Dropkick Murphys formed in 1996 in Boston, MA. They practised in the basement of a friend's barbershop, blending punk rock, irish folk, rock, and hardcore into something they could call their own. Their name was taken from a local rehab centre.
Original members were Mike McColgan (vocals), Ken Casey (bass), Rick Barton (guitar) and Matt Kelly (drums). McColgan, unable to commit himself to constant touring left the band and was replaced by ex-Bruisers vocalist Al Barr. Another bout of prolonged touring followed, this time including Australia and Japan, during which time Barton also quit (after picking his replacement, James Lynch of the Ducky Boys). The band recruited second guitarist Mark Orell, (also a self-taught accordionist.) The addition of Spicy McHaggis (bagpipes) and Ryan Foltz (mandolin/tin whistle) broadened the band's live sound as well as added a new impetus to the material. To date have released over ten singles.
|1998||Do or Die||Epitaph|
|1999||The Gang's All Here||Epitaph|
|2000||The Singles Collection||Hellcat|
|2001||Sing Loud, Sing Proud||Epitaph|
|2002||Live on St. Patrick's Day From Boston, MA||Epitaph|