Brisbane’s iconic Celtic music group Murphy’s Pigs will perform in Ipswich

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Brisbane Celtic band Murphy’s Pigs will perform in Ipswich. PHOTO: Provided

A big band, a big sound and nearly an acre of costume fabric.

This is the award-winning Celtic rock ensemble that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is warning everyone about.

Forget the caution and embark on a musical journey through the lands of the Celts as Murphy’s Pigs lead you headfirst into their world of rugged mountains, stormy oceans, fearsome battles, unrequited love and… a drop or two of whiskey.

Their fresh style breathes new life into old favorites and firmly places their unique stamp on contemporary treasures…and some not-too-shabby stuff they’ve written themselves.

Slightly humorous on-stage banter, an insane number of instruments, and rugged, manly vocals all combine to create an experience that, sadly, will stick deep in your memory long after the performance is over.

Loud choirs and lilting ballads compel the deaf to sing fervently while spirited jigs, pinwheels and bagpipes energize the uncoordinated on the dance floor.

After selling out their last six shows, you won’t want to miss a lively evening with these twelve charmers and their accompanying dancers (who are even more charming).

Murphy’s Pigs have performed at outstanding concerts including the world’s largest Celtic festival, France’s “Festival Interceltique de Lorient” (twice), Tamworth Country Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Gympie Music Muster, the Winton’s Way Out West Fest, the Australian Celtic Festival and many other festivals, cultural and corporate events.

They have performed in front of culture junkies at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex (as guests of the Queensland Pops Orchestra), in front of thousands of screaming, sports-mad fans at Metricon Stadium, and have twice been named “Artist of the Year” (2013 & 2016) at the Australian Celtic Music Awards.

The group has recorded seven CDs and one concert DVD and their music is enjoyed on national, local and community radio stations in Australia, as well as France, Germany, Canada and the United States of America.

If you enjoy singing your heart out, tapping your feet, dancing like a loon, or simply indulging in guilt-free revelry, then this is a trip you’ll want to take.

Throw a handful of award-winning Celtic dancers into this chaos and you get a potent, fragrant infusion of song, dance and merriment.

Yes, these young ladies are sweet, neat and petite, but whether it’s an Irish Jig, a Highland Fling or a curious dance from France or Spain, they add that beauty, that grace and that charm that many single sweaty men just can’t muster.

Make no mistake; they may be lovable and nifty, but underneath their charming exteriors, they’re all pigs.

The show will take place at the Ipswich Civic Center on November 25.

Tickets are available via www.ipswichciviccentre.com.au/event/murphys-pigs/.

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