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.


Folk Sessions

Sun 13th August from 2.30pm

followed by Paddy O’Turner at 4:00pm – An assortment of entertainment following Sunday lunch starting with several musicians in association with Bridport Folk Festival followed by Paddy O’Turner the one man celtic music collective.

Dirty Diesel Outlaw Orchestra

Friday 18th August 9.15pm

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.

Freak Circus

Sat 19th July 9.15pm

– "Dear God, Allah or Jimi, hurry up and make this excellent band as famous as they deserve to be so that I can tell everybody that I knew them once". Thus spake the local Dorset music press about Weymouth's Freak Circus. The Freaks have established a fervent following on the back of high energy performances, the like seldom seen in seaside resorts! And with a frontman described as the weird love child of Iggy Pop and Jarvis Cocker. A tight band. With even tighter trousers!

Jon Mabey

Sun 20th August 4pm

Whispering tales of many cultures and experiences through his instruments, Jon Maybey breathes life and vibrancy into traditional and contemporary folk music.

Sunset Cafe Stompers

Mon 21st August 8.15pm

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.

Benny Mayhem

Fri 25th August 9.15pm

Benny Mayhem has covered a lot of ground, literally and figuratively. Written in a hotel room in the Austrian Alps, his latest single Song For Absent Friends is both a tribute to, and a product of, the songwriter’s considerable world travels. From being a guitar-strumming teenager in his bedroom at the turn of the millennium, to a decade as the shirtless-and- writhing frontman of rock monsters Project Mayhem, to performing over 500 shows in nine countries worldwide… the musical journey of Benny Mayhem has its own overfilled passport.

Vanilla Radio

Saturday 26th August 9.15pm

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

Party for Parkinsons Ropemakers Birthday Bash

Sunday 27th August 4pm

With music starting from 4pm this fund raising event is all in aid of Parkinson’s UK. Featuring some of your favourite local bands this year will showcase Shelby’s Elbows, Tori Reed and the Tall Travelling Troubadours, The Garry Smith Trio, Chris Deacon and friends and some more to be confirmed. It’s the party of the year!!