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Pig Gigs 2020

All gigs are free unless stated otherwise.

Date

Event

Details

JANUARY

14th 7.00pmThe Bug - New Farm Bowls Club: 969 Brunswick St, Brisbane QLDDoor: $10
ORGANS OF THE BALLARAT GOLDFIELDS FESTIVAL
18th 3.00pmBallarat Civic Hall, 300-304 Mair St, Ballarat Central VICBookings essential - www.ballaratorgans.com.au
MURPHY'S PIGS IN CONCERT - MILDURA
19th 7.00pmMildura Arts Centre, 199 Cureton Avenue, Mildura VICBookings essential - www.milduraartscentre.com.au
TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 17-26 JanAll our festival shows are free.
22nd 8.30pmJoe Maguire's Pub: 148 Peel St, Tamworth NSW
23rd 8.30pmJoe Maguire's Pub: 148 Peel St, Tamworth NSW'The Pig Day Out' featuring pig races.
24th 9.30amTown Hall Concert: Fitzroy St, Tamworth NSWFundraiser for the Westpac Rescue Chopper.
24th 9.00pmJoe Maguire's Pub: 148 Peel St, Tamworth NSW
25th 9.00pmJoe Maguire's Pub: 148 Peel St, Tamworth NSW
26th 7.00pmJoe Maguire's Pub: 148 Peel St, Tamworth NSW

FEBRUARY

8th 3.00pmComlslie Hotel: Wynnum Rd & Junction Rd, Morningside QLDthecolmsliehotel.com.au
MURPHY'S PIGS IN CONCERT - TOOWOOMBA
20th 11.00amEmpire Theatre: 54-56 Neil St, Toowoomba QLDBookings essential - www.empiretheatre.com.au

MARCH

ST. PATRICK'S WEEK
13th 5.00pmQueen St Mall: Brisbane QLD(Top Stage) - 3 x 30 minute sets
14th 7.00pmNorth's Leagues & Services Club: ANZAC Ave, Kallangur QLDDinner & Show. Bookings essential - www.northsleagues.com.au
15th 2.30pmThe Showroom: Caloundra RSL: 19 West Terrace, Caloundra QLDBookings essential - www.caloundrarsl.com.au
17th 7.00pmBrunswick St Mall: Fortitude Valley QLD(outside Finn McCool's)

The Band




A big band, a big sound and nearly an acre of suit fabric. This is Murphy’s Pigs – the award-winning, Celtic-rock ensemble that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is warning everyone about. Throw caution to the wind and embark on a musical journey* through the lands of the Celts as Murphy's Pigs drag you headfirst into their world of rugged mountains, stormy oceans, fearsome battles, unrequited love, and a dram or two of the whisky.

Their unrehearsed style breathes new life into old favourites and firmly places their stamp on beloved standards ... and some not-too-shabby stuff they’ve written themselves. Mildly humorous onstage banter, an insane number of instruments and robust, manly voices unite to create an experience that will, unfortunately, be seared into the memory long after the night is over. 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 graced some big stages including the world’s largest Celtic Festival “Festival Interceltique de Lorient” in France (twice), the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Woodford Folk Festival, the Gympie Music Muster, the Australian Celtic Festival and many other festivals, cultural and corporate events. They have performed to culture junkies at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex, as guests of the Queensland Pops Orchestra, 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.

But wait! ... There's more! ... Toss into this chaos The Piglets, a handful of award-winning Celtic dancers from the Cape Byron Celtic Dance studio and you have a potent brew seasoned with song, dance and mirth. Aye, these young ladies are sweet, neat and petite but whether it be an Irish Jig, a Highland Fling or some curious dances from France or Spain, they add that crucial beauty, grace and charm that a lot of sweaty men simply cannot muster. Take heed, dear traveller ... they may be adorable and adept but under their charming exterior, they’re all swine.

The band has recorded seven CDs and a concert DVD and their music is enjoyed on national, local and community radio stations around Australia, and in France, Germany, Canada and the United States of America. If you like singing your heart out, stamping your feet, dancing like a loon or just wallowing in some guilt-free revelry then this is one journey* you will want to take.

*(All journeys sold separately. Batteries not included.)


