Behind every Irish tune is an ancient story of love and loss, of history and heroes. Cellist Ilse de Ziah was born in America and raised in Australia, but she has found her musical home in Ireland, creating solo cello arrangements of traditional songs and composing new variations on timeless themes. In this enchanting documentary, de Ziah she criss-crosses the island in search of the origins and secrets of "Cape Clear," "Carrickfergus," and more famous airs. Along the way she meets with renowned musicians, scholars, and local characters who share the political, romantic, and tragic tales behind the music, and plays her arrangements of these slow and intensely beautiful pieces in the settings where they were written. The connections she makes between the songs, the land, and its people present a fresh account of Irish music and culture.
For more on Ilse and her music, check out her webside, ilsedeziah.com.