A selection of Orange's finest musicians are set to congregate at The Victoria Bathurst this Thursday for a classic album performance paying tribute to The Beatles.
The Original Masters Project members Pat O'Donnell, Andy O'Donnell, Matt Arthur and Dave Egan will bring The Beatles' pivotal 1965 album Rubber Soul to life.
Rubber Soul saw The Beatles begin to shed their 'Beatlemania' foundations for a focus on recording cohesive studio albums free from touring and marketing commitments.
Pat O'Donnell, who brought a Simon and Garfunkel classic album gig to The Victoria in October with brother Andy, said the group was excited to share their love of The Beatles with a Bathurst audience.
"We're all massive Beatles fans and with such a selection of iconic albums to choose from, it was tough to pick the right one to perform," O'Donnell said.
"Rubber Soul was the moment The Beatles started to find shelter in the studio, which eventually led to celebrated classics such as Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's."
The record includes the hits 'Drive My Car,' 'Nowhere Man' and 'If I Needed Someone,' as well as deep cuts 'Michelle' and 'Norwegian Wood.'
O'Donnell said the group has utilised their own individual strengths as musicians to recreate the record with their own distinctive flair.
"The four of us haven't picked a particular Beatle to emulate, as the idea behind our project is to 'review' the music of our heroes rather than assume their identities," he said.
"With that said, Andy's lower vocal register suits the George Harrison songs well, while Matt and I tend to jump between John Lennon and Paul McCartney."
The classic album events have become a popular staple at The Victoria throughout 2019, featuring tributes to Billy Joel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and The Doors.
O'Donnell attributes the format's popularity to a growing demand from seasoned music fans to hear the albums that shaped their youth.
"The shows are popular with the baby boomer generation in particular, as they can relieve the music of a favourite artist or band in a comfortable setting," he said.
"In addition, the resurgence of vinyl records in recent years has inspired younger music fans to venture back in time, and we often see boomers bring their children and grandchildren along to these gigs."
The event will get under way Thursday night at 6.30pm.
Tickets cost $25 and are available from the event's Facebook page.
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