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Local Band In Focus 

Craic

Meet the Band: Brett M. Burlison (pictured, vocals & bodhran), Timmy Clausing (guitars, vocals), Nikki Wolfe (tin whistle), Andrea D'Amore (fiddle), Mitch Kozub (banjo, vocals), Eric Rom (guitars, vocals), Jason Kollar (bass), and James McWilliam (drums)

Road to Glory: Burlison and Clausing decided to form an Irish band two years ago. But plans were delayed after Clausing was called to military service in Iraq. As soon as he returned, Craic — which is pronounced "crack" and roughly translates into something like "good times with friends and booze" — started conquering Cleveland one club at a time with their fiery brand of celtic-punk.

Irish Music — It Isn't Just for St. Patrick's Day: In the grand tradition of the Pogues, Flogging Molly, and Dropkick Murphys, Craic bring the Irish any time of year. Pints of Guinness help it all go down.

It's Going to Be a Good Year: The band is in the studio recording its debut EP with ex-Dropkick Murphy Ryan Foltz. It should be out sometime this summer, just in time for tons of shows. "We are picking up the momentum we experienced last year," says Clausing.

Craic's Favorites:

Local hangout: Manzo's Sports and Spirits in Brunswick

Drinking song: "The Barley Mow"

'80s TV show: Cheers

Dinosaur: Mick Jagger

Irishman: Conor Larkin from the novel Trinity by Leon Uris

Where You Can Hear Them: craicpunks.com

Where You can See Them: At the Waterloo Arts Festival on June 25, the Beachland Tavern on July 9, and P.J. McIntyre's Irish Pub on August 5. — Andrew Clayman

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