Highly successful, six piece rock and folk influenced band.
They play rockin’ and toe tappin’ music.
The Blue Pig Orchestra consists of band members Mike Rolland on guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals and (occasionally) banjo, Jo Byrne on guitar, vocals and piano, Darren Rice on guitar and vocals, Mark Mitchell on drums and vocals and Stuart Emery on bass. The band’s newest member is Richard Curran who is on violin, viola, cello, mandolin (as well as any other stringed instrument he can get his hands on).
The ‘orchestra’ formed in 2007 and Mike and Jo have played together for over fifteen years. Mike and Jo first played together in an REM tribute band. Alongside their covers of popular songs, they started to include their own written songs into their repertoire. Their first EP is called Witches. Their second EP is From the Storm and was released last year.
Pub and Music Bar
With a good sized stage area housing a drum riser and projection screen, the walls and ceiling are adorned with music memoribillia (and we are adding to it all the time) which makes it a perfect setting for our live band shows.
With a capacity of approximately 300 we tend to remain intimate, but always create a real buzz! There is a certain charm and character about the room and the venue as a whole, which will never be lost. But there are future plans to develop the Music Bar further, adding even more to the experience of a great small live venue, for both bands and music fans. Here is where bands can really enjoy playing live at The Waterloo and clientele can get up close & personal, with a first class sound provided by our highly skilled in-house engineer.
With good and easy access to the bar area, which provides very affordable bar prices, the word about our live nights is already beginning to spread far and wide, which makes The Waterloo a very pleasurable & memorable venue to perform, as well as watch great live bands. Our feedback is always first class! There is no other venue in the area quite like it and we are continuously working hard all the time to make the experience of your visit even better.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.