VIDEO: Queen legend Brian May is star of Brid badger song

Queen guitarist Brian May in the studio with Bridlington singer-songwriter Shirley Higton.
Queen guitarist Brian May in the studio with Bridlington singer-songwriter Shirley Higton.

A Bridlington singer-songwriter is aiming to badger the government into submission.

Shirley Higton, known for her topical songs, is an anti-badger cull campaigner, but never dreamed megastar Queen lead guitarist Brian May would end up playing on her song in a campaign video.

Shirley, 56, of Teesdale Mews, created “Badger Boys” at her home studio and put it on her Facebook page and the anti-cull campaign “Save Me” page. Keen to help she also contacted the Save Me page to see if there was anything she could do, and included a copy of her song. Unknown to Shirley ‘Save Me’ was in contact with anti-cull supporter Brian May and was staggered when she was told he and the team loved her song and Brian would like to develop it.

An visit to Brian’s home studio in Surrey followed. “We spent a day pooling ideas and adding brass band sounds, drums, and backing singing to my basic piano and song original plus my favourtie part of all, Brian on guitar. Watching him put his guitar part on the recording was absolute magic,” said Shirley.

A further visit to work on a video of “Badger Boys” followed. Recorded in Brian’s back garden with the help of a few friends, it is now on YouTube and available from iTunes and Amazon with all proceeds going to charity.

Its release is ahead of a protest march to Downing Street in London on Saturday (June 1) when a 250,000 name petition against the cull will be presented. “I will also be there and I understand copies of the lyrics have been distributed and they will probably be singing it,” said Shirley.