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The Walker Roaders: THE WALKER ROADERS

Celtic-punks first supergroup here! LA based The Walker Roaders consist of a Pogue, James Fearnley (vocals and accordion) and former members of the Dropkick Murphys (Marc Orrell) and Flogging Molly (Ted Hutt, a founding member of the Mollies and later producer). Musically, The Walker Roaders are closer to the Pogues then DKM or FM though even closer to James two post-post Pogues bands, the 1990’s Low & Sweet Orchestra and the more recent Cranky George but with stronger Celtic melodies then either which meshes so well with his north of England grittyness.

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Podcast# 68, 999 Years of Irish History (part 1)

January 19, 2013

Battle of Clontarf

The Prodigals – Boru’s March

Ceann – Blame The Viking

1014 is the best place to start Mustard Finnegan’s history of Ireland. It in that year Brian Boru defeated the Danes. For hundreds of years, Ireland was known as the Isle of Saints and Scholars – the image of monks in monasteries; smoking pot, lovingly illustrating copies of the gospels, praying and guiding the heathens in Europe outta of the Dark Ages. Though not  all of that is necessarily the true. Ireland was made up of a bunch of small kingdoms with kings more like Afghan warlords or the Bloods and Crips – I’m the king of from here to that rock over there and I’m gonna steal your cattle and run back to my ring fort. Ireland had big problem with the Vikings. The Vikings were a bunch of dudes from Scandinavia with helmets with horns sticking out of them who loved to vacation in Ireland and plunder the Irish monasteries and murder the monks. After a few hundred years of this the Vikings started to stay around and started, like all the cities in Ireland and meddled in Irish politics (bit like the EU these days).

Vikings. Horny fellows coming to rape and pillage
comely Irish maidens

Brian was an ambitious sort of fella and conquered one Irish kingdom after another and made them pay tribute to him (this is not like Michael Jackson’s Tribute, Brian would take hostage of the kid of the lesser kings and if the lesser king didn’t do his bidding and pay taxes and send solders when Brian needed them then that was the end of the young fella). Once the Irish were under his heal he went after the meddling Vikings of Dublin. Coming face to face for battle on Clontarf beach on Good Friday 1014 – the Irish warriors kicked serious Viking ass along with kicking the asses of the Dublin Viking’s mates from the Isle of Mann and Denmark – many of whom after the beat down drown in Dublin Bay trying to escape the Celtic axemen, starting the long tradition of pollution in Dublin bay. Unfortunately, for Brian, who being wicked old (he was about 73) and was praying in his tent as the battle raged so he did not notice a sneaky Viking who suck up on the big B and buried an axe in Brian’s back and that was the end of him.

The Norman Invasion

Belfast Andi – Irish Ways Irish Laws

Diarmait does the dirty deed dirt cheap
Strongbow gets the girl and the Kingdom

After 1014, Ireland went back to it petty warlords fighting with each other over this bit of bog and that sheep over there and all was good and dandy until a woman got in the picture. In 1167, Diarmait Mac Murchada (that’s Murphy in English), King of Leinster (the east bit of Ireland) ran off with Derval (the woman in question), the daughter of the King of Meath (the rich bit of Ireland in them days and these day) and the wife of Tighearnán Mór Ua Ruairc (Terry O’Rourke in English), King of Bréifne (a strip of fields and bogs that ran from Meath to Sligo these days called Leitrim). Tighearnán was pissed off of course and with the help of the High King, Rory O’Conner, they ran old Diarmait outta the country. Diarmait being a schemer and a general a-hole approached a Norman Knight called Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke also known by the name Strongbow (Strongbow is much more Knightly and Ciderish name, Richard de Clare sound more like the name of the owner of chain of ladies hair saloons). Diarmait promised Strongbow his daughters hand in marriage, who by all accounts was a pretty hot chick, as well as succession rights as King of Leinster, if he’d help him out. Strongbow not having much going on as the King of England when not hammering the Scots was beating up on his own Knights, took him up on the offer and arrived with his mates (Fitzgerald, Fitzgibbon, Burke, Butler and Prendergast) and the best in 12th century military technology gold pieces could  buy. Shortly there after Diarmait was back being King of Leinster but over old England, old Henry II didn’t like the idea of one of his knights becoming a king of anything and setting up a rival kingdom so he called up the Pope and asked for the OK to invade Ireland (of course this is the one time the Pope is a bloody Englishman) and once permission given Henry arrives and declares himself Overlord of Ireland.

The Pale and Beyond

Blood or Whiskey – Follow Me up to Carlow/Holt’s Way

BibleCodeSundays – Clew Bay Pirates

The Dreadnoughts – Grace O’Malley

We can skip ahead to the 1590’s now, the Norman Knight have gone native (more Irish then the Irish themselves) and the English rule is now pushed back to the general Dublin Area – known as The Pale. Ever heard the expression “Beyond The Pale”? Meaning being outside proper behavior, well that was where the wild Irish lived with their new Norman mates, fighting with each other over this bog and that bog and the odd goat.

