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John Feeley and Fran O'Rourke will perform songs of Joyce and Yeats

Monday, June 15 @ 7pm 

First Congregational United Church of Christ

945 G Street NW, Washington, DC

Solas Nua is thrilled to host John Feeley, Irish classical guitarist, and Fran O’Rourke, singer and Associate Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin, as they perform Irish songs with a James Joyce and William Butler Yeats connection.

John Feeley is a classical guitarist and teacher from Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland, who has played James Joyce’s personal guitar. He has been described by The Washington Post as "Ireland's leading classical guitarist," and by Michael Dervan in The Irish Times as "a trailblazer…when it comes to the guitar and guitar-playing in Ireland."

Fran O’Rourke is Associate Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin.  He has lectured widely both on philosophical influences in Joyce and on Joyce’s use of song; he has performed recitals of Irish songs featured in Joyce’s work in the National Concert Hall, Dublin (2004) and the Conservatorio, Trieste.

James Joyce’s writings contain important allusions to songs from the Irish tradition. Included in the program for this concert will be the forgotten air used by James Joyce for his concert performance of “Salley Gardens," and Oliver Goldsmith’s song “The Jolly Pigeons,” which Joyce taught to the actor who played Tony Lumpkin in his Zurich production of "She Stoops to Conquer". 

Please join us on Monday, June 15th at 7pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW, Washington, DC.

Click here to purchase tickets for this rare and incredible performance.

Blood Fruit by Sinead O'Brien

DC Labor Film Festival - Wednesday, May 27

In July 1984, the naive action taken by one young Irish shop cashier changed the face of the anti-apartheid movement around the world. Mary Manning, a Dunnes Stores checkout girl, refused to sell two Outspan grapefruits under direction from her union in support of the anti-apartheid struggle. She and ten supporters were suspended and a strike ensued. Directed by Sinead O'Brien Language: English.

First seen in Washington, DC as a part of the Capitol Irish Filim Festival, this amazing documentary will be shown May 27 at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, followed by a Q&A with the director and two of the Irish strikers.

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