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Next Gig:-
Friday 1st - Steamer at The Market Inn, 16 Butcher Row, Salisbury SP1 1EP
 - 8pm - late 
Saturday 2nd - Steamer at The Crafty Fox, 14 The Broadway,  Portswood, Southampton SO17  2WE 8.00pm - 10.30pm 
Sunday 3rd - Steamer at The Owl's Nest Pie Festival, West Parley, B'mth BH22 8SS 5pm - 7pm 



Riverside Blues Band has a CD of some of our favourite blues classics recorded live...."Just like that". The CD will be available at our gigs for 10 and by post for 11.50 using the Paypal button below.
(CD Review by Ian Mckenzie - Editor of Blues in the South - on the Scrapbook page)

First review of our CD now in following a rush of sales at Poole Blues Festival........."Marvellous! got your cd which is really good- cheers guys"



~~~~~~~PAST EVENTS~~~~~~~

Riverside Blues Band, Stan's Blues Jamboree & Steamer hade another fun weekend with the blues fans. Roll on March 2019!

UPTON BLUES FESTIVAL - July 2018 With the Camping Field bursting at the seams in Upton upon Severn, and the award winning "Best British Blues Festival" in full swing, Steamer played in the baking heat of the long hot summer to an appreciative audience on the Camping Field Stage. 

Swanage Blues Festival -March 2018
Despite  the arrival of the Beast from the East and various logistical issues resulting from the snow and ice Riverside Blues Band was joined by an intrepid crowd of blues fans for an energetic Friday night in The Anchor (See Riverside Blues Band Facebook page for photos). Stan's Blues Jamboree and Steamer also had a fun weekend.
(see www.stansbluesjam.co.uk/jamboreeswanage for video highlights and Stan's Blues Jamboree Facebook Page for photos).
Thanks, as ever, to Steve Darrington for masterminding the event.

Swanage Blues Festival - October 2017
Riverside Blues Band, Steamer & Stan's Blues Jamboree had a groovy old time at Swanage Blues Festival October 2017... Thanks as ever to Steve Darrington for impeccable organisation. www.swanage-blues.org
(Videos of Friday night in The Anchor on the music page)

Poole Blues Festival 2017
Riverside Blues Band, Steamer & Stan's Blues Jamboree had a fun weekend on the Quay for the blues festival in September 2017 with the Riverside Blues Band Saturday night gig in the Portsmouth Hoy bucking the trend of lower attendances where a riotous night was enjoyed by many blues aficionados. The clash with Bournemouth Air Festival may well have played a part in reduced audience numbers for some. 

Our acoustic band Steamer played 2 slots on the new Camping Field Stage at Upton Blues Festival in Worcestershire - A really well organised Festival with a mix of Festival Stages and pub gigs, with camping!

Seven Seas Festival 2017
Riverside Blues Band joined the line-up for the Seven Seas Festival, part of Poole Maritime Festival, on Saturday 20th May.
Seven Seas Festival is a FREE family festival - a voyage of discovery that celebrates the food, music and culture of the world in seven unique arenas at Harbourside Park in Baiter.
At the heart of the festival, the Poole Maritime Arena showcases the part seafaring has played in every aspect of life in the town past and present.

Riverside Blues Band and Steamer had a breezy weekend of gigs and jollity......also a splendid Jamboree!!! Great organisation by Steve Darrington Esq. Thank you Steve!

January 2017
Riverside Blues Band joined another gathering of the blues clans in Southampton for the Hampshire Roots Blues Fest at The 1865 Sunday 29th January 2017 and played to large and enthusiastic audience. See the videos on our music page and photos on our Facebook page.

SWANAGE BLUES FESTIVAL - 6th 7th 8th 9th October 2016
Riverside Blues Band had two fab gigs at Swanage Blues Fest October 2016. We sold so many CDs we might get on Top of the Pops....Organisation as ever ran like clockwork thanks to Steve Darrington.

POOLE BLUES FESTIVAL - 16th 17th 18th September 2016
Having been approached by the festival organiser Anna Doyle, landlady of The Lord Nelson Pub on Poole Quay, to advise on which bands to book and other matters for the first festival in 2016, Stan & Helen were pleased to see many of the acts they had recommended appearing on the line-up, including several bands from the Southampton area.
Riverside Blues Band, Steamer and
Stan's Blues Jamboree also took part in the first Poole Blues Festival. A couple of videos of the Riverside Blues Band gig can be found on our Youtube Channel....were you there?

