Traditional Irish Music
Kíla are back with a new live album that once again shows why they have for some considerable time occupied an alternative planet when it comes to traditional music. Their brand of magical, mystical, world infused music sets them apart. They have followed their own vision since their formation in Dublin in the late 1980’s and they are still going strong. Their lineup includes brothers Rónán, Rossa, and Colm Ó Snodaigh, Dee Armstrong, Brian Hogan, Seanán Brennan, Dave Hingerty and James Mahon.
They are quite rightly heralded as one of Ireland’s “most innovative and exciting bands with a unique sound that has been ever evolving, rooted in tradition, yet inspired by a myriad of influences and ideas from all around the world.”
Describing their music is quite the task and “contemporary Irish World music” might be as close as you can get. The essence of what they do is best captured live, which is exactly what you get on Alive Beo, their latest release.
This is track 8 called Raise the Road.
This live performance once again shows how they fuse their own melodies and Irish (Gaeilge) lyrics, using whistles, fiddles, uilleann pipes, bones, bodhrán, djembe, congas, drums and guitars. They all come from the differing musical backgrounds including traditional, classical and rock, and it is this mix that allows them to deliver such incredible arrangements and sounds.
The result on this live release is a “fresh blend of freewheeling instrumentals, furious jigs, and primal rhythms that transcend the traditional boundaries of Irish music”. Alive Beo is their their 19th album and their 3rd live release.
Regarding their shows BBC World Review said they delivered “one of the most beautifully euphoric live experiences”. Our own Hot Press Magazine said they were “softly spoken off stage and complete lunatics on it, Kíla have torn up the rulebook with their wantonly eclectic mix of styles”. Even Bono got in on the act saying “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.”
Alive Beo is now on release and can be purchased from their website www.kila.ie
They are also on tour and you can catch them live at Tradphicnic Galway on 1st July 2017, Killarney Folkfest on 9th July and Earagail Arts on 13th July. Lots more dates on their website.
This album is available as a free download to radio broadcasters that are part of our Download Centre on Tradconnect.
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