What.........are the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs?
The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs are Cincinnati's
Band. They have been around since the early years
of the Rolling
Stones, have lasted longer than the Beatles and
have more living
members than the Grateful Dead. In the Cincinnati
Enquirer they were
once compared to the Julliard String Quartet,
although not favorably.
They have played at every Tall Stacks, at the
Celebration, for the runners in the Flying Pig
Marathon, many times in
the summer concert series at the amphitheater in
Eden Park, for the Art
Museum, for a sit down dinner on the observation
deck of the Carew
Tower, and in many bars, back yards and living
rooms throughout the
area. From country club weddings to pig roasts to
4th of July parties, they have shamelessly wound
up audiences at every variety of event.
|| Current personnel are:
on jug, slide whistle, kazoo, bird calls, train
whistle and various other sound producing devices.
Ed "Hubcap" Horning - ukulele and harmonica.
on guitar and banjo.
Tom "Swinestein" Beck - bull fiddle.
Neil Eckstein is the new percussionist. He doesn't have an official Pig handle yet.
Together the Pigs perform songs ranging from
turn-of-the-century ballads (think Gay '90s), to
songs that barely made it in
time for the most recent turn-of-the-century. Many
of them are humorous, some are
rendered funny simply by being performed by a Jug
Band, and others are
done for no apparent reason other than the fact
that someone in the
band was able to remember all the words. When
asked to describe this
band it is best to deflect the question or tell
the uninformed that
they simply have to experience "The Pigs" for
themselves, for any attempt at a description will
leave both the narrator and the listener
So make it your mission to find this band
wherever they may
be. Try looking at Arnold's Bar and Grill, or
perhaps the Zoo or Fountain Square, or in one of
Cincinnati's many fine
parks or museums, or even on a street corner
downtown. Wherever it is, you will no doubt leave
the experience thinking. . .
thinking. . .
An old "About the Pigs" Or, "Things
haven't changed much"
Cincinnati Post Article The Post
writes about The Pigs!