For over 20 years the Celtic punk band Flogging Molly has celebrated St. Patrick’s day the same exact way—by playing its unique brand of upbeat Irish-inspired rock music to circle-pits around the United States and around the world world. This year, however, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic forced Flogging Molly frontman Dave King and his wife Bridget Regan to celebrate the holiday from their living room in Ireland instead of The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California.

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While the duo, along with the rest of the band, found themselves unable to perform on what should have been a joyous occasion, they took the time to record an acoustic rendition of “Float”, off the 2008 album of the same name, and upload it to YouTube with the following message to fans,

Dear Friends,
Greetings from Ireland. On behalf of the band and our wonderful crew, we’d like to wish you a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day. Over the twenty-odd years we’ve been together as a band, this is the first time we aren’t playing live on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a very surreal feeling. But the most important thing is that everybody keeps safe and well, and takes care of those around them. Hopefully this separation that we all share right now will hopefully bring us even closer together someday.

Take care and much love,
Dave & Bridget

“Float” is a song about positivity in times of turmoil. On the album and in a live setting, the tune starts slow but picks up as it moves into the second verse and the following chorus. On the other hand, this acoustic rendition seems to carry a slower melody without sacrificing the message. Lyrics like, “Tomorrow smells of less decay/Beats the bows that bloom the fray/Be thankful, it’s all you can/But don’t, don’t sink the boat/That you built, you built to keep afloat,” offer an optimistic outlook on the rough days that are sure to follow. Watch the two members of Flogging Molly perform the acoustic rendition of “Float” below:

Flogging Molly – “Float” (Acoustic)

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Flogging Molly currently has dates scheduled throughout the summer, including a performance at Bonnaroo Music Festival on July 14th. Head to the band’s website for tickets and the latest show information.