Band members

Pete Challoner
Founder member, 29 years served. Still happy.

Tim Dalling
Tim Dalling has been performing, clowning, songwriting and making theatre and music since he left Glasgow School of Art in 1982. Travelling led him to Cornwall where he joined a young Kneehigh Theatre but in 1987, love and fatherhood led him to Newcastle upon Tyne where he still lives. For 25 years he was the kilted fall-guy in The Old and New Ropes. In the last three years he has returned to theatre performing in Northern Stage’s James and the Giant Peach and Christmas Carol and in the West End with Sally Cookson’s production of Fellini’s La Strada and at West Yorkshire Playhouse in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, playing Father Christmas and Great Aunt Gertrude Godwin in Kneehigh’s Dancing Frog. He performs as a solo songwriter and is currently touring his one-man show Aye, Coyote! Please visit his homepage to learn more.

Jock Tyldesley 
Not just off-the-wall antics with The New Rope String Band and The ChipolatasJock is known for his fiddling in Cajun bands such as The Flatville Aces and the Bearcats. He also nurtures a long-time passion for Southern Appalachian old time fiddling for many years, touring worldwide with his regular bands and US acts. He is much in demand as a private and workshop tutor. He also makes delicious hot sauce – you can get some here!

Vera van Heeringen
Fiddle, guitar, mandolin and vocals. Vera van Heeringen was raised in the acoustic music scene in her native Holland. She toured with The New Rope String Band for almost five years, after which she released her debut album Standing Tall in 2012, followed by a second album Proper Brew in 2015. Please visit her homepage to learn more about her projects.

Joe Scurfield
Joe Scurfield was the creative force behind the Old Rope String Band. He died on June the 9th 2005. More about Joe on this link.

Also visit Joe’s Tune Bank –  a little tribute from Joe’s friends to share the tunes he gathered.