Grace O’Malley telling Lizzie 1 to stuff it.

One of those Chieftains was a woman called Grace O’Malley,  the Pirate Queen who was so fearsome that she show up bare breasted in Queen Lizzy’s court in London to demand the removal of the Queens representative in Connacht.

The Flight Of The Earls

Black 47 – Red Hugh

Queen Elizabeth was a tough old boot in her own right and took a leaf outta ol’ Brian’s book raising the sons of the Gaelic Chieftains in her court. One of these lads was Red Hugh O’Donnell of the Tyrone. Hugh and his mate O’Neill of Ulster (The O’Neills are the oldest and biggest family in Europe, there is something like 3,000,000 descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages the original Neill running about, the O’ meaning descended from, talk about virile) played a good game with the Queen. When in her court they played along by English rules and when back home in Ulster they did what ever they bloody pleased. But Lizzie’s henchmen in Ireland keep pushing in on O’Neill and O’Donnell business and enough to piss’ em off that they stopped playing the game and rebelled. The Irish chieftains were able to push the Perfidious Albion almost out of the country but were finally defeated a the Battle of Kinsale in 1601 – Kinsale is as far as you can get from Ulster, being on the south coast in Cork. O’Neill and O’Donnell and most of the other O’s fled the country for Spain and that was the end of Gaelic Ireland.

The Plantation Of Ulster

The bollocks of Henry the Eight

Being traitors to the crown, all of the lands of the O’Neill and O’Donnell went to the crown who decided that the best way to control the Irish was to get rid of ‘em and replace ‘em with good English protestants – this was after the reformation of course.

“Here’s a health to the Protestant Minister And his church without meaning or faith For the foundation stones of his temple are The bollocks of Henry the Eight” – Brendan Behan

This plan didn’t work out so well as most of the smart English with ambitions for advancement went to the America’s and stole the Indians land so in Ulster the numbers had to be made up with low class, lowland Scots. The Irish got kicked out and the planters got the good land (and the natives the views).

Cromwell in Ireland


Flogging Molly – Tobacco Island

The Fisticuffs – Young Ned of The Hill

Ollie Cromwell, Lord Protector and general bastard. Warts’n’all

The 1600’s was an ugly time to live in Ireland. When the civil war broke out in England the Catholics of Ireland, Gaelic and Old English supported the cause of Charles I and took the opportunity to try and get their lands back from the planters – much slaughter followed. With the end of the war in England and Chuck’s head on a spike Cromwell turned his eye on Ireland and took revenge in the Irish for rebelling and waged holy war on the population. Cromwell was by far the biggest Fu#ker in Irish history, his soldiers laid wasted to much of the county, butchering the citizens of Wexford and Drogheda when the garrison of those cities didn’t surrender fast enough. When he didn’t murder you, then he transported you to Barbados to your death as a slave in the sugar plantations or worse to Connacht and eternity as a bogger. Allegedly Rihanna is descended from one of those Irish transported to Barbados…..I told you Cromwell was a fu#ker. Cromwell eventually dies (of malaria of all things) and the Stuarts are back on the throne of England. Cromwell’s body exhumed, hung, drawn and quartered.

Ollie Cromwell, Lord Protector and general bastard. Warts’n’all

 The Battle Of The Boyne

Roaring Jack – The Old Divide And Rule

Hugh Morrison – Ye Jacobites By Name

Prydein – Minstrel Boy

James II

The Tossers – Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye

William of Orange
(only one of these guys was was in Poison)
Patrick Sarsfield

The Stuarts were bad new. It would have been in everyone’s favor if Guy Fawkes had his way……BOOM! Things calmed down under Chuck II but there are problem when his brother Jimmy II replaces him. Well wee Jimmy was a Celtic support and the England parliament, Huns. They manage to live with him until a son was born and then they realism  the Catholics won’t be going away. Jimmy is given short shift and exiled to France with his daughter Mary and her Dutch son-in-law William of Orange put in his place. Jimmy II raises any army with the support of the King of France and sails for Ireland to join up with his Irish supporters.

James manages to set back peace, love and understanding 1,000 years in Ireland when he lays siege to the walled city of Londonderry. The siege is only lifted when Williams ships arrive with solders and supply’s . The two sides play cat and mouse for a little while and finally meet on the banks of the river Boyne on July 12th, 1690. James’ French and Irish army verses Willies Dutch, German, English troops. William wins and James runs away. The most ironic thing about this is the bad history that still abates- the brethren up in Ulster regard this a a victory over the Pope and Popery, yet the Pope was playing politics here not religion and supported the protestant William and most of Williams army was Catholic – the Pope was trying to stick it to the French. With Jimmy gone, the Irish fell back to Aughrim under the command of Patrick Sarsfield, defeat followed and then on to Limerick. The City of Limerick was put under siege (that it still needs to clean up after) but William didn’t want to wait it out and offered a fairly decent treaty – join me or go to France and join the French army. The Irish took the French route and spent the next hundred years dying on the battlefields of Europe for the ungrateful French. With Willie back in England and Sarfield and his men dying for France. The over loards in Ireland we left to their own devices to introduce the penal laws

“Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach!” – “Remember Limerick and Saxon Perfidy”

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Irish revenge for Limerick at Fontenoy

Flogging Molly: Celt-in-a-Twist interview with Dave King

January 16, 2005

Dave King was interviewed by Celt In A Twist host, Patricia Fraser, December 9th, 2004, and the following transcript as reprinted with her permission. Listen to Celt in a Twist for an hour of outrageous Celtivity every Sunday afternoon on AM 1470. It’s Celt in a Twist, the very best in contemporary Celtic music.

(CELT IN A TWIST)
Some Irish people walked into a bar…..and instead of starting a joke, they started a band. Yes, not just trendy cars are fueled by alcohol in Southern California; a brand new sound was born the day the members of Flogging Molly met in a bar named Molly Malone’s. The seven members invented an as-yet-unnamed classification of music. It might be agro-Celt, jig-punk, or Celt punk, but it’s gaining popularity all the time. Their new album is “Within a Mile of Home” and we’re talking about it with Dave King. Dave! How are you?

(DAVE KING)
How are you? Are you good, Patricia?

(CELT IN A TWIST)
Yeah! We’re really happy to be talking with you about the new album. You’ve been part of the Van’s Warped Tour, and just returned from a tour of Europe. Do you do your writing on the road or at home?

(DAVE KING)
Sometimes in sound checks. I will play a chord or something and it will sound different to me and I’ll record it down. Then I’ll come back home and I’ll play my tape to see what I have and something might strike me. But usually I write the body of a song here at home. You know I have a little desk set up here and I have photographs of friends and family around me and a little bottle of whiskey maybe here or there, and I just reminisce of things past, you know?

(CELT IN A TWIST)
You name the Pogues and the Dubliners as inspiration as well as Johnny Cash. Do you see a connection between the music of the old country and the country music of the new?

(DAVE KING)
Oh, absolutely. It’s a very interesting story. When I was a kid, my father brought me out to buy me a couple of albums. And the albums that he bought me were Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison and the Dubliners Live at the Gate Theatre. And it’s really, really bizarre because I obviously listened to those albums when I was a child for years. And when I think of Flogging Molly, in some ways it’s almost like a combination of the two. You have that train-driven sound, but you have traditional sound on top of that as well. And to me country music I think sprang originally from traditional Irish music and folk music, do you know what I mean?

(CELT IN A TWIST)
You wrote the song “Don’t Let Me Die Wondering” after the death of Johnny Cash. How did his music affect you and your writing?

(DAVE KING)
To me he was a man who sang of freedom and he sang of justice for man and he went through so much in his life. And when I found out, when I heard he died it was the last thing I could imagine Johnny Cash doing was lying in his deathbed wondering what he should have done and what he shouldn’t have done. You know what I mean? Johnny Cash lived a life, and he lived it every day, and that’s an inspiration for me in any way it is because hopefully when I’m on my death bed I’m not going to be lying there going “Oh, I should have done that and I should have done it this way.” No, I’m going to do it my way and that’s it, you know? So spiritually and musically he was a huge influence on my life.

(CELT IN A TWIST)
You sing a song on the new album with Lucinda Williams called “Factory Girls” The Rolling Stones also used a Factory Girl as inspiration for a song. What is it about those girls that moves you to pick up a guitar?

(DAVE KING)
I remember as a kid when I lived in Beggar’s Bush, there was a factory up the street. It was a cleaning factory where you’d bring all your dirty wash and you know, the cleaners they did it for you. And every night when those girls got off, they would walk by Beggar’s Bush, and they were all linking arm in arm and they would always be singing songs. And it always stuck in my head. Then when I went back to Ireland last time, I was sitting with my mother, and she’s on in age now you know, and it was like I tried to imagine her as the factory girl, and what it was like for her when she was younger. And so they both combined and Factory Girls came out. And then as I was writing the song I was, you know, “I don’t hear myself singing this. I need somebody else to sing it with me. “ And we’ve always been huge fans of Lucinda Williams. And I just put it out there, you know? Never thinking that she’d do it. And a couple of months down the road, you find out that she’d love to do it and it was fantastic.

(CELT IN A TWIST)
You were born in Ireland, and traveled very far, musically speaking, before you came home again. Is “Within a Mile of Home” getting you even closer to the music of your childhood?

(DAVE KING)
Yeah, I mean, I suppose it is. I think the further away I go the closer I want to be back. It’s a contradiction of course, being Irish, which you probably know, we’re full of contradiction. I mean I didn’t really realize it until the album was done, how much more at home I felt. The title itself has nothing really to do with being within a mile of home as such. It actually means for me personally, it’s within a mile of being happy. Not afraid to be happy. And therefore once you’re happy, I think you’re home.

