Kíla has just turned 25! From their first gig on Rónán Ó Dubhthaigh and Shane Ó Donnchú’s trailblazing radio show, ‘The Language Mix’ on Bray Local Broadcasting (BLB), Kíla has come a long way. Numerous albums, thousands of shows, hundreds of new pieces of music, 30 countries traversed, Kíla has always refined and changed their sound and music.
Book of Tunes
Kíla will also be celebrating the publication of their first book of music: Foinn – Kíla – Book of Tunes. The book features notated versions of all the Kíla tunes, recorded to date and a rich tapestry of photographs, essays and poems to accompany the music. The book is a work of beauty and where better to launch it than the centre of Dublin where the band grew up.
Feted by Bono and Sinéad O’Connor, Kíla is now celebrating their 25th Anniversary. During this time the band has achieved a remarkable level of excellence in their innovative and creative recorded output and their energetic live shows.
Their most recent album, Soisín, was given five stars in the Hot Press review andits unique atmosphere has continued to beguile people’s ears. Kíla played this music at the welcoming of the Dali Lama to the Possibilities Conference in Dublin.
Focused on the future yet rooted in the tradition Kíla have remained loyal to the ideal of composing in the traditional vein yet remaining open to influences and ideas from all around the world, which gives the unique sound that Kíla produces.