Hampshire Roots Blues Fest II
Sunday 21st August 2016
Riverside Blues Band opened the show at The 1865 in Southampton for 'Hampshire Roots Blues Fest II'! Featuring the finest blues talent from Hampshire and surrounding areas. All good fun!

Riverside Blues Band had played to the Festival crowd on the Quomps - Great to see so many blues fans this year

3rd 4th 5th 6th March 2016
We had a lot of fun in Swanage - see the Riverside Blues Band Seaside Adventure photo album on our Facebook page.

New Year's Eve - Recent Gigs
Riverside Blues Band entertained the revellers on New Year's Eve at The King's Arms, Longham for the third year running - fabulous food, dancing, live music and fireworks - a great time had by all!
Riverside Blues Band returned to the gastronomic delights of The King's Arms, Longham for New Year's Eve again this year - Ticket Only - Dinner - Dancing - Fireworks - More Dancing !
A gastronomic experience playing at The King's Arms, Longham to bring in 2014 - a six course gourmet meal and still they danced!
Riverside Blues Band sampled the culinary delights of the rather fabulously refurbished Rock
Wimborne in...er...Wimborne on the last night of 2012 and welcomed the New Year with a mighty portion of Old School R'n'B....with just a hint of .... and we were back at Rock on Easter Sunday afternoon for a second helping!

SWANAGE BLUES FESTIVAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th October 2015

Having played at every Swanage Blues Festival since 2009 it's farewell to yet another one... Riverside Blues Band - Stan, Carl, Marcin, Richard, Juan and Helen - had a wild old time in The Anchor and The Crow's Nest... It's do widzenia and adeus and cheerio for now

BRANSGORE BEER FESTIVAL - 26th September 2015
A jolly afternoon of blues and mellow fruitfulness in the autumn sunshine fundraising for Bransgore Rotary....a few snaps on our Facebook page

BANKES ARMS BEER FESTIVAL - 7th 8th 9th August 2015
Riverside Blues Band and Steamer had a great weekend playing at the Bankes Arms Beer Festival in Studland on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.

Lymington Arts Festival
Our acoustic trio Steamer took part in the annual Lymington Arts & Music Festival on Friday 10th July at The Community Centre Hall and Saturday 11th July in The Angel Courtyard on the High Street at 2pm and the United reform Church Courtyard on the HIgh Street at 4pm on Saturday 11th July.

Riverside Blues Band had a fine old time on the Music Stage at Everton Arts Festival near Lymington on Saturday 27th June playing the the finale of the day's music events.

Riverside Blues Band had a blast at the County Fair at The Three Tuns in May 2015 - thanks all!

Riverside Blues Band and Stan's Blues Jamboree returned to Swanage in March 2015 for a fabulous weekend with blues fans, friends and jammers. Video snippets of RBB's Friday night gig can be found on the music page.

Swanage Blues Festival -October 2014
Two splendid gigs in the company of blues fans from near and far…Friday night in The Anchor got us off to a flying start. At The Crow’s Nest on Sunday evening we were joined by 3 guest guitarists – Pedro, Kev and LH Paul and Paul on saxophone – along with some fancy footwork on the dance floor, including a fine example of the Status Quo elbow dance, made for an entertaining night ….A fabulous weekend superbly organised as ever – Thanks Steve!

Great Dorset Steam Fair 2014
Riverside Blues Band and Steamer entertained the fair goers at GDSF for the fourth year in 2014.
A great day out with steam engines galore, stalls, fairground, arts and crafts and live music for all tastes!

Wild Flowers Festival 29th 30th August 2014
Riverside Blues Band joined a multi band line up for a fundraiser for local charities. Boldre Club was packed...and as luck would have it tea and cakes were served in the garden...

Stan's Blues Jamboree
at Freshfields Festival - 16th August 2014
A fun afternoon flying the Blues flag at Freshfields 2014...The Revival, Shoestring Blues, Dan Sowerby, Jools' Blues All Stars, Riverside Blues Band and various permutations of Jammers - Video highlights on our website later....Thanks to all the musicians who supported the Festival and the audience who showed their appreciation....

Wimborne Guitar Festival - 8th 9th 10th August 2014
e organised a Blues Jamming Workshop on the Saturday evening of Wimborne Guitar Festival 9th August 2014. It was a fun evening and a great weekend!

Swanage Blues Festival
We were back in Swanage for the March 2014 Blues Festival with Riverside Blues Band, Steamer and Stan's Blues Jamboree and had a fantastic weekend of blues gigs and jamming with friends and fans by the sea in glorious sunshine. http://www.swanage-blues.org/

The Willett Arms, Wimborne
Charity Event for Julia's House Childrens Hospice 2013
Riverside Blues Band had a great time at The Willett Arms and by the end of our set, after 3 other acts had played, cars had been washed, and raffle tickets sold, over 1000 had been raised, with more bucket rattling to come...

