16 years of rockin' the park for Shake Rattle and Roll
We are proud to announce the 2018 headline acts! Saturday night From the USA Bill Haley Jnr.
Sunday night finale THE EDDIE COCHRAN SHOW featuring Darrel Higham & John Lewis as the early Cochran brothers with vocal backing by the Jets and musicians from the Enforcers. Friday night Si Cranstoun. Phil Haley & His Comments + Laura Ashley, The Kingcats, The Outsiders, Rockin ‘Em, Memphis Lee & The Creepers, Shane & The Korrados, Sarah Jay & Her North Side Boys, John Lewis & His Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio, Darrel Higham & The Enforcers, Red Hot Rockets, The Jets, The Downtown Daddy O’s, Porky’s Hot Rockin.
Bill Haley Jr.’smusical journey began and the age of five with a pair of drumsticks and a cardboard box, playing along with his father’s band as they practiced in the three-car garage at Melody Manor, the family home in Boothwyn, PA. As a teenager, Bill taught himself to play guitar using one of his father’s old nylon-stringed acoustic instruments.
Bill played the guitar and sang solo and with musician friends throughout his high school and college years. Although Bill thoroughly enjoyed playing music and writing songs as a hobby, he remained reluctant to pursue a professional career in music. In the 2000s, he began playing regularly in a garage band with friends. The band took on the name “Bill Haley and the Satellites” and recorded a CD of Bill’s original songs, titled “Already Here,” released in 2010. During the CD release party in a retail store in Phoenixville, PA, the party host requested that Bill and his band perform some of his father’s songs as well.
Higham started playing lead guitar with British rockabilly bands in the late 1980s. By the mid-1990s, he and the bass player Mick Wigfall had created the band that would become his main gigging and recording project: Darrel Higham & The Enforcers. Higham's solo projects include session work as guitarist with Chrissie Hynde, Jeff Beck, Rocky Burnette, Billy Lee Riley, Shakin' Stevens (on the 1999 UK tour). Eddie Cochran's last road band - The Kelly Four - employed Higham as their front man for a six-month period in 1992 for gigs and recordings in the US.
In 1996, he also appeared in London's Prince Of Wales Theatre playing the role of Scotty Moore and Eddie Cochran for 8 months in a revival of Jack Good's Elvis: The Musical. This would lead to further roles as Eddie Cochran in touring theatre shows around the UK for a couple of years afterwards.
Si CranstounHugely popular with the crowd
Si Cranstoun is an original modern day underground superstar of the South London streets. He possesses a vocal talent that has been compared to the likes of Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke, while his music offers an uplifting blend of northern soul, Motown and vintage pop.
Brilliantly capturing the look and feel of soul’s golden era, Si Cranstoun exudes of all the energy and verve you would expect from the best of the genre.
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