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The Essentials Of Celtic Punk
1The Pogues

Hailing from London, the Pogues are truly the founders of the Celtic punk
movement. Blending traditional Irish Folk with politics and punk rock energy,
they paved the way for many bands to come.
Their albums released from 1984 to 1990 are arguably the best, as they feature
the band's original frontman, the legendary Shane MacGowan. MacGowan still
reunites with the group for the occasional tour.
2Dropkick Murphys

This Boston-based outfit puts a working-class Boston Irish spin on Celtic punk.
Their lyrics are heavily influenced by the blue-collar Boston experience, dealing
with heavy issues like solidarity as well as playing anthems to Boston
sports teams.
3Flogging Molly

Just as Dropkick Murphys are influenced by the East Coast, Flogging Molly has a
decidedly West Coast take on Celtic punk music. With instruments that include
fiddle, accordion and even the occasional set of spoons, their music is lighter and
occasionally melancholy.
Ranging from rocking tunes to maudlin ballads, all of their albums are great.
Their live shows are even better, as the band draws the entire crowd into sing-
alongs that make you feel like you're in the world's largest Irish pub.
4Flatfoot 56

In the Midwest, Flatfoot 56 (and their scenemates the Tossers) are Chicago's
answer to the Celtic punk movement. Flatfoot 56 is known for a powerful punk
vibe, accompanied by pipes and mandolin, that leads to frenzied, yet well-
behaved pits.
5The Tossers

Another band from Chicago's Celtic punk scene is the Tossers. Although they've
been around a few years longer than Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys,
they are just starting to get noticed.
6Blood Or Whiskey

With a heavily manic sound, Blood or Whiskey takes their obviously Pogues-
influenced music and blends it with a harder sound. Whereas American bands
sometimes have to push the Irish sound, this band benefits by actually being
Irish and by playing great punk with traditional instruments.
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