Ken Casey is one of the founding members of the Dropkick Murphys, a band that mixes traditional Irish and punk music amongst its influences. The band, formed in 1996 is one of the most popular musical acts to ever come out of Boston and has fans around the world.
I sat down with him for an extensive interview about his band, his bar, McGreevy's with all of its Red Sox history and memorabilia and the band's charity, The Claddagh Fund.
The interview was only scheduled for half an hour but both Ken and I have the Irish gift of gab so we talked for about an hour and twenty minutes.
Some of the things we discussed are the origin of the band's name and grind of touring in the early days. Ken also expressed in detail how two of their best known songs came about, "Shipping up to Boston" and "Tessie."
Other topics include the Dropkick Murphys selling out two shows at Fenway Park in 2011, their annual St. Patrick's Day shows around Boston and his connection to the band's fans. Ken is friendly and always appreciative of the support the band has from its ever-growing fan base.
They have also raised a lot of money for charity, over one-point-five million dollars since The Claddagh Fund was founded in 2009. That money goes to non-profits supporting children's' charities, returning veterans and those dealing with alcohol and substance abuse.
If you are a fan of the band, this is definitely an interview you want to check out.
A special thanks to Mark Reynolds for being the videographer on this project.
I have also written a novel based on the first murder during a bank robbery in American history which occurred in my hometown of Malden, Massachusetts on December 15, 1863 almost three years before Jesse James first assumed crimes.