Dropkick Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day Concert Returns


Dropkick Murphys

The Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day concert has become a yearly tradition for Boston residents.

Neely Cameron, Staff Writer

The Dropkick Murphys are hosting their yearly Saint Patrick’s Day Concert with a live audience for the first time since 2019. The concert takes place on Saint Patrick’s Day every year in Boston, Massachusetts, the band’s original home, and has some of the most roaring crowds in the Punk Scene. 

They have been making music since 1996 and have a strong, loyal fanbase that has aged just as the band has. The song “I’m Shipping up to Boston” has not only become their most popular song, but has become one of the most recognisable songs in the US. They are one of the punk bands that helped shape what punk is today and really one of the staples in the scene.

The Celtic punk theme of the band came from the Irish roots of many of the band members and their life stories. The only consistent band member, Ken Casey, is a singer and bassist. The current band members include Drummer Matt Kelly, Lead singer Al Barr, Guitarist James Lynch, Lead guitarist Tim Brennan, and Jeff DaRosa. Jeff is the group’s multi instrumentalist, playing a variety of traditional Irish instruments that the music highlights.

 The band is currently on tour in America and will come home to Boston just in time for St. Patty’s day. Their most popular album, the Warrior’s Code, was released in 2005 and has songs like Captain Kelly’s Kitchen, The Auld Triangle and I’m Shipping up to Boston. Some of their other songs that have grown to be pretty famous include Rose Tattoo, The State of Massachusetts, The Warrior’s Code and “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya”. You will often hear their songs being played in traditional pubs around the world. 

The band’s been going for years and don’t plan on stopping these yearly shows anytime soon.