Celtic Punk fans take over the House of Blues in Boston for a night of Celtic music madness with headliners Flogging Molly!”
The first band of the evening was American Alternative Country band from Dallas, TX Vandoliers. The band consists of members Joshua Fleming on lead vocals, Cory Graves backing vocals, keys, trumpet, bass, harmonica, Dustin Fleming on electric guitar and pedal steel, Trey Alfaro on drums percussion, Travis Curry on fiddle, and Mark Moncrieff on bass.
Before coming on stage, “Urban Struggle” could be heard through the venue speakers. They opened their set with “16 years, ” They continued with “Sink or Swim,” “Troublemaker,” and “Howlin.” The fans were on their feet singing cheering for the band. They were starting to get into the music and getting ready for the rest of the night. They ended their set with a cover of The Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles.”) Although their set was short they put on a great performance.
The next band of the evening was American Punk Rock band from Los Angeles, CA The Bronx. They consist of Matt Caughthran, guitarists Joby J. Ford and Ken Horne, bass guitarist Brad Magers, and drummer Joey Castillo.
While coming on stage they had a Darude cover of “Sandstorm” playing in the venue speakers. They opened their set with “White Shadow,” Shit** Future.” The fans were standing and cheering and singing along to the songs. They were feeding off the bands energy.
The band continued with “Heart Attack American,” “False Alarm,” Curb Feelers,” and “Knifeman” The fans were loving listening and cheering on the band, They put on a great show and got the fans ready for the last band of the night set for later in the evening.
Finally, the last band of the night a seven piece Celtic band from Los Angeles, CA Flogging Molly. The band consists of Dave King on lead vocals, Bridget Regan on violin, tin whistle, Dennis Casey on guitar, Matt Hensley on accordion, Nathen Maxwell on bass guitar, Spencer Swain on mandolin, banjo, and guitar, and Mike Alonso on drums.
From the moment the first chords echoed through the venue, it was evident that this was going to be a night to remember. Front man Dave King’s gritty vocals cut through the air like a battle cry, commanding the attention of every soul in the room. The band’s signature fusion of traditional Irish folk melodies with raucous punk rhythms created an atmosphere that was both electrifying and deeply soulful.
The setlist was a perfect blend of old favorites and fresh tracks from their latest album, showcasing Flogging Molly’s unwavering dedication to their craft. “Drunken Lullabies” and “The Likes of You Again” ignited the crowd, inciting a mosh pit that pulsed with wild abandon. Yet, it was the poignant moments during tracks like “Float” and “If I Ever Leave This World Alive” that truly demonstrated the band’s ability to strike an emotional chord.
As the final chords of “Salty Dog” resonated through the venue, there was a collective feeling of elation and nostalgia. Flogging Molly had delivered a performance that transcended mere entertainment; it was an unforgettable, heart-pounding journey through the soul of Celtic punk.