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Roy Orbison story brought to life

Posted onPosted on 10th Oct

Barry Steele will star as The Roy Orbison Story comes to Mansfield Palace Theatre on Friday 20 October – featuring the music of Roy Orbison, The Traveling Wilburys, and many of their friends.

After leaving the RAF,  Barry moved to Halesowen in the West Midlands with his young family and became a long-distance lorry driver for Asda.

During those long, lonely hours out on the road, he began singing in his cab to artists as diverse as Michael Jackson, Wet Wet Wet, and Chris Rhea.

It was during a family holiday in Cornwall that Barry took the first steps on the road to becoming a professional singer when his wife, Lynne, and their daughter, Leonie, entered him into a singing competition without his knowledge.

After winning a fellow competitor said to him, “you obviously do this for a living” and went on to say, “you know you sound just like Roy Orbison singing Robbie Williams!” so, with the help of family and friends, a tribute to The Big ‘O’ was born.

Barry turned professional in 2004 and spent the next two years of his early musical career performing in clubs and pubs in and around Birmingham and the Black Country prior to starting his theatrical career in 2006 ,when he toured New Zealand for six weeks.

Barry has since toured across New Zealand, Holland, Germany, Austria, Denmark, and Ireland. Whilst in the United States of America, Barry sang in front of Roy’s son, Wesley, as well as duetting with Bill Dees, the co-writer of many of Roy’s songs.

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