Songs of Joyce’s Ulysses

A Mock Folk Operetta

Saturday, June 16, 2007 8:00 p.m.

First Central Congregational Church

Omaha, NE


Ted Stevens (Cursive, Mayday) led a concert program in commemoration of Bloomsday, the annual celebration of the life of James Joyce and his landmark novel. Ted partnered with Dan McCarthy (McCarthy Trenching, Mayday) to perform many of the songs referenced in Ulysses.


Analog Arts performed a variety of works based on Joyce’s writings and referenced in Ulysses. Donations supported ARTSaha! 2007 and The Stephen Center, which offers shelter and recovery services to Omaha.



Joe Drew, Bloomsday Prelude*

Traditional, Introit & Gloria

Amilcare Ponchielli, “Dance of the Hours”, from La Giaconda

Gioachino Rossini, “Quando Corpus”, from Stabat Mater

John Cage, “Solo for Voice 84”, from Song Books

Luciano Berio, Thema (Omaggio a Joyce)

Frank Bridge, “Goldenhair”/

Syd Barrett, “Golden Hair”

Ted Stevens, “Love’s Bitter Mystery”

Traditional, “The Croppy Boy” (adapted lyrics by Carroll Malone)

W.A. Mozart, Variation on “La Ci Darem La Mano”, from Don Giovanni

James Molloy, “Love’s Old Sweet Song” (Lyrics by Clifton Bingham)

Freidrich von Flowtow, Variations on M’appari

Ted Stevens, “Nighttown”

Ted Stevens, “Yes”

*world premiere


Joe Drew, trumpet, piano, voice

Darci Gammerl, oboe

John Klinghammer, clarinet

Ted Stevens, guitar, voice

Dan McCarthy, piano




The roots of this unique program lie in Cursive’s pre-release tour for their fifth album, Happy Hollow. Joe Drew played trumpet and keyboards on the tour, where he befriended the band’s guitarist and co-leader Ted Stevens. Ted had an idea for a Bloomsday concert where he performed original songs inspired by Ulysses alongside reworked versions of songs that Joyce alludes to during the course of the novel. He had performed a solo version of it once before and was dissatisfied with the results. Joe agreed to present it anew and flesh out the program with some additional classical pieces that draw on Joyce’s work.



The following is a partial list of musical allusions in James Joyce’s Ulysses. The allusions are named in the order that they appear in the novel. This list was compiled by Zack Bowen.


  1. Introibo, from the Ordinary of the Mass
  2. “Break the News to Mother”, Charles K. Harris
  3. “Who Goes With Fergus?”, from The Countess Cathleen by W.B. Yeats
  4. “I Am the Boy”, from Turko the Terrible
  5. “De Golden Wedding”, James A. Bland
  6. “McGilligan’s Daughter Mary Ann”, Joseph Crofts
  7. “Ask Nothing More of Me Sweet”, Theophile Marzials
  8. “The Death of Nelson”, John Braham
  9. “The Shan Van Vocht”, Traditional
  10. “Ballad of Joking Jesus”, Oliver St. John Gogarty
  11. “Riddle me, riddle me”, Traditional
  12. “Croppies Lie Down”, Traditional
  13. “The Rocky Road to Dublin”, D.K. Gavan
  14. The Gondoliers, Gilbert & Sullivan
  15. Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi
  16. “Mathew Hanigan’s Aunt”
  17. “The Bridal of Malahide”
  18. “The Boys of Kilkenny”
  19. “The Wearing of the Green”, Traditional
  20. “Let Erin Remember the Days of Old”, Thomas Moore
  21. “The Cock Crew”
  22. “The Rogue’s Delight in Praise of His Stroling Mort”, 16th century canting song
  23. “Ophelia’s Song”, from Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  24. Das Rheingold, Richard Wagner
  25. “Ariel’s Song”, from The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  26. “Call Me Early Mother Dear”
  27. “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman”, as “The ABC Song”
  28. “Seaside Girls”, Blazes Boylan
  29. “Oh Thady Brady, you are my darlin'”, Samuel Lover
  30. “Là ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  31. “Love’s Old Sweet Song”, James Lynam Molloy
  32. “Sing a Song of Sixpence”, nursery rhyme
  33. “Dance of the Hours”, from La Giaconda by Amilcare Ponchielli
  34. Westminster chimes
  35. Lalla Rookh, Thomas Moore
  36. “O Mary Lost the Pin of Her Drawers”
  37. “Open your mouth”, nursery rhyme
  38. “Hokey Pokey”, nursery rhyme
  39. “Safe in the Arms of Jesus”, Fanny Crosby & W. Howard Doane
  40. Seven Last Words of Christ, Saverio Mercadante
  41. “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye”, Traditional
  42. “When McCarthy Took the Flure at Inniscorthy”, Traditional
  43. “Old Mother Slipperslapper”, Traditional
  44. “The Pauper’s Drive”, Traditional
  45. “The Croppy Boy”, Traditional
  46. The Lily of Killarney, Julius Benedict
  47. “The Hat Me Father Wore”, Traditional
  48. “The Jewel of Asia”
  49. “The Roast Beef of Old England” from The Grub-Street Opera, by Henry Fielding
  50. “Aboard of the Bugaboo”, Traditional
  51. “Though Lost to Sight to Memory Dear”, Traditional
  52. “Three Women to Every Man”, Traditional
  53. “Cork’s Own Town”, Traditional
  54. “Who Killed Cock Robin?”, nursery rhyme
  55. “Silver Threads Among the Gold,” Eben E. Rexford & Hart Pease Danks
  56. “Poor Old Robinson Crusoe”, nursery rhyme
  57. “Fear No More the Heat of the Sun”, from Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
  58. “Tu che a Dio spiegasti l’ali”, from Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
  59. “Charlie Is My Darling”, Traditional
  60. “Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly”, Will Letters and C.W. Murphy
  61. “Old Ireland’s Hearts and Hands”, Traditional
  62. “M’appari” from Martha by Friedrich von Flowtow
  63. The Haggadah
  64. “Tommy Make Room For Your Uncle”
  65. “The Boys of Wexford”, Patrick Joseph McCall & Arthur Warren Darley
  66. “‘Twas Rank and Fame That Tempted Thee”, from Rose of Castille by Michael William Balfe
  67. “Old Man Moses”
  68. “God Save the King”
  69. “The Waxies’ Dargle”, Traditional
  70. “Washed in the Blood of the Lamb”, Spiritual
  71. “Winds That Blow From the South”
  72. “Kathleen Mavourneen”, Marion Crawford & Frederick Crouch
  73. “His Funeral Is Tomorrow”
  74. “Comin’ Through the Rye”, Robert Burns
  75. “There Was An Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe”, nursery rhyme
  76. “A Policeman’s Lot Is Not a Happy One”, from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan
  77. “The Meeting of the Waters”, Thomas Moore
  78. “We’ll Hang Jeff Davis to a Sour Apple Tree”
  79. “God Save Ireland”, T.D. Sullivan
  80. “There’s a Good Time Coming”, Charles Mackay & Henry Russell