The Pig and Whistle Band was formed when Brendan Behan was asked to sing at Carmel Paton's (nee Behan) 80th birthday party. He drafted in his nephew Stephen on guitar. Being the nephew of his name sake the famous author and rabble rouser Brendan Behan and folk musician and song writer Dominic Behan, the choice of music was inevitably Irish to the core. The name of the band comes from a story about old Brendan going into a bar called the Pig and Whistle and, having already had skin full, was refused a drink. Outraged he asked to speak to the manager.
"I am the manager" says the bar man.
"well can I speak to the Owner?"
"I own the place" says the bar man.
"Well could I speak to the pig?"
Anyway, since then the band has continued to play, inviting various musicians to join the loose line-up. Trying to bring the chaotic, fun atmosphere of a Dublin house party to the Pubs and festivals they play. Promoting the rich heritage of Irish folk and rebel music handed down to them.