Trim, County Meath
Howard saw a gig broadcast by RTE of Rory Gallagher live in the Cork Opera house in 1988 and from that moment on he just wanted to play the guitar. Howard bought a cheap but playable Encore guitar in Navan and practiced along to a lot of early metal albums. He formed his first band, 'Near Dark' in 1989 with Derek Bradley on Drums and Paul Jones on Bass. The band performed many local gigs and wrote many songs but unfortunately fell apart in 1991.
Howard released a self penned solo album called Tempus Fugit in the summer of 1995, from which two singles were released. One of these songs 'Delilah' reached number 11 in the Irish charts and stayed in the top thirty for six weeks. The song has nothing to do with the Tom Jones number!! He has a very wide and varied mix of influences ranging from the likes of classic rock artists such as Bruce Springsteen to many heavy rock artists. He has performed in numerous acts in Ireland including Hotel California (Eagles Tribute), Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen Tribute) and his original band Stoneloader. These acts have all toured extensively around Ireland and have played well-established venues such as the Olympia Theatre Dublin and The National Event Centre Killarney.
Howard still performs up to 200 gigs a year as a solo act and also with the high octane rock trio 'Axis'.