The Music of ‘Finnegans Wake’ evolves….

Upcoming 4 May 2017 release of Waywords and Meansigns

A diverse cast of musicians, readers, and artists is creating what may be the year’s most innovative musical-literary project: James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake set to music.

An ongoing project with over 100 contributors from 15 different countries, Waywords and Meansigns features original music and readings from punk rock icon Mike Watt, Mercury Rev veterans Jason Sebastian Russo and Paul Dillon, Joe Cassidy of Butterfly Child, psych-rockers Kinski, vocalist Phil Minton, poet S.A. Griffin, Martyn Bates of Eyeless in Gaza, Little Sparta with Sally Timms (Mekons) and Martin Billheimer, composer Seán Mac Erlaine, Schneider TM, and many more. Derek Pyle explains:

James Joyce basically invented his own language when writing Finnegans Wake. It’s the kind of thing that demands creative approaches — from jazz and punk musicians to sound artists and modern composers, each person hears and performs the text in a way that’s totally unique and endlessly exciting.

With the 2017 release debuting on 4 May 2017, Waywords and Meansigns utilizes their independent digital platform to make Joyce’s text more accessible to 21st century audiences. Waywords and Meansigns also aims to release future musical recordings of Finnegans Wake on an ongoing basis — interested individuals are encouraged to get involved. All audio from the project is distributed freely under Creative Commons licensing at

For press inquiries, including advance audio & interview requests, contact:
Derek Pyle