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Fri, 22 February 2013

The Pigs’ Great Bluegrass Swindle Tour

Filed under: bluegrass music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 1:21 pm

The Pigs’ Great Bluegrass Swindle Tour rolls into Melbourne.
Australia’s favourite bluegrass funsters The Pigs (our heroes) are known internationally 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.

2012 was a particularly busy time for the The Pigs with appearances on Australia’s Got Talent and the releases of their 3rd studio album. Recorded over 10 banjo filled days, The Great Bluegrass Swindle holds six original tunes, including the epic, She Wants Your Kidney and the rather quirky, Adrian Married A Megaspunk. Other highlights on The Great Bluegrass Swindle are definitive versions of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep and the 80’s classic Just Can’t Get Enough. The first single off the album is a sizzling countrified version of Kanye West’s ‘Gold Digger’ (following the band’s hugely popular performance of the tune at the Semi-Finals of Australia’s Got Talent). The Pigs are a family band, never found without their trademark blue singlets and Hillbilly hats. Brothers T-Bone and Stretch Pig sing lead vocals and play acoustic guitars, with Cousin Archie Piccolo Latte Pig on double bass and Cousin Shamus beating his stand-up drum kit. Various cousins join them on stage, adding banjo, fiddle, mandolin or accordion to the mix. For over 9 years now, The Pigs have 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). In 2013 The Pigs continue The Great Bluegrass Swindle Tour, with more Australian dates, followed by a return to Germany and Denmark. THE PIGS ARE

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