Where have you been, Stevie? I hear you ask.
Well, I have news. But for the moment it suffices to say that I have been busy preparing this – my brand new single. It was produced by Bill Coleman and features the wonderful Steve Wickham on fiddle.
More details to follow!
Here’s a great moment from the Spirit Store a while ago, when SJ was opening for Mundy.
Check out the magnificent audience singing at the end!
Everyone knows that if you ask SJ who the greatest band ever were, he will reply simply, “Horslips”.
Proof if proof were needed!
Please note change of time for this event:
SJ will be Dublin artist Fergal McCarthy‘s guest at Drogheda Highlanes Gallery at 10:30am this Thursday (August 15th) for a public interview on music, Drogheda and other stuff.
We’ll probably even get a couple of songs!
More details on Fergal’s intriguing project here:
SJ and band (Neil Conlan, bass/vocals and Martin Shields, drums/vocals) will play a one-hour electric set in Drogheda tonight for the launch of the brand new NYARF (near you and really fun) web site.
The evening kicks off at 8 in the Marquee at Clarke’s Bar. SJ and band are on at 10:30.
Click the photo for more info.
A quick note for anyone heading to the Woodstock Cafe show this Friday in Dublin July 5th).
The Woodstock has terrific food at great value, and the music is included in the price, but it is strongly advised that you book a table if you’re coming.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Woodstock 018300265.
Really excited about this truly unique event.
Eat your dinner! Drink wine! Listen to me!
Click the photo for the event page.
The re-issue of SJ’s 2003 debut album Lancelot is now available!
Visit the Shop page for links to buy the CD or download.
You can also download a beautiful free digital booklet.
10 years ago I released my debut album.
The performers on the album were people who were very present in my life at that time: Josh Johnston, who I’d met recently through an IMRO songwriting workshop; Stewart Agnew, a fellow Louth singer-songwriter who’d been good enough to bring me on my first ever tour as his support; Stewart’s bandmates, James Mackin and Sean McGeeney; my own bandmates in Reynardine, a folk band I was in at the time; and my beautiful future sister-in-law, Gillian Durnin.
Producing the album was Derek Turner, an ex-Honeythieves guitarist who was managing Stewart, booking the Spirit Store and running Tumbleweed Studios, mecca for north Louth’s rich emerging alternative music scene. He was a huge mentor figure for me at that time. Our engineer was Tumbleweed’s resident Jason Varley.
The press loved it. Hot Press gave it 8/10 and called it “highly intelligent and literate, yet admirably accessible”. It was a really happy time.
Lancelot has been out of print for many years, but will be reissued on CD and iTunes this Saturday, April 20th for Record Store Day. The CD will be available exclusively through CD World, Drogheda, my own local, still-surviving record store.
Links to purchase the CD and download internationally will appear on the site over the next week or so, as will a beautiful free digital booklet, courtesy of original album artist Neil McAvinia and the good folks at Once Upon Design.
Spent the last couple of days in the studio with amazing Irish singer/songwriter, electronic musician and producer Bill Coleman. Very excited about how the new stuff’s sounding!
… I’ll be opening for the amazing Jack L.
In the works is a headline show, also at the Spirit Store, and news of some new recordings.