Joyce’s interest in classical music, especially opera, is well documented; less well known are the pervasive allusions throughout his writings to songs from the Irish tradition. In a series of recitals John Feeley and Fran O’Rourke with Joyce’s recently restored guitar will perform Irish songs with a Joyce connection. Included in the programme will be the forgotten air used by James Joyce for his concert performance of “Salley Gardens”, and Goldsmith’s song “The Jolly Pigeons” which Joyce taught to the actor who played Tony Lumpkin in his Zurich production of She Stoops to Conquer. Joyce’s favourite Greek/French song, recently rediscovered, will also be included.
These recitals take place in the Martello tower in Sandycove which feature in the opening pages of Ulysses. The performance of Joyce’s favourite Irish songs, to accompaniment on Joyce’s own guitar, in this intimate atmosphere promises to be a very special event.
On Sunday 9 June Feeley and O’Rourke will be joined by internationally acclaimed Irish poet Paul Muldoon who will read from his work.
Tickets from Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire: www.paviliontheatre.ie
Wed 5—Sat 8 June, Mon 10 June: €18
Sun 9 June (with Paul Muldoon): €30
As capacity is limited, early booking is advised