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Sun 26th Mar 2017

Rackhouse Pilfer
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
“The 6-piece Pilfers aren’t short of energy, they can play up a storm!” ~ Irish Times Rackhouse Pilfer are a fiery new band who have received rave reviews for their exciting blend of Irish Americana roots music. Enthralling crowds throughout Ireland, Europe and America, they were special guests for Imelda May at Irish folk festival Sligo Live where they were a huge hit, so much so that Imelda invited them to join her for more live dates! In 2014 Rackhouse Pilfer were awarded ‘Live Band Of The Year’ by Hot Press and invited by producer Ethan Johns (credits include Paul McCartney, Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs) to be the session band on two songs by Sir Tom Jones for his 2015 album ‘Long Lost Suitcase’. After selling out shows and wowing audiences all over Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond – don’t miss your chance to see their incredible live show for yourself. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £12. Box Office: 01273 464440

Mon 27th Mar 2017 Open Mic
Virtually Acoustic @ The Library
The Library - 235 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RU
Get to the venue before 7pm to sign up. An atmospheric open mic held in a function room above the pub. Audience is quiet and attentive. All styles and abilities welcome. Most acts play original material. I'm afraid there no piano and we do not allow the use of backing tracks.

Tue 28th Mar 2017

Maddy Prior
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
A true legend of British music, Maddy Prior has built her career on exploring a range of musical avenues, most notably folk music. Har latest album ‘3 For Joy’ is no exception, a further exploration of the tradition that she loves. Together with new musical partners Giles Lewin (Carnival Band) and young accordion player Hannah James, Maddy returns to perform the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe – all delivered in her own unique style. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £16.50. Box Office: 01273 464440

Wed 29th Mar 2017

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
“It is their live shows which have cemented their reputation as one of the most dynamic and engaging acts to come out of the east coast in the past few years.” ~ The Guardian Hailing from Prince Edward Island on Canada’s east coast, the multi-award winning Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys serve up old-time roots music with an energy level that practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar. If ever someone was deserving of the nickname ‘crazy legs’, it is Gordie MacKeeman. His thrilling dance style (while simultaneously playing the violin) mixes with great close-harmony bluegrass vocals, Peter Cann’s blistering guitar solos, and the lively multi-instrumental talents of Thomas Webb and Jason Burbine. Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys are an international sensation causing standing ovations wherever they go. Not to be missed. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £13. Box Office: 01273 464440

Thu 30th Mar 2017

Geoff Achison
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Red hot blues and soul from one of Australia’s most respected guitar troubadours. Geoff Achison is an international blues-roots sensation. A jaw dropping, crowd pleasing virtuoso invoking the spirit of guitar greats such as Eric Clapton, Gary Moore and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Having spent years living and touring America’s deep south as well as Europe and his native Australia, Geoff has gained a reputation as a highly regarded instrumentalist and performer. Alongside his band The Souldiggers, Geoff brings to Ropetackle a show that is rich in blues history yet irresistibly danceable, with heartfelt soul and contemporary funky grooves thrown in too. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £15. Box Office: 01273 464440

Fri 31st Mar 2017 Oysters3, Hadrian's Union, Julian Lebender
The Goose Is Out!
The Ivy House - 40 Stuart Road London SE15 3BE
Having followed The Oyster Band since more or less their beginnings way back in the mists of time (well, the eighties) we are delighted to be welcoming the three founding members to the Goose for the first time!........... Oysterband from a different angle… By popular demand, Oysters 3 take to the road again in 2017........... John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and off-the-wall stories – an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career........... “The very first time we did this, we more or less improvised the show. We were astonished when it went down a storm – and we wondered why on earth we’d never thought of doing it before!”.......... Hadrian’s Union are a five piece Contemporary Folk Rock band from (they say) the debateable lands of England and Scotland........... Their influences include: Lindisfarne, Home Service, Stackridge, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - should be an interesting set :).......... ulian is a 19­ year­ old singer­/songwriter from Hamburg (Germany) who recently moved to London........... Before starting his music studies in Fulham he had played numerous gigs in his hometown ­solo and with his former Band “Northern Fall”. Combining folky guitar elements with popular song structures he describes his music as “Folk­Pop” though emphasizes that he is influenced by more than these two........... Still trying to establish himself in the music scene, he is playing in bars all over London hoping to reach his listeners and to build a small fan base......... Oysters3

