Noel's Events

My next performance is in Bewleys Theatre Café on Grafton Street, on Friday, 14th December, 2018, from 7: 30 p.m. until 9: 30 p.m. During the evening I will commemorate the Centennial of the W.W.1 Armistice, the memory of the 35,000 Irish who never came home, and the 165,000 who came home, invisibly. We are now beginning to acknowledge them. About time! Full details on my facebook page under my name. Have a lovely Christmas. 

I performed in Navan on Monday, 26 September, 2016, when the I.C.A. hostedan international evening, with Chinese culture as its theme. China's fascinating history and culture was portrayed in word, music, food and song.

Invitees will included Chinese immigrants who have made Meath their home.

Our cultures have much in common, not least in song. I sang traditional Irish songs, in English and Irish. I have also fallen in love with their music. I sang some songs in Mandarin which, like many of our own traditional songs, are very beautiful, and lend themselves to be sung unaccompanied.

Their, often allegorical themes, phrasing, simple, sometimes soaring melodies resonate very much with so many of our traditional love songs. Mandarin, like our own native tongue, is a most musical language.

Over half a million people have chosen Ireland as their new home. Well done to the Meath I.C.A for showing example in warmly embracing them and their culture. It was a privilege to be asked to participate by them through the evening's coordinator and I.C.A. member, Jing Farrelly.

As a member of many United Nations' missions worldwide, I much believe in the Irish seanfhocal; Ní neart go cur le chéile: Only when united do we strengthen.

In July, Noel performed some of his Joyce one-man-show at the Joyce Summer School in Trieste, where Joyce lived from 1905 to 1915.

On 12 June, Noel O' Grady's unique interpretation of Song featured in Áras an Uachtaráin on Bloomsweek, where he sang Rufus Wainwright's composition for Shakespeare's Sonnet 29, to mark the 400th anniversary of the great bard's death, for President Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina and invited guests.

On Easter Monday, Noel was asked to sing in the G.P.O. His songs included the 18th century Táimse im' Chodhladh 'sná Dúistear Mé which fused the flame which was ignited in Easter of 1916. Noel led the hundreds of 1916 relatives in The Soldier's Song which was sung on Friday evening, 28th April, by the 350 or so rebels as they fearlessly fought their way towards Moore Street from the G.P.O whose burning roof was about to cave in. 

Noel has performed his onemanshow: Ode to James Joyce: Portrait of a Tenor, in London, Berlin, Russia, and  Trieste at the Joyce Summer School,  

Noel O' Grady and  John Bowman opened the Listowel Writers' Week.


Noel O' Grady's uniquely entertaining, cultural one-man -show on James Joyce is destined to entertain and bring the global brand that is James Joyce to its natural habitat, the world stage.

There is no better way to showcase what's best in Irish literature, culture and music than to promote one of the world's best known and acclaimed writers, James Joyce through song, poetry and story.  Noel's singing voice is said by many Joyceans to be similar to that of James Joyce.  His wife Nora, and music are what sustained him. What an amazing love story!  And Noel's seamless weaving of songs, poetry and story in the songs, life, loves, works and times of James Joyce beautifully, culturally and uniquely illustrate this. When not in Joycean mode, Noel, a five-time Oireachtas na Gaeilge winner for traditional singing in Irish is exemplifying Irish culture at its best and in many forms.

3 September 2017 - ELECTRIC PICNIC  

Tuesday, September 05, 2017 11:10:00 PM
Looking forward to performing in the Storymap MindField Electric Picnic tent tomorrow, Sunday at I'll be celebrating film director John Huston, his daughter Angelica, Thomas Moore, Lady Gregory and James Joyce. I see that, among others, Stephen Murphy, powerful exponent of the oral tradition, is featuring too. It's in the Main Stage area if you're nearby around then. If you need a lift back to Dublin after Duran Duran just pm me. read more

Bewleys Café Theatre on Grafton St. on Thursday, 13th February. A Saint Valentine's Musical Soirée with Noel O' Grady who will be joined by artist, producer, director, and singer Kevin Sharkey. 

Friday, February 07, 2014 8:49:00 PM
There's something about Eves. "It was the dream itself that enchanted me", wrote W. B. Yeats. On Thursday 13th February, I'll be joined by my good friend, Kevin Sharkey who will perform a number of his own songs as well as interpret some classic love songs. I'll perform songs from literary luminaries such as Brendan Kennelly, Seán O' Casey, John B. Keane, Patrick Kavanagh, Su Shi, William Butler Yeats, Billy Joel, James Joyce, Ewan MacColl and James Clarence Mangan. Time: 7,30 until about 9.15. including an intermission. Tickets: 15 euros. 12 Euros for students, unwaged and senior citizens. To book please contact Bewleys Café Theate at the following number: 01 8784001, and leave a message giving your name and number of tickets required. You can then collect ... read more

Temple Bar Trad Fest Wednesday 22 January 2014 

Monday, January 27, 2014 4:31:00 PM
Noel O' Grady will be performing in the Temple Bar Trad Fest as special guest of the Young Orchestral Pops (POPS) and Whitefriar Street Stringss in a Benefit Evening for these wonderful, mostly Dublin City musicians whose artistic director is KItty Dalligan. The concert takes place in the delightful space of St. Werburgh's Church near Christ Church Cathedral and across the road from Burdock's. St. Werburgh's Church was founded in 1178 Lord Edward Fitzgerald, one of the leaders killed in the 1798 Rebellion, is buried there. Jonathan Swift and pianist, composer John Field who was mostly the inspiration for Chopin's nocturnes, were baptised there. Our wonderful writer and poet, James Clarence Mangan of My Dark Rosaleen, and, amongst others, ... read more
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