Billy McGuigan brings Beatles-request 'Yesterday and Today' to BCCOWA

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter


What: Billy McGuigan Yesterday and Today

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19; doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

How much: $29 adults; $27 seniors and students plus applicable fees

Go to: www.bccowa.com or call the OWA box office at (910) 755-7416

Don’t forget to bring your favorite Beatles song request when Billy McGuigan and band hit the Odell Williamson Auditorium stage next Thursday night at Brunswick Community College.

Beatles requests, after all, are what McGuigan and company specialize in for their “Yesterday and Today: The Beatles Interactive Experience” show.

Here’s how it works:

1) Show up for the March 19 concert.

2)  Fill out and submit a request form specifying your favorite Beatles song and why you chose it.

3) Get ready to be entertained by this American band drawing from the 200-plus songs they’ve mastered in the Beatles anthology.

Billy, 40, musically accompanied by his younger brothers Matthew and Ryan, credits their late dad, Bill, a United States Air Force technical sergeant who died in 1996 after battling leukemia, for influencing their musical talents and repertoire. Their Beatles tribute show is a tribute to him.

Their dad owned every Beatles album, including lesser-known ones. With limited finances, the family couldn’t afford to go out for entertainment, so he shared his love and catalog of Beatles music at home with his four sons.

In 2007, three of those sons launched their touring Beatles tribute show, sparked by the idea that everyone has a story or memory connected to The Beatles.

The performing McGuigans have quickly learned “not only do people have a story to tell, but they are absolutely ready and willing to tell” those stories when tied to a favorite Beatles tune.

The songs, faces and stories change with each performance.

“The McGuigan boys get to do what they love most — honoring the memory of their greatest hero, their dad Bill, and the priceless gift he gave them so many years ago,” reads a blurb on their website, www.billymcguigan.com.


Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.