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Change of line-up – Big Sandy Tour cancelled. Darrel Higham & The Enforcers confirmed for Friday 20 July to play alongside Charley Crockett.
Born in Bedford, England in 1970, Darrel grew up listening to the music of Elvis Presley and Eddie Cochran. Through the influence of these artists, Higham took up the guitar in his early teens and joined his first band whilst still at school.
In 1992 he spent 6 months living in the USA; touring and recording with Eddie Cochran’s original backing band, The Kelly Four. His first solo album was released in 1995 on Nervous Records, entitled Mobile Corrosion.
Higham played lead guitar in the West End production of Elvis: The Musical in 1996. He co-wrote the first biography on his musical hero, Eddie Cochran for Mainstream Publishing in 2000.
Along with solo albums and records released with his Rockabilly band, The Enforcers, throughout the 90s and 00s, Higham also played lead guitar and produced many other artists. He co-owns Embassy Studio in Hampshire and oversees a great many sessions there.
In 2007, Higham started work with Stray Cats drummer, Slim Jim Phantom. Together they recorded 2 albums and toured Europe, even making an appearance on BBC’s Later With Jools in 2012.
Also in 2007, he started work with his then wife, Imelda May and together they recorded 4 albums – three of which made number 1 in Ireland (and also charted in the UK album chart) – Love Tattoo, Mayhem and Tribal. They toured the world and made numerous TV and radio appearances.
In 2011 he shared the lead vocal duties with Imelda May on the Jeff Beck DVD and subsequent CD, A Rock ‘n’ Roll Party.
He has played guitar for/jammed with/recorded with Robert Plant, Jools Holland, Imelda May, Sharon Shannon, Shakin’ Stevens, Jeff Beck, Billy Lee Riley, Rocky Burnette, Bono, Paul McCartney, to name but a few.
Darrel is endorsed by Gretsch guitars, Peavey amplifiers and TV Jones pick-ups. Darrel also helped design The Rockingham semi-acoustic guitar for Peavey.
Growing up with a single mother in San Benito, Texas, the hometown of Tejano star Freddy Fender was not easy for blues singer Charley Crockett.
Hitchhiking across the country exposed Crockett to the street life at a young age, following in the footsteps of his relative, American folk hero Davy Crockett, who also lived a wild life on the American frontier.
After train hopping across the country, singing on the streets for change in New Orleans’ French Quarter, busking in New York City and performing across Texas and Northern California, Crockett set off to travel the world and lived on the streets of Paris for nearly a year before searching for home in Spain, Morocco, and Northern Africa.
Change of line-up
It is with great regret that we announce that Ashley Kingman, the guitarist with Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys has suffered a heart attack. Ashley is in a stable condition but undergoing emergency surgery. Subsequently, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys July 2018 European tour has been cancelled including their appearance at SummerTyne. Our thoughts are with Ashley, his family and band mates – We wish him a speedy recovery.
In better news, we are delighted to announce, we have secured top rockabilly king Darrel Higham & the Enforcers (formerly of Imelda May band) to appear in their slot. They will play alongside Honky Tonk newcomer Charley Crockett, who’s all the way from San Benito, Texas. Refunds are available however we hope you will hang onto your tickets and support these artists & join us for what will be a rockin’, rollin’, honky-tonkin’ retro, vintage night to remember!
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