Songs of Joyce at lunchtime

Anyone who came to the launch of Lionel Gallagher’s book Only A Rose and Other Stories last June will no doubt remember the wonderful performance of songs performed by Lionel’s daughter Darina alongside Sinead Murphy during the launch. The response to their short performance was so positive that The Dock has invited the girls back for a full length lunchtime performance of The Songs of Joyce on Wednesday, May 16 at 1pm.

Anyone who came to the launch of Lionel Gallagher’s book Only A Rose and Other Stories last June will no doubt remember the wonderful performance of songs performed by Lionel’s daughter Darina alongside Sinead Murphy during the launch. The response to their short performance was so positive that The Dock has invited the girls back for a full length lunchtime performance of The Songs of Joyce on Wednesday, May 16 at 1pm.

The show which has received rave reviews in Ireland and abroad is a 50-minute musical extravaganza with songs drawn from the life and works of James Joyce.

Both Darina and Sinead bring their own particular earthy brand of harmonies to some of James Joyce’s best-loved popular songs - from bawdy street ballads and sea shanties to music hall hits and folksongs.

Encompassing the cheeky `Seaside Girls’, the nostalgic `Love’s Old Sweet Song’; the pertinent `The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo’ and the beauty of Michael Balfe’s `I Dreamt That I Dwelt in Marble Halls’, this musical evocation of an era, has been acclaimed by critics and academics alike, and has just returned from sold out performances in Boston, New York and Moscow. The show is presented as part of the 2012 Bealtaine Festival celebrations at The Dock. Tickets are priced at €12 and are available from the box office on 071 9650828 or on The Dock website

- Mike McGoldrick, one of the best flute players of all time, plays in The Dock on Thursday, May 17.