What bigger name is there in American Celtic punk than Dropkick Murphys? The Massachusetts act have been thrilling crowds with their energetic live shows since 1996, and are renowned for their working class solidarity and political activism. Named after Dr. John Murphy, a professional wrestler who operated an alcohol rehabilitation facility in Massachusetts between the 1940s and 1970s, it’s no surprise that Dropkick Murphys’s music is all about wild alcohol-fueled fun. In their early career the band released several albums before their 2004 cover of the Boston Red Sox anthem ‘Tessie’ became a mainstream hit. Their 2005 song ‘I’m Shipping Up To Boston’ brought them further recognition as it was featured in the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning The Departed. Since leaving their former label Hellcat Records Dropkick Murphys have lost no steam at all releasing albums via their own imprint label Born & Bred. Their past three records have consistently reached the top end of the US Billboard charts and tickets for their shows are always highly sought after. For anyone who plans to catch Dropkick Murphys live, a raucously entertaining night awaits.