Workman Song

Art Folk Rock

Northampton, MA


Workman Song is Sean McMahon, singer-songwriter & producer, 21st century gospel preacher and rock and roller. The Western Massachusetts native gave birth to his “art folk rock” alter ego in Brooklyn, 2013. His amber-toned folk rock 2014 debut EP “Lamb” received acclaim in blogs and publications in the U.S. and the U.K. for “a sound that transcends anything currently in the New York music scene” (The Deli). Subsequent releases show an artist in a state of perpetual reinvention, with the introduction of his self-deprecating comedic alter ego, the lovable neocon popstar Ruben Smiley, on 2017’s full-length “The Secret World Of Ruben Smiley Vol. I”, a kaleidoscopic journey through glam rock, glitter pop, grunge, and lofi garage jazz.

An entrancing solo performer and equally powerful bandleader with “the voice of an angel and a screaming fisher cat combined” (The Buzz 413), McMahon’s spirit-powered performances evoke “…equal parts Rodriguez (Searching For Sugarman), Bruce, and the Dead…what Dylan would have sounded like on about six tabs of acid…” (Baeblemusic). Northeast radio has Workman Song on power rotation with singles “O, To Be In Love Again”, “No, It’s Not”, and “Rock And Roll,” which was voted #1 song of 2017 by listeners (The River 93.9 FM), and “What You See, That You Are,” voted #10 of 2018. His music has been on Showtime’s “Shameless” and the Facebook web-series “Human (Kind Of)”. He is currently touring his “Holy Rock And Roll Revival,” a free-wheeling live experience that leans heavily on the American gospel tradition.