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Pig’n’aif is a music project working with the Rising Records independent label based in Sheffield (UK). It is the working name for a collection of projects and bands put together and performed with over the years, by Pete Bangert and friends. Pig’n’aif  is pronounced as Pig-an-Ayf in a typical Yorkshire accent and is an old- fashioned, surreptitious and non-blasphemous curse , (Please feel free to use it - we do often...). The name, originally born out of frustration, reflects the fact that it has often been a pig (and an ’aif) to bring these projects to fruition, or indeed to get the musicians together to play the material, but it also reflects a lighter side to things.

Pig’n’aif News

 

 

Here’s a video of one of our favourite tracks from the ‘Pig’n’aif Blue’  jam band album,  ‘Rollin’ Stone’. It’s a cracking blues/rock version even though we say it ourselves and it took on a life of its own as we made it. It’s a fun accompaniment to an excellent track. The track and the album are available for download from your choice of many digital sites. The video is of course available in the Pig’n’aif section of the Rising Records channel on YouTube.

 

 

 

 Work on the ’Electronicaliis’ album has resumed. It’s a Prog-Electronica album, heavily synth based  featuring guitar synth work as well as keyboards and the normal guitar line-up. A slight departure from our normal style, but fully consistent with the Pig’n’aif philosophy. This track, ‘My Amie’ is a taster from the album, featuring the fanciful flight of the Pig’n’aif Logo Ship back home. The release of ‘My Amie’ has generated a lot of interest.

 

 

 

This is the video of ‘Cycles’ taken from the ‘Handover’ album. This track was the first complete song ever written by Pete and was gigged extensively in various band line-ups around the country bu never recorded. It was included on the ‘Handover’ album for that very reason - a handover from the past.
This lovely, gentle ballad benefits greatly from the excellent vocal interpretation given by Mel Day, a superb vocalist who Pete has worked with many times over the years. Mel’s voice features heavily on the ‘Pig’n’aif Blue’ album, as well as tracks on many other Pig’n’aif albums

 

Musicalis Grumpiosa - click for more infoMusicalis Grumpiosa’ is still scheduled to be the next Pig’n’aif album release. Pressure of work from other external and associate projects has interfered with its progress but it is now back on the production schedule and we’re pleased to say it is once more now getting the attention it deserves.

The album material crosses many genre boundaries, including Progressive Rock, Blues, Rock and Jazz. ’Musicalis Grumpiosa’ is made up of humorous and pointed songs aimed firmly at the middle aged condition. This is another slight shift in the focus of the demographic, just for a change, but after all the young do not have all of the fun or the challenges in life (do they?). Watch this space, Facebook and our Twitter Feed for more  information

Some Blog entries

Handover - click for more infoThere is a review of the ‘Electronicalis’ album track ‘My Amie’ in this blog. Thanks guys.

We were recently interviewed by Robex Lundgren for a Swedish Music Blog. That was very kind of them... Check it out here

There is an interview with the guys on this recent internet blog  RealSoundsOK blog here

The latest Pig’n’aif album release,  ‘Handover’ continues to do well, picking up a lot of internet attention. Why not check out the clips on the site and find out where to download the album here?

 

One track from ‘Electronicalis’ and three from ‘Handover’  escaped onto four compilation albums released by
Factory Fast Records of New York (USA).

Oh Girl’, was released on ‘Hot, Sweet And Blue’ in August 2015.

‘Dead Man Blues’ featured on the ‘Road To The Sun’ released in November 2015.

‘Cycles’, was included on ‘Curtains Against the Wind’ released on 12 January 2016.

‘My Amie’ which was included on ‘Dance With Destiny’ in March 2017. and we greatly appreciated all of that.

 

 

 

This was all exciting news and it generated and still continues to generate, some good radio and internet play and publicity in the States and elsewhere for us.

Unfortunately we now understand that Factory Fast Records are no longer in business, but we wish Brian and the guys well in their future endeavours.

 

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Meanwhile, back in the studio, Pete and the team are busily at work on other new album projects, in the background to finalising the current clutch of releases. There is definitely another album on the way which they are just calling (typically), ‘The New Album’, because they have no idea which musical direction it is going in. At the moment it is prog,  rock and blues, but isn’t everything? This project has a number of finished articles already in the can and is just awaiting completion. There is also some more accompanying video on the way.

 

As far as other peripheral projects are concerned, Pete is heavily involved in completing the definitive Phoenix Rising album ‘After The Fire’. This album is the studio version of much of the original Phoenix Rising catalogue and is intended to complete the saga of that band.

Pete has said that “After that point, any new Phoenix Rising-style  material will be produced back under the Pig’n’aif banner. Some of that material is already included in ‘The New Album’ “.

Check out our Twitter feed, for up-to-the-minute info on further Pig’n’aif projects and releases, as well as news of radio plays etc..

Our previous albums ‘Pig’n’aif Blue-ish’ and ’Pig’n’aif Blue’ continue to do well worldwide and we are receiving excellent feedback. They are composed of classic blues and rock numbers from the Jam-band line-up’s set, treated with a somewhat radical Pig’n’aif twist. You will not have heard treatments like these on some of these numbers elsewhere. Please continue to download them and let us know what you think

Also don’t forget to check out our previous project release,  the prog-rock album
‘The Jester... Thinks...’. It has varied tracks from the medievally influenced title track
 ‘The Jester’, through the blues rock ‘Gotta Be Jokin’ ‘ to the out-and-out prog rock suite of ‘Genus Holbytla’. The album deals with a number of the typical emotions we all face at sometime or other in our complex lives and is definitely a retrospective look through Pete’s life as the composer. The album also features vocals from the inimitable Mick Shedd.

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Since we entered the glittering and extremely modern (for us anyway) world of digital download, our music is available from most download sites world-wide including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and many many more.

You can find more info about past members of the various project line-ups on the Biogs’n’pics pages and see some live pics of the band on the Background page.

Check out Pig’n’aif video on our Music’n’Video Page

You can find contact details for the band on the Gigs’n’Contacts page of this site. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you would like any more information about the band, upcoming projects, media or our music. We are always happy to talk to you

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