THE NEW ROPE STRING BAND
Give 'em Enough Rope
The final year of the New Rope String Band
The New Rope String Band have come to the end of their tether. The sheer strain of spreading joy around the world for more than 25 years as Old and New Rope has proved too much. Audiences' laughter muscles have been stretched and twanged and they, too, need a rest.
But, before these ageing folk-cabaret artistes go their separate ways, heading for new and exciting theatrical and musical horizons, they have decided to do a farewell lap of honour, a celebratory extravaganza of their finest routines with some specially-created final flourishes. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity.
For diehard audiences it's a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who've never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance!
The tour will culminate in a final gig and party weekend on Halloween 2015.
Once seen, never forgotten: an indefinable confusion of superb musicianship and side-splitting comic genius, the New Rope String Band are truly unique entertainers. Elements of circus, clowning, vaudeville, slapstick and sheer inspired silliness are spliced with beautiful acoustic music from various world traditions, in precision-honed yet uproarious performances that have delighted audiences from Borneo's Sarawak rainforest to the Shetland Folk Festival. Equally at home in tiny village halls or on major festival stages, these three maniac minstrels mix up long-time favourite routines with ever-evolving new material. From musical gyrations to deconstructed nursery rhymes, Python-esque absurdism to pyrotechnics, dream sequences and live, interactive film, expect the hilariously unexpected.
The New Rope String Band are: Pete Challoner, Tim Dalling and Jock Tyldesley.
"Thank you for a wonderful evening. I laughed till I ached!"
Melanie Young, Long Clawson Village Hall, Leics
"...brought the house down with their virtuosic japes"
BBC Review - Celtic Connections 20th Celebration Concert
"...best thing of the festival - by popular vote!"
Belfast Childrens Festival
"...prodigious musicianship laced with their very own brand of slapstick"
The Glasgow Herald
"...quite frankly, the written word cannot begin to do justice to the supercharged silliness of the performance..."
"They made me laugh until I cried, and played some great music. If the Queen could knight them or something, it would be a good idea."
"They were a revelation!
I didn't expect them to be quite as incredible as they were."
(Bob Gibbon, Director, Orkney Folk Festival)
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Last update: 27th February 2015