The Gympie Muster 2019 was fantastic. So many great artists and bands. We played to two packed out shows at the Crow Bar and caught up with some old and dubious friends. Our Piglets certainly upped the ante with some death-defying dancing and overall niceness. Simply Bushed were on fire on the Sunday arvo and it was great to see Saltbush Six and The Faceless Men. Some outstanding musicianship. .A bit dusty this year (the ground - not our performance) and it was only appropriate that we kept ourselves well hydrated throughout our stay. Hopefully we'll get another go in 2020.

Looking forward to Saturday at the Colmslie Hotel. A big lineup of bands including Limerick Modern Celtic Band and Sasta. A great afternoon of some great craic. Come along and join in the fun.

Our concert at Woodford is now set to go. Bookings are essential and tickets are available by clicking on the yellow 'Book Here' button. Follow the prompts and all should be fine. Our special guest for the concert is renowned fiddler, Pixie Jenkins. Pixie has performed with us previously and his antics will be a great addition to our performance. Tickets are already selling quickly so don't delay.

As always, we look forward to meeting you at one of our shows. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook to keep in touch.



Pig Gigs 2019

All gigs are free unless stated otherwise.


Date

Event

Details

AUGUST

Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races 2-4 Augustwww.tarafestivalncamels.org.au
3rd 11.30amOrigin Stage - Tara Showgrounds: Showgrounds Rd, Tara QLD
3rd 5.30pmGSC Stage - Tara Showgrounds: Showgrounds Rd, Tara QLD
4th 9.30amGSC Stage - Tara Showgrounds: Showgrounds Rd, Tara QLD
Gympie Muster 22-25 Augustwww.muster.com.au
24th 10.15pmThe Crowbar: Amamoor Creek State Forest near Gympie, QLD
25th 1.00pmThe Crowbar: Amamoor Creek State Forest near Gympie, QLD

SEPTEMBER

The Big Band Craic Festival
7th 3.00pmComlslie Hotel, Wynnum Rd & Junction Rd, Morningside QLDthecolmsliehotel.com.au

OCTOBER

Murphy's Pigs in Concert - with special guest Pixie JenkinsSeats are limited. Bookings essential.
19th 7.00pmWoodford Memorial Hall: 109 Archer St, Woodford QLD

DECEMBER

1st Time TBAThe Showroom: Caloundra RSL: 19 West Terrace, Caloundra QLDwww.caloundrarsl.com.au

JANUARY 2020

14th 7.00pmThe Bug - New Farm Bowls Club: 969 Brunswick St, Brisbane QLDDoor: $10
Tamworth Country Music Festival 17-26 Jan
22nd 8.30pmJoe Maguire's Pub: 148 Peel St, Tamworth NSWFree show
23rd 10.00amJoe Maguire's Pub: 148 Peel St, Tamworth NSWFree show
24th 9.30amTown Hall Concert: Fitzroy St, Tamworth NSWFree show
24th 9.00pmJoe Maguire's Pub: 148 Peel St, Tamworth NSWFree show
25th 9.00pmJoe Maguire's Pub: 148 Peel St, Tamworth NSWFree show
26th 7.00pmJoe Maguire's Pub: 148 Peel St, Tamworth NSWFree show

The Band




A big band, a big sound and almost 50 metres of suit fabric. This is Murphy’s Pigs – the award-winning, Celtic-rock band that the World Health Organisation is warning everyone about. Throw caution to the wind and set forth 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 drop 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 have performed at some mighty fine gigs 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’ (2013 & 2016) 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 flavoured 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 much needed beauty, grace and charm that a lot of sweaty men alone simply cannot muster. Make no mistake; they may be adorable and skilful 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’ll 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 old and new Celtic songs, 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 tolerated, now, for over 13 years (unlucky for some). Many thousands of people have been to 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 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 whilst others joined them on stage as guest performers. Here are just some of the highlights of their journey and the awards that they have stumbled upon along the way.

FESTIVALS

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 2019
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

EVENTS & CORPORATE FUNCTIONS

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 Dinner - 2010
Ipswich International Tattoo - 2008
Qld Police Union - 2007



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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