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Dropkick Murphys Talk Mumford & Sons Collabo "Rose Tattoo"

The Celtic punks explain how they linked up with the British folk-rockers

With their eighth album Signed and Sealed in Blood just around the corner, Massachusetts punks Dropkick Murphys sat down with Fuse to talk about Boston sports, banjos and linking up with Mumford & Sons on a new track.

"Obviously, we're both bands with banjos," singer/bassist Ken Casey says in the clip above. "Our single 'I'm Shipping Up to Boston' [included in The Departed] was probably the largest-selling rock song with a banjo until those bastards came along," he says, laughing. "No, really, we root for any band that's playing with real instruments and real music. To see that go mainstream is inspiring." 

The Celtic punks first connected with the British folkers at a European festival before they "kidnapped [banjo player] Winston [Marshall] and made him play" on one of their latest tracks, "Rose Tattoo." "He's a good guy, down to earth," Casey says. "It's cool they knew who we are and that he played on the record. It's subtle, but with that rolling finger-picking style, you know it's him when you hear it."

Watch the video above for more about the band's new album Signed and Sealed in Blood, and check out the video below to hear Dropkick Murphys talk about how they can serve Boston sports teams as a good luck charm. "I would like to point out that any time we have performed at a Boston sporting event, they have won," Casey says. "Not saying we're responsible, but…." Clearly, the facts speak for themselves. 

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