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  Ropetackle Arts Centre

Last Updated: Dec 2013 [Update This Listing]
 
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When: Most days of the week.
Where: Ropetackle Arts Centre
  Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Transport: Shoreham-By-Sea Train Station, 2, 2a, 700 Coastliner, A259
Contact: 01273 464440
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Ropetackle Arts Centre is a purpose built community-run arts venue that attracts some of the biggest and best performing arts events in the UK. Situated in the heart of Shoreham, West Sussex, our goal is to stage events for all tastes and all budgets for the good folk of Adur and beyond. A registered charity, and staffed almost exclusively by volunteers (including our Trustees), Ropetackle Arts Centre is run by and for the local community. Friendly, welcoming, diverse and fun, we guarantee a great night out at a fair price. Our superbly equipped auditorium performance space seats 200, or 350 standing. We have a separate mezzanine space (for small events or meetings), two well-stocked bars, plus a large light and airy foyer which houses our in-house café Thunkshop at Ropetackle.

Forthcoming Events

Date: Artist(s) or Event & Genre / Venue & Address / Details
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

Sun 2nd 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 2nd 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 4th 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 7th 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 8th 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

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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