Flogging Molly is a seven-piece Irish American Celtic punk band that formed in Los Angeles, California
Prior to forming Flogging Molly, Dave King was the vocalist for heavy metal band Fastway
featuring guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke of Motorhead in the early to mid 80's.
He later fronted a hard rock band called Katmandu (1991), featuring Mandy Meyer of Krokus on guitars.
Afterwards, Dave King retained a record deal with Epic records and began to work on a solo album,
but began to reconsider his record deal when the label opposed his idea of bringing in traditional Irish instruments.
King negotiated out of his record deal to go his own way musically soon after.
In 1993, King met guitarist Ted Hutt, bassist Jeff Peters, and fiddle player Bridget Regan
and put together a rock band with a celtic feel. They played a Los Angeles pub called Molly Malones for a couple of years
building a small, but loyal following. Together they wrote songs such as Devils Dance Floor and Black Friday Rule
, which was the beginning of Flogging Molly's unique sound.
Ted and Jeff then left Flogging Molly because a prior band of theirs received a record deal.
Dave and Bridget then began to meet the new members and the current band was formed.
Their music ranges from boisterous celtic punk, like the pirate-themed "Salty Dog", "Cruel Mistress", and "Seven Deadly Sins", or the defiant "What's Left of the Flag", "Drunken Lullabies", and "Rebels of the Sacred Heart" to more sombre songs like "Far Away Boys", "The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors)", and "Float." Lyrics typically touch on subjects such as Ireland and its history, drinking, politics, love, and include several references to the Roman Catholic Church.
* Dave King – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhran, banjo, spoons
* Bridget Regan – fiddle, tin whistle, uillean pipes, vocals
* Dennis Casey – guitar, vocals
* Matt Hensley – accordion, concertina
* Nathen Maxwell – bass guitar, vocals
* Bob Schmidt – mandolin, banjo
* George Schwindt – drums, percussion
* 2000: Swagger
* 2002: Drunken Lullabies
* 2004: Within a Mile of Home
* 2008: Float