Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Passion for Music, Not Celebrity Life; Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Chats to Mike Crawshaw from the Overtones Ahead of Their Gig at Sage Gateshead Tomorrow

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Passion for Music, Not Celebrity Life; Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Chats to Mike Crawshaw from the Overtones Ahead of Their Gig at Sage Gateshead Tomorrow

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THEY can sing, they can dance, they've got the looks - yet the one thing The Overtones don't crave is the celebrity lifestyle.

That's according to one fifth of the group, Mike Crawshaw, and he also believes that is one of the reasons they have remained at the top of their game.

"I think we are possibly a little different from other acts that try to be similar because we have a real love for what we do, whether it be the genre of music we perform, which is that vintage style. Whether it be doo-wop with an influence of Motown or something like that, this is something that, individually, we have loved since childhood," says Mike, who is at Sage Gateshead tomorrow with The Overtones.

"My memories of driving down to Cornwall on holiday with my parents playing tapes of The Platters, Temptations and the Drifters is quite strong in my mind.

I think maybe a refreshing that there act "It's something that worms its way into your psyche, along with artists like Stevie Wonder, these are things I have never forgotten since I was five or six. here doesn't about millions "A genuine love for the genre is something that is very important.

And on top of that we don't really pander to the whole fame thing, we don't chase it, you won't see us falling out of clubs at 5.30am.

"That sort of stuff isn't important to us, what is important is the music, getting it out here and making people happy, it's genuinely at the forefront of what we do. I think it is maybe a slightly refreshing thing that there is an act here that doesn't care about making millions, and what is important is creating music and putting a fresh spin on some old classics and giving them to a new audience."

it is " His views are further reiterated by The Overtones' involvement with the Operation Smile organisation. Last autumn, the group travelled to one of its medical projects in Ruhengeri, Rwanda.

slightly thing is an that care making Joining a team of international volunteers, Lachie, Timmy, Darren, Mark and Mike offered their support to help make the dream of an operation come true for children born with cleft lips and palates. …

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