McIlroy guitars

Spent a lovely afternoon with Dermot at McIlroy Guitars today. I felt like Charlie Bucket in the chocolate factory! What a treat.  
I feel privileged to own one of Dermot’s extraordinary, handmade Irish guitars. And you can hear it on the forthcoming Kern album! More info here:

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Maritime Festival Friday show cancellation

We are sorry to say that due to circumstances beyond the band’s control this Friday night’s Little Duke Theatre Maritime Festival show – including Kern’s appearance – has been cancelled.

The band’s main stage outdoor performance on Saturday 20th will go ahead as planned at 18:35.

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Latest on KERN album and upcoming shows

As many of you will know, a lot of SJ’s time nowadays is spent with contemporary/traditional trio Kern. The band is currently working on an album with Trevor Hutchinson (Lunasa, The Waterboys), due out this autumn.

Here are some shots from the studio:


Kern is also playing a couple of shows in Drogheda this weekend as part of the Irish Maritime Festival:

Friday June 19: Little Duke Theatre (lineup also includes the Carolan Brothers). Show starts at 8pm   CANCELLED
Saturday June 20: Maritime Festival Stage, North Quay (Kern on stage at 6:35pm)

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The big gap

Hi all –

As you can see, the web site content has not been updated in a while, as we had switched the site to a different server a while ago.

New content coming soon! In the meantime, if you are on Facebook you can keep in touch at or at

See you soon!


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New single on iTunes

New single out tomorrow on iTunes!

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!

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The Man Who Built America

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!

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Welcome To Drogheda – TIME CHANGE


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:

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Tonight (Friday) in Drogheda

Tonight (Friday) in Drogheda

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.

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Dublin show – booking details

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 or ring Woodstock 018300265.

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Imminent Dublin headliner – July 5th!

Imminent Dublin headliner - July 5th!

Really excited about this truly unique event.

Eat your dinner! Drink wine! Listen to me!

Click the photo for the event page.

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