Swinging with The Beatles

THE BEATLES REVISITED: Craig Martin will bring The Beatles Swing to The Majestic Theatre, Pomona.
THE BEATLES REVISITED: Craig Martin will bring The Beatles Swing to The Majestic Theatre, Pomona. CONTRIBUTED

THE Beatles rose to fame with an amazing pop sound, becoming a massive sensation and an inspiration for many musicians world-wide.

Even to this day their music is played everywhere from in homes to cafes, as well as on the radio while their authentic style continues on within the souls of musicians across the globe.

Craig Martin is one of those musicians, combining his love of The Beatles with his passion for swing music to bring something fresh and new to Pomona's The Majestic Theatre on October 8.

Martin says that his show is a new take on the popular Beatles hits by encompassing jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Latino elements into his swing ensemble.

"It's unique - I'm the only guy in the world that has permission to basically swing 25 Beatles songs in a show,” he says.

When Martin first decided to pursue his Beatles swing dream, he was told he wouldn't get permission to use one song let alone 25, but he took it as a challenge and began contacting Sony which owns the rights to the Beatles' music.

"The Beatles are probably the world's most protected songs,” Martin says.

"They don't get used really for anything and to get permission to do anything with the Beatles songs is a massive undertaking.”

Sony gave him permission, and so Martin worked with his band and Brisbane composers to create the unique show that is Beatles Swing.

Martin and his swing band played their debut show at Brisbane's Spring Hill Reservoir in March which was a huge hit, leaving audiences saying: 'Yeah, yeah, yeah” and wanting more, more, more.

Growing up in The Beatles' hometown of Liverpool, Martin's love of the famous quartet began in the 1980s when he and his brother would play along to their records as kids.

His passion for swing ignited later, at the end of the '90s, when he began listening to Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra.

"I'd bought a Bobby Darin CD just thinking his was a rock'n'roll singer, and he was: he started his career as a brilliant rock'n'roll singer,” Martin said.

"But after all the rock'n'roll songs were these kind of Beyond The Sea and Don't Rain On My Parade things.

"It just opened my eyes to a new style of music that I'd never heard before.”

Now Martin has performed at venues including the Cavern Club (where The Beatles were first discovered in Liverpool), and toured with Gerry Marsden from Gerry and The Pacemakers.

He continues to bring a charming rendition of The Beatles' music to venues such as The Majestic Theatre.

A hipster in his own right, Martin takes the old and makes it new again with his individual style, adding his own personal spin to the classics that everybody knows and loves.

Celebrate the Fab Four at The Majestic Theatre on Saturday, October 8. Tickets are available at www.themajestictheatre.com.au.

Topics:  craig martin, pomona, the beatles, the majestic theatre, whatson

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