If Joyce hadn’t committed to his vocation as a writer, he might have pursued his passion for music. The author possessed a fine tenor voice, wrote music and famously won a medal at the 1904 Feis Ceoil. Though he wouldn’t become a professional singer, musical references abound in all of his major works, especially Ulysses, in which operatic arias, popular music hall songs, traditional Irish ballads and a whole host of other genres and styles of music are littered throughout the text.
We figured the best way to celebrate Joyce and his love of music was to get together for a good old-fashioned hooley with Sceolán, a group of exceptional traditional musicians whose repetoire draws on a variety of musical legacies, from the Irish Sean Nós (old style) tradition to more recent styles like Scottish folk. The band will perform a set mixing traditional favourites with songs referred to in Joyce’s work, providing a little commentary and a lot of entertainment as you while away the hours in a beautiful Dublin pub.
There will be some exclusive food and drink offers available for ticket-holders, including craft beer tasting trays showcasing 5 of J.W. Sweetman’s own in-house brews for only €8. This is also a great chance to meet fellow Bloomsday revellers in advance of the big day!
Doors from 7pm. Music will begin at 8pm.