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 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 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 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!
‘Softly spoken off stage and complete lunatics on it, Kila have torn up the
rulebook with their wantonly eclectic mix of styles, Brilliant!’- Hot Press
(Latest Album) Suas Síos ratings - 9/10 Hot Press, 4/5 Irish Times, 4/5 The Independent
“Whatever it is... this is it. Kíla are right there at the cusp of it...
Somehow you get the feeling they lit the fuse for the big bang.”
"One of the most beautifully euphoric live experiences"
BBC World Review
"All the wonderful, shamanistic energy of the amazing Kíla'.
Neil Jordan, Film Director
“It's a James Joyce ballet, an astonishing composition of light, movement and
Pat McCabe, Writer
“Kíla are an unstoppable force of nature.”
Kevin Godley, Musician, Film & Video Director The Police, Peter Gabriel, U2