Frontman - The Academic
Craig deferred the second year of his songwriting degree at BIMM Dublin to focus on his work with four-piece guitar band from Mullingar known as 'The Academic'. Craig is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and chief songwriter for the band who've enjoyed an exhilarating run of high profile support slots and festival dates at Benicassim and Electric Picnic.
In 2015 they played the main stage at both Y Not Festival and Indiependence Festival and performed at British Summer Time in Hyde Park, on the XFM stage at the Great Escape, at Boardmasters Festival in Cornwall and Reeperbahn Festival in Germany.
The band's song ‘Different’ was featured on Spotify’s ‘New Music Monday’ playlist, reaching number 9 on the Irish Radio Airplay Chart, while previous release ‘Bear Claws’ was featured as RTE 2FM’s ‘Song Of The Week’. The band has also enjoyed airplay on XFM and BBC Radio 1.
Their debut studio album, Tales From The Backseat, was released in January 2018, entering the Irish Album Charts at Number One. The album was nominated for Album of the Year at the Choice Music Prize in January 2019. In 2020, the band signed to Capitol Records and are recording their follow-up album.