It has been 15 years now since you've been able to turn up at a venue in Derry City (or elsewhere) to enjoy a gig by The Squealin Pigs. The band is making a comeback, though, with their first gig taking place next week.
That gig will be on Thursday 14 June at the new Granny Annie's complex in the Diamond, Derry. The current band features four original members plus three new musicians, bringing back the seven-piece set up familiar to Squealin Pigs fans of the late 90s and early 00s.
The original band formed in the 90s and had considerable success, touring here in Ireland as well as in the UK, mainland Europe, and the USA. In fact, they spent four months touring in the States at one point.
In Derry, they were a common feature of the nightlife scene. This included a six-year residency on Wednesday nights in the Strand Bar where The Squealin Pigs played to full houses every week. Music lovers were (and still are) attracted to their unique blend of traditional music delivered with a rock feel.
The Squealin Pigs produced one album during their multi-year run called Makin Bacon, but then decided to pursue individual projects, breaking up the band in 2003.
Now they are back. Makin Bacon is being re-branded and re-released, they have a new video and single called You Couldn't Have Come at a Better Time, and they have been locked in the rehearsal studio over the past number of weeks getting ready for the Granny Annie's comeback gig.
Original lead vocalist of the Squealin Pigs, Micky Wilson, is back alongside three other members of the original band – Joe Quigley on lead guitar, Micky Mc Guinness on drums, and Mark Mc Connell on bass guitar. The three new members are Joe Gibson on fiddle and guitar, Thomas Hutchman on keyboards, and Wilson Hernandez on piano and keyboards.
For more updates on the return of the Squealin Pigs, like and follow their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/The-Squealin-Pigs-146145128766560/) or check out their website (www.squealinpigs.com).
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