New Single from Lorcán MacMathúna

June 3, 2021

Lorcán MacMathúna shares ‘Plait agus Domhnaill (Clontarf)’, the new single from his brand new album ‘An Bhuatais and The Meaning of Life’.

Describing this album Folk Radio UK say: “‘An Bhuatais & The Meaning of Life’ is a great album to listen to. The range of songs exemplifies the sean nós tradition and beautifully continues it along its path. The subject range is not just limited to the lament of Irish history. There is ‘Cúcúín’, a lullaby for a mother cuckoo’s chick and ‘Michtam Daibhí (Pslam 16)’ that is simply stunning. You can also dig deeper, read about the songs, or travel further into musings about the myths, ‘the hope, longing and fire’. But first of all, enter the space and just listen. Excellent.”

Lorcán Mac Mathúna is a shaman of Sean-Nós [Old-Style Gaelic singing], who conjures a world of intense emotions coloured by mythology and legend. His voice will “make you believe in ghosts,” and his songs will bring you through time to witness tales of old Celtic romance and adventure. His many projects investigate and elaborate on the improvising nature of the human voice in solo and collaborative settings. This includes A Cappella Sean-Nós singing, contemporary compositions of an improvised nature, music composition theory based on syllabic poetic forms, and much, much more.

In 2015 Lorcán won a commission to commemorate the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The Easter Rising was one of the most significant events in recent Irish history and the state’s commemorations of the Centenary were on an unprecedented scale. Lorcán won one of 9 commissions which were awarded after a competitive tender for projects of big and ambitious big ideas. He created 1916 – Visionaries and Their Words a beautiful musical and theatrical performance based on the artistic vision of the Signatories of the Easter Proclamation. Visionaries has played 10 times in Ireland, and at major festivals in France and the Czech Republic. In September 2016 he released the album Visionaries 1916, a collection of songs he composed from the poetry of the Rising’s leaders.

As well as a solo and group performer, with performances from Germany to Vancouver, Lorcán regularly teaches singing in schools programmes, music organisations and festival workshops.

Supported by An Chomhairle Ealaíon. This album launch was supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media.





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