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The Blue Pig Orchestra 'Sleeping in the Gutter'

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The Blue Pig Orchestra are an exciting and dynamic six piece band producing their own brand of folk-rock influenced in equal parts by traditional English and American folk music, Country and Rock and Roll. Featuring rich harmonies and outstanding musicianship, The Blue Pig Orchestra have gained a reputation as an outstanding live act, bringing their raucous and energetic stage performances to a variety of venues across the UK. 2014 has been a fantastic year for the band seeing the release of the band’s second E.P. ‘From the Storm’ and the expansion of the band to include virtuoso fiddle player Richard Curran (Steve Tilston, Bert Jansch, Albert Lee). Other highlights of the year included performances at a variety of festivals including a main stage performance at the final ‘Fylde Folk Festival’, a headlining slot at Langdale Folk Festival and a rather hectic sold-out launch gig for ‘From The Storm’ where a large crowd gathered in the car park to listen to the band when it became clear the venue was full! The Blue Pig Orchestra have received praise and support from across the UK music scene and recently had the opportunity to record and perform with Dave Swarbrick (Fairport Convention), featuring on his ‘Passing the Baton’ release showcasing the best in new folk-influenced music. The band are heading back into the studio in early 2015 to record their debut album and look forward to performing around the U.K. and Europe in the new year. PRESS AND REVIEWS "The addition of Richard Curran to the Blue Pig Orchestra line-up, added a whole new perspective to what was already a great sound. Richard's fiddle playing faultlessly enhanced perfection... Sometimes in life you have the luck to be at the start of something special, last night, we were." Live Review - Clansfolk, July 2014 From The Storm is their second recorded work and conjures an agreeable, friendly roots rock sound which takes contributions from both sides of the Atlantic, but hangs its hat on neither peg. The fact that they’ve played bars, clubs and hostelries galore comes as no shock, they’re well versed in stomp along, toe tapping rousing numbers which invite a rowdy, noisy and fun response. I doubt they’re the sort of band you can ignore once they achieve full steam. However, don’t then write them off as just another group with whom to party hearty, what they've done here is consider what they should be writing about and to dig deep in their own backyard for inspiration. Right on the button then Kilgrimol is a reflection of a legendary local village which got drowned beneath the waves with its spectral residents, hollow sounding church bells and all. Santa Ana is the rollicking take on another historical perspective when a Spanish ship runs aground on the shore and somehow ends up rescuing a bunch of roundheads who’d got in bother with Lancastrian cavaliers. Still, if you want a good time item look no further than Sleeping In The Gutter which is about just that- and the effects of too much booze – as if you’ve never been there yourself, have you? At a mere six tracks, apparently the physical CD sold like hot cakes so perhaps a download copy might be more easy to obtain, but here’s the evidence that TBPO deserve a higher profile beyond the banks of the river Wyre. Spiral Earth, January 2015 Starting to create waves in the North West are Blackpool based five piece The Blue Pig Orchestra and judging by their five track EP "Witches" it shouldn't be long before ripples are felt elsewhere. A murder, hanging, alcohol abuse all get a treatment that reminds me of the likes of The Men they Couldn't Hang, no bad thing and a reminder that the dark side of folk is far from dreary. There's energy aplenty with lots of good vocal interplay and exchanges. A good EP leaves you wanting more and this folk/americana blend definitely does that. Neil King, Fatea Trick or Treat? I've seen this band live several times in the past year or so, and was quite excited to hear about...