As an ex-serviceman with a hearing-impaired wife, one of the issues closest to Barry’s heart is those who suffer with various hearing difficulties. That’s why he has teamed up with the UK Veterans Hearing Foundation, a charity designed to cater to veterans who have experienced debilitating conditions due to their many years of service.
About Barry Steele
Barry Steele is a very unassuming man with a great sense of humour, but above all, he has an incredible talent. He is so convincing in his role as Roy Orbison that many have wondered if he is miming! It is for this reason and to allay any fears that the show features songs that Roy never actually sang. Barry has toured across the globe in his role as Roy Orbison, but it is a far cry from his time in the RAF when he was stationed at RAF Waddington, RAF. Scampton, and RAF Tongeren in Belgium. Whilst in the Forces Barry has refuelled both Vulcan Bombers (The Ladies of the Sky) and The Red Arrows, he also drove the green goddesses during the fireman’s strike.
It was at Waddington that Barry met Lynne his wife, and it was during his time in the forces that he and Lynne raised their young family, in fact, their daughter Leonie was born whilst Barry was serving in Belgium, and the military tradition continued as Leonie was a Squadron Leader in The RAF before leaving the forces to concentrate on her Dental career.
When Barry left the RAF, he moved back to the West Midlands with his young family. He became a long-distance lorry driver, and it was during those long lonely hours out on the road that he began singing to artists as diverse as Michael Jackson, Wet Wet Wet, and Chris Rhea.
It was on a family holiday in Cornwall that Barry took the first steps on the road to becoming a professional singer when Lynne and their daughter Leonie entered him into a singing competition. It was there that a fellow competitor said to him, “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 quickly became enveloped in the music and sheer magic that was Roy Orbison, his aim was simple, his vision clear, to deliver the songs to Roy Orbison fans in the same manner in which they were originally performed. Barry has 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.
Help Us Fit More Veterans!
Since becoming a charity, we have managed to fit over 70 veterans with top-class hearing aids! However, we still have more than 2,000 veterans who need our help in getting back to a normal standard of life after the hearing damage they received in their years of service. Any donations we receive are a huge help in the lives of our vets and we are eternally grateful for whatever you may be able to spare.
Proudly supporting those who serve!
UK Veterans Hearing Help (now the UK Veterans Hearing Foundation) received the Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme in 2016, in 2019 we achieved Silver level and in 2020 we achieved the highest level Gold. The scheme provides an award for organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and armed forces community.