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Concert Review: Flogging Molly at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

Flogging Molly
February 26, 2014
House of Blues – Boston, MA
Reviewed by: Jeff Palmucci

The only reason there’s peace in Ireland is because we’re all over here!” – Dave King at the House of Blues, Boston

Flogging Molly played the House of Blues Boston last Wednesday to a packed house. Boston is a very Irish town and provided a lively audience for the Celtic punk band. For those of you unfamiliar with Flogging Molly: when I say Celtic punk, I don’t mean they are a punk band that simply started in Ireland. They are just as much Irish folk as anything else. To give you an idea of the atmosphere: picture a night at the Black Rose with an incredibly good and hard rocking band. Now, pack in 2400 people and add a mosh pit.

This is the 10th year of Flogging Molly’s Green 17 Tour. Each year, they take to the road around St. Patrick’s Day to support Boston’s hardest drinking holiday (no, New Year’s Eve isn’t close). Other bands do well to throw picks and drumsticks to the crowd. These guys throw cans of Guinness (really). No contest what I’d rather be catching.

I myself have had plenty of great St. Patrick’s days in Boston. After graduation, I moved in to a house in Southie (Boston’s Irish district) with 4 of my college buddies1 and one dog. When I say it was a dog, I’m being charitable. I doubt that Dreyfus had two brain cells to rub together. Incredibly stupid, and on top of that, my housemate Russ actively trained him to hump people’s legs. The house was right on the parade route, so we always had a huge St Patrick’s Day party. During these parties, we used food coloring to dye the dog green. With all the attention people lavished on Dreyfus, he had to be the happiest green dog in the world. No one even complained very much about the leg humping.2

Covering Irish bands like Flogging Molly  brings me back to these wild parties. In addition to the standard rock instruments, this largish 7 piece band has people manning the accordion, flute, violin, mandolin, and banjo. These instruments help give the band their folk sound. For example, listen to Drunken Lullabies for great banjo and violin, and Devil’s Dance Floor features a flute and accordion riffing off of each other.

The band played “Rise Up” as a tribute to folk singer / activist Pete Seegar who passed away this January. Seegar, always one to stand up for what he thought was right, was blacklisted and indicted for contempt of Congress during the McCarthy era. Check out his Wikipedia entry, it is an interesting read. Also credited with popularizing the banjo as an American folk instrument, Seeger got a dedication stenciled on the band’s banjo.

Bridget Regan the band’s flautist and violinist is not only an incredible musician, but also married the front man Dave King. I guess the family that tours together stays together. However, while combing through the night’s photos, I came across this spousal moment. Hilarious. Her face is just shouting, “Back off honey, I’m busy.”

Flogging Molly puts on a great show. For the last decade, they’ve been getting people in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with the Green 17 Tour. So go see them and have a happy St. Patty’s day. Just keep a wary eye on the green dog.


1 Five if you count Eugene, who crashed for a while for free on the back screened in porch in a kind of semi-homeless state.

2 After we moved out of the house, we saddled Eugene and Ed’s parents with Dreyfus. I’d just like to apologize to Mrs. Sweeney for any “training” issues they may have had, and would like to point out that it was all Russ’ fault.

Set list:

  • Wailing Wall
  • Paddy’s Lament
  • Every Dog
  • Revolution
  • Whistles the Wind
  • Drunken Lullabies
  • Tenement Square
  • Saints and Sinners
  • Requiem for a Dying Song
  • Present State of Grace
  • Son Neve Shines
  • Us of Lesser Gods
  • Tobacco Island
  • Rare Old Times
  • Devil’s Dance Floor
  • Likes of You
  • Swagger
  • Float
  • Rise Up
  • Salty Dog
  • What’s Left of the Flag
  • Seven Deadly Sins
  • World Alive

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Concert Gallery: Flogging Molly at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

March 3, 2014 by  
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Flogging Molly
February 26
, 2014
House of Blues – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Jeff Palmucci

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CD Review: Flogging Molly / Speed of Darkness

June 17, 2011 by  
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Flogging Molly
Speed of Darkness
Release Date:  May 31, 2011

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Reviewed by:  Ryan Labbe
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Concert Gallery: Flogging Molly At The House Of Blues In Boston, MA

March 1, 2011 by  
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Flogging Molly is smack dab in the middle of their 7th Annual Green 17 tour with a recent stop in Boston to a sold out crowd at the House of Blues on February 27th.  Flogging Molly was joined by guests Moneybrother and The Drowning Men.  The Green 17 Tour continues on through March and you can check out the remaining tour dates here.

Check out our gallery of live photos from their Boston show below.  Were you at the show?  How do you think it compared to years past?  We’re already looking to the 8th Annual Green 17 tour!

