Behind every Irish tune is an ancient tale of love and loss, of history and heroes. Living the Tradition is the journey of cello player and composer Ilse de Ziah around Ireland in a search for undiscovered secrets of ten Irish Airs. Along the way she meets with renowned Irish musicians, scholars and local characters who share with her the history and stories behind the music. Ilse performs each of these intensely beautiful pieces in the settings they were written. Filmmaker Maarten Roos captures the landscapes, the charm of the Irish people and the powerful resonance of the cello, creating a fresh account of Irish music and culture.


The DVD of the 92 minute film is accompanied by a second disk of 65 minutes containing a music video for each air and performances of some of the airs by the musicians who participated in the film (DVD is playable in all regions on all players).
A huge thank you to all the generous contributors who made this film possible!
Available on The Roots Channel
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