about Mícheál

“De bhunadh Chill Dara é Mícheál Ó Catháin agus clú bainte amach aige mar dhuine den ghlúin nua a chasann cláirseach.”
“From Kildare, Mícheál Ó Catháin has achieved recognition as one of the new generation playing cláirseach.”

-The Irish Times


Mícheál Ó Catháin has performed as a sean-nós singer and fiddle player for decades, a foundation which has helped him establish a deep practice since 2011 with the early Irish harp. Mícheál is on a journey of mastery of harp & voice, in three artistically fertile areas: early Irish, traditional Irish and contemporary music.

Demonstrating the upward trajectory of his arts practice, Mícheál received two Irish Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon awards in 2017. Mícheál engaged in a year long Traditional Arts Bursary project to further develop and refine his early Irish harp/voice practice, based on the music of Denis O’Hampsey (1695 – 1807). Additionally, supported by the Deis Recording & Publication Award, Mícheál has transmited on this website his video interviews with established early Irish harpers.

Mícheál’s profile is steadily increasing, as evidenced by his solo harp/vocal performance in June 2017 at Áras an Uachtarán for President Michael D Higgins and guests, appearance on Irish language channel TG4 in November 2017 as part of the inaugural National Harp Day, and solo performances in 2018 sharing the stage with luminaries of the early Irish harp Siobhán Armstrong, Ann Heymann, and Javier Sáinz.

In parallel to his musical pursuits, Mícheál has long been passionate about offshore renewable energy, and contributes actively in this area as a chartered marine engineer.