Classical: Davey’s song cycle is a real Bloomsday pleaser

Classical: Davey’s song cycle is a real Bloomsday pleaser
Rita Connolly

Nora Barnacle. By Shaun Davey and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. National Concert Hall, June 16. Reviewed by Dick O’Riordan.

The Granuaile Suite, a bespoke composition for Rita Connolly by her spouse Shaun Davey almost 30 years ago, was a career-defining achievement for the singer – and justifiably so.

The arrival of this new song cycle based on the life of Nora Barnacle, the Galway girl who ran off to Europe with the aspiring James Joyce, never challenged Granuaile in epic grandeur, but it was certainly a triumph in every other way and eminently pleasing to the...

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