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Ireland is my “Isle of Hope”.


Stephen Leeson Isle of hope albumStephen Leeson is an extraordinary multi-talented Irish folk singer, songwriter, musician, who has had a magical journey in his musical career since flying solo.  Best known for his unique voice, his impeccable stage presence and his versatility as a musician, with the abilities of playing:  The Guitar, Five String Banjo, Bodhran, The Harmonica, Bones and Spoons, Stephen Leeson has toured all over Ireland, Europe, America and parts of Asia.  His career has had him front man and lead singer with bands such as: Porter Black, Dublin Legacy and for four years he played and sang with The Dublin City Ramblers.

During these hard economic times it was a big but courageous decision for any musician to make the move to go solo.  Needless to say, with a lot of determination and prosperity in his heart, the risk has finally paid off and Friday 24th of February 2012 will see Stephen Leeson’s eagerly anticipated album “Isle of Hope” (2011) released to shops nationwide and available internationally for download on  After a lot of hard work, effort and endless long hours put into the creation of this album, it was a journey and endeavour which Stephen Leeson whole heartedly pursued to produce this labour of love.

There has been a lot of interest and attention surrounding Stephen Leeson over the last few months and special thanks to the various media in Ireland and abroad who have been helping promote Stephen Leeson in the run up to the official release date of his new album “Isle of Hope”. 

“One of the nicest young lads in the business, I wish him the very best of luck with his new album “Isle of Hope” some lovely songs of here and Stephen gives a very good rendition to each and every one of them.  Keep her goin”. (Patsy Watchorn of the Dubliners)

The support from the public towards Stephen Leeson is a clear indication of how well liked and admired this young man is and how talented a musician he is becoming.  This was clearly evident at his official album launch in O’Shea’s Merchant late last year, as musicians for near and far travelled into Dublin City to celebrate this joyous occasion with this extremely talented young man who has gained a lot of respect in the music industry in the ten years he has been playing professionally.  This night was certainly a spectacular event for Stephen as one of his biggest influences in his musical career so far, Irish Folk Legend Paddy Sweeney of the band Barleycorn, took to the stage with Stephen to perform.  A momentous moment for Stephen who’s guests stood up in rapturous applause to the finale of what was a truly remarkable night for all involved.

An artist who is receiving great acclamation from some well renowned musicians in the folk industry according to Irish Folk Legend Davey Arthur, “Stephen Leeson is one of the nicest young men on the Irish music scene today and his debut album “Isle of Hope” will in time assure him his rightful place as one of the new crop of talented ballad singers emerging from Ireland today”.

After fulfilling the role of special guest with Irish Folk Legends “The Furey’s & Davey Arthur” in front of a packed filled venue in The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry during July and August 2011 and another guest appearance with the wonderful Frances Black in The Civic Theatre Tallaght at the end of December 2011, it appears that the world is Stephen Leeson oyster.  

With such a mature, deep, powerful voice, which is instilled with emotion coming for such a young man, it is hard to believe what Stephen has crammed into his musical CV in such a short span.   Moving permanently back to Dublin in April of 2011, Stephen is kept busy playing various venues and festivals in Ireland and across the water booking him left, right and center. 

Specially requested to perform at various events such as: The Basketball Cup Semi Final which was held in Neptune Stadium Cork and the Ambassador’s Cup held in Tallaght Basketball Arena, Stephen was also invited to be a special guest at the City Hall, Cork, for the final of the Over 60’s singing competition, a sellout show which saw the venue jammed right up to the rafters with the audience singing and dancing along with Stephen, who performed well loved Irish Ballads during the interval of the competition.

Since officially launching his solo career in March 2011, Stephen was specifically requested to play the Jazz Festival in Kirkcudbright in Scotland and August of 2011 saw Stephen perform in the Marymass Festival in Irvine, Scotland, where he played his own set and accompanied Dublin Folk Group “Whiskey Still” during their set, Stephen also featured in the Fringe Festival which took place in Edinburgh the same weekend.  September 2011 once again, saw Stephen specially flown over to Holland with Whiskey Still for the “De Tamboer Irish Festival”, which also features other Irish Folk Groups like, The High Kings and The Kilkennys.  Interviewed on numerous radio stations over the last few months, with regards his big decision to move back to Ireland, his music career and his new album, Stephen has also been participating in numerous gigs in various theatres around Ireland and Friday 24th of February will see Stephen celebrate the official release with his first appearance in the Briery Gap Theatre in Macroom, Cork, as part of a joint gig with Cork’s Legendary Irish Folk singer/songwriter/storyteller best known as “The Voice of Cork”, Mr Jimmy Crowley.

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