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 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. He 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 Arts Council awards in 2017. The first, a Deis Award, is to transmit on this website his video interviews with established early Irish harpers. He is also 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).

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, and appearance on Irish language channel TG4 in November 2017 as part of the inaugural National Harp Day.