"a deeply expressive voice"
-Siobhán long -The Irish Times

"a man of great imagination"
-Dai Jeffries - Folking.com

"truly extraordinary” 
- David Kidman  -The Living Tradition

" an astonishing new voice" 
- Michael Quinn -Songlines







I will be going to Glasgow's Celtic Connections for a number of shows next year, including the Focus on Ireland CC showcase on Feb 2 2018. This is a great event and a great opportunity, more news to follow.

Also in development is The Shadow of the Táin a combination of my compositions to the lyrics of the old Irish epic, An Táin, with Louis Le Brocquy's iconic paintings of the same, and a contemporary dance interpretation. The Shadow of The Táin will be performed in the Model Sligo, on April 28/29th 2018.

My latest album Visionaries 1916 was released in The Pearse Museum on October 15th 2016. The album comes from the 1916 commission 1916 - Visionaries and Their Words, a show of music, archive visuals, and spoken word which received critical acclaim in Ireland and internationally. I will be touring the show 1916 - Visionaries and their Words around Easter 2017 to 5 venues in Ireland.

Order Visionaries 1916 here

Dates for 'Visionaries' are posted to the right.

In brief

Lorcán Mac Mathúna is a singer, writer, and arranger whose work confounds categorisation. Working extensively in the realm of improvised music, with many stylistic inspiration derived of sean-nós vocal techniques and musical philosophy; his music is tonally rich, nuanced, and dynamic.

His work has included arrangements based on airs in the oral vocal tradition; contemporary music composition; writing collaborations ; improvisational and electronic music: and compositional theory development.

His accomplishments have included four commissioned compositions; four albums and counting; the feature track on a No. 1 album; numerous tours; and a winning song in the ISC 2012.


lorcán profileabout | read more

An attendee at the premier performance of one of Lorcán’s projects, An Táin, described the effect of his voice:

"Lorcan MacMathuna gathers from the air something which is older than the Tain - ageless, primaeval and haunting. He has caught and manifest for us a sound which is fundamental; which has existed since men and women first sang - sang to express what they felt and what they knew to be true. It is the music of mythology - all the cadences of history and prehistory residing in one man's voice. It calls to the soul. And the soul answers. And we are privileged to listen and to hear in our own blood and in the fibres of our understanding."

From the cradle Lorcán Mac Mathúna was surrounded read more


videos etc | view more

"An raibh tú ag an gCarraig," a traditional song of lost love, played with collaborator Seán Mac Fhir Léinn in DLight studios in Dublin in 2013.

For selection of beautiful videos from a cross selection of different collaborations and projects visit the videos page




what people have said | reviews / testimonies

"It's powerful and stark, like it's been hewn out of the earth. Caoineadh Fherdia is like sitting with a death rattle; the lamentation gets you in the guts and bones... reminded me of the laments for the fallen played on the Northumbrian pipes on Remembrance Sunday; you've mined a deep tradition, but not in a stylised way - it's more visceral than that." -read testimonies

reviews Lorcán Mac Mathúna

"every now and again you need to be challenged and shaken from your reverie. You need to expose yourself to people that take a different direction and manage to take you with them. Lorcán and company have pushed the boundary but not to the point where they lose you. They have opened the door a little, and you have taken a glimpse..." - more reviews

Powerfully affecting vocal music - fROOTS


projects/accomplishments| read more

projects lorcan mac mathuna

With roots in sean-nós and traditional singing, and a destination far beyond in improvisation and composition, Lorcán Mac Mathúna constantly pushes boundaries. Boundaries of what is conventionally accepted as tradition; and the boundaries of genre and creativity. His projects are not just about great music; they are also about compelling stories, and exploration.- Exploration of culture, identity, and art. find out about Lorcán's projects