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.
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!!!
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.
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.
The Sweetchunks Band are a Southampton based eccentric comedy outfit, performing bastardised versions of songs that you know and brilliant versions of songs that you don’t. They are known for their ability to entertain any audience with a fun, engaging performance that leave people smiling, dancing and humming the tunes for hours afterwards. The Sweetchunks Band create a memorable evening of fun and dancing. The festivals they have played so far in the UK include, Isle of Wight Festival, Beautiful Days, Mudfest, Watchet, Bearded Theory, Something to Smile About and many more. They have supported acts including Chas and Dave, The Wurzels, Hobo Jones & the Junkyard Dogs, Professor Elemental, Ferocious Dog and The Beards.
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 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 cheeses from Nottingham, all served with a selection of crackers and accompaniments. Tickets are available from the bar. Two sittings, one at 7:30pm and one at 8:30pm. Get your tickets early for this popular night as we have limited spaces.
3 piece Reggae/Ska/Punk band from Weymouth, Dorset
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...
ince 2001’s debut release ‘The Dusty Roads EP’, Jinder has carved a reputation as a craftsman like songwriter and dynamic live performer, counting amongst his fans the likes of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, country rocker Ryan Adams and indie pop colossi Coldplay, who were so enamored of Jinder’s early work that they flew him to New York City in 2003 to provide the entertainment at their Madison Square Garden after show party. Stints as front man of Sony BMG artists The Mercurymen and a solo deal with Universal Records followed, and the years from 2005 to 2012 saw Jinder release a number of critically acclaimed albums such as Willow Park, I'm Alive, Postcards From Valonia and Nine Cents From Benelux. After the release of 2012's much loved 'Crumbs Of Comfort', Jinder took a sabbatical from recording to start a family and write his next album, which eventually became 2015's 'Traditional Dark', a bleak and idiosyncratic treatise on love, death and hope which sounded unlike anything else released that year.
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.
Taking slide guitar out of the "Blues Ghetto"
"Why, that's crazy talk!" you might say, but Garry’s self-appointed mission is to take slide guitar and its associated open tunings out of the Mississippi Delta and into the wider world.
So, using his own songs and instrumentals as well as carefully selected covers he’s taken himself on a journey and he’d like you to come with him.
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...
When Andy released the first ever naked Christmas music video it hit the national headlines, leading The Mirror newspaper to ask “Is this the best Christmas music video ever?” With the topics of his songs ranging from chickens to Luxembourg via Pot Noodle, 24 year old Andy Twyman blends blues with humour and rock and roll to titillate your ears, mind and toes. Having performed on BBC Three and Channel 4, Andy’s reputation is growing as a highly original and entertaining act. Andy first took to the stage aged 12 in pubs and clubs, with his guitar, voice and harmonica. Before hitting 18, he had gigged as a solo act in top London venues including The Jazz Café and 100 Club. Driven to create a distinctive and exciting act, Andy learnt to play foot operated drums, giving his songs a beat to get people on their feet. Drawing on influences as diverse as Muddy Waters, Monty Python, the White Stripes and Noel Fielding he developed a one man band show. In recent years Andy has brought this show to Spain, the Netherlands and France, has had airplay on BBC Radio Kent and London’s Resonance 104.4FM, and has had articles written about his music in The Sun, the Mirror, and The Daily Mail newspapers. When the summer arrives, Andy finds himself having fun at festivals all over the country inducing laughter and dancing amongst the drunk and disorderly. Allow Andy to tickle your funny follicles with lyrics absurd and profound, and dazzle your ear drums with music and sound. You know you want too.
Established in 2011, The Paper Trains are a modern three-piece string band, with a distinctive repertoire of self-penned Americana tracks. Their music combines harmony-enriched vocals, strident guitar laced with incisive licks, banjo picking, truck stop honky-tonk piano, and sure-footed upright bass lines. Their unique sound has seen them play such prestigious venues as the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and the Cavern Club in Liverpool ...as well as many well-known UK and international festivals.
Hailing from the UK and formed in 2016, Dirty Diesel Outlaw Orchestra are described as a melting pot of original songs created with southern flavors, herbs, spices, alcohol and blood. They welcome you to “C’mon in our kitchen!” The band consists of Doghouse Paul on Vocals and Harmonicas, Patsy Gein on Double Bass, Mr. Welch on Banjo, Rocker Dave on Guitars n’ Vocals & Ryan ‘The Bootstrap Sheikh’ on Drums & Percussion! Dirty Diesel Outlaw Orchestra have a unique sound that is influenced by the genres of Classic Rock, Rockabilly, Southern Rock and Country. They have played all over the UK. They are presently booked on several BIG festivals including BOOMTOWN 2017 in Hampshire.
Some covers and some originals from this highly talented musician. A joy to look forward to…