Ales of the Riverbank 2017

Our August Beer Festival with some great new musical acts and a fantastic selection of real ale and cider.



Ales of the Riverbank – Cooper & Blonde’s Musical Memoir

August 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Or should that be Music Hall ? – Our fabulous beer festival kicks off with a sing-song around the piano, as Cooper & Blonde deliver tunes from the Good Old Days.


Ales of the Riverbank – Ruby & the Revelators

August 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

RUBY & THE REVELATORS are a five piece soul & blues band based in Sussex. They have appeared at many high profile blues festivals in the UK, including amongst others Boogaloo Blues Weekender, Blues On The Farm, Cambridge Rock & Blues Festival and Swanage Blues Festival. They are renowned for their scintillating stage performances, and described by Blues Matters as a ‘must see live act on the British Blues Scene’.



Ales of the Riverbank – Allstars Showcase – Will 


August 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ales of the Riverbank – Beggar’s Belief

August 26 @ 4:00 am - 6:30 pm

Beggar’s Belief are a Brighton based band with a passion for folk music from all corners of the world. Drifting along a path less travelled from hot club France to Yiddish weddings in cockney London, sailing south to southern Spain and the Balkans, fiddling with Irish folk in the plains of mid west America. All with the common belief that music knows no borders.

Ales of the Riverbank – Dubious Roots

August 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Dubious Roots are a British Ska/Dub/Reggae/Funk/Rock band based in Brighton, Sussex. Dubious roots were formed in late 2015. Their sound is a rhythmical mix of reggae, ska, funk rock, & dub. The female led power of soulful vocals complemented by male vocals interspersed with catchy horns & funky riffs. They are bound to get you on your feet and moving with a smile on your face.

Ales of the Riverbank – Nic Savage

August 27 @ 2:50 am - 3:40 pm

Nick’s youth belies his talent and sophistication. This local singer-songwriter develops and interprets the folk genre with the use of loops and effects. The resulting sound compliments his prolific vocal talent for a spine-tingling occasion.

Jack & Amelia

August 27 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Jack and Amelia’s unique approach to balladry has earned them considerable plaudits, praise and awards. Amelia’s powerful, soaring vocals play off Jack’s precise, percussive guitar accompaniment to create a sound larger than than the sum of its parts. Their talent for adapting anything from Bowie to Buckley to Cohen has earned them a reputation for being a thoroughly entertaining act, incorporating fresh takes on both older and more contemporary songs along with their own linear, theatrical material.


Ales of the Riverbank – Vintage Hot Five

August 27 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This popular Sussex-based quintet has been together for just over sixteen years and has built up something of a cult following during its Sunday night residency at an Eastbourne wine-bar. A large repertoire of spirited hot music from the 1920s and 1930s is set-off by a blend of mild and sometimes impenetrable humour! ANDY WOON (cornet, musical director): While the rest of the Orchestra may take the mickey out of Andy’s laugh and his taste in waistcoats and braces, none…

Ales of the Riverbank – Les Radiateurs

August 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

“You’ve heard the expert fiddle of Tim Cotterell and Graeme’s rampant double bass. Now add in Dave Lacey’s masterful drumming and the swinging guitar, soulful harmonica and bluesy vocals from Matt Goorney and you’ve got Les Radiateurs! This is a must-see gig! Western swing, blues and gypsy jazz, guaranteed to have you smiling from ear to ear and set your toes a-tapping!”  With guest Matt Szul on guitar.

Ales of the Riverbank -The Long Haul

August 28 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

About the Long Haul: ‘The Long Haul play stomping Texas Boogie, authentic Country and dance-floor Western Swing, blending their own compositions with classic material from the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and George Jones’ The Long Haul are: L-R Simon Sparrow, lead vocals/guitar; Francois DeVille, pedal steel/vocals; Rob Kenny, drums/vocals; Duncan James, guitar; Scott Warman, double bass/vocals



You may or may not know that the Duke has its very own Youtube channel. Go to to check out performances past and, er, fairly recent from some of our favourite acts. There is also an interview with the Duke’s former owner Malcom Hardy, which many of the pub’s patrons – both new and long-term – have found extremely moving.

Please do subscribe. We promise not to bombard you with notifications etc and, when we get a hundred it will enable us to change our video channel name to something less unruly. You can also vote on what this might be. Go to to check out the results so far.
You will notice that the footage varies in quality – some recorded from our static camera and others  filmed with two cameras in sync. If you are a musician and booked to play for us in the future, we can make videos like this anytime with your mobile phone footage and our pub camera. Send your files here and be credited for it:

 Brewery Update

Apologies for any disappointment caused by our delayed brewery plans.  The original plan to build it at the back of the pub using the structure of the old smoking shelter was conceived as a way to make it visible from the inside through a glass window bringing the beer from storage tanks directly to taps behind the bar.  With architectural plans, preparations for power & water supply; brewery design, planning permission etc. all lined up, and only a few weeks before the start date for building work, we made the difficult decision to change course.

Nagging doubts grew that the brewery would compromise the existing layout, imposing itself on a beloved space for smokers and non-smokers alike. With the added advantage of the new smoking shelter serving us well as a space for beer festivals, barbecues and sheltered seating we had by default created a multi-functional area that enhanced the whole pub. Meanwhile, doubts expressed by many of our customers confirmed to us that we could be making a big mistake by sacrificing the legendary smoking shelter.

So, plan B (or if the truth be known, plan C) is now waiting on negotiations with successful bidders for the Civic Centre site directly behind our garden wall. We hope to secure a parcel of the land to build a no-nonsense functional brewery with access from within our boundaries and with vehicle access at the rear.  The plan bodes well for such an important project and getting it right for the long term future.  Your vocal support for the benefits of including a micro-brewery within the overall development of the Civic Centre site during planning stages would be most welcome. (The council have stipulated the need for both business and residential uses for the site and so our proposals would fit the brief, whilst benefiting Shoreham and keeping the integrity of the pub as we know it intact.)