Shane Pacey (Guitar, Lap Steel)
Shane was born in Sheffield, England and came to Australia when he was 10 years old.
He began playing the guitar at 14.
He helped form Sydney pop/rock band U-Turn in 1976, and by 1977 they had appeared on “Countdown” four times. (Shane remembers little of this period, conveniently)
Despairing of an 80s music scene rapidly becoming obsessed with haircuts and synthesizers, Shane turned back to his first love, the blues, and threw himself headlong into the inner-city roots music scene.
He often filled in for various members of The Foreday Riders and The Hippos, before joining up with refugees from those bands to create The Bondi Cigars, who quickly became one of Australia’s leading blues/rock bands, for whom Shane is principal singer, guitarist and songwriter.
15 years of heavy touring followed, interspersed with the odd break for recording.
The Bondi Cigars are still going strong, but a significantly slowed-down work rate has enabled Shane to enter the field of teaching.
Shane teaches all aspects of guitar playing, but specialises in bringing out self-expression through improvisation.
He lives reasonably quietly in the Southern Highlands with his wife Trudy (who he also plays music with) a cat and a vinyl collection that’s threatening to engulf the house.