Stephen is from Waterford City and is a graduate of WIT. It was in WIT under the guidance of Colm Ryan Stephen took lessons in Drums, Percussion and Music. He completed his Grades through the Trinity Guildhall School of Music in London.
Stephens’s interest in Music is inherited from many generations of musicians within his family with none more famous then his cousin Raymond. Known to many as Gilbert O Sullivan. While learning his craft Stephen played many ‘teen band stages’ where he fell more in love with live performing. It was then that Stephen decided to start a cover band with some of his close friends in his first year of college. That band would become known as ‘On The Run’ who spent just over 4 years playing all over the country as one of Ireland’s most in demand cover bands particularly within the student market. Supporting the likes of The Coronas, Republic of Loose, The Delorentos, The Oringinal Rudeboys and many more.
While on vacation in San Diego California Stephen and Scoops met at a party and ever since that day they have become great friends. It was not until sometime later upon Stephen moving to Dublin that he and Scoops began to create music together and tour as a two-piece. Playing Cajon and various forms of percussion for more intimate two-piece gigs Stephen and Scoops created a partnership that got wide acclaim – performing for the Taoiseach of Ireland being a highlight. Now on the Drum Kit and feeling more at home then ever with the band Stephen has created ever stimulating back beats to the bands songs and drives the bands songs in many aspects from the kit which can be seen by anyone watching their gigs live. His recent Drum Solos being called “Awe Inspiring” by concert reviewers in “Dublin Concerts”. Since the band has formed Stephens smile has often been commented on as it never seems to leave his face, especially on stage!!
Five fun facts about Stephen you might not know:
- Republic of Ireland’s Strongest Man Under 23 in the 105kg category when he was 21.
- Represented Ireland in Swimming and Surf Rescue at European Level
- Has lived in France and California for periods of time
- Once wrestled a polar bear and won and now keeps the bear as a pet
- One of the previous 4 facts was not true