Sun 02nd Apr 2017

Jazz Breakfast With Mike Hatchard
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Another all-star line-up. Two players who are considered the finest exponents on their instrument in the country. Such a claim is always going to be arguable; but not very. Nigel Price is the guitarist’s jazz guitarist – his brilliance is proven by his workload; there are other amazing guitarists out there but nobody is as busy as Nigel – we feel very proud having persuaded him to fit us into his schedule. Also, the country’s top clarinettist in the opinion of just about everybody – Julian Stringle. And if you’re not feeling spoiled enough already, the icing on the cake is the amazing Andy Dickens on trumpet. Pastries and cakes will be available to purchase. Starts 11am. Tickets: £10. Box Office: 01273 464440

Sun 02nd Apr 2017

Georgie Fame
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
“Sends us home happy to have been in the presence of genuine cool” ~ The Guardian One of a very select number of UK tour dates, Georgie Fame appears live in concert at Ropetackle for one night only. With his much loved blend of jazz and rhythm n blues, Georgie Fame has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and become a true icon of the British music scene. So far there have been more than twenty albums and fourteen hit singles, including the number #1 singles: Yeh Yeh, Get Away, and The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde. Add to this a long list of collaborations with some of the biggest names in music including Muddy Waters, Gene Vincent, Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison, among many others, and in Georgie Fame you have bona fide music legend! In this very special and intimate evening, audiences will be treated to Georgie’s hits alongside music from the artists that have inspired him – all interspersed with personal stories and anecdotes from his incredible career.

Tue 04th Apr 2017

Rachel Newton
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
‘Haunting vocals and elegant harp’ ~ The Guardian Founder member of The Furrow Collective, The Emily Portman Trio and The Shee, singer and harpist Rachel Newton also writes and performs her own solo material with two albums under her belt. Both solo and with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion, Rachel performs songs in English and Scottish Gaelic alongside original instrumental compositions. As well as voice and harp, Rachel also plays fiddle and viola and has worked across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling. A skilled collaborator, Rachel also recently started working with Scottish/Norwegian band Boreas and was one of the eight musicians to work on The Elizabethan Session project. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £10. Box Office: 01273 464440

Fri 07th Apr 2017

Nine Below Zero: Acoustic Duo
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Nine Below Zero’s founding members, Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham, have gone back to their blues roots and are performing a series of intimate, acoustic concerts as a duo. These are the first ‘old style’ blues shows the pair have performed in their 35 years working together. Covering songs by legends such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Jimmy Reed and Slim Harpo, they will also play unplugged versions of well-known Nine Below Zero hits. The blues have been a huge inspiration for both Mark and Dennis, encouraging them both to take up music and form Nine Below Zero. Dennis said “with these shows we are really trying to get back to the stripped-down simplicity of early blues, played in its rawest form on acoustic instruments… it’s a little daunting for me, to be playing acoustic guitar, no hiding behind the Marshall amp!” The duo released their first album in April 2015 and have been touring in support ever since. The acoustic shows never fail to bring fans closer to the band and the musical influences that formed them. This promises to be a very special evening indeed. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £12. Box Office: 01273 464440

