Of the many bands that followed in The Pogues‘ footsteps, Irish punk band Flogging Molly formed in 1997. From the smoggy streets of L.A., this seven-piece band began to perform in a local pub called Molly Mahone’s. By 2002, the band released their debut album–Swagger– and took their gig on the road as they began touring.
Flogging Molly is fronted by Dublin native, Dave King, and his wife Bridget Regan who is the band’s fiddle player. Alongside them are guitarist Dennis Casey, bassist Nathan Maxwell, drummer George Schwindt, Matt Hensley on accordion, and Bob Schmidt on mandolin. While on tour in 2oo8 to promote their album Float, King married Regan.
Last St. Patrick’s Day, I had the chance to see Flogging Molly perform at the Irvine Amphitheater. Their show was amazing, with so much energy, and they even included a bar onstage for VIP fans. Here’s a video from that night, as Flogging Molly played their last song “If I Ever Leave This World Alive.” https://youtu.be/pgNXK6ZB_Io?t=5s