THE PIGS at Katoomba RSL
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As seen on Spicks and Specks and Australia’s Got Talent! The Pigs are comin’ back to the mountains. With some Mount'n music!
***This is an all ages event - * Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian***
The Pigs take a hit song, turn it upside down, shake the change out of its pockets and set it down in its original form... foot-stomping bluegrass. Killing in the Name, Gold Digger, Like a Virgin... Few people know that these well-known songs are actually old-time classics, written by The Pigs.
Australia's favourite bluegrass funsters The Pigs are known worldwide for their combination of super-catchy original tunes and foot-stomping 'Piggified' cover versions. Crashing through musical genres like a runaway tractor, the Pigs' latest album, The Great Bluegrass Swindle marries superb musicianship with a distinctly Australian sense of humour - and hints at the uniquely bent energy of The Pigs' exceedingly popular live shows.
For over 8 years now, The Pig Family has been stepping out onto the big festival stages around Australia, barefoot and bewildered. Meanwhile the band's YouTube Channel has seen more than 400 000 hits, with their Single Ladies video becoming something of a sensation (also seen on ABC's Spicks and Specks and Australia's Got Talent). In 2013 The Pigs' Great Bluegrass Swindle rolls on, with more Australian dates, followed by a return to Germany and Denmark.
A 5 or 6 piece ensemble, The Pig's classic bluegrass instrumentation of banjo, acoustic guitars and double bass is driven by percussionist, Cousin Billy-Bob, on his stand-up drum-kit, making a supercharged Hillbilly sound. Sometimes extended family members contribute fiddle, mandolin and dobro to the mix.
As well as the mega-hit songs that The Pigs claim to have written, the Pigs have a swag of cracking original tunes that they have actually written. Macho Moisturiser, the tale of a big country boy who wrestles crocodiles, but maintains a strict skin care regime, is a favourite with Pigs fans at The Gympie Muster. Hey Christina, the second single off their latest album, Horses, is a wickedly funny breakup song. The Pigs performed Hey Christina live on Richard Glover's Thank God It's Friday (ABC 702) in October 2010. "I wrote Hey Christina for a girl who dumped me, then married another guy two weeks later. I guess the song is my way of hoping that life isn't going perfectly for the newlyweds. I wouldn't mind it, for example, if the telephone started to ring every time they were making love." - Stretch Pig on writing Hey Christina.
The Pigs' radio singles, Crazy, Single Ladies and Hey Christina, have been on high rotation on several country music radio stations around Australia. The music video to Crazy was nominated for a Golden Guitar award at the Tamworth Country Music Awards in 2008. The band regularly pops up on ABC local radio stations and their songs have also featured on youth and indie radio stations like Triple J, 4ZZZFM (Brisbane), Triple R 102.7 (Melbourne) and FBI 94.5 (Sydney). The Pigs' natural habitat is the music festival, having wowed audiences at Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Skagen Folk Festival (Denmark), The Deniliquin Ute Muster and The Gympie Muster. As well, the boys have played sell-out shows each year at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Highly entertaining - guaranteed to get your feet stomping and your faces smiling. Come and enjoy 'The Pigs' for one night only at Katoomba RSL Club.
Supported by Chris Gillespie and The Time Being Chris Gillespie is an independent artist from the Blue Mountains of NSW. His songs are beautiful, bursting with observational yearning. "A fingerpickin', harmonica playing troubadour...
'Sydney's answer to Bob Dylan" (Dave Regos - FBi Radio). Gillespie is renowned by his audience and peers for his songwriting craft, especially his lyrics - "Chris Gillespie is definitely one of those timeless songsmiths" - Joe Gould, (The Crooked Fiddle Band). Singer/songwriter/guitarist Chris Gillespie has teamed up with Nicholas Mueller and Miriam Jones (from The Lurkers) to form an exciting and fresh new act dubbed 'The Time Being'.
The trio were brought together by jamming at a festival in early 2013 (and also by their shared admiration of the Paul Kelly bluegrass albums). Nick and Mim give Gillespie's songs a different spin weaving new rhythms and textures. So for the time being you can expect beautiful instrumentation coupled with meaningful and thought provoking words and "...harmonies [that] are downright gorgeous" (Tom Ballard Triple J).
The music is very Australian, highly original and delivered with refreshing honesty and integrity. Chris Gillespie enjoyed a very busy and abundantly successful 2012 with the release of his debut album 'Unnatural Light'. The title track spent months in the top 20 of the Triple J Unearthed charts. The song was used as the soundtrack to a short film, which was aired on Channel 9. Chris also performed live on Foxtel and was the opening act for Triple J favourite and Australian Idol finalist Lisa Mitchell.
"It's difficult for any independent acoustic artist to make a name for themselves in the shadow of the likes of Josh Pyke and John Butler. Yet somehow Chris Gillespie pulls this off with an earthy, unadorned and folksy panache... [He] creates an intoxicatingly addictive blend of country-infused folk rock that is at once familiar and unique" (Peter Walsh Rave Magazine, Brisbane).
Doors Open: 8pm