- 09 Jun 22
The new release comes in celebration of Bloomsday (June 16).
In celebration of Bloomsday next week, Scullion have shared a reimagined version of the song 'The Fruit Smelling Shop'.
The new version of the track is set to feature on their upcoming album, Time Has Made a Change In Me, due for release on September 22.
This reimagining of ‘The Fruit Smelling Shop’ came about because of an invitation to Scullion member Sonny Condell from Darina Gallagher, the Director of The James Joyce Centre in Dublin.
Condell explained that by opening a random page in James Joyce's Ulysses, he was able to create the song back in the late '70s.
He said: "The Fruit Smelling shop came into being very quickly, it just happened, the cord sequence worked, and the words pushed and pulled me; into a chorus where “Blazes Boylan at the counter….” Seemed to call for a strong C major, then the serving girl’s submissive “yes sir I will sir” felt like an E minor, A minor sequence.
"The hard part was done, the atmosphere was all in the wonderful writing of Mr. Joyce, then I began to wonder, what right do I have to do this? I still don’t have the answer to that.
"But having been asked by the James Joyce Centre to do a new version of the song, has in some way legitimized the creation of the song. I’m very grateful to the James Joyce Centre for their interest and their support.”
Filmmaker Myles O'Reilly was also commissioned to make a film for the 'The Fruit Smelling Shop,' which you can check out below.