20 Famous and Greatest Folk Punk Bands Of All Time

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Hello everyone! How have you been? I hope you all are doing well. Readers, today we will talk about one of the very intriguing topics named Folk Punk Bands or rogue folk music. However, bands and their music is all about combining traditional folk instrumental music with hard punk rock. 

This is to say that the combination of folk and punk is quirky nevertheless, it turns out to be the best every time when we hear folk punk bands. Nowadays folk punk music has become so influential and inspirational all because of folk punk bands. 

In this article, we have summarised the names of 20 such folk punk bands that are best known for their musical styles.

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1- AJJ

AJJ - Goodbye, Oh Goodbye (Official Video)

AJJ has a net worth of $6.37 million. Originally the band is from Arizona and is active since 2004. However, the band currently consists of 5 members, and all of them are beautiful in their own ways. Folk-punk and anti-folk are the two musical genres that the band follows.

To date, the band has released several of the big hits of their career. Namely, disposable everything, feedbag, maggie, body terror song, psychic warfare, etc., the band released several political songs to punky folk tunes at the beginning of their musical career. Apart from this, this particular folk-punk band is also known for managing the heavy themes in their lyrics. 

2- Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes Folk Punk @ 930 Club 2022

Each and every member of Violent Femmes is a legend. However, their contribution is very well acknowledged by the world for creating the modern folk punk sound. 

Furthermore, alternative rock and folk punk are the two musical genres that the band primarily follows. At present, the band consists of 4 members namely, Gordon Gano, Brian Garza, john sparrow, and Blaise Garza. 

Moving on, the band has given numerous hit albums, such as, “kiss off”, “gone daddy gone”, and “blister in the sun”. In addition to this, to date, the band has released a total of 10 studio albums and five live records. 

3- The Pogues

Transmetropolitan - The Pogues

Do you know how much money the band makes a year? Well, it is around $122.9k. One of their song named “Fairytale of New York”, brought them international recognition. In addition to this, the contribution of this band to folk punk is highly appreciated. 

Furthermore, Shane MacGowan and Peter Stacey, and Jem Finer formed this band in 1982. They kinda created quirky music by blending their Irish backgrounds with the passionate lyrics of their punk music. 

4- Against Me!

Against Me! - "I Was A Teenage Anarchist" HD [Official Video]

Against me, they follow different musical styles such as pop rock, folk punk, alternative rock, and anarcho-punk. However, the band was formed by laura jane grace in 1997 in Florida. At present, the band comprises 4 members namely, laura jane grace, James bowman, Andrew Seward, and atom Willard. The band has the potential to make people fall for folk music. They are versatile and talented. 

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5- The Dreadnoughts

The Dreadnoughts - Problem (official video)

The Dreadnoughts follows are folk punk, Celtic punk, polka punk, folk, and sea Shanty. However, it comprises 6 members namely, Marco Bieri, Andrew Hay, Drew Sexsmith, Nicholas Smyth, Kyle Taylor, and Tegan Ceschi-Smith. Furthermore, the band is the best at mixing European folk music with street punk (modern) with ease. 

6- Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys - "Rose Tattoo" (Video)

To begin with, at present Dropkick Murphys consists of 6 members namely, ken Casey, Matt Kelly, AI Barr,  James Lynch, Tim Brennan, and Jeff Darosa. However, this american band was formed in 1996. The band became globally popular for its tremendously loud and energetic live shows that easily can make you dance anytime-anywhere. Moving on, One of their very famous album named “the meanest of times”,  made its debut at no.20 on the Billboard charts. To date, the band has released 11 albums and their next album is in a row to be released on May 12, 2023. 

Moreover, the best of the band include, 

  • I’m shipping up to Boston
  • Rose tattoo
  • The warrio’s code
  • The boys are back 

7- Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies (Official Video)

Flogging Molly, primarily comprises 7 members namely, dave king, Bridget Regan, Dennis Casey, Nathen Maxwell, Matt Hensley, Mike Alonso, and spencer swain. however, This Irish american band was formed in 1995 and is active to date. Moving on, after releasing 7 albums they came up with releasing their independent live album named “alive behind the green door”, which was a platinum hit. Although, their musical style was highly influenced by certain artists namely, the Dubliners, the pogue, johnny cash, etc. 

