Bob Schmidt (musician)

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Bob Schmidt
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Bob Schmidt
Background information
Birth name Robert Anthony Schmidt
Born (1968-09-26) September 26, 1968 (age 48)
Genres Punk rock, Celtic punk, rock, folk
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Mandolin, tenor banjo, 5-string banjo, bouzouki, mandocello, octave mandolin, lap steel guitar, guitar, bass guitar, vocals
Years active 1994-present
Labels Side One Dummy, Borstal Beat
Associated acts Flogging Molly, Nickel, Gregory Alan Isakov

Robert "Bob" Schmidt (born September 9, 1968) is an American multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with the Irish-rock band Flogging Molly. He plays mandolin, tenor and 5-string banjo,[1] along with bouzouki, mandocello, and also contributes vocals on Flogging Molly recordings.[2]

Schmidt was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the oldest of 7 siblings.

Schmidt previously played bass in the pop/rock band Nickel, best known for their cameo in the season 2 episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer "School Hard", in which their songs "Stupid Thing" and "1000 Nights" are played in the Bronze.[3]

Flogging Molly is currently signed to their own record label Borstal Beat Records.[4] Their music has been heard on the soundtracks of multiple video-games.[5]

In 2012 Fender introduced their first signature-series mandolin. Named in the musician's honor, the Robert Schmidt Electric Signature Mandolin was also designed by Schmidt.[6][7] In 2014 Fender later introduced a tenor/plectrum scale signature banjo designed by Schmidt [8]

Schmidt is married, together he and his wife have two daughters.[9]


  • "Stupid Thing" (1993)
  • "Swagger" (2000)
  • "Drunken Lullabies" (2002)
  • "Within A Mile Of Home" (2004)
  • "Whiskey on a Sunday" DVD (2006)
  • "Float" (2007)
  • "Live at the Greek" CD/DVD (2010)
  • "Speed Of Darkness" (2011)


  1. ^ Bolger, Lanny (March 6, 2007). "Bob Schmidt Interview". The PunkSite.Com. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ MacKenzie Wilson (2000-09-20). "Flogging Molly". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Nickel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer". Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  4. ^ Graff, Gary. "Flogging Molly's Dave King Bets on Detroit". Billboard. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Interview: Flogging Molly's Bob Schmidt". One of Swords. March 23, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fender® News". Archived from the original on January 20, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  7. ^ Fanelli, Damian (January 23, 2012). "NAMM 2012: Fender Unveils Three New Acoustic Models". GuitarWorld. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
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  9. ^ Girmai, Bethie (March 23, 2011). "Interview: Flogging Molly's Bob Schmidt". Pittsburgh City Paper. Retrieved February 27, 2012.