Lorcán Mac Mathúna is a sean nós singer and composer known for his avant-garde exploration of Old-Irish texts and sean nós traditions. He has been described as a “Song Archaeologist”.
As part of The Orkney International Science Festival he presents:
But Oh My Love! The Chain of Time at King Street Halls, Kirkwall, Orkney on 7th September - The 19th-century Irish mathematician Sir William Rowan Hamilton reformulated Newton's dynamics in a visionary way that would fit modern quantum theory. Great influences on his life ranged from Coleridge's poetry to lost love. Howie Firth tells his story with music from the Lorcán Mac Mathúna quartet and readings by Dave Grieve.
The Scholars and the Snow and Stars at St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney on 9th September - The Mayfield Singers and Paisley Abbey organist George McPhee are joined by “Song Archaeologist” Lorcán Mac Mathúna and friends; in songs and music to accompany readings from Irish scholars. St. Magnus’s Cathedral will host a musical program entwined with the ideas and writing of Celtic bards and medieval thinkers and modern writers.
Like the Corn Cut Down by the River at Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall on 9th September - The story of the battle of Clontarf, and the web of fate, and the 19th-century tidal calculations that confirmed the old Irish annalist's account of the timing of the battle. With the Lorcán Mac Mathúna quartet, the Orkney Youth Theatre Club, and Orkney based narrators.
Image: Lorcán Mac Mathúna Quartet, / Photo by Viv Holst