Waywords and Meansigns is an upcoming audio version of James Joyce’s highly experimental novel Finnegans Wake. The folks at Waywords and Meansigns have set the Wake to music — unabridged! The result is 31 hours, 8 minutes, 11 seconds worth of delightful strangeness. Having premiered on Monday, the work is now available for free at www.waywordsandmeansigns.com

The James Joyce Centre is proud to debut an excerpt from the project. Listen to the clip below to hear Robert Amos singing the Ballad of Persse O’Reilly, as found on page 44 through 47 of Finnegans Wake.

Robert Amos is a well-known Canadian landscape painter with an affinity for Finnegans Wake. As well as adorning the James Joyce Bistro in Victoria, Bristish Columbia, Robert’s artwork has appeared on the cover of the James Joyce Quarterly. Robert’s singing is accompanied here by Irish composer and Joyce scholar Alan Ó Raghallaigh, and the Italian musique concrète artist Chelidon Frame.