2017 was a busy year for Kíla. To promote Alive – Beo, Kíla’s third live album and first on vinyl, they performed over sixty concerts. Highlights included UK’s Boomtown and Beautiful Days, Russia’s KAMWA World Music Festival and Ireland’s Electric Picnic, where they filled the Electric Arena tent to it’s 10,000 capacity.
2018 got off to a great start with Kíla being awarded Banna na Bliana / Best Band at NÓS Irish Language Music Awards in January. February saw the launch of TG4’s Cúl an Tí, a series of twelve animations of Irish songs made by Cartoon Saloon. Accompanied by Kíla, artists include Imelda May, Lisa Hannigan, Danny O’Reilly, Mundy, John Spillane, Mary Coughlan and Liam Ó Maonlaí amongst others. In March, Kíla release Pota Óir, their new live documentary film which will premiere at New York’s Craic Fest and San Francisco’s Irish Film Festival on March 10. It will also be shown in London on March 18 and in Dublin on March 29. The band will then mark the 21st anniversary of seminal album Tóg É Go Bog É with a vinyl release on May 10 at the Liquor Rooms, Dublin.
Kíla were formed in Dublin Gaelic secondary school Coláiste Eoin and are considered one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands. Their unique and ever evolving sound, while rooted in tradition, is inspired by a myriad of musical influences worldwide. Kíla’s eight members stem from the differing musical backgrounds, including Irish traditional, classical, folk and rock.
Kíla recorded a number 1 single “The Ballad of Ronnie Drew” with U2, The Dubliners, Shane MacGowan, Sinead O’Connor, Glen Hansard, The Corrs, Christy Moore, Damien Dempsey and a host of other artists in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. In 2010 they were delighted to welcome Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood to join them onstage at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin.
Kíla have played in over 35 countries and at notable festivals like the Montreux Jazz Festival, Edmonton Folk festival Canada, WOMAD festivals in New Zealand, Spain and Australia, RWMF the Sziget Festival Hungary, The Electric Picnic, Glastonbury. In 2016 Kíla closed the Cambridge Folk Festival with Imelda May joining them onstage. The band have performed at many prestigious ceremonies and events, including the Special Olympics; Hindu leader Amma, the Hugging Saint Festival; the welcoming of the Dalai Lama at Possibilities and Garden Parties hosted by the President of Ireland.
Kíla have worked extensively in TV and film. Their most notable collaborations have been with French composer Bruno Coulais on the soundtracks for Cartoon Saloon’s two Oscar nominated animated films The Secret of Kells (2010) and Song of the Sea (2014). In 2015 Kíla were nominated for an Emmy Award for their soundtrack to the feature length documentary Ireland’s Wild River by Crossing the Lines. The follow-on TV series, Wild Ireland won England’s most prestigious award the Grierson Award for Best Natural History Documentary. You will also hear Kíla’s music on BBC’s ongoing series Timewatch.