Buy Our New Songs of Joyce CD!

Music was intrinsic to the life and work of James Joyce. He was an accomplished singer with a fine tenor voice and from Chamber Music to Finnegans Wake his writing is filled with singing, musical allusions, quotes and misquotes. Songs of Joyce brings to life the soundscape of Joyce’s Dublin, the music halls, the streetsongs, the parlours and the bars. Songs of Joyce was originally devised by Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy as a theatre production with Bewleys Cafe Theatre, Dublin for Bloomsday 2010.

“A Joycean feast of music hall memories” “delightful”  Anne Madden, The Belfast Telegraph

“comic joy – with a real sense of joie de vivre.” Alan Chadwick, Scottish Herald

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Songs of Joyce was recorded at the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, Ireland by Ray Duffy.
Mixing was by Cian Murphy and it was mastered by Aidan at Masterlabs.

Artwork was by Conor Gallagher
Photography by William Morgan.

 The Songs

 The Rocky Road to Dublin (Gavan, Trad. Air)
Lal the lal the ra/ The Rocky Road to Dublin” Ulysses

Seaside Girls(Norris)
“Pier with lamps, summer evening, band, Those girls, those girls, Those lovely seaside girls” Ulysses

What Ho! She Bumps! (Castling, Mills)
“What ho, she bumps! the ugly duckling of the party,” Ulysses

Oh! Oh
Antonio  (Murphy, Lipton)
“He’s as bad as old Antonio. He left me on my ownio.” Ulysses

Kafoozalem (Blume)
“As Tyson was riding into Jerusalem/ He fell and hurt his Alec Kafoozelum” Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Charlie is my Darling (Burns, Trad. Air)
“He died of a Tuesday. Got the run. Levanted with the cash of a few ads. Charley, you’re my darling.” Ulysses

Ave Maria (Gounod)/The Ballad of Joking Jesus  (Gogarty)
“he commenced kissing me on the choir stairs after I sang Gounods Ave Maria” Ulysses
“What did he call it? Joseph the Joiner? -the ballad of Joking Jesus, Stephen answered” Ulysses               

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls (Balfe)
“Maria, blushing very much began to sing in a tiny quavering voice. She sang I Dreamt that I Dwelt” Clay, Dubliners

Martha (M’Appari)(Flotow)
“- M'appari, Simon, Father Cowley said. Down stage he strode some paces, grave, tall in affliction, his long arms outheld.” Ulysses

My Girl's a Yorkshire Girl (Murphy, Lipton)
 “Blazes Boylan, stepping in tan shoes and socks with sky-blue clocks to the refrain of My Girl’s a Yorkshire Girl.” Ulysses

Invisibility (Hamilton)
 “She heard old Royce sing in the pantomime of Turko the Terrible and laughed with others when he sang:
I am the boy/ That can enjoy/ Invisibility.” Ulysses

The Man That Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (Gilbert)
“Like the crack that bruck the bank in Multifarnham” Finnegans Wake

 The Croppy Boy (Malone, Trad. Air)
“No, Ben, Tom Kernan interfered, The Croppy Boy. Our native Doric.” Ulysses

Love's Old Sweet Song (Bingham, Molloy)
“Love that is singing: love's old sweet song.” Ulysses