The original core of the Dropkick Murphys - which included vocalist Mike McColgan, guitarist Rick Barton, and Ken Casey on the bass - formed in South Boston in 1995. After going through a list of several drummers, Matt Kelly was added in 1997. The Dropkick Murphys signed to Epitaph Records in 1997, releasing their first album Do or Die
in the same year.
Mike McColgan left the band after the release, saying he was unable to commit to touring with the band. McColgan was then replaced with Al Barr. DKM released their second CD, The Gang’s All Here
, in 1999. Both their producer and Rick Barton both left the band that year. James Lynch filled in for Barton, and Marc Orrell came in as a second guitarist. Spicy McHaggis and Ryan Foltz also joined the band, playing bagpipe and mandolin respectively.
2001 marked the release of Sing Loud, Sing Proud!
. Following up that was Blackout
in 2003. Before the release of Blackout, McHaggis left the band, and Foltz left soon after its release. James “Scruffy” Wallace filled in for McHaggis on the bagpipe, and Tim Brennan was recruited for mandolin duties along with acoustic guitar. In 2005, the band released The Warrior’s Code
With 2007 came the release of their album The Meanest of Times
, on their own label Born & Bred Records. Guitarist Marc Orrell left the band in 2008, and that Tim Brennan would replace him as full-time guitarist, with Jeff DaRosa filling in the vacancy.
- Al Barr
- Ken Casey
- Jeff DaRosa
- James Lynch
- Tim Brennan
- Scruffy Wallace
- Matt Kelly