Testimonials

  • To stand out from over 700 acts, 2800 scheduled events in over 100 venues at the Tamworth Country Music Festival is a feat not easily accomplished except, it seems, for a group of well-dressed gentlemen (term loosely used) who, for many years now, have been the talk of the festival. Whether it be their numerous shows at Joe Maguires Pub, or their jammed-packed, regular, special performances in the Tamworth Town Hall or, more recently, their performance in front of 9,000 fans at the Opening Concert in Toyota Park … you can’t help but clap your hands, stamp your feet and join in with some wonderful Celtic songs and tunes, backed by what seems to be dozens of instruments ... and even some humour ... apparently. For something completely different but popular with all age groups and such a great time for all, you won’t be disappointed with Murphy’s Pigs … Tamworth certainly isn’t!!
    Barry Harley
    Manager - Events & Country Music Festival, Tamworth Regional Council
  • I had heard about Murphy’s Pigs over the years and made the effort to catch this band, for the first time, at the opening concert on the Big Stage at Toyota Park, Tamworth Country Music Festival 2019. They blew me away! I hadn’t heard some of those old Celtic songs since my childhood in the late sixties when we were encouraged to sing at school.  10 big voices, all in tight harmony, an amazing array of instruments, great songs and tunes. It’s hard not to be swept along with the emotion of this music. It brought back fond memories. I needed to see Murphy’s Pigs in a smaller venue, so I went to the packed out show at Joe Maguires Pub (twice) during the festival. Again, they nailed it and that music of theirs kept pulling me back. But it's more than just music; it’s a show. It's tribal and a fine tribute to the Celtic musical traditions and origins of Australia's early settlers.
    James Dein
    CEO Sound Australia (Qld) / Festival Director - Winton's Way Out West Festival
  • A ten-piece Celtic band that's talented, entertaining, funny and good looking is always hard to find. When I found them, I combined them with the Queensland Pops Orchestra and produced the most amazing Celtic concerts you could imagine. Murphy's Pigs' professionalism, linked to a healthy disrespect for a conductor (or anyone in authority), ensured that the concerts were going to be unpredictable, colourful and a wonderful experience for an unsuspecting audience. Their music is infectious, their singing authentic and their approach to the Celtic traditions second to none. It is a delight to work with this band (when we can ensure an adequate level of security backstage) and I'm thrilled to be associated with one of Australia's finest and diverse Celtic ensembles.
    Patrick Pickett CSM
    Director / Conductor - Queensland Pops Orchestra
  • Murphy's Pigs has been performing at the Services Club annually since 2009, either as part of the Australian Celtic Festival or in stand alone concerts, and is the most popular band that has ever performed here. The queue for the show begins hours before start time and runs around the block. A crowd of all ages, from teenagers to grandparents, fill the auditorium to capacity and their onstage banter and audience interaction has garnered a large and loyal following. Murphy's Pigs’ presentation is first class, their concerts are captivating and they are one of the most professional and talented outfits that I have ever worked with. This award-winning band is, without exception, a talented group of musicians who give all in their performances. A sure-fire, memorable draw card.
    Julie Clement
    Events & Entertainment Manager - Glen Innes District & Services Club
  • Attending a Murphy’s Pigs gig is transformative. Trust me. Seriously, I’ve never been the same since that first time. Something touched me deep inside. Call it a kind of not-unpleasant queasiness, perhaps a touch of nausea … call it discomfort. No! I’m kidding. Call it entertainment!  These gentlemen (and I use the term loosely) have played to rapturous acclaim around the world. They’ll have you tapping your feet, laughing uproariously and generally breaking out in a cold sweat of delight and enjoyment. This glorious drove (the collective noun for pigs) is loud, musically very talented, irreverent and funny. Plus they understand the correct use of the apostrophe.  And what red blooded woman can resist men in suits? It’s a rhetorical question. Get yourself along to a Murphy’s Pigs gig. You’ll never be the same!
    Sue Wighton
    Writer and accidental journalist (Courier Mail) / principal trainer Write Well
  • What a concert. I certainly wasn’t expecting this. Backstage was more like a family get together with much laughter and many beers. That loosely organised bedlam simply transferred itself onto the stage …. a mixture of friends, family and fantastically crafted Celtic music - the core of any Pigs performance. So intoxicating are Murphy’s Pigs that it’s hard to tell who’s in the audience and who’s in the band. It was like the event was one big stage …. truly sensational!   
    Jamie Dunn (a.k.a Agro)
    Entertainer / presenter 98.9fm, Brisbane
  • I took Murphy's Pigs to Festival Interceltique de Lorient (world’s largest Celtic festival) in France in 2006 and again in 2016, to represent Australia and I believe they would have to be one of Australia's leading Celtic bands. The band played many times in the Australian pavilion and they were very, very well received. The rapport they create with the multilingual audiences is tremendous. Such a dynamic and powerful performance. Beneath their self-effacing humour, onstage antics and irreverence I found them to be extremely professional and they have a great commitment to their craft. As the festival’s Australasian delegate (1997- 2016) I have taken many Celtic bands from Australia and New Zealand to the Festival. Murphy's Pigs are, without doubt, one of the best. Great fun! Great music! Great Australian ambassadors!  
    Kathleen O’Malley
    Australasian Delegate - Festival Interceltique de Lorient
  • Too many folk musicians take themselves too bloody seriously. They frown, try to look detached, and frown again. Not so Murphy's Pigs. This rough-knit group of Queenslanders is here to have fun with the music and the audience. There's no sacred ground here and the band is just as comfortable swinging into an Irish, Scottish or American song as it is with a bush song from Australia's yesteryears. This is meant to be fun … and Murphy's Pigs can carry that fun with a nod and a wink.  
    Warren Fahey AM
    Australian Folklore Unit. Founder of Larrikin Records
  • Murphy's Pigs is a firm Australian Celtic Festival favourite. Crowds pour into venues where they are playing, each and every year. The Pigs just seem to get better as the years go by. I love that they are taking old songs and making them new again. The guys are great to work with, fun to be around and fantastic entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.  
    Lara Gresham
    Chair of the Australian Celtic Festival
  • Never heard of them. Who the @#%& are Murphy's Pigs?
    Noodles
    The Offspring 
  • My children love dancing to Murphy's Pigs' music.  In fact, their music could single-handedly wipe out childhood obesity.
    Robyn Ironside
    Journalist, The Australian
  • I have known the music of the band Murphy’s Pigs for several years now and, as a music lover, these guys tick all the boxes for me. A fun, energetic live show, great songs and popularity with our listeners are just a few of the things that make Murphy's Pigs one of the standout Aussie bands.  Murphy's Pigs receive regular airplay on 98.9fm and our listeners have warmed to their unique style over the years - they are often requested.  I would highly recommend the band for any live festival opportunities as they definitely know how to entertain a crowd and never disappoint.
    Dan Rennie
    Programme manager / presenter 98.9fm, Brisbane
  • Murphy’s Pigs has as much quality as it does quantity with each player contributing to the synergy of the whole. It’s a sound that captures your heart straight away and your feet are soon to follow. As soon as the music starts their enthusiasm for their work becomes obvious and you quickly realise that this is a performance to be tucked away in a special place in your memory.
    Don Jarmey
    Neurum Creek Festival
  • Murphy’s Pigs are a very entertaining band of blokes with a great sense of fun. They have a real presence on stage. They were extremely popular with our audience and they couldn’t get enough of them. They are professional in every way – on stage and in our dealings with them for the event. We look forward to working with them again at our festival.
    Sandy Nelson
    Administrator RedFest

