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The Pigs: Hillbilly Synthesiser

16 February 2019

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Saturday 16 February, 8pm
Street 2

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Tar can be a very elegant man or a cheeky baby or an elusive woman. . . In the past few years I have committed myself into exploring new methods of playing this instrument while I am looking at other styles of contemporary music . . . “ World music specialist Hamed Sadghi talks music, his instruments of choice and the Eishan Ensemble.

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Unashamedly hillbilly, outrageously entertaining!

The family that plays together, stays together and bluegrass band, The Pigs, are living proof as they prepare to unleash their first all original album on the world: Hillbilly Synthesiser. Having played music together in the hillbilly mountains of Australia for many years, some say hundreds of years, The Pigs decided in 2004 to come from the remotest corners of the outback to form the band in Sydney. Once the word got around that the family band had gone public with their brand of bluegrass, they were unstoppable and the fans came trotting in.

Highlights of The Pigs’ 13 years on the Australian highways include performances at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, The Gympie Music Muster, Woodford Folk Festival, The Deni Ute Muster, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, and Queenscliff Music Festival. Live performances weren’t enough for admirers, so they’ve also popped up on the tele in places like Australia’s Got Talent (Semi-Finals), Studio Ten, Spicks n Specks, Rage and The Country Music Channel.

After taking their homeland by storm, the Europeans begged to have them visit, so they packed their haferl shoes and have toured Europe three times where they sing about Macho Feuchtigkeitscreme rather than Macho Moisturiser. They’ve played Skagen Folk Festival in Denmark and Schaubudensommer in Germany.

Throughout this time they’ve released four albums and come to be known as the band that has made songs by Beyonce, Powderfinger, John Farnham, INXS, Skyhooks, Kelis, and even Kanye West, bluegrass – just as they were meant to be!

The last album, The Pigs’ Homebrew: 13 Aussie Classics was full of covers and their fifth yet-to-be-released album, Hillbilly Synthesiser, is chock-full of originals with unforgettable names including ‘Go, Robot Goat’, ‘I’m Never Gonna Be Barry White’, ‘Sterilised! Humidified! Sleep Deprived!’, and ‘While The Moon Rolled Down The Street’.

In January 2019, they will unleash Hillbilly Synthesiser on the ears of their tens of thousands of supporters.

The Pigs’ sounder of swine is made up of personnel: T-Bone Pig – Lead vocals, nylon string acoustic guitar, mandolin | Stretch Pig – Lead vocals, steel string acoustic guitar, harmonicas | Cousin Burt (The Daytime Stripper) – Double bass, backing vocals | Cousin Shamus – Stand-up drum kit | ...and, due to having such a large family, they are often joined by: Cousin Montz – Banjo | Cousin Oink – Fiddle

“The musical outrage that is The Pigs!” - Richard Glover (ABC Sydney)

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City West ACT 2601

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