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 by Sean-Nós. He spent many years listening and absorbing before he even attempted to sing in public. Both his parents were well known and enthusiastic practitioners of the Sean-Nós heritage, and Sean-Nós singing was the accompanying soundscape of his youth.
In his household the unaccompanied voices of his mother and other family members was the most typical music to accompany the day. Perhaps it was inevitable that he would eventually develop a complete fascination with this type of music.
Drawing on the improvisational roots of Sean-Nós he has brought the fundamentals of this ancient tradition into contemporary collaborations and compositions. He is truly a modern singer who sits comfortably with ancient tradition and the avant-garde.
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