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.”
We are thrilled to announce the premiere and launch of Living the Tradition on the 17th May at 6.30. It will be shown in Midleton's Jameson distillery, Midleton, Co. Cork as the highlight event at a new festival in Midleton called Mid May Festival which celebrates arts in the community and the bringing together of artistic traditions past and present.
Tickets are €5 There are a limited amount of seats in the venue, and it's selling out fast so do buy soon! email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for ticket inquiries.
Look forward to seeing you!
Here is part three of Living the Tradition where I talk
about Danny Boy and make an arrangement of it for solo cello. My
great grandmother used to cry every time she heard it. Find out why
here! part 3 the making
of LTT Or go here if that doesn’t link… On the road…
A friend sent me a video from her phone today. She was at the City of Cork Symphony orchestra concert in the Limerick University Concert Hall where we played with Nigel Kennedy.
He started playing a trad tune and I couldn't resist joining in. We played a trad set again the next night in the City Hall in Cork, to more rapturous applause and afterwards had a great jam along with Cora Venus Lunny, Donovan and other CCSO improvisers!
Eleven Christmas Carols and Songs from around the world arranged especially for solo cello.
This Christmas music comes from all over the world. American, Irish, Brazilian, German, English and Welsh songs. The origins of some of the older carols is unknown as they have been around so long. There are enough technical challenges to keep it interesting but easy enough for you to get the music up to a performance standard by Christmas.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
The Holly and the Ivy
Deck the Hall
Walking in the Air
Natal Das Criancas
Christmas Medley: Let it Snow, Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Jingle Bells
In Dulci Jubilo
Spread some Christmas cheer with these pieces and don’t be surprised if everyone sings along.
I have had a great response to the music and performed some in the beautiful lounge at Sheen Falls Lodge last evening.
I am recording them this week and the recordings will be available for download soon too.