The Pigs are flying!

They tell a story about an old woman in Gaoth Dobhair who spent all her life in the area except for one weekend when she went to a wedding in County Clare.

They tell a story about an old woman in Gaoth Dobhair who spent all her life in the area except for one weekend when she went to a wedding in County Clare.

She went in a taxi and came back immediately after the wedding. But there was a change in her conversation after that. She mentioned County Clare in every chat: ’When I was in County Clare…’ ’It is different in County Clare.’ ‘In County Clare they say…’ etc. Well, I think I am going to be just like her. I am after spending some time in Australia. I had a choice – Australia or Bundoran. I picked Australia. I know I was unpatriotic, but nobody is perfect.

So, when I was in Brisbane, I dropped into O’Malley’s Bar for a glass of lemonade. There was an Irish band playing: Murphy’s Pigs. There were eleven musicians on the stage and they were ‘flying’. There was a group of dancers performing along with them: they call themselves Murphy’s Piglets! Peter Vincent and John Graham founded the band in 2004.

Two years later they went to France and played in the Festival Interceltique in L’Orient. There were four in the group by then. They got a great response from their audiences and from the media.

It is now the biggest Celtic band in Australia. I chatted to John Graham. He is very friendly, a great mimic and comedian, and a first rate singer and musician. The group won the Australian Celtic Album of the Year Award 2015.They intend to come to Ireland next year. You can hear samples of their music on their website, www.murphyspigs.com, or on Facebook. And tell your friends you first read about them in the ‘Derry Journal’!