The Celtic punk rock group Flogging Molly has unveiled plans for a St. Patrick’s Day outing in 2009. The band’s annual Green 17 Tour...

The Celtic punk rock group Flogging Molly has unveiled plans for a St. Patrick’s Day outing in 2009. The band’s annual Green 17 Tour will visit 20 cities on its run, which begins February 15 at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY, and wraps on the celebrated March 17 at Congress Theater in Chicago, IL.

The North American tour includes two-night stands on February 20-21 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH, and March 1-2 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA, as well as a February 28 concert at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, TX, and a March 9 gig at The National in Richmond, VA. Canadian shows are set for February 16 at the Metropolis in Montreal, QC, and February 17 at Sound Academy in Toronto, ON.

Ticket sales for most dates began December 13. However, public onsales for the date at the newly opening House of Blues venue in Boston won’t start until January, though a limited number of presale tickets are currently available.

The band is also offering tickets without service charges at participating locations in a number of markets on the tour. Flogging Molly credits the move to the bad economy, noting a desire to make tickets more affordable to fans who might not have as much disposable income.

“We know it’s the holidays and money is tight for everyone these days, so we’ve worked hard to set up a ‘no service charge’ ticket outlet in as many markets as possible, thus avoiding having to pay any ticketing fees on top,” the band explained in a statement on their Web site.

Flogging Molly is supporting its fourth studio album, “Float,” which was released March 4 and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. The record is a follow-up to 2004’s “Within a Mile of Home” and, like the band’s previous catalogue, incorporates a mix of traditional and modern music.

“If it didn’t have mandolin, accordion, fiddle and whistle, it would be punk rock, and if it didn’t have guitar, bass and drums, it would be traditional Irish music,” Irish-born frontman Dave King explained in a statement. “You can’t be bothered being labeled.”

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Flogging Molly itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

December 30 – 31Denver, COFillmore Auditorium
February 15New York, NYHammerstein Ballroom
February 16Montreal, QCMetropolis
February 17Toronto, ONSound Academy
February 19Detroit, MIThe Fillmore
February 20 – 21Cleveland, OHHouse of Blues
February 23Saint Paul, MNMyth
February 24Kansas City, MOUptown Theater
February 25St. Louis, MOThe Pageant
February 27Houston, TXVerizon Wireless Theater
February 28Austin, TXStubb’s Bar-B-Q
March 1 – 2New Orleans, LAHouse of Blues
March 4Atlanta, GAThe Tabernacle
March 5Lake Buena Vista, FLHouse of Blues
March 6Miami, FLLangerado Music Festival
March 9Richmond, VAThe National
March 10Boston, MAHouse of Blues
March 11Rochester, NYWater St. Music Hall
March 13Atlantic City, NJHouse of Blues
March 14Washington, DCRFK Stadium
March 17Chicago, ILCongress Theater