Reaching the end of their rope

New Rope String Band
New Rope String Band
Portsmouth Philharmonia players following their concert to raise funds for Hayling Island Community Centre

STUART REED: Players pull out all the stops at charity concert

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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 endeavours, 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 and more.

They’ll be paying Forest Folk in North Boarhunt a visit on Monday. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £14. Call (023) 9226 4288 or email info@forestfolk.co.uk