CRAIC IN THE STONE

An Irish Folk'n Rock Band

Craic in the Stone has been a unique and shining light in the SoCal Irish folk/rock music scene since 2013. With four studio albums and headlining shows at venues like Segerstrom Center, Chance Theater, Tudor House, Don the Beachcomber, Aquarium of the Pacific, as well as opening for national acts like the Young Dubliners, Accidentals, and Eric Lindell at Coach House SJC, Canyon Club Santa Clarita, Rose Theater Pasadena, St Rocke Hermosa Beach, The Mint LA, and many Celtic festivals including the Big Irish Fair, Scotsfest, and California Irish Festival, the band is tight, and the show a feast for the eyes and ears. The band was formed in 2013 when a group of experienced musicians put together a set of traditional and modern Celtic songs for a one-night concert to benefit the Chance Theater in Anaheim, California. It was one of those very special moments, and Craic in the Stone was born.

Two fabulous female vocalists make Craic standout. Fiery lead vocalist Janelle Vione drives the melodies with her powerful voice and expressive performance alongside Chris Caputo’s ethereal harmonies creating a magical vocal blend. Interwoven with their charisma is the violin virtuosity of Matt Brislawn, a stellar rhythm section featuring the acoustic guitar mastery of Jay Rofsky, Scotty McKay driving the beat on bodhrán and percussion, and Bill Strongin laying down a rock-solid foundation on the electric bass.

The impressive musicianship becomes even more compelling when your ear catches the unique tones of McKay’s melodica, or the floating notes of the quick-fingered Brislawn on mandolin, adding depth and variety to the band’s ever evolving sound. Craic released their first fully produced music video for the original song “It’s Guinness”, which is featured on PUB TUNES, their fourth CD, released in April of 2021. Besides playing Irish and Scottish favorites, their fresh covers of rockers from Led Zeppelin, U2, Cranberries and others surprise and delight. They always bring the Craic whenever they play.

 

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CONTACT

craicinthestone@gmail.com

Scott: 714-202-6302

 

DISCOGRAPHY: 

Available on all digital music platforms 

2021 Pub Tunes CD 

2020 It’s Guinness Single/Music video 2018 A Stor Mo Chroi CD 

2017 Paddy’s Craic EP 

2014 no nay NEVER CD 

2013 Say Yes to Craic CD

 

 

PARTIAL LIST OF SO CAL VENUES PLAYED: 

Coach House - SJC, The Canyon Club - Santa Clarita, The Rose Theater - Pasadena; Harvelle’s, Santa Monica; all with The Young Dubliners 

Saint Rocke - Hermosa Beach with Eric Lindell 

The Mint - LA; with the Accidentals 

Don the Beachcomber - Huntington Beach 

Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach 

Segerstrom Center Samueli Theater - Costa Mesa - Arts OC Awards The Chance Theater - Anaheim, A Celtic Holiday, 10 performance run The Tudor House - Lake Arrowhead, St. Paddy’s concerts 5 years Muldoon’s Pub - Newport Beach, resident band, wall of fame inductees The Pint House - Orange 

The Big Irish Fair - 5 years in Long Beach and Irvine 

Scottish Festival and Highland Games - OC Fairgrounds 

California Irish Festival - Lake Perris 

Wellandia Amphitheater - Anaheim Hills 

Airport Marriott – Long Beach 

Destiny Cruises - Newport Beach

 

Craic in the Stone 2021 

Janelle Vione – Vocals 

Chris Caputo – Vocals 

Scotty McKay – Bodhrán/Percussion

Matt Brislawn - Violin/Mandolin

Jay Rofsky – Guitar/Vocals 

Bill Strongin – Bass/Vocals

 

Hear Us

A Stor Mo Chroi

Craic in the Stone

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