BLOOMSDAY! with Linn Lorkin & The Jews Brothers Band June 16th 2013

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The international literary carnival Bloomsday is on again, Sunday June 16, at the Thirsty Dog, 469 Karangahape Rd, 7.30pm.

With a script by award-winning playwright Dean Parker this year's Bloomsday will feature leading stage performer Michael Hurst as the terrifying transvestite dominatrix Bella Cohen transmogrifying into former PM and Mainzeal operator Jenny the Dosh. Blues singer Rick Bryant will be performing the Pogues’ Fairytale of New York with Linn Lorkin, Liesha Ward-Knox appears as Stephen/Stephanie Dedalus, mezzo-soprano Yuko Takahashi sings from Mozart, Brian Keegan reads from Ulysses, Farrell Cleary is Blazes Boylan, Joe Carolan is the one-eyed Cyclops of the public bar, baritone Chris Trotter laments the death of Irish union leader James Connolly and the Jews Brothers’ Band sing everything under the sun but particularly a plea that they been shown the way to the next whiskey bar.

To top it all off, Radio NZ’s Noelle McCarthy will be reading from Molly Bloom’s notorious soliloquy.

Bloomsday is the celebration of James Joyce’s comic masterpiece Ulysses.

Joyce’s 300,000 word novel follows Dublin Jew Leopold Bloom as he wanders round his city on one day and one night, June 16, 1904, before finally returning to his faithless wife Molly.

It’s a modern mock-parallel of the epic ancient Greek saga of The Odyssey, where sturdy Ulysses fights peril on sea and land, trying to make his way back from Troy to his wife Penelope.

Every June 16 global devotees gather, drink and re-Joyce.

Here in New Zealand Bloomsday has been celebrated for the past dozen years in a unique Hibernian-Hebrew cabaret featuring Linn Lorkin and the Jews Brothers Band, with Dubliner Brian Keegan reading from Ulysses and star guests popping in and popping up.

The cabaret transports its packed-to-the-rafters audience deftly and movingly through Ulysses by way of song, commentary and fantastically staged scenes.


Thirsty Dog, Karangahape Rd, corner of Howe St, Sunday June 16, 7.30pm.



“They tell the story, Ned Lambert said, that two drunks came out to Glasnevin cemetery one foggy evening to look for the grave of a friend of theirs. They asked for Mulcahy of the Coombe and were told where he was buried. After traipsing about in the fog, they found the grave sure enough. One of the drunks spelt out the name: Terence Mulcahy. The other drunk blinked up at a statue of Our Saviour that the widow had got put up. ‘Not a bloody bit like the man!’ says he. ‘That’s not Mulcahy, whoever done it!’


Artist Profile

The Jews Brothers Band

This eclectic and eccentric five-piece from New Zealand always hits the stage in an explosion of energy and keeps up the pace throughout. It's exhilarating foot-stomping, hand-clapping repertoire, both original and traditional, features wild Eastern- European dance medleys, neo-40s New York swing, gypsy "hot club", schmaltzy waltzes and funky dance grooves.