The Ramblin' Riversiders are a British skiffle band based in Lancashire. The band was started in 1956 by then teenager Harold Dearden and a group of his schoolboy friends. They had been impressed by the success of Lonnie Donegan's song The Rock Island Line, and they thought they could make similar music. The band was started in Dearden's backyard shed and was soon enjoying professional bookings around the region. Its early success was achieved without any involvement by adults and that still holds true today.
This year, 2016, the band will celebrate 60 years of none stop musical excellence (for more details of about the history of the band and what they have lined up to celebrate 60 years in the business check out the ‘Now & Then’ page). Since the early days it has had its ups and downs, but it has always been active in some way, with Harold Dearden doing vocals and playing the ukulele and fellow founder Neil Farnworth playing rhythm guitar. The band have recorded many albums over the years, and has tried many musical genres both British and American, including bluegrass, folk, Western and country. Memorable engagements from the early days include playing by request for 1,400 people at the Preston Gujarat Society, and at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood.
"As children, we'd spent our lives playing on and around what could be called by the "Ribble Delta" (the 'D' formed by the rivers Ribble and Darwen) and once we'd formed a four piece 'skiffle group' we became the 'Ramblin' Riversiders' no other name was even considered" (Harold Dearden).
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For more information about the 60th anniversary of the Ramblin’ Riversiders events, including gig dates and a brief history ‘from then ‘till now’, please click on the ‘Now & ‘Then’ button/link.