Festivals, Events and Awards


Murphy’s Pigs has been around, now, for over 15 years. They debuted as an energetic, rough, naive quartet, and gradually morphed into an unsophisticated, unwieldy, yet unforgettable 15-piece ensemble. On their journey, many thousands of people have attended their performances, and some of those even wanted to see them. Believe it or not, some actually parted with their money and paid to see them. During their time together, Murphy's Pigs has been lucky enough to have performed at some wonderful events and to meet and play with some extraordinary musicians; some filling in for missing Pigs, whilst others have joined the chaos on stage as guest performers. Here are just some of the highlights of their odyssey, and the awards that they have stumbled upon along the way.
FESTIVALS

Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival - 2020
Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races - 2019
Winton's Way Out West Fest - 2019
BaconFest - 2018
Queensland Celtic Festival - 2017
RedFest - 2017 & 2018
Airlie Beach Festival of Music - 2015
Sandgate Bluewater Festival - 2015
Bony Mountain Music Festival - 2014 to 2016
Tamworth Country Music Festival - 2012 to 2020
Neurum Creek Festival - 2011 & 2013
Gayndah Orange Festival - 2011
Gympie Music Muster - 2009, 2010 & 2019
Australian Celtic Music Festival - 2009 to 2019
Woodford Folk Festival - 2008
Festival Interceltique de Lorient, (Brittany) France - 2006 & 2016

HIGHLIGHTS & EVENTS

Empire Theatre, Toowoomba Concert - 2020
Mildura Arts Centre Concert - 2020
Opening Concert - Main Stage - Tamworth Country Music Festival - 2019
Woodford Community Concert - 2018 & 2019
Sunpork Wine & Swine Night - 2018
Twin Towns Services Club Concert - 2018 & 2019
Live at The Triffid Concert - 2017
In concert with the Qld Pops Orchestra – QPAC (Brisbane) & Toowoomba - 2017
Australasian Police & Emergency Services Games - 2016
In concert with the Qld Pops Orchestra – QPAC (Brisbane), Caloundra & Gold Coast - 2014
EduTech 2014 – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre - 2014
International Police Association Young Officers International Forum - 2013
Australia v Ireland Test Match (International Rules) Metricon Stadium - 2011
Xtrata Conference Dinner - 2010
Ipswich International Tattoo - 2008
Qld Police Union Conference - 2007

DISCOGRAPHY

2008 - Live at the Irish Club
2010 - Craic Me Up
2011 - In the Green
2014 - In the Lap of the Hogs
2015 - Larrikins and Knuckle Boys
2017 - Live at The Triffid (CD & DVD)
2018 - Slainte Mhath
AUSTRALIAN CELTIC MUSIC AWARDS

2019 - Album of the Year (Finalist)
2019 - Song of the Year (Finalist)
2018 – Album of the Year (Winner)
2018 – Group of the Year (Finalist)
2018 – Instrumental of the Year (Finalist)
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)

AUSTRALIAN GOLDEN FIDDLE AWARDS

2019 – Best Band (Winner)
2014 – Best Band (Finalist)

QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS

2015 – World Music Category (Highly Commended)


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