(CELT IN A TWIST)
You’ve got your Celt In A Twist and we’ve got Dave King from Flogging Molly on the line to talk about their new album, Within A Mile Of Home. More news from Flogging Molly is within your grasp. Just visit http://www.floggingmolly.com. What’s next for the band, Dave? Back to Molly Malone’s?

(DAVE KING)
I might head down there. Yeah, I might head down there for a few pints. I’ve got a bit of time off so I might go down see all the old folks down there. All my old friends. Yeah, we’ve got a little bit of time off, something we haven’t had in years. And I don’t know what to do with myself, really. But we’re going to be going to Australia and stuff like that. But we’re planning a big Saint Patrick’s tour. In March, we’re going to do seventeen days in March for the 17th of March, Saint Patrick’s Day. We’re going to do a big seventeen-city tour in the US. So that should be fun.

(CELT IN A TWIST)
Lots of celebrating?

(DAVE KING)
Oh yeah, of course, you have to celebrate don’t you? The good and the bad.

(CELT IN A TWIST)
We’re going out on 7 Deadly Sins from the album. You can also catch the video for that on World.Beats. Tell us about that song.

(DAVE KING)
Well, once again, that tune was inspired by people like Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer. People like Luke Kelly, who passed away, and who had this camaraderie about them that made you want to jump into their lives. And that song made me want to write a song about Flogging Molly and how we’ve all influenced each other and how we’ve all been on the road for so many years now, and sailing around the world, and singing our songs. It’s just one of those celebration type songs, celebrating the passing of great heroes that we’ve had and looking forward to the future as well. I love that song. Matt actually started playing the accordion riff on that and I had another part and the two, even though one is in major and one’s in minor, they both completely gelled together, and I really, really like that song. It’s a great song live.

(CELT IN A TWIST)
We’re going out on 7 Deadly Sins from the album. You can also catch the video for that on World.Beats. Tell us about that song.

(DAVE KING)
Well, once again, that tune was inspired by people like Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer. People like Luke Kelly, who passed away, and who had this camaraderie about them that made you want to jump into their lives. And that song made me want to write a song about Flogging Molly and how we’ve all influenced each other and how we’ve all been on the road for so many years now, and sailing around the world, and singing our songs. It’s just one of those celebration type songs, celebrating the passing of great heroes that we’ve had and looking forward to the future as well. I love that song. Matt actually started playing the accordion riff on that and I had another part and the two, even though one is in major and one’s in minor, they both completely gelled together, and I really, really like that song. It’s a great song live.

(CELT IN A TWIST)
We were just wondering because there are seven members of Flogging Molly, and of course, seven Deadly Sins,

(DAVE KING)
Well there’s that of course as well….

(CELT IN A TWIST)
If you each took one to specialize in. Thanks for joining us.

(DAVE KING)
Patricia, you are more than welcome.

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Flogging Molly /The Currency – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, AUS (APRIL 10 2008)

So its 9am the morning after the show, I’m struggling a little, however I’m feeling the need to get this down on paper before the buzz wears off too much. What a great show last night! It was truly sensational, and Melbourne gave it to Flogging Molly as much as they gave it to us. The intensity just went up and up with both sides dealing it back in spades.

The venue was fantastic. There was a smaller stage to the side where The Currency played, with the main stage set up on an adjacent wall ready to go for Flogging Molly. This made for a very smooth transition, and there was plenty of viewing room even for the small stage. The Currency were great, they kicked off with a tune that built up layer upon layer as it got going into quite a frenzy by the time the vocalist took the stage. The crowd was appreciative and after a few songs the keener (drunker?) members got quite an impressive bit of jig-spinning mosh-pit action going on by the stage. I would have joined in but it was still important to me at that time not to spill my drink.

The Currency definitely deserve a few words, these guys really know how to play and connected with the crowd well. I had only heard a couple of their tracks previously but I tell you what, I can’t wait for their album release, they have written some brilliant tracks. One that really stuck in my mind was referencing the 8/8/8 plight of the Melbourne unions for 8 hours or work, 8 hours of rest, 8 hours of sleep I think it is. It was also talking about the monument erected to commemorate this which I happened to stagger past drunk at 3am the previous morning but that’s a different story.

Anyhow, after a good set – I would estimate about 45 minutes – there was a relatively short break and Flogging Molly took the stage. The crowd was well pumped and moved into action immediately as the first riff of Selfish Man kicked in and the place went off. I’ve seen Flogging Molly once before as a support act in a large venue, but this was something else again – they were on another level. You could feel how hard they were playing from the moment they hit the stage. The intimate venue meant I could reach the foldbacks and so the band was less than a couple of metres away – and they brought all of my old FM favorites to life in a way I couldn’t have imagined.

It was particularly evident what a fan-base Flogging Molly now have in Australia when during the intro to The Likes of You Again, Dave King found himself drowned out by the crowd singing along – you could see in his face how taken aback he was that here were several hundred people thousands of miles away from home who knew all the words to their songs. And the band just responded in turn.

