SJ McArdle released his new album Blood and Bones in 2011. Accompanying the album release was some significant media attention and reviews and a very successful Irish tour, culminating in an appearance at Electric Picnic. So far in 2012 he has performed live on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM, played a triumphant set at Vantastival and is touring with Stewart Agnew. Songs from the album had already garnered considerable Irish airplay as well as TV promos for Survivor and Grey’s Anatomy. The songs were recorded in Nashville and feature contributions from some of SJ’s heroes like Rodney Crowell, guitarist Richard Bennett (Steve Earle’s Guitar Town) and the Love Sponge Strings (Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising). The result is a stew of roots, pop and rock, with some truly unexpected twists. Solo and with a band SJ has toured Ireland and played shows in Germany, including the legendary Bardentreffen festival in Nuremburg. In 2009 he completed a European arena tour as special guest to Reamonn, playing to 70,000 people over three weeks. 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 and has played support in his own right, to the likes of Glenn Tilbrook, Steve Wickham, John Spillane, Reamonn and The Thrills. Praise for Blood and Bones: “Bravo for an artist who has taken contemporary Irish music to parts it far too seldom reaches” – Hot Press “SJ’s deep, sonorous voice brings authority to the songs. If Whipping Boy were raised in Nashville they might sound like this” – Mail On Sunday “Spare couplets conjuring entire vistas with the focus of David Lynch” – The Irish Times “Hugely enjoyable … full of charming qualities which make it a great listen” – 2UI Bestow Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.