Sat 08th Apr 2017

Rebecca Downes
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Winner of ‘Best Female Vocalist’ and ‘Best Emerging Artist’ at the 2016 British Blues Awards. Take a really hot, tight RNB band forged from incredibly talented musicians, and front it with the phenomenal vocals of Rebecca Downes and you get an explosion of soul tinged blues from the days when RNB rocked the world. In a genre that’s overrun with pyrotechnic guitar slingers and rocking blues shouters, Rebecca is doing things her way; taking the music back to its raw basics and touching the same vibe that Ike and Tina had when it was more about the music than the relationship. In perfect synchronicity with writing partner and bandleader Steve Birkett, Rebecca’s take on the blues is not merely to sing about what brings her down, but to celebrate what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. There’s humour in there, and warmth, and the grit of a true blues artist singing from the heart. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £12. Box Office: 01273 464440

Wed 12th Apr 2017

Sara Spade + James Hill & Anne Janelle
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
An evening of ukulele magic! Sara Spade: with her ebullient blend of vintage ukulele jazz and blues-infused retro-pop swing originals, Sara’s music breaks boundaries. Setting her own songs alongside Charlestones like ‘Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue’, jazz versions of ‘It Must Be Love’ and heart-melting ballads like ‘Secret Love’, Sara Spade delivers a cracking performance with Jonny Gee on bass and Jonny Mattock on snare drum. “A fantastic voice – her band makes me want to dance… they have that magical element, almost impossible to put your finger on!” ~ Jools Holland James Hill & Anne Janelle: a night out with these two musicians is “the perfect evening of tunes, stories and musical virtuosity” (Wellington Dominion-Post). The Canadian Folk Music Award-winning ukulele/cello duo have charmed audiences in over 15 countries. In concert, James is “a dazzling performer with a genial, low-key sense of humour” (Edmonton Journal) and Anne brings her “gorgeous voice” (Acoustic Magazine) to songs that are “beautifully written and brilliantly performed” (R2 Magazine). Starts 8pm. Tickets: £18. Box Office: 01273 464440

Fri 14th Apr 2017

African Night Fever Presents: Mvula Mandondo & Sonpikkante
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Part of our 10 year celebrations, this special evening brings you a cross cultural live music extravaganza! From the shores of Tanzania with uplifting spiced up east African dance music, to the Latin corner of Colombia with cumbia rhythms fused with Cuban melodies. The evening will feature two of the greatest artists in world music; Saidi Kanda with his band Mvula Mandondo, and Rafael Bereto with his band Sonpikkante. Saidi Kanda hails from Tanzania and is one of the most talented multi-instrumentalists and vocalists of African traditional and modern music. A former member of the great Remmy Ongala’s Super Matimila Band, Saidi won WOMAD’s ‘Percussionist Of The Year’ award in 1989, helped form the UK’S Orchestra Baboma, and has performed alongside many greats of African music. For this show he’ll be performing with his incredible band Mvula Mandondo. As well as Saidi, Rafael Bereto and his exciting 6-piece Afro-Latin salsa band Sonpikkante will bring their energy, joyous sunshine rhythms and tropical flavours to the party. Come ready to move your whole body in true Afro-Latin style! The evening will also feature African Night Fever DJs plus delicious Afro-Caribbean food available from Brighton’s very own Cummin Up chefs. Limited seating. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £15 advance, £17.50 on the door. Box Office: 01273 464440

Thu 20th Apr 2017

Snake Davis: Classic Sax Solos
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
“A virtuoso saxophonist” ~ Daily Telegraph Sax is a favourite instrument for many people, and for good reason. In the right hands, saxophone is emotional and passionate; it sings, screams, whispers. Snake Davis is one of the world’s most respected and in demand saxophone players having worked with the Eurythmics, M People, George Michael, Take That, Cher, Tina Turner, Beyonce and more. See Snake and his band perform 25 classic hits including Baker Street, Careless Whisper, Respect, Yakety Yak, as well as his own solos from A Million Love Songs, Moving On Up, Search For The Hero, and Lisa Stansfield’s Change. Keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and SAX – sultry sax, searing sax, screaming sax, sexy sax, soulful sax, this show has it all! Starts 8pm. Tickets: £18.50. Box Office: 01273 464440

Thu 20th Apr 2017

Ewan McLennan
Florence Arts Centre
Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2NR
Doors: 7.30pm Tickets: 10

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