Crooner Craig Martin will transform Brisbane’s 140-year-old Spring Hill Reservoir venue into The Cavern Club, the legendary birthplace of The Beatles, for his new swing show.
“I was looking for somewhere really special to debut the new show in my new home town, when a friend suggested the Spring Hill Reservoirs,” he explained.
“I was astonished by how much it resembled Liverpool’s Cavern Club, with its stunning brick arches and underground location.”
For The Beatles Swing show, Craig has reworked 25 Beatles classics, spanning 1962 to 1970, to give them a brand new sound.
“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,” he said.
Craig says he was fortunate enough to tour with Gerry Marsden, from the 60s band Gerry and the Pacemakers, who worked the same Liverpool tour circuit as The Beatles.
“Like most budding young musicians growing up in Liverpool, The Beatles was a big part of my musical education, so to spend three months with someone who shared their journey was very special,” he said.
“Gerry told me lots of stories about their early years, some of which I may even share with The Beatles Swing audience.”
Craig and his band will play four The Beatles Swing shows from March 4 – 6 at the Spring Hill Reservoir, presented by Underground Opera Company. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.