Money for old and new rope

The New Rope String Band.
The New Rope String Band.

A band of ageing folk-cabaret artistes are calling it a day, but their final tour will be bringing them to Northumberland – and a date in Amble.

According to the band itself, The New Rope String Band has 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 this trio of musicians 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.

And one of the stops for Give’em Enough Rope, The Farewell Tour is Amble Parish Hall on Valentine’s Day – Saturday, February 14, starting at 7.30pm.

Once seen, never forgotten is how the band, Pete Challoner, Tim Dalling and Jock Tyldesley, is described; 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.

Tickets, £8, £7 conc, £5 children are available on 01665 712324.