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Phillup the Pig Celebrates 40 years!

Founded in 1978

Updated February 9, 2019

Review past newsletters to jog your memories. See our Press Kit

Order our 40th T-Shirt and mug.


Here's how we celebrated during 2018

40th Birthday Concert in the Round
Friday, November 30th.

Here's the video shot on an iPhone of the Birthday Concert. View Video

Here's the original text on this page promoting the event:

thumbnail sized image of the posterThe Hog's first night open in 1978 was on the 30th of November. How fitting that the 30th is the day we get to celebrate our 40th anniversary!

Several original and current performers will take turns on stage in this special anniversary concert. Some fo our founders from 1978 are returning to Madison to celebrate. Planning for performers is still being worked on, but expect lots of music and songs by several folk music artists, along with birthday cake and maybe pizza.

Then Saturday morning we are planning a brunch so everyone can have one more day to socialize, catch up with old friends and celebrate 40 years.

Details for Friday and Saturday are on our calendar which is kept up to date with the latest info. Can't attend? Watch our Facebook page for photos afterwards.

Download, print and share our birthday party poster.

Listen to the audio promo we sent to local radio station folk shows:

Listen to the WORT FM's Access Hour program featuring the Hog on November 26th (60 minutes):


Access Hour on WORT-FM, 89.9
Monday, November 26th at 7:00pm.

Lisa, Jamie and Stephen from the Wild Hog will host WORT's Access Hour radio program. Tune in to hear about the Hog's history, the upcoming 40th birthday party, future concerts and hear some music from a few of the performers who play at the Coffeehouse (sorry, we only have an hour or we would play more).

Not within range of WORT? Listen live the night of the show on WORT's web site at www.wortfm.org and click on the upper right corner where it says “Listen Live”. The show will also be archived and available the next day on the WORT web site.

Listen to the promo for our Access Hour radio show (60 seconds):

Listen to the program as it aired (60 minutes):


Irish Folksinger/Songwriter Aoife Scott
in Concert, Friday, September 7th, 7:30pm, doors open at 7.

Award-winning folk singer and songwriter based in Dublin, Ireland, Aoife Scott was born into the legendary Black family.  Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene by her own right.  Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, Aoife has a dynamic and profound voice, which explores the emotional depths of her lyrics, leaving the audience entranced.  Her music has a broad creative scope but is largely influenced by her own roots in folk and traditional Irish music.

Her recent accolades in 2018, have seen her named Best Folk Act at the Irish Post Music Awards (IRE), as well as Emerging Artist of the Year at the Live Ireland Awards (US).  Aoife is a true veteran of the Irish and Folk Festival circuit, having performed and headlined at dozens of festivals around the globe, including Milwaukee’s Irish Fest.

Following the success of her debut album, “Carry the Day”, wherein the Irish Times quoted it as “richly layered impressive debut album”, Aoife is currently writing her follow up - a second full-length album.

Don't miss this very special concert with internationally acclaimed Aoife Scott, with Andy Meaney, as the Wild Hog celebrates 40 years of providing a folk music stage for local, regional, national, and international talent in Madison. Get the latest information with our online calendar.

Admission is the usual $2 for members and $4 for general public. Admission helps to pay for the rental of our space and maintenance of our equipment. Our tips jar, the ceramic "Phillup the Pig" will be on hand to accept tips which go to the performers. No advanced tickets. Doors open at 7pm.

Print our Aoife Scott Concert Poster

See our Press Kit for this concert for even more information.



Barn Dance - Saturday July 21, 5:00-9:30pm, Olin Park Pavilion at 1156 Olin-Turville Ct, in Madison

The Hog will host a Barn Dance just like we used to do once a month for more than 25 years. Live music and callers and all dances will be taught. Beginners and experienced dancers are welcome.

We start with a potluck dinner at 5:00pm, please bring a dish to share. We will provide dinnerware (plates, silverware, cups, napkins). After dinner we will have Hog Memories where everyone is asked to share a memory they cherish about the Hog, and a rededication of a plaque and dedication of a new picnic table in memory of two of our founders, Bill and Agnes Bennett.

The dance starts at 7:00pm with live musicians and callers. Musicans from Rattletrap, Lakeview Ramblers and Stone Soup. Callers include Roger Diggle and Mike Mossman, plus one or two guest callers. Each dance will be taught. At this time we are expecting Lakeside Ramblers to be providing the music along with members of Rattletrap and of Stone Soup (the Hog's original house band). Calloers to be announced. Our permit for amplified sound expires at 9:00pm, at which time the band will play waltz's acoustically till the end of the dance at 9:30pm. The Park closes at 10:00pm.

Admission to potluck is free. Dance admission, suggested donation is $10 per person. Children under 18 are free. This is a fundraiser for the Wild Hog in the Woods, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. We will gladly accept larger than suggested donations.

Help us get the word out by sharing our poster with your friends. Email it to them. Print it out and post it on boards in your local stores and coffeeshops. Share them at dances and concerts. Word of mouth, just like it was in 1978.

  1. Download and share our poster.
  2. Download our 4-per-sheet mini posters, print them and cut them out.

Brunch next morning at Sardines at 9am.
Sunday, July 22, we have a reservation at Sardines, 617 Williamson Street, Madison, We expect some of our past members visiting from out of town will appreciate a chance to mingle and talk with those still living in the Madison area. Restaurant phone is 608-441-1600 and menu is on their web site at sardinemadison.com

All staff, from musicians and callers, dinner coordination, sound system, admissions, refreshments, etc., are all volunteers.





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