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Past Events

16, 24, 30 March, 13 April

Venue: Bewleys Café Theatre, Grafton Street, Dublin.

Event: Four evenings of magical diversity.

Noel will be joined by pianist and singer/songwriter Eamon Keane whose performance of self-penned songs from his album, Hang the Moon is not to be missed.

Busy actor P.J. Brady’s portrayal of Ireland’s beloved poet, Patrick Kavanagh, is peerless.

Time: 7.30 pm

The evening includes drama, poetry, story and song from the works of Patrick Kavanagh, Seán Ó Casey, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, and John B. Keane.

Time: 8. pm

6 April

Venue: The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin.

Event: 2011 Launch of the 40th Listowel Writers’ Week.

Noel will be joined by Dubliner, violinist and poet, John Sheahan, and Senator Joe O’ Toole, in launching this year’s wonderful programme of events, with songs, tunes and stories.

Time: 6. pm

15 April

Venue: The Deanery, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

Event: Launch of “Discovering Saint Patrick”, a book by Marcus Losack.

Noel will render, among other hymns and songs, his interpretation of Shaun Davey’s beautiful music score to “Saint Patrick’s Breastplate”.

Time: 6. pm

16 April

Venue: The James Joyce Centre, North Great Georges Street Dublin

Event: The IV James Joyce Research Colloquium.

Noel will interpret songs from James Joyce’s works. And he will include a song or two as gaeilge (in Irish). Joyce received Irish classes from Patrick Pearse, and on Christmas Day, after dining with his wife Nora, a few weeks before his death, he played some recording of songs in Gaelic.

30 April

Venue: Town Hall, Dungarvan. Country Waterford.

Event: Féile na nDéise.

Time: 8.15pm

Noel and Colm ‘Stride’ O’ Brien, Ireland’s leading Ragtime Pianist, will headline Féile na nDéise, a wonderful four days celebrating what’s best in music, literature, and Irish culture. Bí ann.

Noel will pay a special celebratory tribute in song to An Rinn’s revered singer, Nioclás Tóibín, a wonderful exponent of sean nós and traditional singing in Gaelic. And English too. With special guests.

7 May

Venue: Liberty Hall, Dublin.

Event: A musical review, devised and scripted by Des Geraghty, celebrating the life and writings of Sean Ó Casey.

Time: There will be a wine reception at 7.15 pm. At 7.45 the musical review takes off and will finish around 9. pm. After a break there will be a further feast of music. Check out The Larkin Hedge School Programme 2011 on the net.

An unusual and entertaining evening is assured as a strong cast performs a moving, rousing tribute to the life and music of Seán O’ Casey.

Noel will sing such songs as the delightfully naughty Down Where the bees Are Humming, and As I Wait in the Boreen For Maggie.

Events also take place in Liberty Hall, and The Teachers’ Theatre Club in Parnell Square.

Thursday 16 June Bloomsday

Venue: The Bandstand, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

Event: On 15th and 16th June, in celebration of Dublin’s recent designation by UNESCO as a City of Literature, there will two evening concerts in St. Stephen’s Green

Time: 6pm until 8.30pm.

On Thursday, 16th June, Bloomsday, Noel and guests will perform in a free open-air early evening concert at the Bandstand at St. Stephen’s Green.

Noel will sing Joycean songs, including: Oft in the Stilly Night, The Lass of Aughrim, M’appari, Shall I Wear a White Rose, and Love’s Old Sweet Song.

The Stolen Child and The Salley Gardens by Dubliner, William Butler Yeats.

A delightful song, As I Wait in the Boreen for Maggie, by Dubliner Seán O’ Casey.

A song in celebration of Dubliner, Luke Kelly. Luke, like Bob Dylon, is 70. One day in 1962, Luke, then the latest recruit to a fledgling gathering of Dublin musicians hastily called The Ronnie Drew Folk Group, was spotted reading James Joyce’s Dubliners. This triggered a rapid appellation change to The Dubliners, greatly influenced by Ronnie who said that he was more interested in music than the responsibilities of administering a craic-loving folk group without a care in the world, or a manager. The Dubliners will celebrate 50 years as a group next year, 2012. It’ll be worth the wait.

Cúpla amhrán as gaeilge. A few songs in Gaelic.

All to celebrate Bloomsday and UNESCO’s recent honouring of Dublin as a City of Literature, a permanent designation.

Sponsored by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and supported by the OPC and the Joyce Centre.

Below is a segment of Jame Joyce Centre’s Programme of Events for the Bloomsday Festival, June 11 to June 16.

Thursday, 16 June, 6–8pm
Join us in St Stephen’s Green for the second session of our two-part tribute to Joyce and music. Lyric tenor Noel O’Grady and pianist Eamon Keane will join musician and poet John Sheahan of The Dubliners and classical guitarist Michael Howard to perform a Bloomsday bouquet of music and melodies. The Eastern Harps trad band will delight us with soulful and rollicking ballads from Finnegans Wake. With Danis Rose as Master of Ceremonies, this Bloomsday soirée is not to be missed. Sponsored by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and supported by OPW and the Joyce Centre.

The Bandstand, St Stephen’s Green
Free. Limited seating. No Bookings.

Later, on the same evening of Thursday, 16th June, Noel will also feature in the now annual concert, Clicking on Joyce, devised and produced by actor Michael Shanley, at the Teachers’ Club Theatre, 36 Parnell Square West, where James Joyce received singing lessons from Vincent O’ Brien. The evening’s delightful musical sweep of Joyce’s works is always well attended, and is free. Starts at A lovely, laid-back session usually follows. Bí ann má’s féidir leat. Try and make it.

Venue: The James Joyce Centre at 35 North Great George’s Street.

Event: James Joyce Summer School, 2011.

Closing Dinner.

Time: As scheduled.

Noel performs songs from the music and works of James Joyce and other Irish writers in whose works music was integral.

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