Meet the Band: Michael Crawley (vocals, guitars, bagpipes), Mark Whalen (drums, mandolin), Patrick Mulloy (vocals, guitar), Matt Sofranko (bass, vocals), Paul Kirk (fiddle)
Irish Inspiration: The group formed in 2009 at the Cleveland Irish Festival. “We just saw some of the other performers and got the itch,” says Mulloy. Shortly after, the group cut a live album from a warehouse concert in Ohio City. It’s been a staple around town, especially at P.J. McIntyre’s bar and restaurant in Kamms Corners.
Short Stuff: This July, the band will debut a short film that documents its long and arduous journey through Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day 2015. The film will have two screenings at this year’s Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival. The digital release will be available in both widescreen HD and standard definition (SD). The mini-rockumentary provides segments of “action-packed music, candid interviews filled with humor and words that come straight from the hearts of Marys Lane.” Ohio-based Zebulon Thomas Films will distribute it. “It’s a nice capturing of our St. Patrick’s Day,” says Mulloy. “We’re a hardworking local band and that day we played WJW Fox 8 News, Stone Mad, House of Blues and P.J. McIntyre’s until we basically fell down at 2 in the morning.”
Where You Can Hear Them: The band has just released a new single called “I Once Crossed an Ocean” that’s available for download digitally via iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. It’s an acoustic ballad about Mulloy’s grandfather, who passed away a few years back. He was born and raised in Achill Island and immigrated to the States in the 1950s. “People often asked him how the hell he had ended up in Cleveland, Ohio — and he always said this is ‘where the wheel fell off the wagon,’” says Mulloy. “Everyone laughed but always knew he was chasing my grandmother, who immigrated to Cleveland herself a few months to a year before him.” Mulloy became a Union Laborer and managed to raise eight boys and two girls. He was also active in the Irish-American community. The band recorded the tune out at Suma Recording Studio in Painesville with Paul Hamann. They then mixed it downtown with James Kananen at Bad Racket. Billy Gilmore of the Florida-based group the Grass is Dead plays the pedal steel you hear on the tune. The group has plans for a full-length album as well.
Where You Can See Them: Marys Lane performs with Craic Brothers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at SIMS Park in Euclid, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, at Music Box Supper Club.