Joycesongs – JAMES JOYCE’S MUSICAL DUBLIN is a celebration of the role of music in the work of James Joyce. June 16th is Bloomsday – the day Leopold Bloom journeys through Dublin in Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The book is bursting with musical references and the characters almost sing their way through the novel. Their minds are filled with the musical culture of the early 20th century - popular drinking songs, opera arias, and ballads; there are over 40 references to songs in the Sirens chapter alone. The CD features emerging Irish artists Owen Gilhooly, Elizabeth Woods, Emmanuel Lawler, Daire Halpin, and Franck Dunne recorded variously with pianist Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin, and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Robert Houlihan.