Rock ‘n’ roll runs in the Darby family for Little Elvis

Born to rock: Father and son team Robert and Roy Darby share a love of performing classic rock and roll music. Picture: Victoria Stone-Meadows.
Born to rock: Father and son team Robert and Roy Darby share a love of performing classic rock and roll music. Picture: Victoria Stone-Meadows.

Ballarat’s Little Elvis will take the main stage at the Ballarat Rockabilly Festival with his father and band-mates over the weekend. 

Locals will know Roy Darby from his captivating performances around Ballarat that emulate Elvis Presley. 

After performing at last year’s rockabilly festival, Roy and his father Robert will be returning to wow audiences with the their renditions of timeless classics as well as a few original gems. 

Widely recognised as “the kid from trash” for performances at the Ballarat trash and treasure market, the father and son duo named their band ‘The kids from trash-a-billy.’

Robert Darby has been playing music his entire life and has nurtured his son’s love of classic music as well. 

“I started playing because dad used to play and I have always wanted to play music as a job,” Roy Darby said. 

“I’m even named after Roy Oribison and while I'm not trying to be Elvis, I am incorporating a lot of my personality from him.” 

The pair said they aren’t nervous about playing in front of the crowds at the festival and are hopeful their talent will be noticed and appreciated. 

“So many people come from far and wide and from all kinds of organisations and we are hoping to get noticed; last year there was some interest shown,” Mr Darby said. 

“We want to export a piece of Ballarat to the outside world and become kinds of ambassadors for the city.” 

Roy said he wants people to take his music seriously and hopes by performing at the festival he can gain a larger following of fans. 

“I really enjoy playing music and I want to take it really seriously as a career and I think this is going to help greatly,” he said.  

Catch The Kids from Trash-a-billy today from 3pm to 6pm at Hop Temple and then on the main stage from 12.30 on Saturday.