Dave King – lead vocals, acoustic guitar Bridget Regan – violin, tin whistle Dennis Casey – guitar Matt Hensley – accordion Nathen Maxwell – bass guitar Spencer Swain – banjo, mandolin Mike Alonso – drums
Flogging Molly is a seven-piece Irish American Celtic punk band formed in 1997 by former Fastway lead singer, Dave King. Getting their start playing regularly at the L.A. bar Molly Malones, Flogging Molly released their debut, Swagger, in March 2000 on Side One Dummy and followed up two years later with Drunken Lullabies. Crafting exuberant anthems to raise up a full Guinness to, King often used personal touchstones - such as his childhood in a war-torn Ireland, his father's premature death, and an eight-year exile in the United States - for the band's compelling lyrical content.
Within a Mile of Home appeared in September 2004, and their fourth studio album, Float, followed in 2008. Both promotional tours were documented by DVD documentary Whiskey on a Sunday and live album Live at the Greek Theatre, respectively. Eventually, they settled back into the studio with producer Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avett Brothers, etc.), and released their fifth album, Speed of Darkness, via their own record label, Borstal Beat Records. Flogging Molly continued to tour over the next several years, and began curating their annual Salty Dog Cruise, which set sail each year over St. Patrick's Day. They returned to the studio in 2016, heading to Dublin to record their sixth album, Life Is Good, which was released in early the following year.
- Allmusic bio
Drunken Lullabies (2002)
Within a Mile of Home (2004)
Speed of Darkness (2011)
Life Is Good (2017)
Genre: Celtic Punk, Folk Punk, Punk Rock, Sea Shanties Similar artists: Dropkick Murphys, The Pogues, The Dubliners Similar Bonnaroo artists: The Regrettes maybe?
That one everyone knows
When Hay Bale sessions were at thing?
Some pirate music
And their most recent single
Physical Reaction/Live show
Don’t let the acoustic instruments fool you, this will very much be a punk rock show! However, Flogging Molly’s music has that folksy, world-music vibe that fits right in at Bonnaroo. They have enough members to fill the stage, and they do bring the energy, especially Dave. Expect lots of moshing and to be doused in Guinness if you are in the front row.
After the whirlwind that was my first Bonnaroo and first music festival back in 2012, I came to the conclusion that Flogging Molly was my favorite band of the weekend. Looking back, it makes sense. I had been to mostly punk shows up to then and it was familiar in a weekend full of new experiences. For a while I was slightly embarrassed that that was who I chose, especially after getting super into Radiohead and BATTLES. But then I caught Flogging Molly again at Riot Fest last year and the magic came rushing back. They will be a great time at Bonnaroo and possibly your last chance to mosh for the weekend!