Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Singers Cater for the Disabled Too

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Singers Cater for the Disabled Too

Article excerpt

It's not often you hear of a group that caters for the deaf or partially deaf audiences.

But that's exactly what you get if you visit a venue that is playing host to The Backbeat Boys or Motown Bros.

These two bands, made up of Martin Crawford, Steve Greaves and Dean Pinder, not only entertain audiences throughout the country with their music and vocals, performing a medley of modern day cover versions and classic Motown tracks, but actually sign some of their songs for the hard of hearing.

The lads, who have performed together for more than eight years, are proud to work with the British Sign Language Institute and often donate their services to the cause.

Martin Crawford, vocalist and signer for the hard of hearing, said: "When we are on stage performing our act it's great to offer that extra special side to our audience.

"They seem to really appreciate the effort, and by doing so it allows them to join in along with their friends and family, which means they don't miss out. …

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