The sound was great at this venue, the mix was excellent, you could hear all of the instruments distinctly so whether it was the Bob Schmidt’s banjo in Drunken Lullabies or the Bridget Regan’s tin whistle in Devil’s Dance Floor it cut through like a knife. The playing was tight and powerful, exactly what you’d expect from such a hard-touring, seasoned band but it’s still so impressive to see. The set list was perfect for fans like me who will only see them every couple of years at best. It drew heavily from the first couple of albums, from memory they ran through: Salty Dog, Black Friday Rule, Selfish Man, The Likes of You Again, Devils Dance Floor, Swagger, Drunken Lullabies, What’s Left of the Flag, If I Ever Leave this World Alive, and Rebels of the Sacred Heart. From Within a Mile of Home they had my two favorites Tobacco Island and the title track plus Whistles the Wind and Seven deadly Sins. I think there were only 4 off the new album – Float, Paddy’s Lament, Requiem for a Dying Song and Lightening Storm – and all 4 were fantastic – and I certainly appreciated the majority being from the earlier albums that are so well ingrained in the musical appreciation section of my brain.

There were a couple of highlights for me from the night, the first was on the roof-top bar before the show – it was a warm Melbourne Autumn night so sitting outside was very pleasant – when I saw Nathan Maxwell walk past so I had a fan moment and accosted him at the bar to buy him a beer. I tried to impress him with how far I’d traveled to see them, realized I was carrying on like an asshole and eventually we sat down with my friends and discussed everything from Californian red wine to the sights of Chapel Street. He’s a hell of a nice guy and eventually wandered off to sound-check. I saw him later, he watched the entire Currency set from the midst of the audience chatting with people and soaking up the atmosphere. Half an hour later he was bathed in sweat playing his ass off as I was once again blown away by the power of Flogging Molly’s rhythm section (this was in fact my main recollection from last time I saw them – just how tight they had the rhythm section which is of course the heart of Irish music – without rhythm, how can you dance?).

Anyway, highlight number 2 had to be the encore, Dave King came out and played through the verses of Black Friday Rule with his acoustic guitar – it was magic with the crowd singing along – and then when the rest of the band joined in for the mad finale, it was truly awesome.

Throughout the show, the band were beaming, they’d found a home away from home with a manic fan-base, and this was only the Thursday night show – it wasn’t even sold out which the Friday one is – it’ll be off the planet tonight for sure, its just a shame I will be on a plane when they take the stage again, still I feel privileged to have experienced this show, definitely one of the best I have ever attended.

Review By: Alex Kiwi Dean

FLOGGING MOLLY – TROCADERO THEATER, PHILADELPHIA PA (FEBRUARY 8, 2001)

The openers for Flogging Molly were mediocre. The first band, World/Inferno Friendship Society were good the first time I saw them at the Pontiac Grille with River City High, but this time around they didn’t impress me. The lead singer breathed fire and one of the percussionists set her cymbals aflame, but I thought they’d do more than that since they were in a bigger space (unlike the tiny Pontiac Grille stage). They still churned out some decent songs, most of which are a combination of punk and swing.

The World/Inferno Friendship Society was not as bad as the second act, Chicago’s Blue Meanies. I was told that they were a ska/punk type of band, but I didn’t hear any ska beats. I was also turned off when the lead singer sang through a bullhorn for a few songs. I had a feeling I wasn’t the only one who was turned off by them, as I noticed they hardly got any crowd reaction at all.

Finally, Flogging Molly came out and opened up with “Every Dog Has Its Day”. The song started off slow, and then the tempo got fast and whipped the mosh pit into a fury of people slam dancing and doing Irish jigs. (Flogging Molly is an Irish/Celtic folk punk band.)

The septet gave off a tremendous amount of energy, especially front man Dave King, who kept drinking from a pitcher of Guinness all night. He was a joy to watch, especially when he put down his acoustic guitar and danced during the guitar solo in “Black Friday Rule”. The bands showcased two new songs which I think were “Rebels of the Sacred Heart” and “Death Valley Queen”.

I was extremely happy when they played “Devil’s Dance Floor”, because the first time I saw Flogging Molly play back in December, they didn’t get to play it. My favorite songs, “Salty Dog, Selfish Man”, and “Life in a Tenement Square”, were played as well. The highlight of the evening was when the band played “Delilah”. When the chorus came up, the lights were turned on the audience, which prompted them to sing along. They were eventually told by security to end the show, but the crowd just kept chanting “Ole!,” wanting them to play more. I thought the concert was really over since the house lights were on, but then the band did come back on stage and closed with “Sentimental Johnny”.

Flogging Molly is one of the best live bands today. They never grow tired of playing and always keep the crowd moving

.Thanks to Lauren Dayap for the review.

