Friday 17th June - 9:15pm

Joli Blon

Joli Blon, who take their name from a much loved Cajun waltz, play traditional dance music from Louisiana: a riotous mix of red-hot accordion, rip-roaring fiddle and gutsy, driving guitar. Stomping hypnotic two-steps, swampy mournful waltzes and a bit of blues - all sung in Cajun French and brought to you by a core trio of women. The music is uplifting and infectiously danceable – bringing audiences of all ages up on their feet and onto the dance floor.

Saturday 18th June - 9:15pm

Lady Winwood's MAggot

Sounding a bit like the Clash mating with Johnny Cash. Lady Winwood’s Maggot have been storming the south for many years with their unique style of Death Western

Sunday 19th June - 4:00pm

Alex Green

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

Monday 20th June - 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

Thursday 23rd June - 8:00pm

Folk Session

Monthly Folk Session hosted by Chris Deacon

Friday 24th June - 9:15pm

Stealing Whiskey

Stealing Whiskey are a modern folk band from Dorset specialising in upbeat, hand-crafted, harmonic tunes that will please your ears and legs. Making a name for themselves around the county for the past few years, Fuelled By Cider are delighted to bring them to Bridport's music venue The Ropemakers

Saturday 25th June - 9:15pm

Luke Philbrick and the Solid Gone Skiffle Invasion

Innovative roots rock and skiffle music drawing on traditional blues, jazz and folk influences and with frequent forays into gypsy-tinged psychedelia. Breathtakingly powerful vocals, raw delta blues styled guitar and an almost tribal foot-stomping beat combine with a potent cocktail of saxophone, violin and harmonica to create a special atmosphere. Songs are distinctive and original relating to subjects such as slavery, losing one’s religion, death, cowboys and father-in-laws going to hell!

Sunday 26th June - 4:00pm

Aidan Simpson

Incredibly talented local musician

Friday 1st July - 9:15pm

The Mutter Slater Band

Mutter Slater Band – 9:15pm – Many people who have heard MSB play would agree that the overriding emotion that lingers and taken home in the heart after a sweat-drenched performance is joy. The infectious joy shared by six musicians at the height of their powers playing the music they love. MSB’s music is slippery when it comes to categorisation. You think you hear traces of 60s soul or possibly blues when hints of heartland rock make an appearance and a nod towards country music can easily be confounded by a psychedelic wig out. Mutter’s addiction to ‘a half-decent tune’ and the band playing what comes naturally are the main consistencies and there is always and ever will be the joy.

Saturday 2nd July - 9:15pm

Skalatans

Bridport based Rocksteady band with a little Latin infusion. 7 piece band guaranteed to get you moving! Guitar - Philip Wilcock Bass - Richie Robertson Drums - Jim Sherman Sax - Simon Hartung Trumpet - Michael Grew Keys - Thomas Hughes Percussion - Ben

Sunday 3rd July

Robert Brown

Robert Brown is an emerging singer songwriter with obvious comparisons such as Nick Drake, Davy Graham and Jimmy Page, not only in his writing but with his remarkable finger style technique. “I was lucky as a kid. When I was 17 I got to tour with Dick Heckstall Smith, and later in my teens I toured the southern states for 6 months with the US funk rock outfit the Blast. It was a crazy learning curve in which I saw our promoter being shot and having Boy George's producer chasing us all over Houston thinking we were the next big thing and had free coke to burn!” Whilst touring in New York last year, he was also approached by Alice Cooper’s Press agent and tour manager after they heard a particular track. Songs that are remembered the next day seem to be one of his main gifts. Extensive travelling in Europe, North Africa and North America have enabled Robert to absorb the music and culture, and this emerges in subtle rootsy nuances within his work. Some obvious, some hidden to all but the expert ear

Wednesday 6th July - 8:00pm

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

Saturday 9th July - 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.

Wednesday 13th July - 7:30pm

Ropemakers Cheese Club

This month we welcome six more delicious cheeses from Sharpem Cheese from Devon, together with crackers and accompaniments . There will be three sittings, one at 7:30pm, one at 8:00pm and one at 8:30pm. The cost for this event is £8.00 per head and there will be a selections of drinks chosen by Palmers Wine Store available for purchase. Booking for this event is essential.

