I am pleased to announce the release of my new cello book, Trad on Cello. There are twenty Irish traditional tunes including polkas, slides, jigs, reels, hornpipes and slip jigs, with a guide on how to play them.
I have enjoyed choosing great tunes that fit together in sets so that when you turn up for a session, you are fully equipped to dive straight in and feel good about your playing! It was a challenge to find the perfect keys for the cello for tunes that sit in first position only so there is no running up and down the fingerboard. It makes them really fun to play whatever grade. The second cello parts are also great for playing as a duo, and the chords are included so the tunes can be played with anyone who can read chords. They sound amazing with a group of cellists too, as my friend said “like a big lumbering beast” (I hope that’s good!)
The introduction and chapter information is detailed and interesting for anyone who wants to have a little more guidance and get a brief background info on the tunes.
For teachers looking for something a little different to inspire students post exams, these are a perfect antidote to the earnestness of exam preparations.
I made a video of one of the reels to give an idea of what is in store for you and I hope to see other videos from cellists playing these tunes too!
Living the Tradition is now available through MusicFilmWeb wo have added the film to their catalogue. Here’s a quote on the MFW site. Thanks to Andy Markovitz for his support and writing the kind words!
“This is Irish music stripped of blarney and jig, but still reverberating with politics, myth, liveliness, and loss – of love, of land, even of books (this is Ireland, after all). Throughout de Ziah remains true to her own quest to help keep these songs relevant for modern audiences and to do justice to their stories and settings, even if that means waiting out the rain to play them (this is Ireland, after all). When you’re there, I still recommend you take a bar stool and raise a glass to (and maybe buy a glass for) the local musicians who are also living the tradition and keeping it strong. When you’re home, de Ziah’s musical travelogue offers another avenue into that rich territory.”
read complete article HERE
Do support us by renting or buying and enjoy watching this beautiful film!!
Video of new arrangement I just made of Pachelbel's Canon. I had alot of fun turning this stale staple in to "THE CANON"
You can play it, go to my music store to purchase the pdf!
I am very excited to announce the opening of my new online store; PLAY CELLO MUSIC
Sheet music for my solo cello arrangements is available, as well as music for cello ensembles. More music to be added, but it is ready for sales and already there has been sales activity for pieces long in demand, so go and have a look. Any suggestions for new pieces to add are welcome.
More information to come and a great eBook of wedding favourites so you can get started gigging on solo cello. My aim is to help you have a repertoire to make you feel confident in going out and doing solo work.
Have a look, and PLAY CELLO MUSIC!