Flogging Molly – Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia (FEBRUARY 8, 2001)

The openers for Flogging Molly were mediocre. The first band, World/Inferno Friendship Society were good the first time I saw them at the Pontiac Grille with River City High, but this time around they didn’t impress me. The lead singer breathed fire and one of the percussionists set her cymbals aflame, but I thought they’d do more than that since they were in a bigger space (unlike the tiny Pontiac Grille stage). They still churned out some decent songs, most of which are a combination of punk and swing.

The World/Inferno Friendship Society was not as bad as the second act, Chicago’s Blue Meanies. I was told that they were a ska/punk type of band, but I didn’t hear any ska beats. I was also turned off when the lead singer sang through a bullhorn for a few songs. I had a feeling I wasn’t the only one who was turned off by them, as I noticed they hardly got any crowd reaction at all.

Finally, Flogging Molly came out and opened up with “Every Dog Has Its Day”. The song started off slow, and then the tempo got fast and whipped the mosh pit into a fury of people slam dancing and doing Irish jigs. (Flogging Molly is an Irish/Celtic folk punk band.)

The septet gave off a tremendous amount of energy, especially front man Dave King, who kept drinking from a pitcher of Guinness all night. He was a joy to watch, especially when he put down his acoustic guitar and danced during the guitar solo in “Black Friday Rule”. The bands showcased two new songs which I think were “Rebels of the Sacred Heart” and “Death Valley Queen”.

I was extremely happy when they played “Devil’s Dance Floor”, because the first time I saw Flogging Molly play back in December, they didn’t get to play it. My favorite songs, “Salty Dog, Selfish Man”, and “Life in a Tenement Square”, were played as well. The highlight of the evening was when the band played “Delilah”. When the chorus came up, the lights were turned on the audience, which prompted them to sing along. They were eventually told by security to end the show, but the crowd just kept chanting “Ole!,” wanting them to play more. I thought the concert was really over since the house lights were on, but then the band did come back on stage and closed with “Sentimental Johnny”.

Flogging Molly is one of the best live bands today. They never grow tired of playing and always keep the crowd moving.Thanks to Lauren Dayap for the review.

Flogging Molly, The Casualties, One Man Army – The Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR (May 9, 2002)

The hubbub was tremendous, you could tell something brilliant would happen. The buzz in the air. Flogging Molly was in town. It was a typical spring night in the Northwest….Wet as fuck and getting wetter. Just to add to the night, I was sick as hell, coughing up lung butter all week, it may have been a bad case of scurvy. I debated even going to the show, if only for a moment. Instead, I went home and took a well needed rest. I woke up well after the show had started, and realized I better get my ass down to the ballroom before I missed too much! My head was pounding, my nose running like a water hose, sickasfuckinghell, but I didn’t care! I ran up the three flights of stairs of the ballroom like a banshee howling ninja. I missed the opening band, but I was just in time to finally see The Casualties. I had heard about these guys, but never their music. I was impressed! Great NYC streetpunk. I decided to hang back, and gargle some Scotch at the bar.

Then it happened, after The Casualties finished, the crowd started chanting… Hey-Oh-hey-O-hey-O Heeeyyyy!!! Then came the foot stomping. The floor bounced. (The Crystal Ballroom used to host ballroom dancing back in the ’30, so the floor had tiny springs attached under it for an added bouncing effect) The clapping came! The crowd was intense. One of the amazing things about a Flogging Molly show is the crowd itself. Every type of person shows up at a FM show, everybody from the skaters, to the Micks sporting the derby caps, and scarves, to the punks, to the pirates. Arm over arm, chanting, stomping, clapping, drinking, dancing! Hey-Oh-hey-O-hey-Oheeeyyy! Another chant of Floggginggg Mollllyyy! Hooligan football style. I ran up into the front of the crowd. This was something you’d typically see at a World Cup qualifer match, not a FM show in Portland, Oregon!!! They lowered the FM banner, and it was on!

“Drunken Lullabies” opened the set and the we went beserk. It was folllowed by “Selfish Man” Dave was in great form tonight.Then, “What’s Left Of The Flag”, “If I Ever Leave This World” The brilliant song about “County Kilburn” in London, “The Kilburn High Road”, “Rebels Of A Sacred Heart”,and then one of my favs, “Another Bag Of Bricks”, “Worst Day Since Yesterday” And then came the greatest crowd pleaser…..”Devil’s Dance Floor”! The Bodies flying over me, & falling under me,i was pickin’ em up and throwing them around again! The slamming! Hell Yes!! It may have been the devil’s dance floor, but I was in bliss! It was one of those rare shows when you really feel alive, and glad to have witnessed it. (Cheesy, but true! John, you can edit this part if you like! – NEVER!!!!) My cold was fucking gone! Hey-O-hey-o-hey-Heeeeyyyy! They also played “The Worst Day Since Yesterday”, “Delila” (with horn!), “Black Friday Rule”, “Salty Dog” (my fav)” and “Sentimental Johnny” I could have stayed home sick and miserable, but I decided to go and enjoy one of the greatest bands live, who can also cure the common cold, and make you have a very, very, good night! I know I say this everytime, but I really mean it this time,…..GO SEE THEM PLAY LIVE!! They will be THE band to see at the upcoming Warped Tour!!

