Chatting with Mike Rivkees of the Celtic ska punk band The Rumjacks

Podcast Interview

The Rumjacks. Photo by Antonio Invernizzi


By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa

Mike Rivkees

Worldwide Celtic ska punk band The RumJacks have been very busy since COVID 2020.  They added lead singer/songwriter Mike Rivkees to the band, produced a new album Hestia in 2021, and now they are getting ready to release an EP Brass For Gold on February 11, 2022. Look for Rock At Night’s review of this album (hint hint: we love it!). And, did we mention the upcoming tour?

Yes, there is a lot going on with The Rumjacks: video-making in Italy, a tour across America beginning on February 21st with The Dropkick Murphy’s, and much more!

Rock At Night caught up with lead singer/songwriter Mike Rivkees while he was braving the cold in Boston. Rivkees discussed the writing of Brass For Gold; living in Milan, Italy, the ‘home base’ of the band; the making of  the video for “Bloodsoaked in Chorus” with Vespas and a crowd of friends; the making “Bounding Main” on a research vessel in Italy to “mimic” Ireland; and the upcoming tour with The Dropkick Murphys, Flatfoot 56, and The Bombpops.

The Rumjacks Brass for Gold (8 song EP) is out 11th February 2022.

Look for the rest of the interview with Mike Rivkees in Rock At Night’s upcoming SPRING 2022 print edition–out mid-March


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The Dropkick Murphys


Feb. 21 – Reading, Pa. @ Santander Arena

Feb. 22 – Rochester, N.Y. @ Main Street Armory

Feb. 24 – Cleveland, Ohio @ TempleLive Cleveland

Feb. 25 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore

Feb. 26 – Chicago, Ill. @ Radius

Feb. 27 – Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee

March 1 – Austin, Texas @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

March 2 – Houston, Texas @ Bayou Music Center (On sale TBD)

March 3 – New Orleans, La. @ Civic Theatre

March 4 – Chattanooga, Tenn. @ The Signal

March 6 – Lake Buena Vista, Fla. @ House of Blues

March 7 – St. Petersburg, Fla. @ Jannus Live

March 8 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. @ Revolution

March 10 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel

March 11 – Wilmington, N.C. @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

March 12 – Washington, D.C. @ Shamrockfest at RFK Festival Grounds

March 14 – Albany, N.Y. @ Albany Capitol Center

March 15 – Portland, Maine @ State Theatre

March 17 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues

March 18 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues

March 19 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues

March 20 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner

The Bombpops on all shows except March 12 and 20.

The Rumjacks on all shows except March 12.

Jim Lindberg and The Rumjacks open March 20.

The Rumjacks Tour

New Dates (* with Flatfoot 56)

May 1 Brooklyn, NY @ The Brooklyn

May 2 Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall

May 3 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

May 5 Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center

May 6 Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street

May 7 Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock Cafe

May 8 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s (Moonrunner Festival)

May 10 Lexington, KY @ The Burl

May 11 Indianapolis, IN @ HI-FI

May 15 Newport, KY @ Southgate House

May 17 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme *

May 18 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *

May 19 Milwaukee, WI @ Shanks Hall *

May 20 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *

May 21 Lincoln, NE @ 1867 Bar

May 23 Tulsa, OK @ The Whittier

May 24 Wichita, KS @ Barleycorns *

May 26 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre *

May 27 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre *

May 28 Greeley, CO @ Moxi Theatre *

Rock At Night’s theme song is “Get On Down If You Feel Up To It” by Billy “Bass” Alford

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