Originally from Dublin, Gerry Smyth is an academic, playwright, actor and musician who now lives and works in Liverpool. He has published widely on different aspects of Irish cultural history, including dedicated research on the role and representation of music in the work of James Joyce. Along with his daughter Esther, in 2012 he released an album of acoustic folk settings of all thirty-six lyrics from Joyce’s book of poetry Chamber Music (1907). He has since performed concerts of material selected from that album at venues throughout Europe. His next book, entitled Celtic Tiger Blues: Music and Irish Identity, will be published by Routledge in September 2016.
Gerry Smyth contributed to the Opendoor Edition of Waywords and Meansigns in 2017, recording page 604 line 22 through page 606 line 12.