We asked Dennis Casey of Flogging Molly, what's your favorite song?

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This year, Flogging Molly is mixing it up at FreshGrass. The seven-piece Celtic punk group is one of the headliners at the annual roots music festival hosted by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Often compared to Massachusetts' own Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly has plenty of devotees to its slightly less driving sound. Tunes such as "Requiem for a Dying Song" and "Float" have been major hits.

Before the band takes the Joe's Field stage at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, guitarist Dennis Casey answered some questions about his favorite songs by phone.

What is your favorite song?

Marvin Gaye "What's Going On." It's a timeless masterpiece in my opinion — the music, the lyrics, the arrangements, the production. And, unfortunately, it's still ringing true today.

What is your favorite bluegrass song?

I don't have one. ... A Bill Monroe song or something like that or Alison Krauss ... I like the thing she did with Robert Plant, but I am an older man who's a product of this new technology and stuff, and it's hard for me to remember the names of songs anymore because it's all screens.

What is your favorite song to belt out in the car?

"Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond

What is your favorite song to dance to?

Probably James Brown's "Sex Machine"

What is your favorite rap song?

Probably Ice Cube from "The Predator" album, "We Had to Tear This Muthaf---- Up"

What is your favorite punk song?

I'll just pick "Problems" by the Sex Pistols. Oh, no, scratch that. I'm a huge Dead Kennedys fan. I can't neglect them. So, I'm going to go with "Riot," Dead Kennedys.

What is your favorite song by an Irish band?

"A Pair of Brown Eyes" by The Pogues

What is your favorite song to perform live?

"Devil's Dance Floor"

Benjamin Cassidy can be reached at bcassidy@berkshireeagle.com, at @bybencassidy on Twitter and 413-496-6251.


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