Foreday Riders (NSW)
Nothing but the Blues since 1967
Often cited as Sydney's "university of the blues", the Foreday Riders celebrate 50 years as a working band in 2017, and despite countless line-up changes, 2 original members from 1967 remain: the King Brothers, Ron (harmonica, vocals) and Jeff (guitar, Dobro) who continue as happy 'backroom boys' in the current outfit. The rhythm section is also highly durable: Rosscoe 'Stinger' Clark (drums) has been a Rider since 1982, and as a master shuffle player has worked with the Cyril B Bunter band, Ray Beadle, Bridie King, Darren Jack and Alison Penney among others - he's decidedly the go-to guy for blues drumming in Sydney; Stan 'Sleepy' Mobbs has been on bass with the Riders since 1990 and underpins the band with the smooth, swinging yet rock-solid feels essential to electric blues.
The front man of the Riders can vary from gig to gig, and at present the band has teamed up with long-time associate Shane Pacey, of Bondi Cigars fame. Shane fronted the band occasionally in the latter 1980s and has stayed in touch ever since; his intense vocals, attacking guitar style and superior song-writing abilities make him an asset to any band, and his presence adds an extra edge to the Riders' sound.
In 1996 the Riders were awarded the inaugural Hall of Fame Award at the Lithgow Blues Festival and in following years received the Chain Heritage award at Goulburn (and were later inducted into the Hall of Fame), the 2MBS-FM Stormy Monday Lifetime Achievement award, and the Sydney Blues Society "Services to the Blues" Award. The Riders were also included in a series of blues concerts at the Sydney Opera House in 1999, "Sundays 'round the House", with Mal Eastick, The Mighty Reapers and Matt Walker.
Throughout the band's history, the King Brothers have been privileged to work with an imposing array of leading Australian blues performers, and hope to continue doing so, always aiming to see audiences have as much fun as the band.
There have also been numerous appearances on TV and radio, but as with most blues bands, the Riders are best heard in a crowded ba or club, in good company, with drink in hand.
Blues Reform School (2008)
Shake a Leg (2005)
Ray Beadle & The King Brothers
Down Home Bebop (1999)
Riders Groove (1991)
Rider's Digest (1986)
Playin' Up (1977)
Blues Live at French's (1974)