Kíla

Kíla

 Dublin, Leinster, IRL
BandWorldFolk

Kila are the best example of Irish world music at the moment. Seven piece line up they mix up traditional instrumention with rock and fuse Irish with African, south american sounds. Singing in native Irish they are spectacular live, performing across the world at many festivals. Kila Rock!

Biography

Playing together for nearly 20 years, Kíla are one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands. The seven members come from different musical backgrounds and share a passion to create great music with an ability to absorb influences from across the globe. With its roots in traditional Irish, it features a strong percussive like singing and gorgeous melodies driven by a serious rhythmical undercurrent. Kíla have created their own distinctive style of world music, which has won over audiences around the world through their eight recordings to date and their spectacular live performances.
Kíla are widely renowned for their stunning sets and surprise guest performers at their shows, including trapeze artists, fire jugglers and belly dancers, their live energetic live performances have seen them continue to wow and attract new audiences over the years.
Kíla have played in over 20 countries throughout the world, at festivals and venues, most notable festivals in recent years include Womadelaide Australia, Womad Reading, Spain and Sicily, Glastonbury Festival, Witness Festival, Sigzet Festival Budapest, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Stockholm Water Festival, and the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Ireland 2003. They regularly tour Japan , North America Australia, the UK, Spain, and throughout Europe.
They have supplied music for film soundtracks including the recent animated hit The Secret of Kells, collaborating with french composer Bruno Coulais.
Awards:
Shortlisted Choice Music Prize, 2008
Nominee in Meteor Irish Music awards, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,2007, 2008
2002 Meteor Irish Music Industry Award - Best Trad Act
Hot Press Readers Choice Awards - Best Trad Act - 2003, 2004, 2007
Kíla run their own label Kíla Records and own a recording studio, they also look after their own publishing through Kíla Music.

‘Kila are extraordinary’ – Bono
‘Brilliant’ – Sinéad Ó Connor

Discography

The Secret Of Kells (soundtrack album with Bruno Coulais) - Released March 2009
'Once Upon A Time' - Concert DVD - July 2008
Gamblers' Ballet - August 2007
Kila & Oki - July 2006
Live in Dubin - October 2004
Luna Park - May 2003
Lemonade and Buns - 2001
Tog E Go Bog E - 1999
Film, Television and Theatre:

Kíla have supplied and composed music for a number of films, TV and Theatre productions notably;
Feature Films; 'Gold in the Streets' (Liz Gill, Noel Pearson - Ferndale Films), 'Silent Grace' (Maeve Murphy, Follower Productions) 'Capital Letters' Ciaran Ó Connor and the documentaries: 'Seven Days' about writer Paulo Coehlo (Little Bird Productions) and 'Hidden Treasures' Irish Folklore and Crafts series (Loopline Productions).
In 2001 they composed the sound track for the London West End play Monkey! and subsequently released an album of the same music.
Kíla composed music for a six part series ‘Celtic Monsters’ a co production between TG4, and SC4 (2005)
Kíla’s music has also been used in a number of BBC Timewatch documentaries: ‘The Battle of The River Plate (2005), Hadrians Wall (2006) and Richard Hammond and the Holy Grail (2006) and in the RTE productions: Primetime Special on Islam In Ireland (2006), and drama The Big Bow Wow (2005)

Set List

Kila's set is all original material a mix of songs and instrumental tunes, from high octane traditional Irish tunes to electric and jazz fusion pieces.
Glanfaigh Me - Original song
Bullys Acre
Leath in dhiaidh a hOcht
The Last Mile Home
Rusty Nails
Tog E Go Bog E