Happy New Year. 2017 is shaping up to be another big year for Murphy’s Pigs with a fair few, big shows already confirmed. We have the Tamworth Country Music Festival late January, a concert in Toowoomba in February launching the Australian Celtic Festival (in Glen Innes in May), and having not learned from past experiences the Queensland Pops Orchestra has agreed to engage us for a series of concerts at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex and Empire Theatre, Toowoomba over weekend of 20/21 May.
All details in the Pig Gigs section.

Pig Gigs

All gigs are free unless stated otherwise.





17th 7.00pmThe Bug, New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD Door: $10, Concession $7
Tamworth Country Music Festival 25-29 Jan
25th 8.30pmJoe Maguires Pub, 148 Peel St, Tamworth, NSW
26th 11:30amJoe Maguires Pub, 148 Peel St, Tamworth, NSW
26th 8.30pmJoe Maguires Pub, 148 Peel St, Tamworth, NSW
27th 10.00amTamworth Town Hall, Fitzroy St, Tamworth, NSW
27th 8.30pmJoe Maguires Pub, 148 Peel St, Tamworth, NSW
28th 8.30pm Joe Maguires Pub, 148 Peel St, Tamworth, NSW
29th 7.00pmJoe Maguires Pub, 148 Peel St, Tamworth, NSW


11th 7.30pmIn Concert - 2017 Australian Celtic Festival Launch, Armitage Centre, Toowoomba, QLDTicket Price $50, Concession $45 - 1300 655 399


St Patrick's Day Parade
11th 12.00pmTop Stage, Queen St Mall, Brisbane, Qld3 x 30 minute sets 12pm 1pm 2pm
11th 3.00pmMick O'Malley's Irish Pub (Wintergarden precinct), Queen St Mall, Brisbane, Qld
Saint Patrick's Day (weekend) 17-19 Mar
17th 4:00pmFinn McCool's, Brunswick Street Mall, Fortitude Valley, QLD
18th 3:00pmMick O'Malley's Irish Pub (Wintergarden precinct), Queen St Mall, Brisbane, Qld
19th 2:00pmHarrigan’s Drift Inn, Jacobs Well, QLD


2ndPrivate function (wedding) Customs House, Brisbane, QLD
8thPrivate function (60th birthday) Stanthorpe, QLD
9th 12:00pmCaloundra RSL, 19 West Terrace, Caloundra QLD


Australian Celtic Festival 5-7 May
5th 7:30pmGlen Innes Services Club, cnr Lang and Grey Sts, Glen Innes, NSWFree Concert - No Bookings
6th 6:30pm Standing Stones, Centennial Parklands, Glen Innes, NSW
7th 9:00amStanding Stones, Centennial Parklands, Glen Innes, NSW
Celtic Celebrations with the Queensland Pops Orchestra 20-21 May
20th 2.30pmIn Concert - Queensland Performing Arts Complex, Grey Street, South Brisbane, QLDTicket Price: TBA
20th 7.30pmIn Concert - Queensland Performing Arts Complex, Grey Street, South Brisbane, QLDTicket Price: TBA
21st 2.30pmIn Concert - Empire Theatre, 56 Neil St, Toowoomba, QLDTicket Price: TBA


3rd 4:00pmMick O'Malley's Irish Pub (Wintergarden precinct), Queen St Mall, Brisbane, Qld


1st 4:00pm SaturdayMick O'Malley's Irish Pub (Wintergarden precinct), Queen St Mall, Brisbane, Qld


13th 2:00pmMcGuires' Colmslie Hotel, Wynnum Rd, Morningside
22nd 7:00pmThe Bug, New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD Door: $10, Concession $7


8th 7:15pmNorm Price Park, Redland Showgrounds, Long St Clevelandwww.redfest.com.au
10th 12:00pmCaloundra RSL, 19 West Terrace, Caloundra QLDBookings essential


13th 7.30pmBribie Island Surf Life Saving Club, Woorim Beach, Bribie Island, QLDBookings essential
19th 7.00pmCoal Standards Dinner, Stamford Plaza, BrisbanePrivate function
In Concert with The Barleyshakes
21st 7.30pmMajestic Theatre Complex, Currie St, Nambour, QLDTicket Price: TBA

The Band

A big band, a big sound and incredibly well dressed. This is Murphy’s Pigs – the Brisbane based, the multi-award-winning, Celtic-rock band that the World Health Organisation is warning everyone about. Throw caution to the wind and set off on a musical journey through the Celtic nations and let Murphy's Pigs drag you headfirst into their world of rugged mountains, stormy oceans, fearsome battles, unrequited love and a drop or two of the whiskey.

Their unrehearsed style breathes new life into old favourites and firmly places their stamp on beloved standards and some not-too-shabby stuff that they've written themselves. Moderately humourous onstage banter, an insane number of instruments and a lot of robust, manly voices unite to create an experience that cannot, unfortunately, be unseen or unheard. There's no sacred ground here. Boisterous chorus songs and lilting ballads compel the tone deaf to sing fervently while spirited jigs, reels and hornpipes spur the uncoordinated out onto the dance floor. One minute you’re crying into your beer the next minute you’re pouring it over your head with an exuberant cheer.