Swanage Blues Festival 2013
Riverside Blues Band had two fab gigs at the Festival. Our "Stan's Blues Jamboree" event was great fun with more than 30 musicians taking part. The Legion was busy all afternoon (...but that could have been the burgers and fish'n'chips..). Details of the next Jamboree can be found here

Christchurch Festival
Riverside Blues Band played at the 2010, 2012 and 2013 Christchurch Festivals along with other local bands. A healthy dollop of cash was raised for the Mayor's Charities.

British Motorcycle Federation Show
Riverside Blues Band returned to the Blues, Booze and Bikers Stage for the Tailend BMF Show in September 2012 and had a fabulous time with the bikers.

Shaftesbury Arts & Music Festival 2012
Riverside Blues Band joined two other bands to open the Festival's music programme on Wednesday 5th September at Shaftesbury Arts Centre

Poole Quay Blues
Riverside Blues Band joined 4 other bands for an afternoon of blues on Poole Quay on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 2012. The blues fest raised funds for the Margaret Green Animal Rescue Charity:-
Margaret Green Animal Rescue is a the oldest and largest animal rescue charity founded in Dorset.

Lymington Arts Festival
Riverside Blues Band played their part again at this year's festival on 23rd June 2012 on the Main Stage in the High Street (outside the United Reform Church - opposite Boots and up a bit) followed by more shenanigans at The Chequers later that night....

Wallingford Blues & Beer Festival - June 2012
Riverside Blues Band supported Mud Morganfield (the eldest son of Muddy Waters - he sounds just like his dad....), 24 Pesos, and Earl Green & the Right Time, at Wallingford Blues & Beer Festival on the first weekend in June 2012...

The Tivoli, Wimborne
Riverside Blues Band supported the fabulous VOODOO ROOM on Saturday 14th April 2012 with Steamer as support in 2013...hope to see them down this neck o' the woods again soon. Absolute sheer class!

Riverside Blues Band had the pleasure of supporting Nine Below Zero and The ZZ Tops at The Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne in 2011. A great live music venue with nice comfy chairs......fantastic!





For Live Videos see the Music page

"Foot-tapping tales from Chicago, Texas and Canvey Island...A healthy portion of Classic Blues - The focus is on uptempo and upbeat so get your dancing boots on!"

Songs from Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Rogers, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, JB Lenoir, the music of Chess Records and songs by the Beale Street Blues Boy himself - the great BB King.
Also featuring the electric blues sound of Texan T-Bone Walker, Texas blues from Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, ZZ Top, the British R'n'B of Dr Feelgood, classics made famous by Cream and Eric Clapton…... an album of original blues is also in the pipeline..

Sample Set List - A small selection of songs from our set.

Kansas City
Hoochie Coochie Man
Just Your Fool
How blue can you get
Further on up the road
Highway 61 revisited
Route 66
Texas Flood
Shake your moneymaker
Sweet Home Chicago
Talk to your daughter
Sugar coated Love

Based on the edge of The New Forest on the South Coast, Riverside Blues Band plays in venues and festivals across the South of England and beyond.

With an extensive repertoire from which to choose material the set list changes regularly and can be tailored to suit the event, from festivals to parties and regular pub gigs.

With a high quality PA and lighting to suit both small and large venues, the band can be relied upon to put on a professional show for pub gigs, private functions or festivals.. A Riverside show is typically 2 hours long....played at a controlled volume level to suit each venue's requirements.

Publicity is a high priority and gigs are added to several live music listings such as Blues In The South. Rock Regeneration, various Facebook groups and pages and our mailing list.

The acoustic blues trio "Steamer" is a more recent development, see the Steamer page above and

Other Activities

As well as keeping the Riverside Blues Band and Steamer shows on the road, we also organise Stan's Blues Jams each month- Check out the website for all the jam dates and info...


at The Thomas Tripp, Christchurch
BH23 1HX on the
First Tuesday of Every Month

at The Owl's Nest, West Parley BH22 8SS on the
Last Wednesday of Every Month

at The Platform Tavern, Southampton SO14 2NY
on the Third Wednesday of Every Month

Mailing List

We compile a weekly e-newsletter the "Blues Jammers Chronicles" with a reminder of the date for the upcoming Stan's Blues Jam, along with
Riverside Blues Band gig dates for the month, and various other blues-related news items and events that we think would be of interest.
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