The James Joyce Centre is delighted to host a live performance of a very special musical piece ‘The Gift,’ a spirited commemoration of the donation made by the Choctaw Nation to the Irish people at the height of the Great Irish Famine.

A basic score by Stephen Gardner was developed and improvised upon over the course of several months in response to the poetry of Doireann Ni Ghriofa and LeAnne Howe of the Choctaw Nation. The semi-improvised musical work celebrates the gift by The Choctaw Nation towards Irish Famine Relief in 1847. This was a remarkable act of generosity and humanity, given that The Choctaw were a displaced people in a state of destitution.

The music will be performed by Ellen Demos (experimental vocalist), Arun Rao, (cello) Alex Petcu (percussion) and Seán MacErlaine (sax and live processing). It promises to be a memorable evening.

This event is free but places are strictly limited. Wine reception at 7pm.Performance(40 mins.) at 7.30 pm.

Tickets can be booked here.