Review by Brian “Cured” Gillespie

Flogging Molly – The Underworld, Camden Town, London (August 27, 2002)

Flogging Molly “Kings of the Camden High Street”
This was my first live experience of Flogging Molly, and the most positive thing to come out of it, was the fact that it certainly will not be my last.
The Underworld is quite a small venue and quickly filled up with people from all walks of life. Mostly spiky haired Punks, many of who were probably only there because the Underworld is mainly a Punk venue. They may not have been FM fans going in but they certainly were when they were leaving. There were Irish football shirts scattered around too and of course FM and Pogues tee shirts. There were 3 warm up bands, which were in the right order, as each one seemed better than the last.
The crowd got excited when Flogging Molly appeared on the stage around 9.30. After a brief instrument check, They steamed into “Drunken Lullabies”. The sound was excellent, the Underworld seemed to be the perfect place for FM to play. Dave briefly introduced each song, and they carried on as they started. “Selfish Man”, “The Likes of You”, “Rebels of the Sacred Heart” followed, with the moshers getting livelier with each song. The band then caught their breath with a perfect rendition of “The Worst Day Since Yesterday”. After a very long round of applause, off they went again “Black Friday Rule” , “Another Bag of Bricks”, “Devils Dance floor”, “What’s Left of the Flag”, “Salty Dog”, and the “Kings of the Kilburn High Road”, among others before the last song, “Delilah” Rocked Camden Town.
All in all, a very enjoyable evening. Watching them on stage, I could see that they really enjoyed what they were doing. Flogging Molly produced a unique self styled sound that was fuelled by pure adrenaline. Power packed songs performed to perfection. It was the kind of performance that even the master, Mr. MacGowan would have been proud of. To finish up, I’ll give one piece of advice to anyone who hasn’t seen Flogging Molly yet…..The next time they are playing near you, get yourselves down there to see them, and believe me, you won’t be disappointed.

Review by Michael “Dublin Mickey” Fay

Flogging Molly /The Supersuckers – The Crystal Ballroom, Portland, Or (March 28, 2003)

WOW! What a performance! I have never been let down yet, out of the dozen or so times I have seen Flogging Molly. That’s why I think they are the best band out there at the moment. Remember this folks, You, and I, are both involved in something important. We are the fans who are involved in the most important band in music. We proudly cheer them on like the true fans we are. Take a look at MTV, take a listen to the so-called “Alternative” radio stations, read the Top Ten “Alternative” Charts. Do you notice anything? I do. I notice it’s all shite. It’s all bland, heartless, and dull. For the most part the music out there sucks. I’m glad to admit I have nothing to do with it. The most of the music covered in here, (Shite’n’Onions) on the other hand, is full of life, full of heart, and has a pulse that beats like a fucking machine gun.
As a fan of Flogging Molly, I am here to share my experience of a recent show here in Portland, Oregon. Sure, it’s not the mecca of the free world, but it’s an important location for Flogging Molly. It’s one of the first locations outside of California that Flogging Molly played. (finally, the west coast got a break!) It’s also a town that has an original solid fan base for the band since day one. A few years ago, Flogging Molly first came up here and played on a stage that was about the size of my doorstep.(for those with tape measures, my doorstep is very,very tiny.) To steal an old slogan describing The Clash back in the ’80’s, Flogging Molly has grown into the 21st century’s version of “The Only Band That Matters.” Now I may be a wee bit off base with that comment…I’m sure you’re smart enough to see that i’m not exactly serious, but i’m not exactly joking either. (In other words, I sure hope you see what I mean.) Starting up at Molly Malone’s, and those days of playing on small stages the size of doorsteps, to the moment they finally sold out a mid-size venue, The Crystal Ballroom, a few days ago. (They also sold out in Seattle the night before, and a few more venues across the country.) Who really knows how big this band may get. Who really cares? As long as they continue to play the type of songs they play, I could care less!

Speaking of big, at this show, I saw many, many, more fans this time around. Tons more. Sure, not everyone sang all the words of every song like some of the previous shows did, but the important thing is that they were there. All of them, all wide eyed, laughing, and generally having a great fucking time. People from just about every walk of life showed up.Old and young. From the paddypunk fans jigging, to the hardcore fans slamming, side by side, arm over arm. From the somewhat normal-looking fans at their first FM show, not knowing the words, to the seasoned veterans screaming the lyrics louder than Dave, side by side, arm over arm. It was a great thing to see, especially nowadays. When people ask me about a Flogging Molly show, I tell ’em it’s quite possibly the best show I have ever seen. The crowd has the energy much like a football (soccer) match. The only difference is everyone is rooting for the same team! How great is that? Every person I saw fall down in the pit, never hit the ground. Two, sometimes three, fans helped them up before they even had a chance to hit the floor and get trampled. Before the show at the pub downstairs, I talked with an older Irish gentleman who was a big time Dubliners fan. He told me he was a bit intimidated by the whole experience he was about to witness. I told him when he was at those early Dubliners shows in the 60’s, the older guys felt just like he did tonight. It’s just the passing of the torch, so to speak. I wonder what he thought of The Supersuckers?

