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Flogging Molly + Skindred + Street Dogs+ Time Again @ Birmingham Academy – 8th November 2008
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Flogging Molly + Skindred + Street Dogs+ Time Again @ Birmingham Academy

Headliners Flogging Molly always draw such a mixture of people to their gigs. Punks, skinheads and the sensibly dressed over 40s were all here to see the Irish punk 7 piece founded in LA. To be fair they are such a mixture of a band, playing a range of instruments from guitars, drums, bass to the tin whistle, violin and accordion. They are all talented musicians in their own right as well as brilliantly entertaining performers. The heavy Celtic influence throughout their music makes you want to dance like Michael Flatly yet the punk sound makes you want to mosh, so watching people in a Flogging Molly audience is always great. They played a mix of songs from the 5 albums they have released. The song ‘Drunken Lullaby’s’ was a definite crown pleaser, and had people dancing and shimmying all over the academy.

The only disappointments for me personally were that the gig wasn’t a sell out, and that it had to start and finish so early to allow for the club night after the gig. 4 such popular bands should have had a sell out night that went on past the curfew of 10pm. That aside it was a brilliant afternoon/evening, and after the gig all the bands ended up in the pub next door (Scruffy Murphy’s) to have a drink with their fans, which was a fantastic end to the day.

Review & Photos – Lucy Pryor

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