The Fields of Athenry is a popular Irish sporting song, originally released in 1979 as a folk ballad and covered by the Dropkick Murphy's in 2003 as a more upbeat, high-energy rock song. The song tells a story of a young man who steals food to feed his family during the famine, and was consequently sent away as a prisoner to the Australian colonies.
The Dropkick Murphy's are an American-based, Celtic-punk band formed in 1996. Drawing heavily on their own Irish and Scottish ancestral influences, they wove together influences of riotous punk rock with traditional sea shanties and pub music to create a distinct sound that fans around the world have adored. As to be expected with a Celtic-punk band, the Dropkick Murphy's are known for their rowdy and energetic shows that have ended more than once with both blood and beer having been spilled.