New year folk treat at the Ropetackle

Shady Grove in Southwick Square D14491320a
Shady Grove in Southwick Square D14491320a

ROPETACKLE Arts Centre’s first music show of 2015 will be a new year folk treat.

Shady Grove, a popular band in the area, and special guest singer Laura Ward will perform at the Shoreham venue on Friday, January 16.

Ropetackle spokesman Mark Phillips said the show was ‘a fabulous folk treat’ from a local band, formed by Shoreham musician Steve Bell.

“Formed in 2011, Shady Grove has already made a big name for themselves, combining top musicianship with a strong sense of togetherness, expertise, and improvisation,” he explained.

“In the traditional folk style, their songs weave a rich narrative of dreams and stories reminiscent of the likes of Bob Dylan, Rab Noakes, and Dougie MacLean.

“The band will also be joined by special guest Laura Ward, who has established herself as a leading folk singer in the local scene. With elements of country, blues, swing and folk, Shady Grove are incredibly good fun live and the perfect way to welcome in 2015.”

The Ropetackle Café will also be serving pre-show suppers from 6pm and the show starts at 8pm.

The present Shady Grove line-up consists of Debs Stacey (percussion, vocals), Oliver Clarke (bass), Matt Szul (guitar, vocals), Mervyn Wallis (fiddle, vocals) and Steve Bell (guitar, banjo, vocals).

Songwriters Steve and Matt draw inspiration from many sources, and while each has his own style, the songs often carry a strong narrative.

Steve likes his songs to tell a story and provoke thought and dreams. Matt likes to toy with wordplay, double meaning and irony within his lyrics.

Support comes from the Wellington Wailers, the sea shanty group’s first time with footlights.

Visit for more details or call the box office on 01273 464440 to book.