A working blues band since 1967, the Foreday Riders return to Thredbo in 2020 – the 53rd anniversary of the band. The King Brothers, Ron (harmonica, vocals) and Jeff (guitar, Dobro) were foundation members and remain happy ‘backroom boys’ in the present outfit.
Rosscoe ‘Stinger’ Clark (drums) has been with the Riders since 1982. At that time he already had a reputation as a master shuffle player with the Cyril B. Bunter band, and has over the years worked with Ray Beadle and the Vipers, Bridie King, Darren Jack and Alison Penney among others. Around Sydney he is decidedly the ‘go-to’ guy for blues drumming.
Stan ‘sleepy’ Mobbs on bass guitar is another Riders veteran, with the band since 1990. Like Rosscoe, Stan is in demand around Sydney’s blues circuit, and has worked with Mal Eastick, Christina Crofts, Darren Jack, and for some years now, teamed up with Rosscoe as the rhythm section for U.S. blues star Chris Cain on his regular tours down under. Stan’s rock-solid yet swinging bass lines round off a rhythm section of irresistable drive – ‘Sleepy’ has almost never let the band down.
Shane Pacey has been front-man with the Riders since late 2013 and appeared with the band at Thredbo 2014 and 2017. A well-known figure in Australian blues, Shane was a founding member of the Bondi Cigars, a top-ranking R & B band of the 90s – and still going. Shane’s intense vocals, attacking guitar style and superior song-writing abilities make him a valuable asset in the Riders ranks. Shane’s association with the Riders goes back to the late 80s when he used to sit in with and occasionally front the band at Balmain’s Cat & Fiddle Hotel.
The Riders’ credo: work hard and play hard – at every gig! That’s our intention at Thredbo 2020.