SJ McArdle

SJ McArdle


Futuristic Roots Music! Irish Times and Radio 1 approved singer songwriter with new Nashville album featuring Rodney Crowell and others. "Highly intelligent and literate, yet admirably accessible ... damn good" - Jackie Hayden, Hot Press


Stephen Joseph McArdle is a singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor from Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland.

He has spent the last while between Ireland, Nashville and Germany, and has just completed a major arena tour with German rock giants Reamonn and Irish dates with Jack L.

He is currently gearing up for the release of his new album, Blood And Bones, written and recorded in Nashville. It is NOT a country record. Contributors include Rodney Crowell, Bryan Sutton, Dan Dugmore and Richard Bennett.

Songs from the album have been turning up on Irish TV promos for Survivor and Grey's Anantomy. In the past while he has travelled to Hollywood to perform at an Oscar party and had a song - "Till The Docklands Drown" - on the soundtrack of the RTE drama series Love Is The Drug in which he also made a brief appearance. Other acting credits include Today FM's PPI Award-winning and iTunes Chart-topping Eamon Lowe Show and various other radio and theatre productions with Calipo Theatre Co and Upstate Live.

Solo and with a band he has toured Ireland and played shows in Germany, including the legendary Bardentreffen festival in Nuremburg. SJ has also been in occasional demand as a session musician, playing mandolin for Ricky Warwick as they opened shows for Bob Dylan (Odyssey, Belfast) and Sheryl Crow (Point, Dublin) as well as at Oxygen. He has also shared a stage or studio with Neil Hannon, Stewart Agnew, Joe Elliott and Ray Heffernan. In his own right, he has opened for Glenn Tilbrook, Steve Wickham, John Spillane, Reamonn and The Thrills.

From the press:

"SJ McArdle brings a welcome bit of grit into proceedings, singing with a voice of such world-weary authority that it's a crying shame he's having to battle it out on a small indie label" - Phil Udell, Hot Press

"SJ McArdle has carved out an enviable reputation as one of the finest musicians in the country. A unique and intriguing talent" -

"Highly intelligent and literate, yet admirably accessible ... damn good" - Jackie Hayden, Hot Press

"Warm, wry and sonorous" - Irish Times


Singles -
Chin Up (Sep. 2009)
Why (Oct. 2009)
At The Same Time (Feb. 2010)
Limited Edition Tour EP (Feb. 2009)

Albums -
Blood And Bones (April 2010)