From the mardi-gras excitement of ten thousand people at the Rio Loco Festival in Toulouse to two hundred people at the Bloomsday celebrations in Tinahely’s Courthouse, Kíla has been bringing their ‘energetic, creative and wildly exuberant music (France’s Trad Mag) to summer festivals all around Europe.
Kíla is still riding high on the success of last year’s album release Suas Síos (which is due to be released in Australia very soon) and their remarkable writing of music for Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated films The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea and the Emmy nominated documentary Ireland’s Secret River.
Kíla is no stranger 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).