Established in 1996 in Boston's southern suburbs by bassist Ken Casey, the outfit combines hardcore punk with Celtic folk music. Dropkick Murphys merge hardcore, which is faster-paced, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock with Irish folk tunes. Traditional Celtic folk instruments such as bodhran, tin whistle, and bagpipes join electric guitars and percussion in their high-energy, high-power live performances. Dropkick Murphys take the traditional sea shanties to the next level, turning them into fighting anthems for generations of music fans worldwide. One of their best-known songs, the fast-paced 'I'm Shipping Up To Boston' was featured in Oscar-winning Scorsese film, The Departed.