Mac Mathúna is an improvising singer and
composer with a special interest in the nature of vocal
music. 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 poetic forms, and much, much
first release in 2007, Rógaire Dubh, was the first
step in a career which focuses on the performance of Sean-Nós
conventions within diverse musical frameworks. Developing
on the improvised nature of Sean-Nós, he collaborated
with Irish composer Ian Wilson and improvising saxophonist
Cathal Roche, in Common Tongue, to release Want and Longing
in 2010. In 2011 he released the critically acclaimed Dubh
agus Gheal: Darkness and Light –Loric Colloquies with
his Hiberno-Norse project Northern Lights.
include a descriptive performance ‘Tásc is Tuairisc’ for
the Borradh Buan 2009 festival with Simon O Conor, and ‘An
Táin from the Book of Leinster’ for the William
Kennedy Piping Festival 2010, and 'From Derry to the Sea',
a special commission by the city of Derry for the 2013 Fleadh.
An Táin was recorded in 2011 and released in 2012.
has undertaken studies in traditional music styles and extended
techniques; of traditional music from select European and
Asian cultures investigating their correlation with sean
nós song style; of vocal dance music, which lead to
the compositional project, Preab Meadar, with traditional
fiddler, Daire Ó Breacáin; and the correlation
between oral metre and improvisation in western Oral music.
as a solo and group performer, with performances from Germany
to Vancouver, Lorcán regularly teaches singing in
schools programmes, music organisations and festival workshops.
Flaithrí Neff is
a multi-award winning uilleann piper and composer from Cork.
He was a soloist with various orchestral works in Europe
such as “The Brendan Voyage” and “L'Epopée
Celtique”. He has worked with stage shows like “RiverDance”, “Micheal
Collins” and “The Pirate Queen”, and has
worked with groups such as NeffBros, Afro Celt Sound System;
and musicians John Spillane, Fionnuala McSherry, and Carlos
an Honours Degree in Music from University College Cork;
a First Class Honours Master of Science Degree in Music/Audio
Technology from the University of Limerick; and a Ph.D.from
the Computer Science Department at University College Cork
researching in the field of Advanced Interface Design using
Virtual 3D Sonic Environments. He has had more than a dozen
academic papers published.
Neff is a multi-award winning fiddle player and
composer. He is a recipient of awards such as “Seán Ó Riada”, “Dónal
'Doc' Gleeson” and “British Forum for Ethnomusicology”.
He has worked with stage shows like “RiverDance” and “Selkie”,
and has worked with groups such as NeffBros, Fiddlesticks,
and the UCC Gamelan ensemble; and musicians such as: Tommy
Peoples, Cyprian Love, Anxo Lorenzo, Martin Tourish, and
Carlos Nuños. Eoghan is awaiting his PhD in music,
on the solo fiddle music of Ireland, at Cardiff University
and has published a number of papers on ethnomusicology
and traditional music studies.
Tourish is an Accordionist, Composer and Producer.
Named as being in the top 3 piano accordionists in Irish
music in The Rough Guide to Ireland and featured on The
Rough Guide to Irish Folk Music Vol. 2, he has brought
his instrument to a new level by being the first piano
accordionist to win TG4's prestigious "Young Musician
of the Year" in 2008, an accolade regarded by The
Irish Times as being "the Irish Music equivalent of
debut album Clan Ranald with bouzouki player Luke Ward was
released, it was listed by music critic Earle Hitchner of
the Irish Echo and Wall Street Journal, as being in the top
20 albums of 2005.
has been involved with many types of music, including Balkan,
Klezmer, Rock, the music of Astor Piazzolla, and has shared
the stage with acts as diverse as Altan, The Cafe Orchestra
and Patti Smith, recorded with Nectar and Carmine Rojas (of
David Bowie and Tina Turner fame) and in 2007 amongst other
gigs in Europe, completed a three week German tour of the
album as well as playing in Asia. In Ireland, he has taken
part in the Facing North Tour which saw him share the stage
with Danish duo Haugaard & Hoirup, played on the Trad
Connections tour which combined elements of traditional,
classical, jazz, and ethnic musical styles, and also was
involved in the development of "Invoke" and "Real-Eyes" which
saw the combination of trad, rap, and ariel dance.
Mac Erlaine is a Dublin based multi-instrumentalist
and composer, recognised as one of Ireland's most forward-thinking
jazz musicians. Seán works in a variety of settings
maintaining a busy performance schedule in Ireland and
internationally, working in free improvisation, contemporary
jazz, folk music and experimental theatre.
woodwind instrumentalist, Seán plays alto and soprano
saxophones as well as clarinet and bass clarinet. He holds
a first degree honours Masters of Music (Jazz Performance)
from DIT and a Diploma in Jazz Performance awarded by The
Guildhall School of Music, London and has studied composition
with composers Stephen Gardner and Ronan Guilfoyle. He is
currently a PhD candidate at GradCAM (Graduate School of
Creative Arts & Media), developing a practice-led research
around live electronics in solo woodwind performance.
performs with a hugely diverse range of musicians and artists
reflecting his own versatility and interest in cross-platform
work. Within the field of jazz he has worked with leading
Irish players including Tommy Halferty, Mike Nielsen, Ronan
Guilfoyle and Simon Jermyn, and international artists including
Frank Gratkowski, Hayden Chisholm, Christian Weidner and
Christian Skjødt. Seán has also played with
a range of folk / traditional musicians including Caoimhín
O’Raghallaigh, Iarla O’Lionaird, Martin Tourish,
Eithne Ní Chatháin, Petter Berndalen and Lorcán
Mac Mathúna. In contemporary circles he has performed
with The Smith Quartet, The ConTempo Quartet, David Toop,
John Godfrey (as a member of The Quiet Music Ensemble) as
well as a once-off performance with Detroit techno legends
performed his own music at many festivals including i & e
festival, The Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, DEAF,
Bottlenote Festival, Cork Jazz Festival, Bray Jazz Festival,
Foligno Jazz Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, The Dublin
Theatre Festival, The Kilkenny Arts Festival, 12 Points!
and The Venice Biennale '09
his group Trihornophone won Music Network's Young Musicwide
Award, Seán was awarded the 2008 Cork Jazz Festival
Best Young Irish Artist Award. In 2009 Dublin Institute of
Technology awarded him the ABBEST Scholarship to undertake
a practice-based PhD in around live electronics practice.
He was nominated for Best Sound Designer and won Best Production
at The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010. He is a founder member
of Bottlenote, a collective of creative musicians working
in improvised and new music (www.bottlenotemusic.com). Seán
can be heard on over 30 CDs and his work has been released
on several international labels.