Your Dose of (live) Celtic Punk Rock

Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphy’s, and now The Real McKenzies all have new live releases out. Flogging Molly are the most traditional of the group, yet still very punk rock influenced.

Saint Patrick’s Day has come and gone, yet, with music this solid, there is no excuse not to check them out, especially if you have not seen them live, or are hankering to see them again.

March 2 saw the release of Flogging Molly’s first full length live set, Live at the Greek Theatre. Of course they did release Alive Behind the Green Door in 1997 as their first actual release, however that was just over two years or so before their debut album Swagger.

It was released on CD, as well as DVD with their music videos included. Since the Greek Theatre is a 5,700-seat amphitheatre, the DVD would surely we worth checking out!

With Live at the Greek Theatre, they have four quality albums to pick and choose their material from. They picked the song selection well, including fan favourite “Drunken Lullabies”, and one of my favourites, “Salty Dog”.

March 16 (the day before Saint Patrick’s Day) saw the release of the Dropkick Murphy’s new live set, Live On Lansdowne, Boston MA. Material for this live set is culled from seven shows they did over six days, from March 12 – 17, 2009. Of course ending on Saint Patrick’s Day. They were quite a series of shows too, featuring the likes of H2O, Bane, Slapshot, Civet and more! See the listings here. Since they update their news section frequently, there is plenty of video postings to check out as well.

The Dropkick Murphy’s release in a CD release that has a DVD included with the release. The DVD has the concert on it among a few extras. I’m surprised “Barroom Hero” did not make the album, another good one that did not make it on is “For Boston”. However many great tracks did make it on including “Fields Of Athenry”, “Sunshine Highway”, and of course “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” which features another Boston area band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

The Real McKenzies, although they are Canadian, and Scottish influenced Celtic punk, their live release came out yesterday, titled Shine not Burn. Check out a free mp3, and more details at fatwreck.com.

I have not yet heard The Real McKenzies release, however I have seen all three aforementioned bands live, and they all put on great shows in their own ways, thus making all releases worth checking out.

All official sites:

Flogging Molly
Dropkick Murphy’s
The Real McKenzies

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