Speaking of The Supersuckers, I was glad they got to open the show. (Throw Rag actually opened the show, but I was downstairs still talking to the Irish guy about The Dubliners.) I hadn’t seen The Supersuckers in about 7 or 8 years, when they opened for Bad Religion, and blew them off stage! I knew that couldn’t happen this paticular evening, but it was nice to see those jokers on the stage “spreadin’ the evil” with those cowboy hats, & the cheesy two-horns-up finger salutes. The Supersuckers released an album a while back called “Motherfuckers Be Trippin’ ” And they still rock. Some of the tracks they played included “Bad,Bad,Bad”, “Pretty Fucked Up”, “Born With A Tail”, and plenty of others. Sure I wish The Tossers (who opened up at some mid-west gigs) could have made it out west, but The Supersuckers, were good enough for me. And when it comes down to it…When Flogging Molly hits town, no other band matters!

Review by Brian Gillespie

Flogging Molly/Street Dogs/The Briggs: House of Blues, Orlando – (September 22, 2004)

I’ve seen The Briggs before, when I saw them open for Street Dogs on their Maiden Voyage Tour last year, and they were decent. When I saw them last, I’d just seen Dropkick Murphys two days before, and I’d seen so much bad punk (the opening acts) over a three-day span I was getting sick of the genre.

Same here — not bad, but I was here to see the last two bands. The Briggs got a lot of support from the crowd — apparently a lot of people were there to see this on this particular night. The band (who I don’t know as much about as I should) has a pirate theme (singer Joey LaRocca came out onstage in a captain’s hat that I think Ted Knight wore in “Caddyshack”), but I couldn’t tell if that made any difference in the music at all.

The last time I saw the Street Dogs was a year ago, and I had forgotten how good they were as a live band (though that show was in the now defunct Venom in St. Petersburg in front of about 20 people — sadly the night of Game 7 between the Red Sox and Yankees). The Briggs had asked the obligatory “Are you ready for Flogging Molly?” and also said, “And the Street Dogs are here!” The former got a big cheer, the latter barely anything (except for maybe me). So I wondered how many people there had heard of them. Not surprisingly, Mike McColgan makes the band a great live act, stalking the stage like a predator. He actually would give a nod to the fans who were singing the songs, pointing to them and thumping his chest in a show of appreciation.

The Boston band started with “Savin Hill” and moved right into “Jakes” and “Cut Down On the 12th” and a few of us were rocking out. You could tell who knew the band and who didn’t, but I heard a lot of people behind me singing along with McColgan. Other highlights: McColgan actually came out into the crowd to sing the start of “Fighter”, and had Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley guest on a new song, “Tale of Mass Deception.” A great performance from one of the best live bands I’ve seen recently— I wish Street Dogs had more material, and am very much looking forward to their new “Back to the World” due in January 2005.

Ah yes, then Flogging Molly came out much to the delight of the crowd, which seemed like the majority had a two-page paper on the Louisiana Purchase due next week. They are also one of the The crush near the stage was impressive. I saw them at the Masquerade in Tampa back in March and I didn’t remember it being this bad. It of course was claustrophobic, hot, humid and sweaty. (After the show, my fingers wrinkled like I was swimming — I forget, is this normal?)

But though I was glad to be out of the mass at the end, I was disappointed the show was not longer. The songs from the new CD that you would imagine are great live songs — “Screaming at the Wailing Wall”, “Seven Deadly Sins”, “The Light From a Fading Star”, “Whistles The Wind” and “Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon” — didn’t disappoint.

Of course, the new material means that some of the songs I enjoyed in the past may have faded from their live repetoire, most notably in my case, “The Worst Day Since Yesterday.” In any event, they didn’t play it this night.

How Dave King (and the rest of Flogging Molly, for that matter) does this night after night almost mystifies me. If I started high-stepping like he did during Dennis Casey’s guitar solo on “Black Friday Rule”, I’d be sore for days.

Lastly, I’ve seen Flogging Molly five times in the past two years, and every time, I’ve seen some of the the band interacting with the fans before or after the show. I cannot overstate how much I appreciate this. (To be fair, Street Dogs and The Briggs were also hanging around the merchandise counter after the show, so props to them too.)

Hopefully, we’ll see Street Dogs and Flogging Molly hook up again for a show — it’s a great combination.

As an aside, the show also had a film presentation from Jello Biafra’s Punk Voter organization that got cheers from the Bush haters in the crowd, laughs for a Will Ferrell impression of Bush and elicited at least one shout of “Fuck politics!” So, um, vote. Or something.

Review by Rob Shore