Murphy's Pigs has played some mighty fine gigs including the world’s largest Celtic Festival “Festival Interceltique de Lorient” in France (twice), Woodford Folk Festival, the National Music Muster (Gympie), the Australian Celtic Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and many other festivals, cultural and corporate events. They have serenaded more than one discerning culture junkie at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex, as guests of the Queensland Pops Orchestra, wailed in front of thousands of screaming, sports-crazy fans at Metricon Stadium and have twice been awarded ‘Artist of the Year’ at the Australian Celtic Music Awards.

Their music is relished on radio stations around Australia and in France, Germany, Canada and the United States of America. Wow!

If you like singing your heart out, stamping your feet, dancing like a loon, laughing until your sides split or simply enjoying some great entertainment then Murphy’s Pigs tick all the boxes.

Festivals and Awards

Murphy’s Pigs has been tolerated, now, for over 10 years. Many thousands of people have been to their performances and some of those even wanted to see them. Some actually parted with their money. During their time together they have been lucky enough to have played at some wonderful events and to meet and play with some extraordinary musicians; some filling in for missing Pigs or joining in on stage as guest performers. Here are just some of the highlights of their journey, and the commendations and awards that they have picked up along the way.


Festival Interceltique de Lorient, (Brittany) France 2006 & 2016
Tamworth Country Music Festival 2012 to 2017
Australian Celtic Music Festival 2009 to 2017
Airlie Beach Festival of Music 2015
Bony Mountain Music Festival 2014 to 2016
Gayndah Orange Festival 2011
Sandgate Bluewater Festival 2015
Neurum Creek Festival 2010 & 2012
National (Gympie) Music Muster 2009 & 2010
Woodford Folk Festival 2008


Qld Pops Orchestra – QPAC & Toowoomba 2017
Australasian Police & Emergency Services Games 2016
Qld Pops Orchestra – QPAC, Caloundra & Gold Coast 2014
Australia v Ireland – International Rules, Metricon Stadium 2011
Ipswich International Tattoo 2008


EduTech 2014 – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 2014
Xtrata 2010
Qld Police Union 2007


2016 – Artist of the Year (Winner)
2016 – Group of the Year (Winner)
2016 – Album of the Year (Winner)
2016 – Song of the Year (Winner)
2015 – Album of the Year (Winner)
2015 – Male Vocalist of the Year (Winner)
2015 – Instrumental of the Year (Finalist)
2013 – Artist of the Year (Winner)
2013 – Album of the Year (Finalist)
2013 – Song of the Year (Finalist)
2011 – Triquetra Ambassador (Winner)


2015 – World Music Category (Highly Commended)


2014 – Best Band (Finalist)


Murphy's Pigs has recorded five albums, two of which, In the Lap of the Hogs and Larrikins and Knuckle Boys, have won Album of the Year at the Australian Celtic Music Awards in 2015 and 2016 respectively. A 5-cd box set is available for purchase for those that need bigger portions of fine Pig music. All CD prices include postage throughout Australia or internationally.

1. Devil's Thirteen  
2. Lachlan Tigers  
3. The Scarborough  
4. Shores of Botany Bay  
5. Brisbane Ladies  
6. Irish Town
7.The Flying Dutchman  
8. Ryebuck Shearer  
9. The Whale (featuring Terry Fielding)  
10. Streets of Forbes  
11. And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda  
12. The Road


1 Follow Me Up To Carlow
2 Irish Soldier Laddie
3 Boys of the Old Brigade
4 Black and Tans
5 Four Green Fields
6 The Merry Ploughboy
7. The Foggy Dew
8. Men Behind the Wire
9. Sean South of Garryowen
10. The Broad Black Brimmer
11. The Town I Loved So Well
12. Soldiers Song


1. Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye
2. Finnegan's Wake
3. Rakes of Mallow / Davy Knick Knack / £40 Float
4. Drunken Sailor
5. Spancil Hill
6. Lark in the Morning / Merrily Kissed the Quaker / Queen of the Rushes
7. Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go? (Wild Mountain Thyme)
8. Raggle Taggle Gypsy
9. Streams of Whiskey
10. The Moving Bog
11. Seven Nights in Eire
12. The Irish Rover


1. Galway Girl
2. The Gypsy Rover
3. The Battle of New Orleans
4. Broom of the Cowdenknowes
5. Flying Haggis / Pumpkins Fancy / Crossing the Minch
6. The Whale
7. Bonnie Dundee / Atholl Highlanders
8. Whiskey in the Jar
9. She Moved Through the Fair / Cooger’s Quilt
10. Back Home in Derry
11. Jig in the Middle / Jig of Slurs / Dr Ross
12. Mrs McGrath


1. Galician Jigs
2. The Leaving of Liverpool
3. The Rambles of Spring
4. Step It Out Mary
5. Little Irish girl / Black Velvet Band
6. The Boys of Killybegs
7. Scots Air / Chasing Shadows
8. Sergeant, Where’s Mine?
9. The Rare Old Mountain Dew
10. Dirty Old Town
11. Fiddler’s Green
12. The Rare Old Times
13. The Ferrymen
14. The Clumsy Lover


For those who cannot get enough we offer the entire recording collection. Five CDs for less than the price of four. Outstanding value.


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Murphy's Pigs Group Photo (B&W)


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