Darrel Higham (UK)
Darrel Higham started playing rockabilly in British bands in the late 1980s and throughout his 30 year career, he has risen to become one of the most highly regarded and talented guitarist/vocalists in the world today.
By the mid-1990s, he had formed his main touring and recording band Darrel Higham & The Enforcers. In 2007, Higham formed Kat Men with former Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom. The duo recorded its debut album, Kat Men, with former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. From 2008 onwards Darrel Higham was the lead guitarist in the Imelda May band, whose albums Love Tattoo and Mayhem reached number one in Ireland, as well as having toured the USA and Australia.
Higham's solo projects include session work as guitarist with Chrissie Hynde, Jeff Beck, Rocky Burnette, Billy Lee Riley and Shakin' Stevens. In 1996, Higham appeared in London's Prince Of Wales Theatre playing the role of Scotty Moore and Eddie Cochran in “Elvis: The Musical”, which lead to further roles as Eddie Cochran in touring theatre shows in the UK.
Darrel Higham’s inspiration came from Eddie Cochran. Just as punk was attracting UK teenagers in 1970s, this British guitarist/singer was getting hep to Eddie Cochran's and an old album that Higham found in his parents' collection became his motivation.
Higham’s dedication to the original rocker was evidenced in his book publication “Don’t Forget Me – The Eddie Cochran Story” co-written with Julie Munday, and his two volume recordings “Eddie Cochran Tribute Vol 1 & 2”.
Higham is returning to Australia for his first rockabilly tour in 11 years and will be headling GreazeFest, as well as performing side shows in Adelaide (Wed Aug 1) and Melbourne (Fri Aug 3).