Flogging Molly
February 27, 2011
House of Blues – Boston, MA
Photos by: Mary Ouellette

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Free Download: Flogging Molly / Dont Shut’Em Down

January 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Downloads, Daily Music News

Flogging Molly is gearing up to release a new album on May 24th, and for those of us having a tough time waiting for that, they’re offering up a free download of the first single “Don’t Shut’em Down”. Grab it below!

The band will also be kicking off their 2011 Green 17 tour starting in early February. Check out the list of dates below and head over to www.floggingmolly.com for more info:
2011 Green 17 Tour Dates
February 8 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
February 9 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
February 11 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
February 12 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore
February 13 – Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor
February 14 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
February 15 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
February 17 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
February 18 – Norfolk, VA – NorVa
February 19 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
February 20 – Albany, NY – Northern Lights
February 22 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s
February 24 – Rochester, NY – The Armory
February 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
February 26 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
February 27 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
March 2 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
March 3 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
March 4 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
March 5 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
March 7 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
March 8 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant
March 10 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
March 11 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
March 12 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
March 13 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
March 15 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
March 16 – South By Southwest – Austin, TX
March 17 – Tempe, AZ – Luckyman’s St Patrick’s Day Bash
Mach 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
March 19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

Flogging Molly Announce The 2011 Green 17 Tour

December 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Tour Dates & News

Every year we look forward to counting down to St. Patricks Day with Flogging Molly – luckily, this year will be no different!  The band has announced the dates and locations for their 7th annual Green 17 Tour.

Dates & Locations:
February 8 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
February 9 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
February 11 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
February 12 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore
February 13 – Tampa,  FL – Ritz Ybor
February 14 – Atlanta, GA  – Tabernacle
February 15 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
February 17 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
February 18 – Norfolk, VA – NorVa
February 19 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
February 20 – Albany, NY – Northern Lights
February 22 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s
February 24 – Rochester, NY – The Armory
February 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
February 26 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
February 27 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
March 2 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
March 3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
March 4 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
March 5 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
March 7 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
March 8 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant
March 10 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
March 11 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
March 12 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
March 13 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
March 15 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
March 17 – Tempe, AZ – Luckyman’s St Patrick’s Day Bash
March 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Beach at Mandalay Bay
March 19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

New Video From Flogging Molly For “Punch Drunk Grinning Soul”

February 11, 2010 by  
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Check out Flogging Molly’s new music video for their single, ‘Punch Drunk Grinning Soul’. Originally penned as an allegorical biography about a young man who unexpectedly committed suicide, the video takes the theme one step further and applies it to a malady faced by millions of people the world over – post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. The video begins with a public service announcement for PTSD narrated by singer Dave King and Mike Regan, a distinguished Vietnam war veteran and the father of the band’s fiddle player Bridget Regan . According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 7.7 million American adults suffer from PTSD, a psychiatric disorder that can occur following exposure to life-threatening events such as military combat, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks and detach or estrange themselves from friends and family.

Check out the video and PSA below:


Flogging Molly Offers Up Free MP3 From Forthcoming CD-DVD “Live At The Greek Theater”

January 27, 2010 by  
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Flogging Molly debut their CD-DVD “Live at the Greek Theater” on March 2nd and to preview it the band is offering fans a free MP3 of the song “The Seven Deadly Sins”.  Check it out here. 

By downloading the MP3 you will also be registered to win FREE trip to see Flogging Molly play on st. Patrick’s Day this year! The audio comes fom disc 2 of the 2 CD set. The package also includes a full length concert DVD of the entire Greek Theatre show.

Dennis Casey of Flogging Molly

October 20, 2007 by  
Filed under Interviews

fmmainGuitar, bass and drums..sure, sounds like the recipe for a great band.  Add mandolin, accordian, tin whistle and fiddle and you’ve got yourself a party, a party that calls themselves Flogging Molly.  With their uniquely delicious blend of pop-punk and traditional Irish sounds, for Flogging Molly it’s just second nature.  The seven piece band (Dave King on vocals and acoustic guitar, Bridget Regan on fiddle and tin whistle, Dennis Casey on electric guitar, Matt Hensley on accordion, Nathen Maxwell on bass, Bob Schmidt on mandolin, banjo, and George Schwindt on drums) is the brainchild of Dave King, who came to the US with a previous band, and searched to find his niche in the music industry.

“The first time we came together to play, there was an energy in the room that I’d never experienced in any other band I’d been in and it wasn’t due to any single ingredient, instrument, or musician” states King.  It was about the symbiotic nature that the instruments and musicians bring together as a whole, a sound best played live.  Indicative of this strength is the fact that the inspiration for their name was the club called Molly Malone’s in L.A. where King and fiddle player Regan first came together.

Flogging Molly spent the summer on Warped tour playing to tens of thousands of fans new and old, and are currently working on their new album due to be released in early 2008.  During their Warped stint, guitarist Dennis Casey sat down with TWRY staffer Lexi to discuss touring, tats, beer and of course all things Flogging Molly.

Interviewed by: Lexi Shapiro| November 2007
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