Brisbane’s Spring Hill Reservoir will be transformed into Liverpool’s iconic Cavern Club next month, for four special performances of The Beatles Swing by Craig Martin.
Presented by Underground Opera Company (UOC), The Beatles Swing will run between Friday 4 and Sunday 6 March and feature an array of songs by The Beatles performed by Craig Martin and a team of Brisbane composers – with a slight twist.
Liverpudlian Craig Martin says he is delighted to perform his worldwide exclusive show in the unique 140-year-old Wickham Terrace venue.
“I was looking for somewhere really special to debut the show in my new home town (Brisbane), when a friend suggested we Google the Spring Hill Reservoirs,” he says.
“I was astonished by how much it resembled the birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool’s Cavern Club, with its stunning brick arches and underground location.”
Having played at the famous live music hotspot, Craig knew immediately he could create something very special in the heart of Queensland.
With Underground Opera Company establishing The Spring Hill Reservoir as a performance venue in 2014, UOC’s Director Bruce Edwards was Craig’s next port of call.
“When I spoke with Bruce, he was equally excited about the concept for the show and was happy to work with me on this venture and incorporated The Beatles Swing into UOC’s 2016 season,” Craig says.
The Beatles Swing features the song writing talents of all four members of The Beatles, spanning the band’s entire career, with Craig and a team of Brisbane composers rearranging the songs to make them somewhat new again.
“We haven’t turned the songs on their heads, they have just been reworked and we’ve given them a twist using a rhythm section of piano, bass and drums and adding a brass section of trumpet, trombone and saxophone,” Craig says.
Every change Craig has made has been sanctioned by the custodians of the precious works, with each music chart submitted to Sony/ATV, Universal Music and even Paul McCartney’s publishing company MPL for their stamp of approval, without which Craig’s vision for the show would not have been realised.
Craig believes it was his ‘Merseybeat’ background which helped him secure the permission with his own musical journey following that of the ‘Fab Four’ in their early years.
Having performed regular gigs at The Jacaranda and The Cavern Club in the 1990s, Craig was privileged to tour the UK and South Africa with Liverpool legend Gerry Marsden, as a guitarist and vocalist in Marsden’s autobiographical show, Ferry ‘cross the Mersey.
“Like most budding young musicians growing up in Liverpool, The Beatles were a big part of my musical education, so to spend three months with someone who shared their journey was very special,” he says.
“Gerry told me lots of stories about their early years, some of which I may even share with The Beatles Swing audience.
“I’m delighted to bring a little of my home town to my adopted home town of Brisbane, with the sound of The Beatles and a 100 per cent live swing band,” he says.
The Beatles Swing runs from 4 – 6 March (with four shows only) at The Spring Hill Reservoir on Wickham Terrace in Spring Hill.
For more information and for tickets visit www.thereservoir.events