Call of the Sea Concert

Event Details

  • Date:
  • Venue: Sea Church

Ilse de Ziah, Ian Date, The Diviners & Fiona Kennedy

Sea Church, Ballycotton hosts a group of East Cork Musicians for a night of uplifting acoustic music flowing between cello, solo guitar, innovative folk/trad, and award winning singer-songwriting. Ending the year on a positive note. 

This exciting event will provide plenty of opportunity for all you lovers of guitar, cello, voice, bouzouki, whistles and Bodhrán to hear these amazing musicians.

This event swings into action on 28 December, with plenty of excitement, deep groove, beauty and uplifting sounds expected.

World-renowned cellist Ilse de Ziah, brings together these four different acts from the local area to showcase the enormous locally based talent.


IAN DATE, master guitarist has played on more than 70 albums either as a sideman or a leader. He has played all over the world and has performed with many great musicians. Firmly rooted in the jazz tradition equally at home on the acoustic or electric guitar. Ian produces breathtaking original arrangements and compositions. Critics have described his playing as “endlessly inventive, lyrical and always exciting.”

THE DIVINERS Blend invention with tradition, new compositions with old. They are an innovative traditional and folk band from Cork, Ireland. Accomplished multi-instrumentalists – what sets them apart is the depth and authenticity of the songs and tunes they compose. With a dynamic line-up, including Ilse de Ziah, the music they create is rich, deep and compelling. Mining the tradition while forging ahead with the new, the sound they make is unmistakable. The power and diversity of their arrangements, their unflinching regard for audience, makes THE DIVINERS in concert an experience to remember. Praise for their first single in this line-up, Battle of the Starlings; “instrumental melodies that are haunting but also uplifting…stirring vocals…beautiful.”


EOIN JORDAN: Bouzouki; Guitar; Five-String Banjo; Bodhrán; Vocals.

CIARÁN RUBY: .Whistles; Guitar; Flute; Shruti Box; Harmonica; Bodhrán; Vocals

ILSE DE ZIAH: Cello; Fiddle; Vocals

FIONA KENNEDY is a Singer Songwriter, recording artist & IRMA Award nominee. The Cork singer has a long and superb track record, with many TV performances, including her own one hour TV special ‘The Fiona Kennedy Show’ on RTE.

Her latest single ‘Where Else Would You Get It’, produced by Declan Sinnott (Mary Black/Christy Moore) was released in September, with her previous single ‘Place of my Resurrection’ going straight to number one in the iTunes Chart this year.

Fiona worked with another Irish music industry heavyweight, guitarist Bill Shanley (Ray Davies/Gilbert O’Sullivan) on her last album ‘The Beach’ which she recorded in 2017 after a hiatus that saw her concentrating on bringing up her 2 daughters after many years performing internationally and in Ireland. Fiona is currently working on a new album due for release in early 2022. Fiona and Ilse started performing together with Fiona’s band this year, and recently performed in the Cork Jazz Festival and for the Shanley Sessions Clonakilty.

“This talented Irish lady has the ability to change mood at the drop of a hat…. More earworms than you can cope with”   Progradar U.K. 

ILSE DE ZIAH, a world-renowned cellist, performed on many albums, in concerts around the world, and lectures in chamber music in University College Cork. She has produced five books on Irish Traditional Music for cello, an award winning documentary ‘Living the Tradition’, and released two solo cello albums. She is co-Artistic Director of the Midleton Arts Festival and runs the Irish Cello Retreat for cellists from around the world in Garryvoe Hotel.

“a gem glistening with grace and sparkle” Munster Express

The idea behind the night is to have a really great time playing superb and uplifting music with a repertoire that runs from jazz and blues to innovative folk/trad, and award winning singer-songwriting! The event is expected to attract a huge crowd out for a thrilling time! 

Ilse says “I am really excited to present “Call of The Sea” at Sea Church in Ballycotton, and can’t wait to present this high quality music for your listening pleasure. I am so happy to be out playing again and to perform and feature with my favourite local performers. I know you are all going to love them. It will be the East Cork event of the year!”

The Sea Church said, “We are very pleased to have music of such high quality and we know it is going to be a hit with everyone. These are world class musicians and what they present they is a lot of fun and musically superb. We are pleased to present this concert which is made possible by the assistance of the Cork County Council which enables us to support these local professional musicians and to showcase the immense talent available in our area”

In the time between Christmas and New Year we can all feel adrift, so Heed the Call of the Sea, let the tide uplift you and deliver you to Ballycotton Sea Church to swim in a world of wonderful sound and song.

If you are tempted by the sounds of this acoustic music and wonderful singing then put this date in your diary. Add a night of celebrating locally based talent to your calendar and get ready to heed the “Call of The Sea”

“There is a tide in the affairs of men and women, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures” – William Shakespeare

Bookings: (Sea church event link to Call of the Sea tickets)

What: Call of the Sea

When 28 December 2021

Time 8.00pm

Where: Sea Church, Ballycotton

Tickets: €20

Tickets and enquiries:

Tel: 021 2340525
Address: Main Street, Ballycotton,
Co. Cork, Ireland

This concert has been made possible by the following;

  • Cork County Council
  • Dept of Culture
  • Pure Cork
  • Cork Co Co Pops

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