Date: Saturday 24th February Time: 8.30pm Admission: €24/€22
From the mardi-gras excitement of ten thousand people at the Rio Loco Festival in Toulouse to two hundred people in Courthouse Arts Centre Tinahely, Kíla have been bringing their ‘energetic, creative and wildly exuberant music’ (France’s Trad Mag) to summer festivals all around Europe.
Kíla are still riding high on the success of this year’s album release Kíla Alive Beo which is in the top ten of Hot Press’ end of year ‘Album of the Year’ charts. Their remarkable partnership with French composer Bruno Coulais also continued with the recording of the soundtrack of the forthcoming animated feature White Fang.
Kíla are no strangers to the heady heights of the music world having produced 10 critically acclaimed studio albums since their first one – the quirky named Handel’s Fantasy set ears twitching some twenty years ago. In 2008 they recorded the song ‘The Ballad of Ronnie Drew’ with U2, The Dubliners, Glen Hansard and a host of other artists. The song spent two weeks on top of the Irish Charts and was later included on a U2.com-only album of collaborations that U2 recorded with other artists – Duals (2012).
When not wowing audiences around Europe’s festival circuit Kíla have teamed up again with Cartoon Saloon for a remarkable exploration of Irish music. Working with 12 different singers Kíla are producing 12 songs (original and traditional) for which 12 different directors will animate 12 videos! Singers already recorded include Lisa Hannigan, Mundy, Mary Coughlan and John Spillane. The other singers chosen from wildly different fields will include a number of surprises!! The animations will feature in a TG4 programme called Cúl an Tí and will be broadcast in early 2018.
“One of the most beautifully euphoric live experiences.” BBC Review
“Gloriously unique…long may they continue.” State.ie
“Whatever it is…this is it. Kíla re right there at the cusp of it.” Bono
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