Hailing from Kilcar, Stephen started down his slippery slope at age 10 after picking up the guitar and acquiring his first album, Nirvana’s Nevermind. Along with growing up in remote South West Donegal, a place not unlike Seattle in regard to the rainy day dream away climate. Stephen kept inside with guitar in hand, listened back to these soon to be influences and studies their ways. 


So there was nothing better to do on those rainy days in his teenage years but practice along with brother and drummer Jason studying the ways and making some of their own. Eventually the pair ventured out with numerous outfits, on the hard slog, playing the length and breath of the island as well as the occasional trip to Dublin. One of which a support slot for the Revs in Whelans. These bands helped Stephen cut his teeth as a singer, guitarist and a songwriter.


In 2009, Stephen and Jason formed the Dead Waits as a guitar and drums duo. They started recording at home and produced a lofi album (Get Gone 2012) followed by a couple of singles (To All Those Who Would Love 2014 and Michael’s Gun 2014).  This introduced them to a new science, the art of recording with limited means.


Stephen joined the Hunky McCoy’s Blues Band with local rocker John Joe McBrearty, Michael Daniel O'Donnell (the Revs) and Dave Wintour (Steelers Wheel, Roger Daltrey and the Wurzels etc.) after brother Jason ran off to join the circus (moved house to Cork). They recorded the album Approved in the winter months of 2014 and launched it the following summer.


Just two years later Stephen would be performing with 3 bands at different times one of which The Minertones recorded a single called “Beautiful Place”, written by Stephen. All the while still finding time to release his first solo single, “Dead On” in 2017 along with “All You Want” out the end of the same year. The following February brought another support slot for the Revs Reunion gig but this time it would be under his own name. November 2019 was time for new music with a 3 track EP entitled “Whatever” with all songs written, recorded and performed by the man himself. More to come girls and boys, so keep your ears peeled!

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