“There are some punk shows where you’re more of less guaranteed to have a good time…but few come close to the camaraderie and fist pumping pride that the Dropkick Murphys can inspire….” TNT Magazine 2012
It’s going to be a celtic, punk- rock party when Boston’s Dropkick Murphys take the Bluesfest stage for the first time this Easter! The Dropkick Murphys first hit the scene in 1996 with their platinum single “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” featured in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award –winning film The Departed.
The Dropkick Murphys will be bringing their seventh studio album Going out in Style with them plus their latest album released in January 2013, Signed and Sealed in Blood. Going out in Style is a raucous and rollicking romp overflow with punk rock energy, folk soul and of course … Irish spirit. It is the story of Cornelius Larkin, a recently deceased Irish immigrant looking down at his own wake.
In a unique move during the album writing process, the group enlisted the help of Author Michael Patrick Macdonald who wrote an eloquent obituary for Cornelius in the albums liner notes and helped the group develop the story. Bassist and vocalist Ken Casey describes the merits of the bands partnership with Macdonald “…. The songs inspire the story, and the story inspires the songs. It’s a deep record and it celebrates a life”. Going out in Style has been described as ‘the party to end all parties’ and features guest vocals by NOFX’s Fat Mike and The Living End’s, Chris Chaney. The legendary Bruce Springsteen also collaborates on the album for the moving cover of the classic Irish song “Peg ‘O My Heart”.
So everyone, get those bagpipes ready… we will be celebrating the life of Cornelius Larkin in full force this Easter at Bluesfest, make sure you are as well!!