Wednesday June 3, 2020

Nora Barnacle gets NCH song cycle for Bloomsday

I know Joycean scholars are still busy trying to unknot the convoluted nonsense of Finnegans Wake, but pending the result of their great endeavour I don’t mind declaring that the most exciting James Joyce news for ages has been that of a new song cyc

7th June, 2015
Shaun Davey, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Rita Connolly at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Picture: Feargal Ward

The songs – a collaboration between composer Shaun Davey, his wife singer Rita Connolly, and poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill – will appropriately have their world premiere in the National Concert Hall on June 16 – Bloomsday.

Nora Barnacle was the intriguingly attractive Galway girl who took young Jimmy’s fancy to such an extent that in 1904 he whisked her out of the jurisdiction with indecent haste to various Ireland-free zones around Europe – along with...

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