Friday 15th July - 9:15pm

DAvey Malone and Hannah Johns with Lucy Bernardez

Something special is happening at The Ropemakers on Friday 15th July as Davey Malone and Hannah Johns bring their unique duo act to town with support from Lucy Bernardez. They'll be playing a mixture of self-penned material and choice covers with humorous undertones and a hint of punk sensibilities. Davey Malone is a Bridport regular, best known as frontman for festival legends Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs but also a solo troubadour of great renown. Hannah Johns is the brilliant violin player / singer from folk-rock band The Leylines. Support on the night from upcoming singer-songwriter Lucy Bernardez

Saturday 16th July - 9:15pm

Carsie Blanton

We're absolutely thrilled to bring US singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton to The Ropemakers as part of her UK tour. Carsie Blanton writes anthems for a world worth saving. Inspired by artists including Nina Simone and John Prine, Carsie delivers every song with an equal dose of moxie and mischief, bringing her audience together in joyful celebration of everything worth fighting for

Sunday 17th July - 4:00pm

Crys Matthews

Another real coup for The Ropemakers as US singer-songwriter Crys Matthews stops in for what promises to be a very memorable acoustic afternoon. A powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls "the poster-child for intersectionality," Crys Matthews is made for these times, and her new, hope-fueled, love-filled social justice album Changemakers is a resounding affirmation of that fact. The album was recently named IFMA 2021 SONG OF THE YEAR and we are very excited to hear these and other tracks in one of the South West's favourite small music venues. Brought to you by Fuelled By Cider.

Monday 18th July - 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

Thursday 21st July - 8:00pm

Folk Sessions

Held by Chris Deacon

Friday 22nd July - 9:15pm

The Avalon Sound

The Avalon Sound – a kickass band from the depths of Dorset. Playing fantastic originals and covers in their inimitable style, Alex fronts the band with her rich, powerful voice whilst singing barefoot. To her side is Jack, an ace guitar shredder, if ever I’ve seen one, capable of all sorts of classy licks on his Fender Jaguar as well as adding backing vocals as required. In the engine room is Dingo, laying down a thunderous bottom end bass whilst looking cool as, with Mel’s drumming crisp, deep and spot on always. Check out his fills. In fact, check out the whole band. You won’t be disappointed!

Saturday 23rd July - 9:15pm

BlimeyOhRiley

BlimeyOhRiley (AKA the mind altering sausages) are a band hailing from sleepy Devon. A collective of musicians who have gigged with the likes of Noel Gallagher, Frank Turner, & Megadeth to name but a few. This talented trio have also played individually in bands ranging from funk to grindcore in their ongoing quest to play “cool shit”. Together though they speedball more genres, styles, & influences into a single punk fuelled show, than you could shake a rhythm stick at! This combined with the all new originals album (which was met with outstandingly luke warm response) makes the band a force to be reckoned with at any event

Sunday 24th July - 4:00pm

Fly Yeti Fly

Fly Yeti Fly are the Wiltshire-based acoustic duo Lorna Somerville and Darren Fisher. Blending sensitive vocal harmonies with intricate guitar arrangements, mandolin and harmonica, the duo weave songs and stories from their travels together, with a sound that is reminiscent of the late-’60s folk scene. Now living on their canal boat on the Kennet & Avon canal, their music is heavily influenced by the natural world and life on the water. Their debut album ‘Shine a Light in the Dark’, released March 2017, has since received critical acclaim.

Friday 29th July - 9:15pm

Negra Santa

NEGRA SANTA are back!!!! All the way from Argentina, this incredible band mash up Cumbia, Ska and Punk music to create a wild and unique sound that is simply irresistable!! Negra Santa also carry a powerful message of justice, international solidarity and revolution. Music without borders. With over 600 concerts in 10 years; 25 tours in their home country, 2 tours in Europe... and now they return to The Ropemakers! An amazing experience to which you are all invited 🙂

Saturday 30th July - 9:15pm

JollyRoger

Cornish sea-punk folk band JollyRoger fall somewhere between the sound of The Dropkick Murphys and Levellers. Inspired by the sea and growing up in the pirate haven of Penzance, they use nautical metaphors and pirate history to speak out about mental health issues and also the better things in life, like drinking beer. JollyRoger explode with energy on stage and are an eclectic mix of shanty vibes, humour and celtic punk, with a metal head mentality.

Sunday 31st July - 9:15pm

Bug Tree Swamp

Bridport's best 'Rocksteady Jurassic Ska band', with added Latin splatterings of Tom waits. 'Bring your dancing shoes and we won't play no blues'