Moreover, the best of the band include, 

  • Drunken lullabies
  • Devil’s dance floor 
  • If I ever leave this world alive
  • Salty dog 

8- Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple (Official Video)

There are several musical genres that are followed by this band namely, punk rock, Latin rock, polka, dub, Romani, and gypsy punk. However, the band is active since 1999. At present, there are 8 members in the band namely, Eugene Hutz, Sergey Ryabtsev, pasha Newman, Thomas goanna, Boris Pelekh, Alfredo Ortiz, Pamena Racine, and Pedro Eranzo. Furthermore, the band has made several appearances at international festivals, for instance, they performed live at the Bonnaroo Music and arts festival in 2011. 

Moreover, the best of the band include, 

  • Start wearing purple 
  • Wanderlust king
  • Not a crime 
  • American Wedding

9- Mischief Brew

Mischief Brew - On the Sly

Mischief Brew is from Philadelphia. The band was active between 2000-2016. It consisted of the best vocalist and guitarist. Well, the band was also known for its quirky ways of mixing different musical forms such as american folk, Celtic fol, gypsy-punk, and swing. Their songs were all about the labor movement, protest music, and punk culture. 

Moreover, the best of the band include, 

  • coffee , god, and cigarettes
  • Olde Tyme mem’ry
  • Thanks, bastards!
  • Bury me in Analog 

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10- Defiance, Ohio

Defiance, Ohio - Hairpool

To begin with, the musical genres which are strictly followed by the band are folk punk and punk rock. The band, Defiance, Ohio was first formed in Columbus, Ohio, united states. However, the band has released four full-length LPs and some split recordings. Although, the band was first formed in 2002. At present, the band comprises 6 members namely, Ryan woods, Geoff Hing, will staler, Sherri miller, and the Hilton. Apart from this, the band has also participated with other bands. 

Moreover, the best of the band include, 

  • You are loved 
  • Condition 11:11
  • Calling old friends
  • I’m against the government 

11- Days N’ Daze

Days N Daze - Misanthropic Drunken Loner [Official Music Video]

Days N’ daze is an american folk punk band that was formed in Houston following 2008. Their live shows are extremely energetic. The only musical genre they follow is folk punk. However, the musical instruments that the band played were Acoustic guitar, accordion, banjo, trumpet, ukelele, washboard, and bass. Furthermore, the band has 4 members namely, Jesse Sendejas, Whitney Flynn, Meagan Michelle, and matt Willhelm. This band has been a band for over a decade now and is still continuing to come up with wonderful albums. 

Moreover, the best of the band include, 

  • Misanthropic drunken loner
  • My darling dopamine 
  • Fuck it 
  • Post party depression

12- This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb

This Bike is a Pipe Bomb: The Argument [Folk Punk]

This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb, a folk-punk band was formed in 1997 and continued till 2011. However, this band particularly from Florida, US. earlier the band also used to play country music, but later they chose to continue with folk punk. There used to be 3 members in the group mainly, namely, Ryomdee, Terry Johnson, and Teddy “Ted” Helmmick. Moving on, the band also played at geekfest and toured all over Europe. 

Moreover, the best of the band include, 

  • Poison ivy 
  • Bright one 
  • Make love 
  • Lou song 

13- Blackbird Raum

Blackbird Raum - False Weavers [Full Album]

Blackbird Raum was formed in 2004. However, there is a number of musical genres which are followed by this particular band namely, Anarch-punk, Acoustic, folk-punk, blues, traditional folk music, ragtime, and country. However, the band is from California. Furthermore, the band has 5 members, namely, CPN, Amelia, Zack Religious, David, and Allen Degenerate. Moreover, the band has toured Europe and the U.S.

