From Dáithí Sproule (Altan) and Lisa Richardson
“What a FUN show!! You nailed it! … there is success there!! EVERYONE was raving about this show last night! …because it was damn good! Thank you for giving us great joy Saturday night!”
— Jearlyn Steele
"Songs the Beatles never performed on the live stage, from their reclusive studio-only years:
The standard-shattering Sgt Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, White Album and Abbey Road.
Fab 6 is an ensemble that underscores the contributions of producer Sir George Martin to the Beatles’ sound. Fab 6 avoids the typicalBeatle-band formula of wigs, faux Liverpudlian accents and costumes (there is no attempt at characterizations of the quartet), deciding instead to go beyond this
aspect and to direct their energy and enthusiasm into recreating the original orchestrations (there are no archived versions, all arrangements needed to be transcribed by ear) and to entertain the audience by magnifying, on real instruments, the collective aural memory of what was created from the total immersion in their artistry. Toward that end, Fab 6 employs The Pepperland String Quartet, The Sun King Brass (2 trumpets, doubling on flugelhorns and piccolo trumpet—for ''Penny Lane''), The Parlophones vocal trio and an added percussionist, bringing a total of 16 musicians to the stage. The concert begins with the trumpet clarion-call intro of ‘’Magical Mystery Tour’’, wends its way to the beautiful ‘’Yesterday’’ (the most recorded song in history), the stark and dark ‘’Eleanor Rigby’’ (inspired by Bernard Herrmann’s ‘’Psycho’’ score), the rallying cry of the sixties ‘’All You Need Is Love’’ (the first world-wide live television broadcast) and closing with ‘’A Day In the Life’’.
Fab 6: George Martin's Beatles
August 26, final performance of 2018 tour season: Special guest Jearlyn Steele sings "Let It Be" in honor of Aretha Franklin.