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.

Harpin' On

Friday 2nd March - 9pm

Harpin’ On are a unique harp led, swamp rockin’ band. Influenced by legends such as Little Walter, Slim Harpo and Tony Joe White, they play original songs with a few covers thrown in for good measure. Little Dave’s vintage harmonica sounds, hypnotic riffs and catchy melodies blend genres from 50s rock’n’roll, blues, R’N’B to the swamp of the Deep South.

Vanilla Radio

Saturday 3rd March - 9pm

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


Sunday 4th March - 4pm

JINDER is a 36yr old songwriter, storyteller and international touring musician based in the UK's pastoral Westcountry. Following the lo-fi folk noir of 2015's critically acclaimed LP 'Traditional Dark', his tenth album 'Presents...KINGSIZE BLACKFOOT' (released on 17th July 2017) is an intense and joyful exploration of American blues and roots music, drenched in gutbucket Delta blues slide guitar, Bluegrass from the heart of Appalachia, Louisiana murder ballads, Country Blues and even an impassioned update of Yip Harburg and Jay Gorney's Depression-era anthem 'Brother Can You Spare A Dime', released in May as the first single from the album.

Open Mic

Wednesday 7th March

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. Hosted by the talented Nick and Si from Behind Closed Doors

Fat Marrow Blues Band

Friday 9th March - 9.15pm

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 nearly supported Otis Grand at the Cheese and Grain at Frome. Now featuring a trombone in the Mendip Horn brass section, the emphasis for them is that the band should have as much fun as the audience and they always enjoy ourselves.

Surfin' Birds

Saturday 10th March - 9.15pm

The psychosonic constellations are clearing so open your airwaves and contenance 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.

The Velvet Doonicans

Sunday 11th March - 4pm

The Velvet Doonicans were formed when the Velvet Underground replaced Lou Reed with Val Doonican in the early 70s. It was a whole new direction for the band and, sadly, soon led to the demise of the band that had come to represent the complete anarchic anti-music antithesis to the summer of love and to middle of the road cartoon Irish folk music.

Cheese Club

Wednesday 15th March

Concentrating on cheeses from Germany and Switzerland. Six superb cheeses all served with a selection of crackers and accompaniments. Tickets are available from the bar at £6.50 each. Get your tickets early for this popular night as we have limited spaces. Booking for this event is essential.

The Sweetchunks Band

Friday 16th March - 9.15pm

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.

Mother Ukers

Saturday 17th March - 9.15pm

Playing songs from throughout the ages on their Ukuleles, the Mother Ukers are a three piece Ukulele band based in Bournemouth, England. The Band take on modern day classics with their ukuleles and forge them into timeless wonders of a bygone era with the power of ‘Ukular Fusion’ Warping time and Space… The Mother Ukers are ‘The Ukulele Band

Inner City Smugglers

Sunday 18th March - 4pm

Inner City Smugglers are a Dorset duo with a powerful sound. They play a mixture of popular covers from the 60s to now that will definitely get you up and dancing.

Sunset Cafe Stompers

Monday 19th March - 8.15pm

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.

The Captain's Beard

Friday 23rd March - 9.15pm

Yarrr! The Captain's Beard be a company o' travelin' troubadors on a quest te bring the finest o' sea shantys and forebitters to the ears of all who'll listen. They play songs of the grog, grot and grime that comes o' travelling the high seas.

Tori Reed and the Tall Travelling Troubadours

Saturday 24th March - 9.15pm

After their blindingly good set at the Birthday Bash we are extremely pleased to welcome this lot back. 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. Born in New Zealand, raised in Australia, and having done a lot of travel, Tori has difficulty naming one place home. This affinity with being on the road has manifested itself in many songs and undoubtedly, being a wandering spirit, will do in many more.

Andrew Hurst

Sunday 25th March - 4pm

Classic rock played on classical guitar, with a bit of Spanish, classical, jazz and flamenco references thrown in for good measure.


Saturday 31st March - 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!