards and follow your frenzied feet to the searing sounds of Dorset's musical sensation that is The Surfin' Birds.
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.
UK South West based band Echo Town consists of free spirited brothers Richard and Robert Harrison. They are recognised for their vibrant and energetic performances, contemporary freedom songs and use of multi instruments such as lap-slide guitar, djembe, didgeridoo and harmonica.
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.
Local super group ready and willing to entertain. In reality, it must be admitted that most music is a blend of many different styles. Particularly in the case of the contemporary folk genre. 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, tap toes and leave you wanting more.
Successfully integrating Rap, Reggae, Indie and Folk, NUMB are the genre-blending masters of their time. Within their first year the band signed their first small record deal, recorded, produced and released their first studio album ‘Local Anaesthetic’, had their song ‘Night Time’ featured in Brit Comedy Film ‘Three and Out’ Starring McKenzie Crook, Colm Meany and Gemma Arterton, attended the world premiere of the film in Leicester Square in London and gained sponsorship from Faith Guitars and THTC Clothing. Fila Clothing and Fenchurch Clothing followed and a year later N.U.M.B. were shortlisted from 30,000 bands to the last 10 in the 02 Wireless Competition, which saw them play the 02 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London. They were finalists in The Global Battle of the Bands and in 2009 they released their second studio album ‘Salt of the Earth’.
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. American Blues, Soul and R’n’B 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.
The Fat Marrow Band have been together for some time playing a mixture of funky rhythm and blues and jazzy rock and roll in pubs, clubs and at parties. Starting off as a six piece in the 90's with drums, bass, 2 guitars, harmonica and saxophone they have become well known around the Yeovil, Weymouth and Taunton area as a tight band who always play a good gig. With the odd change of drummer over the years they have featured in BBC documentaries, played the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, Music for Africa gigs at Sherborne Castle and Montacute House and would have supported Otis Grand if he had turned up at the Cheese and Grain at Frome. Recently they have added keyboards and trombone to the full line up, what value!
Vivid Vague, a new 4 piece indie-noir/grunge-rock band from Devon. Fronted by the voice of Michelle Dilling, Guitars from Nathan Gregory, Adam Nickels on Bass and Simon Hodgkiss on Drums, influences include Amy Winehouse, Muse, Royal Blood & Daughter to name a few. They have drawn comparisons from anywhere between Siouxsie and the Banshees to Lana Del Rey.
Playing a National Resophonic Style 1 Tricone Garry aims to take slide guitar out of the "Blues Ghetto". So a typical set will include his own songs and instrumentals alongside covers of artists such as Joe Ely, Richard Thompson or Tom Waits. There may even be some actual Blues. Or Irish Music.