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" Spectacular... highly charged... deeply expressive" -The Irish Times "Outstanding disk" -Newfolksounds "intriguing. ...a brilliantly listenable and stimulating musical experience ...timeless and gently epic... mesmerising" -The Living Tradition "Masterpiece. Defies reviewers in the best possible way" -Folkradio "Marvelous... top quality. Definitely one of the best Celtic influenced albums from 2011- Folkworld



Northern Lights LIVE - Sven in The Rosegarden


About Northern Lights

Like their landscapes the music of Ireland and Scandinavia are spectacular; inspiring; and very different to each other. Northern Lights brings “Songs of the Fjord and Glen”, an exploration of Irish and Scandinavian traditional songs and dance music that connects a vast musical landscape. This performance evokes everything between the ice of the North sea and the warmth of Irish summer pastures, in search of a deeper understanding of the things that unite us all.

Northern Lights is a blending of Norse and Irish: sagas, stories, soundscapes, cultural flavours and perspectives, through a meeting of their music and songs. It is a project of Lorcán Mac Mathúna (voice, whistle), Raphael De Cock (voice, pipes, siberian harp, shrutti, hardanger fiddle, jews harp), and Rémi Decker (pipes, guitar, low whistle).

With Northern Lights, De Cock and Mac Mathúna, backed by the percussive guitar of Decker, have found extraordinary similarities in how themes that are common to all people (superstition, exile, and lament of the dead, for instance) are expressed in Ireland and Scandinavia. In fact these expressions of human nature are so fundamental that we recognise them instantly regardless of language.

With Northern Lights they have found resonant touchstones in the musical sounds of traditions separated by language and distance, and have created a “mesmerising” dialogue with them. They have managed to create a soundscape which conveys the local and the universal at once.

So what! what's so special about Northern Lights?
Northern Lights brings a new program in which Traditional Irish music and Ireland’s oldest singing style, sean nós, is put in contrast to Scandinavian musical traditions and singing styles.

Inspired by the reconstruction of a 1000 year old viking longboat (the Havhingsten fra Glendalough, or the Sea Stallion); which was originally built in dublin and scuttled in Roskilde, Denmark, in the 10th Century; this group explores possible influences and shared stories between the traditional cultures of both worlds. Worlds that were once linked in an age of longships, raids, and trade.

Taking themes that arise in both cultures’ song traditions. it engages in an interlocking dialogue of verse. Linguistically the songs are seperate but musically there is a symbiotic connection.

Northern Lights LIVE
- Laling and Halling


The recorded sound.
From the album Dubh agus Geal - Darkness and Light

To find out a little more on the background and theme of Northern Lightst read the Full Description; For images see the Northern Lights promoters page For other peoples opinion of us see Reviews





Dubh agus Geal ;
Darkness and Light - Loric Colloquies

Northern lights' debut album was released in 2011. If you're a bit cautious and want to be sure you are getting a great album here is a little samplers to whet the appetite. There's plenty more really nice tracks on the album so why not buy it with the secure paypal method just to the right there.

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About the album

Darkness and Light an album by Northern Lights




Tour Posters


Northern Lights Irish Tour 2013 Northern Lights Irish tour poster Northern Lights winter tour 2013 posterNorthern Lights Belgium tour 2012



more albums by Lorcán Mac Mathúna

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Like the historic relationship between Gaelic and Scandinavian cultures the traditional music of both sometimes clashes, creating a musical tension and a creative dissonance. Also, in keeping with that relationship, there is noticeable common ground borne of cultural exchange. Northern Lights delves the separate manifestations of the shared themes of these traditions to form a unique and intriguing cultural dialogue.




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