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Brian Hebert and Friends: Press

... One warning: your feet may hurt after a full hour’s worth of highly danceable arrangements, played in various musical styles: (slip) jigs, marches, polkas, horn pipes, reels and waltzes. ...
... expands upon Celtic Music in ways that displays a creative genius that is very hard to find these days. ... a generous listing of 26 tracks of some of your favorite Beatle songs... beautifully relaxing and it brings the memories of that fabulous 4 that have been a constant reminder of our now fading youthful past. ... a gentle reminder of those wonderful glory days of The Beatles played masterfully ... Go ahead and let Brian Hebert and Friends help you relive your Beatle Memories ... 5 Golden Stars from Celtic Radio!
- Celtic Radio (Sep 16, 2009)
Do you like Beatles music? In the mood for something different? This CD is your dream come true! ... arranged well and played expertly. It is amusing to identify the song and then see what they did with it! ... The music is good, the arrangements are interesting--but true to form--and the result is a fun album that is a pleasure to listen to.
... What if the Beatles had been composed by an Irish band in the 1800’s, and played around the fireplace of the bar for the entire village to enjoy? That’s Brian & friends. They maintain the melodic strength, but play freely with rhythm, key, tempo, and chorus placements to bring to light the leprechaun dreams available deep within the four cherubic players from Liverpool. It’s very difficult to pull this off without falling into the trap of muzak. Brian has pulled it off, and has made an album that fulfills all desires of my ears to taste love and goodness and mercy.
Eartaste - Eartaste (May 10, 2009)
... The playing and arrangements are gorgeous... Well, I'm a Stones man, and I believe if there is one thing in life you have to make a decision about whether you're digging the Beatles or the Stones. But I'm having fun with Beatles songs like never before, you can dance to it and you might even scream.
A SURPRISINGLY gutsy album of instrumental Beatles songs done in a raw and edgy Celtic folk style. Crammed full of wild bodrans, duelling mandolins, and skirling Irish pipes, reminding of Planxty, de Danaan and The Chieftains, with a taste of Bert Jansche’s Pentangle, it’s a radical reinvention of the great Lennon and McCartney songs that brings a whole new dimension to something we thought we already knew everything there was to know about.
... a truly unique Beatles listening experience ... a superb recording ... in a variety of acoustic styles. For those with eclectic tastes, or hankering for a fresh take on familiar material, this one's a winner!
... listen to this famous Liverpool band’s familiar catalogue in a whole new light.
... with Any Time At All, it’s a delight to hear how appreciative musicians are still finding ways to breathe new life into the band’s beloved songs.
...Even with mainly acoustic instruments, The Beatles’ pop-rock songs still stand up well. Brian Hebert and his musical friends can put their personal fingerprints on Beatles songs any time at all.
... invested with a great deal of attention to the possibilities each song offers, pulling up some of the Beatles' own roots and returning them to the source.
... this crosses over into many other modes with a good deal of intelligence and care. I can't help but think the original writers would be impressed with it all in view of the artistry lavished and original thought bequeathed.
A very nice album (Translated from: Ein sehr schönes Album)
New, different, and fascinating treatment ... sounds absolutely wonderful ... as familiar as the tunes may be, the excitement I found was in the arrangements ... I love it
Bob Ellis - WUML Sunrise (Nov 24, 2008)
Wow! I’m listening to your album right now. It’s terrific! I’ll definitely be giving it a good airing on the show...
I really love this album! One of the pleasurable surprises is that the arrangements aren't obvious; there are a number tunes that are hard to recognize the first or second times through as being Beatles songs. And many that ARE recognizable that are also inventive. I've tried the album out on a number of different friends and it receives universal acclaim. It's one of those things that seems an obvious thing to do, yet the result is so refreshing.
These guys actually pull it off perfectly blending their love of Beatles music with a love of traditional Irish and American Music and coming up with a hybrid that really respects the music of the Beatles but also has some fun with it.
This material is incredibly textural, and the playing is excellent - very unexpected, and yet hauntingly familiar!
Imagine if the Beatles were a bunch of pickers and fiddlers from Appalachia or the Irish countryside. ... Any Time At All is a fine choice for Beatles fans and those who like celtic style bluegrass covers of classic rock.
... a strikingly original compact disc... ``Any Time At All,'' infuses The Beatles complex melodies with the spirited energy of Irish music to create a singular sound that will touch listeners on many levels.
Beatles’ songs are part of the tunes-sphere that I grew up with, and to hear them played as jigs and reels is like hearing them again for the first time – different, original, and uplifting. To weave traditional rhythm patterns into such recognizable melodies is both innovative and enlivening, and the craftsmanship of the musicians is a pleasure to the ears -- and you can dance to it!
Rich Grady - CD Baby (Oct 15, 2008)
Who doesn't love the Beatles? And if you also love acoustic music, this cd is a winner. The lyrics will be running in your head as you listen, but these instrumental versions, converted into "session tunes," allow the listener to focus on the beauty of the music itself, and realize once again what genius there was in those songs that we sometimes remember as simple melodies. Brian Hebert has done a fantastic job in adapting these tunes, and chosen some very high quality musicians to assist him.
Steve O'Connor - CD Baby (Oct 10, 2008)