Murphy’s Pigs

Murphy’s Pigs are the award-winning, Celtic-rock big band 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.)

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