Kíla - Button Factory - Saturday April 27th (with Paddy Casey, The Pale & Glen Hansard)

From Kíla's Newsletter, written by Colm O' Snodaigh . When I began this music lark way back when I was in thrall of the lads in Kíla - their enthusiasm, their willingness to listen, to learn, to play, to experiment. I was still trying to make it as a footballer with Bray Wanderers and would occasionally head into town to see the lads busking. The lads comprised, Mic Christopher, Glen Hansard, Mark Dignam, Rónán, Eoin, Rossa, Eoin O'Brien and many, many may others. It was a great joy to be among them, a great feeling of 'these people really have something special'. I eventually gave up the football lark and to take music more seriously.

One of the wonderful things I was exposed to was late night jam sessions with everyone sharing their music, introducing new songs, passing songs onto friends, passing tapes around, introducing musical discoveries into the circle.

That generation of buskers and late night sessioners still do the same. They still celebrate each other's music. They still play and compose and share and care.

It has been a long time for Kíla on the road - 25 years. And we have been celebrating it with a series of events, the first of which happened in the Button Factory last December, which we celebrated with all the past members of the band - it was, for those of you that came, an explosive night of joy and music! We then did a 'World Tour of Dublin'!

This saturday coming (April 27th) we are continuing the celebrations. And this time we are celebrating our busking days and we have Paddy Casey to help us along, Shane and Matthew from The Pale and Glen Hansard from The Frames and The Swell Season. (our extra special guests!!!) It is going to be another great night of music, a night of sharing the stage, the music, the joy and the journey.

So do come along. This probably won't happen again for another 25 years!

 Beir Bua

Colm ( Kíla )

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