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Dropkick Murphys

The Dropkick Murphys are known almost as much for their charity work as for their distinctive music.

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The Dropkick Murphys are known almost as much for their charity work as for their distinctive music.



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Formed in 1996

The Dropkick Murphys rose from their Celtic-punk roots to incorporate other musical genres; developed close ties with the Boston Red Sox, their fans, and the city; and eventually expanded the group’s brand across the world.

The music has been featured in movies set in Boston such as “Fever Pitch” and “The Departed,” and the Dropkick Murphys have become well-known for charitable work and closely identified politically with working-class causes.

A reworking of the 1903 fan favorite “Tessie” became the band’s first big hit and the soundtrack for the Red Sox run to a World Series championship in 2004. “Shipping Up To Boston” in 2005, the band’s only platinum-selling single, became Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon’s theme in the 2007 championship, and still has a prominent place at Boston sporting events.

The group currently consists of Ken Casey, Matt Kelly, Al Barr, James Lynch, Tim Brennan, Josh “Scruffy” Wallace, and Jeff DaRosa. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, they sold T-shirts, performed benefit concerts, and donated proceeds from a special three-song release. The Claddagh Fund, the band’s charitable foundation, gave more than $300,000 to 60 victims.

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