A look at the career of the Irish traditional musician and TV producer, Tony McMahon. His contribution to Irish music worldwide over the decades has been remarkable, due in part to his uncomprimising approach to his work. (Broadcast 2005)
Mac Mahon’s contribution to Irish folk music is remarkable. His music has been variously described as both transporting and transforming; the raw emotion and profound character of his performance leaves his audience deeply moved.
His extraordinary interpretation of the old Song Airs of Ireland, in particular, stand alone - inhabiting spaces where mystery and magic find full expression, opening pathways of feeling for the old Gaelic past in all its nobility, tenderness and sadness. As radio & televion producer with RTÉ, Mac Mahon has championed the cause of native Irish Arts for 25 years.
Uncompromising in his damning of superficiality and commercialism in traditional music, he defends the cultural milieu which claimed him as a child in the south-west of Ireland 66 years ago. Possibly the best-known figure in traditional Irish music, this man is its least visible icon.