It doesn't take much to get Flogging Molly to celebrate.
The group's raucous brand of Celtic rock is a party unto itself, of course, even when the songs' subject matter -- as on 2011's "Speed of Darkness" -- runs serious. But given that 2013 marks 20 since frontman Dave King, late of the hard rock band Fastway, met Detroit-born fiddler Bridget Regan (the couple are married) and other original members of the band, Flogging Molly has an extra reason to throw down this year.
"It really doesn't feel like that long," says Regan, 37, who with King splits time between homes in Ferndale and his native Ireland. "We usually call '97 (the beginning of the band) because that was the year we brought out our first album, and we had played with a lot of musicians before we got the lineup we're happy with.
"As far as anything to commemorate, we haven't thought about anything like that. I just know we're still having fun doing it; the second we're not I guess we'd pack it in."
That's not a concern at the moment, however. As Flogging Molly prepares for its ninth annual Green 17 tour, the group is also eyeballing a follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Speed of Darkness." Regan says she and King worked on some song ideas while in Ireland over the holidays, which she suspects will turn into new material for the band.
"It's definitely coming," she notes. "We have a few ideas knowing around; we just need to take the time out to do it. It's next to impossible to write on the road when you're living on a tour bus with 12 other people and trying to stay sane and get the gig done. So we'll need to call a bit of time to make something new happen, and I think it's going to be a little while before we can do that -- although it will still be this year, I think."
Flogging Molly, Skinny Lister and Dave Hause perform on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27-$36. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.
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