Workman Song has all of the hallmarks of the well-kept secret, its just that the secret has been getting out. At the center of this peculiar labor of love is prodigious singer-songwriter Sean McMahon, his soul-stirring voice and his storytelling: a dialogue with friends, lovers, and God which forms a prolific body of work spanning the intimately folksy to the epically psychedelic, drawing together the threads of Bowie, Bruce, Buckley, Dylan, and the Dead.
Following in the footsteps of rebel preacher-singers Johnny Cash, Al Green, and even Prince, McMahon founded the project in Brooklyn in 2013 to be the vehicle for his wily vision for the Work of God. Named in homage to Dorothy Days anarchist Catholic Worker collective, Workman Song immerses into an earnest, sonically kaleidoscopic world of creative sub-plots, recurring characters, and special guests. McMahon embodies the plaintive troubadour, soul laid bare; Ruben Smiley, the glam rock neo-con; Ion Zelig, the avant-electro-pop Biblical archaeologist; or he is one of the Brothers McMahon, the classic live lineup which prominently features his brother and Justin Vernon-approved organist Griffin McMahon and an infinite setlist that shamelessly drops hits by The Smiths, Aerosmith, and Fleetwood Mac.
As a performer, McMahon, that rare combination of vocal powerhouse and guitar hero, is a powerful and unpredictable chameleon: a half-ghost with a wraithlike presence, (The Jalapeno) a shaman-esque leading man with casualneo-psychedelic hippy swagger, (Baeblemusic) and even that classic glam rock sex driven Robert Plant like forcewith the voice of an angel and a screaming fisher cat combined. (The Buzz 413)
Like Beck, McMahon is a free-wheeling genre-bender whose output is so prolific its hard to keep up with. If the story seems convoluted, it is, and will continue to be. Such is Workman Song.
McMahon, as Workman Song, has released 1 full-length album, 5 EPs, 1 full-length mixtape, and has several singles on power rotation on Northeast radio. He is the host of The Workman Song Show, a Gospel-themed music & talk radio show and podcast, where he regularly debuts brand new original material. Recent festival appearances include Green River Festival, The Wild Honey Pies Welcome Campers, and The Outlaw Roadshow. He has shared bills with Big Thief, Margaret Glaspy, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, and even Carly Simon (once, at a fundraiser unexpectedly.)
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Atwood's Tavern (View)
877 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
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