Ken Casey

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This article is about the bassist for the Dropkick Murphys. For the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, see Ken Kesey. For the composer of "Sweet Georgia Brown", see Kenneth Casey. For the neuroscientist, see Kenneth L. Casey. For other uses, see Kenny Casey.
Ken Casey
Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys.jpg
Casey in concert
Background information
Birth name Kenneth William Casey
Born (1969-04-15) April 15, 1969 (age 46)
Milton, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Celtic punk, hard rock
Instruments bass, vocals
Years active 1996–present
Labels Born & Bred Records, Hellcat
Associated acts Dropkick Murphys

Kenneth William "Ken" Casey (born April 15, 1969) is the bass guitarist, primary songwriter, and one of the lead singers of the Boston Celtic punk group Dropkick Murphys.[1] Casey was one of the original members, starting the band in 1996 with guitarist Rick Barton and singer Mike McColgan. He is the only original member of the Dropkick Murphys left in the band, though drummer Matt Kelly joined shortly after formation in 1997. He is known for his melodic vocal parts and solid punk rock bass playing.

Early life[edit]

Casey was born and raised in Milton, Massachusetts, the son of Eileen Kelly and Ken Casey, Sr. He is of Irish descent on both his mother and father's side of the family. His father died when he was very young and he was brought up under the wing of his grandfather, John Kelly, a teamster and union worker.[2] The Dropkick Murphys song "Boys on the Docks" is dedicated to Kelly.

He worked in various jobs and studied at University of Massachusetts Boston before forming the band.

Personal life[edit]

Casey lives in Hingham, Massachusetts with his wife and children. Casey is a die-hard Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins fan,[3][4] and participated in the Boston Bruins AT&T Legends Classic hockey game on 2 January 2010. Other participants included Tim Robbins, Bobby Farrelly, Terry O'Reilly, and Lenny Clarke.[5] Casey scored the winning goal for his team in the second period

Casey is the owner of a bar in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston on Boylston Street near Fenway Park, called McGreevy's Third Base Saloon. It is dedicated to the memory of the founder of the Royal Rooters, "'Nuf Ced" Michael T. McGreevy.

In 2009, Casey founded The Claddagh Fund, a charity foundation based on the attributes of the Irish Claddagh symbolism: “Friendship, Love and Loyalty.” It was founded with the help of Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr.[2][6]

In October 2014, Casey, a lifelong Democrat, announced that he was co-hosting a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker. Casey stated that "Charlie is a Republican and I’m a Democrat, but I will take a big heart and strong character over political party any day" Casey, who publicly backed Mayor Martin J. Walsh's campaign in 2013, also said that Baker helped several of Dropkick Murphys' charitable causes over the years, including supporting military families. Casey is among many Massachusetts Democrats to have supported Baker.[7][8]


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