The James Joyce Centre presents:

Café Chantant:
Songs from Dubliners

with Sinead Murphy & Darina Gallagher

7pm, Thurs 3rd, Fri 4th & Sat 5th April 2014

James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1

Celebrate the music of Joyce and the 100th anniversary of Dubliners as cheeky seaside girls Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher perform the airs and ballads of these timeless stories.

The Dublin of Joyce’s Dubliners is a very noisy place indeed – bells, calls, honks, whistles, prayer, clatter, children crying, drunken roars and raucous laughter. But it is music that is central to the city soundscape. It is a city of opera and composers, of music hall and pantomime artistes, of music lessons, church choirs and organists, organ grinders and street harps.

Darina and Sinead bring their own inimitable style to the music of Joyce’s famous collection of short stories. From the beauty of Balfe’s ‘Marble Halls’ to the music hall irreverence of ‘I’m A Naughty Girl’; excerpts from comic operas of the era and the haunting traditional air of ‘The Lass of Aughrim’.

Join us for a wonderful evening of Joycean songs as part of Dublin City Library’s One City One Book programme.

For three nights only at 7pm, Thurs 3rd, Fri 4th & Sat 5th April 2014 at the James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s St.

Tickets: €10/€8              Booking: T: +353 1 878 8547 or online here.



Darina and Sinead are best known for their show, ‘Songs of Joyce’  – a musical extravaganza with songs drawn from the life and works of James Joyce. This musical evocation of an era was acclaimed by critics and academics alike, and to date has performed sell-out shows all over Ireland as well as Glasgow, Boston, New York and Moscow.

What the critics said about ‘Songs of Joyce’:

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

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

“delightful cabaret piece…..a rare insight into the contemporary popular music that haunted James Joyce’s imagination while he was writing Ulysses, Finnegan’s Wake, and A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man.”  Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

“a very pleasant saunter into the world of Edwardian music hall”  London Mail on Sunday