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Lorcan Mac Mathuna

“Mac Mathúna has, on this evidence, both the voice and the attitude to place him in the first rank of the new wave of traditional singer. –JMI

“This is a beautifully packaged showcase for an astonishing new voice." Songlines on Rógaire Dubh

“this settled into a compelling piece that engaged and enthralled with each twist and turn in the story” –Piping Today review of An Táin in Armagh.

Lorcán Mac Mathúna was born in Cork in 1976 into a family with a passion for traditional music and singing. He has been singing Sean-Nós for over two decades, learning from a broad range of individuals and styles.

Lorcán Mac Mathúna is a performing and recorded vocalist. He released his debut CD ‘Rógaire Dubh’ in 2007 with Claddagh Records wand has a forthcoming CD ‘An Dubh is an Gheal: Darkness and Light – Loric Colloquies ’ due for release in March 2011

He has undertaken studies in traditional music styles and extended techniques of select European and Asian cultures investigating their correlation with sean nós song style, and is currently undertaking result research into vocal dance music.

His present work focuses on the performance of sean nós conventions within diverse musical frameworks given expression in projects such as Ian Wilson’s contemporary improvisation-collaboration ‘Common Tongue’; the Sea Stallion Project, with performance of Norse and Irish material, titled ‘Northern Lights’; and music improvisations to medieval Irish literature, featuring Seán Óg and Martin Tourish’ titled ‘The Arrows That Murder Sleep’.

Commissions include a descriptive performance ‘Tásc is Tuairisc’ for the Borradh Buan 2009 festival with Simon O Conor, and An Táin for the William Kennedy Piping Festival.
Performances, both collaboratively and solo, include Celtic Connections 2009 and 2010; IMRAM-the Dublin Irish literature festival; the William Kennedy international festival of piping; LIFEM09; and the Young Masters of the Tradition festival. He is a recipient of Arts Council Awards, including Bursaries, Commissions and Deis recording and research awards; touring awards with Music Network and Culture Ireland.

Lorcán regularly teaches singing in schools programmes, music organisations and folk clubs. He is currently associate researcher with GradCAM undertaking projects in traditional & improvised music with the tradfutures seminar team.

Lorcán’s singing style is confident and measured. He has built a relationship with the songs he sings and his style of presentation reflects the story of the song in the cadence and phraseology of the music and words.