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Fri 21st Apr 2017

The Blockheads
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
‘Ian Dury owed his brilliance to no one. But he owed his stardom to The Blockheads’ ~ The Word ‘Given the times, those ancient Blockheads sound more here-and-now than anyone’ ~ Uncut Starting out as the band behind Ian Dury, the Blockheads are a legendary outfit that has grown in stature from the late 70s right up to the present day. Rarely off the road since the demise of Dury in 2000, but now with Derek Hussey fronting the band, the Blockheads are still one of the most underrated British bands of all time, with a legion of fans of all ages. Along with some new material you can expect to hear all the classics including Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, Wake Up And Make Love With Me, Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3), and many more from the illustrious back catalogue. The Blockheads are fronted by Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey, and Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull, and Mick Gallagher still remain from the original band. The current line-up is augmented by John Roberts on drums and a rolling line up of saxophonists that includes Gilad Atzmon, Terry Edwards, and Dave Lewis. Please note, this is an all standing event. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £23. Box Office: 01273 464440

Sat 22nd Apr 2017

Richard Durrant – Stringhenge
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Acoustic music inspired by the British Isles. Richard Durrant’s latest musical adventure will feature the Uffington Tenor Guitar, built in Sussex, and a six-string concert guitar, built in Lincolnshire and made from 5,000-year-old bog oak. This show is a uniquely British exploration of unplugged, acoustic music on the folk/classical cusp. Stringhenge is as beautifully produced and richly visual as any of Durrant’s tours in recent years. It’s also unplugged allowing you to hear and feel the vibrations of the wood in these incredible guitars. Durrant plays them brilliantly and is a clever weaver of intriguing tales. It’s real roots music linking the Mesolithic to the 21st century. The Durrant originals written for this tour draw inspiration from the hill barrows of Sussex, the flatlands of East Anglia and the mountains of Cumbria. Other pieces are chosen from eleven centuries of music. £15 standard, £14 concession, £5 under 18s. Starts 8pm. Box Office: 01273 464440

Sun 23rd Apr 2017

Glissando
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Glissando are an exciting harp ensemble featuring some of the best harpists from across Sussex. Their repertoire is stylistically diverse – well known folk tunes and popular classics alongside pieces by prominent composers for harp. The ensemble features harpists from all walks of life, each with their own style, coming together to perform music which is both aurally and visually spectacular. This concert will be one of Glissando’s very first (having recently formed) and promises to be a very special evening of exceptional music. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £15. Box Office: 01273 464440

Wed 26th Apr 2017

Ben Waters Big Band
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
“A brilliant boogie-woogie piano player… he played at my wedding, that’s how good he is!” ~ Jools Holland Award-winning boogie woogie piano player Ben Waters is one of the UK’s most sought after pianists, having worked with the Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, Chuck Berry, Jools Holland, Mick Hucknall, Paul Weller and Dave Gilmore to name just a few. As part of our 10 year celebrations Ben will be bringing his incredible 16-piece band to rock Ropetackle like never before! These guys have travelled extensively playing at prestigious venues, festivals and even for royalty. With amazing guest vocalists and supremely talented musicians, this will be a spectacular and fun rock n roll experience not to be missed. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £20. Box Office: 01273 464440

Fri 28th Apr 2017

Midge Ure
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Midge Ure has a career that spans over 40 years – from his pop band beginnings, almost joining the Sex Pistols, the electronic ground-breaking work with Visage, via the mainstream success of Ultravox to the twists and turns of his solo releases. In 2015, Midge Ure and semi-acoustic duo, India Electric Company successfully performed the ‘Breathe Again’ show across the UK and Europe as a 20th anniversary retrospective. It was the first time Midge featured an album in its entirety and proved a successful format! Midge now plans to touch on the broad reach of his recorded output in a new ‘Something From Everything’ show, covering at least one song from every album he has released from Rich Kids in 1977, via Visage and Ultravox, to his solo albums such as the Gift, Pure and Answers To Nothing. Once again utilising the three-piece format which adds texture and depth to the material, this time Joseph O’Keefe will be adding keyboards to the mixture providing a more electronic nature to some of the songs. This will be an evening of both hits and rare gems from Midge’s back catalogue, an intimate evening with a true musical icon. Please note, this is an all standing event. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £25. Box Office: 01273 464440

Sat 29th Apr 2017

Courtney Pine
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Sax supremo Courtney Pine live in concert with his full band. “In a class of his own” ~ The Times “Nothing short of breathtaking” ~ The Telegraph Following his phenomenal sell-out concert in April 2016, legendary British jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine CBE returns to Ropetackle with his incredible House Of Legends show – an exhilarating evening of calypso, ska and Afro-Caribbean joy. No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in British jazz over the past twenty years than Courtney Pine. The ground breaking multi-instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience. In the 80s he was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene when his debut album charted in the Top 40, and some 20 years on he continues to break new ground with a string of highly acclaimed recordings and relentless touring. Steeped in the traditions of the Caribbean, this House Of Legends show sees Courtney on top form, bringing together musicians from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe for vibrant exchanges that tell tales of life from a truly multi-cultural point of view. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of vibrant, powerful music from one of the true greats of British jazz. Please note, this is an all-standing event. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £22.50. Box Office: 01273 464440

Sun 30th Apr 2017

The Julian Nicholas Band feat. Claire Martin
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
A firm favourite at Ropetackle, composer and saxophonist Julian Nicholas closes our 10th birthday celebrations with his own swinging, funky band. Playing a broad range of popular jazz styles and featuring acclaimed vocalist and South Coast Jazz Festival co-curator Claire Martin OBE, this highly entertaining toe-tapping evening will send you off with your spirits lifted. We can’t wait! Starts 8pm. Tickets: £18. Box Office: 01273 464440

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