Tribute to Dad

McGuigan Family Picnic.

In 1996, Billy, Ryan and Matthew McGuigan were just 21, 18, and 15 years old when their father, William McGuigan, passed away after a difficult, but courageous battle with Leukemia.

William, “Bill,” was enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1979 to 1994. He held the position of Tech Sergeant in the United States Air Force when the boys were young. Aside from his work in the armed forces, Bill had an immense love for two things in life. Naturally, the first being his sons. But it was the music of The Beatles, that came a close second.

Bill owned every Beatles album there was…even the obscure ones. However, as a family, the McGuigans were quite poor. So, rather than going out to entertain the young ones, Bill stayed home with them and shared his love of the Beatles catalogue with his boys.

Little did any of them know, it would turn out to be one of the greatest gifts a father could pass on to his children.

Billy, Ryan and Matthew with their Dad

Now, almost fifteen years after the passing of their father, Billy, Ryan and Matthew, all married with children of their own, have united their musical talents, charms and passion for performing to create the ultimate living tribute to the greatest man they have ever known. They now tour the country with the show, Yesterday and Today, which is a unique audience interactive concert experience, born out of the idea that everyone, like each of the McGuigan boys, has a story or particular memory attached to the legendary music of The Beatles.

What the McGuigan boys have overwhelmingly found since debuting the show in 2007 is that not only do people have a story to tell, but they are absolutely ready and willing to tell that stories when tied to their favorite Beatles’ song. McGuigan Family PicnicOn some level, it goes beyond sheer entertainment, and perhaps becomes a hint of “music therapy”.

Every night the songs change, the faces change and the stories change. But one element always remains the same between the McGuigans and their fans: A mutual respect for why they are there. Whether it is for the sheer love of the music, or to have a personal connection with it, the McGuigan boys get to do what they love most – honoring the memory of a their greatest hero, their Dad Bill, and the priceless gift he gave them so many years ago.