Moreover, the best of the band include, 

  • Honey in the hair 
  • Witches 
  • Valkyrie horsewhip reel 
  • Rubicon Drawn 

14- Ghost Mice

Ghost Mice - The Good Life

Music is one of the best ways through which one can easily express their thoughts and inner feelings using words. However, ghost mouse is a two-piece folk-punk band, particularly from Bloomington. Furthermore, the band plays 100% acoustic music. Well, the band was formed in 2002. They often play in backyards or on the street corner in front of the venue. In addition to this, one of the very popular slogans “punk as folk” is enough to describe the music and lyrics of the songs. 

Moreover, the best of the band include, 

  • Free pizza for life
  • Critical hit
  • The devil and my family
  • Monsters get slain

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15- Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains

Johnny Hobo And The Freight Trains -  Whiskey is my Kind of Lullaby

This particular band is from southern Vermont. However, one of the interesting facts that we often hear about them is, They did like to drink the forties by the train tracks where the police wouldn’t bother them. Furthermore, their last show was organized in 2007, in addition to this, earlier There was no source available to order physical copies of Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains music, but a variety of online torrents and other pirated sources were made available. 

Moreover, the best of the band include, 

  • New Mexico song 
  • Church hymn for the condemned 
  • Whiskey is my kind of lullaby 
  • D.I.Y. Orgasms

16- Crywank

Crywank - Live On Alibi Lounge! (Full Session)

To begin with, the musical genres that the band, Crywank follows are anti-folk, folk punk, emo, and sadcore. In addition to this, to date, the band has released around eight full-length albums. Apart from this, the band has also toured various countries such as the UK, Ireland, Mainland Europe, Mexico, Canada, etc. furthermore, the band primarily comprises two members namely, Jay Clayton and Daniel Watson. 

Moreover, the best of the band include, 

  • Memento mori 
  • Song for a guilty sadist 
  • It’s ok i wouldn’t remember remember me either 
  • I am shit 

17- Wingnut Dishwashers Union

Wingnut Dishwashers Union- Urine Speaks Louder Than Words

Wingnut Dishwashers Union is one of the most famous folk rock bands ever. However, the band has made several recordings that are out of print. You might be surprised to know that all of those recordings are available to pirate online. 

Moreover, the best of the band include, 

  • Urine speaks louder than words
  • My idea of fun 
  • Fuck shit up 
  • Never trust a man

18- The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem - "45"

The Gaslight Anthem comprises 4 members namely, Brian Fallon, Alex rosalia, Alex Levine, and benny Horowitz, and was formed in 2006. Speaking of the musical genres that the band follows are heartland rock, punk rock, indie rock, and punk. Over the years the band has come up with hit albums such as sink or swim, the ‘59 sound, american slang, etc. Moreover, the best of the band include, 

  • The diamond church street choir
  • Handwritten 
  • Old white lincoln
  • We came to dance

19- The Rumjacks

The Rumjacks - An Irish Pub Song (Official Music Video)

The band, The Rumjacks follows pirate metal, hardcore punk, Celtic punk, and hard rock. However, in the year 2008, the band was first formed in Australia. Later on, the band released a song named “an Irish pub song”, as soon as the song was released it became viral and earned over 80 million views on youtube. At present, the band comprises 5 members. 

Moreover, the best hits of the band include, 

  • Plenty
  • Home
  • A fistul o’ roses 
  • Fact’ry jack
  • One for the road

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20- Skinny Lister

Skinny Lister - Trouble On Oxford Street (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

The band, Skinny Lister was formed in London in 2009. However, at present, the band comprises 5 members namely, Andy Black, Dan Gray, Dan Heptinstall, dave Neale, and Lorna Thomas. Over the course of time, the band has come up with several successful albums. For instance, in 2016 the band recorded its third album, in 2018 and it recorded its fourth album. Moreover, the best hits of the band include,

  • Geordie lad 
  • The devil in me 
  • Things like that 
  • 38 minutes
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