Wednesday 1st May - 8:00pm

Ropemakers Open Mic Night

We extend a big welcome to all musicians, poets, comedians, storytellers and any other performers to come down and show your talents in the Ropemakers Open Mic Night. Hosted by the talented Chris Deacon

Friday 3rd May - 9:15pm

The Cabarats

The Cabarats bring a new musical experience to the global underground, combining traditional Balkan and Middle Eastern sounds with lively reggae and ska. Using a collection of intriguing instruments such as accordion, oud, keyboard and brass, the band have dazzled a wide range of audiences from festival crowds and stages at iconic venues to private functions and community events. After the successful release of their debut album 'Out of the Bag', the last two years have been an exciting journey for the rats. The band appeared on one of the main stages at Boomtown Fair and gained the attention of BBC Introducing, performing on their stage at Looe Saves the Day. The Cabarats have had the pleasure of supporting renowned acts such as Dubioza Kollectiv, Tankus the Henge, The Undercover Hippy, and Cut Capers as well as headlining their own shows across the nation and embarking on various European adventures. Once again, The Cabarats set out to share their magic at festivals, venues, parties and even a few street corners.

Saturday 4th May - 9:15pm

BEMIS

Bemis are a folk-rock vocal harmony group led by the songs of frontman Gareth Howells, with driving acoustic guitars, catchy hooks and smooth three part harmonies. Beginning life as a duo, Gareth and Richie Leo performed in the South East and the 100 Club before starting to expand their sound to what is now a seven-piece band with 4 vocalists.

Sunday 5th May - 4:00pm

Julian Gaskell Duo

Punk-folk, gypsy Balkan traditional, sea-shanties, Franco-dirty tangos, ragtime piano, and slow laments somehow get together to create an anarchic vaudevillian mix which is packed full of energy.

Wednesday 8th May - 7:30pm

Ropemakers Cheese Club

This month we welcome six more excellent cheese together with crackers and accompaniments. There will be three sittings, one at 7:30 pm, one at 8:00 pm and one at 8:30 pm. The cost for this event is £8.50 per head and there will be a selections of paired drinks chosen by Palmers Wine Store available for purchase. Booking for this event is essential.

Friday 10th May - 9:15pm

The Bonsai Pirates

Pop shanties and rabble rousing tunes hailing from the sunny south coast Bonsai Pirates are a swaggering indie-folk band, tinged with hiphop, and soaked in rum. Based in Dorset, our aim is to get people up and dancing, singing and smiling. We sing songs of love, the sea and tattoos.

Saturday 11th May - 4:00pm

Hindsey - A Celebration

As many of you will already know, the legendary Paul Hindes sadly passed away on the 20th December 2023. Paul was a great patron of the local music scene and gave so many an opportunity to play when they had little experience or continued to support musicians who have been gigging for years. He was a larger than life character with a generous heart that many of us will dearly miss. His partner Sheila would like to have a celebration of his life with some of us who regularly played offering up a song or two and raise a glass to a great man amongst friends and family. It will take place at the Ropemakers which John and Geraldine have very graciously said we can have from 4pm until close, so plenty of time for plenty to happen.

Sunday 12th May 4:00pm

Alex Green

The lead singer with popular local band, Look Around Corners, this afternnon we have the delightful voice of Alex Green singing some beautiful acoustic songs

Friday 17th May - 9:15pm

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Saturday 18th May - 9:15pm

The Curst Sons

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 full length albums 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.

Sunday 19th May - 4:00pm

FMI Clatters

Nigel started singing professionally aged just 8 and did that until he was 12…after which a short 40-year break then followed! He was then encouraged to sing in public once again and made his first outing was a very nervy couple of songs on the same bill as Tom Palmer and Mad Dog Mcrea’s Mike Mathieson. Since that ‘comeback’ he has supported the likes of Gaz Brookfield, The Leylines, Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs and enjoyed regular slots at the Watchet and Beautiful Days festivals. Join him for a mix of self-penned songs and well-known covers - his blend of musicianship and comedy will have you stamping your feet and yelling for more!

Monday 20th May - 8:15pm

Sunset Café Stompers

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

Friday 24th April- 9:15pm

Beat Safari

DJ Kath Kelly will be providing their usual eclectic mix of reggae, electro swing, breaks and bass music

Saturday 25th May - 9:15pm

Moonfleet

Talented duo from the Weymouth area who play improvised music from around 15 different countries. Rhythmic and melodic, different and interesting, perfect to create a relaxed and happy atmosphere. Mark Duxbury has played for several decades with many musicians. He was part of the English Jazz Quartet alongside Herbie Flowers, Steve Gray and Ronnie Asprey. He has worked alongside Al Kooper, Tom Robinson as well as recording in the Abbey Road Studios with John Williams. Ester Lovaz trained classically in Budapest, then spent time living in Paris and Amsterdam before moving to the UK. She has played with a selection of orchestras before diverging to other, more creative styles of music including Arabic jazz, Armenian and Latin American. This is one not to be missed!

Sunday 26th May - 4:00pm

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