Photo:  Si Moore

Photo: Si Moore

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 radio listeners in the Northeast (The River 93.9 FM). 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.


“What McMahon has developed is a sound that transcends anything currently in the New York music scene.” – The Deli Magazine

“…equal parts Rodriguez (Searching For Sugarman), Bruce, and the Dead…what Dylan would have sounded like on about six tabs of acid…I had a blast with GOASTT, but the real surprise of the evening was the opener, Workman Song…the most fun I had last year at shows for openers I’d never heard of before the evening began…if you want to have Workman Song’s live show blow your mind…I can personally guarantee they’ll get the job done.” –  Baeblemusic on 2015 Brooklyn Bowl show with Sean Lennon’s GOASTT

“Workman Song is an unrelenting local force…Quite frankly, he doesn’t really give a shit, and I say that in the best way possible. McMahon doesn’t care what anyone else thinks about him.” — Baeblemusic

“Songs that gush with a level of honesty that few of us are bold enough to share with anyone, let alone the entirety of the internet.” – expants

“I hope that people can feel comfortable replacing their idea of an elder sitting by the fireside with that of one Workman Song – McMahon has proven that he is not only capable of telling better stories than your grandaddy, but also capable of telling them with musical accompaniment.” No Smoking Media

“Workman Song is a gritty, freewheeling folk project that whittles and leans its way into your heart by way of earnest, amber-toned songs exploring the edges of faith … Workman Song is some sort of cult, possibly involving ice cream, just waiting to happen. We’re among the first converts, but we’re sure soon you’ll be joining us.” — The Wild Honey Pie

“Workman Song is the cooler version of Alex Ebert from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. Workman Song establish a cool, distant electric sound—one that leaves you wondering if you’re tapping your foot to the folk-beat or the hypnotizing echo of Sean McMahon’s voice… Vocally, McMahon mesmerizes.” – Slug Magazine

“Somewhere in between experimental composer and folkie singer/songwriter is Workman Song’s Sean McMahon. Perhaps it’s best to just call him a storyteller, and a daring one at that. Weaving together hugely encompassing themes with personal experience, McMahon creates an atmosphere that you can’t help but connect with and a narrative that expands past the boundaries of most man-bunned acoustic acts.” – Sound Of Boston 

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Photo:  Si Moore

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