Notes from the Road : Kila / February 2017

A Chairde, Ath-bhliain faoi mhaise daoibh - A belated Happy New Year to you all.

Sorry it took so long to get to this. I got sick in January and it knocked me right off my stride and so everything that I had hoped would be ready to go is taking just a little bit longer. As a result I will be sending missives a little more often over the next month or so to keep you all abreast of everything we have going on.

Kíla - Alive

We had a great 2016. Highlights were the amazing gig in Toulouse - Rio Loco in July, down by the river Garonne with 10,000 people dancing and hopping to our music. They were hungry for music because the night before they had all arrived down and the Chieftains concert was cancelled due to storms! We were just the tonic! Here's a link to the song 'Raise the Road' from that gig.

Another highlight is that we managed to finish the live album - called Kíla-Alive. And Alive it is - brimming with energy, enthusiasm, skill and determination. Guesting is the redoubtable Alan Doherty from ALDOC and the album was recorded mostly in his hometown of Taillaght.

As I explained in the last newsletter we had some advance copies ready for the Winter Tour at Christmas but we haven't released it through shops or digitally yet. That's coming in March! We hope to have the album up for sale in the new Kíla shop in the next week or so. We are going to have three different formats

1. Cd only
2. Cd with a wonderful concert film called 'Pota Óir - Pot of Gold' by Anthony White from Whitewash film. We won't have that available until April/May I'd say. It is taking longer to pull it all together. Anthony is very proud of it and he describes it as a really intimate look at Kíla on and off stage.
3. Vinyl - yes we are going to release a vinyl version of the album. We have wait a while though as vinyl needs a specialised mastering process and also it takes ages to get them made. It will be our first album on vinyl!!!

The album is a good mix of old and new. Raise the Road is on it. It is a really interesting album in that three of the pieces are only being played for the second time live - very fresh. Sometimes you can hear us hesitating and wondering if we are in the right place in the song. Playing by the seat of our pants is how it might be described!! Brian, who took charge of the project has said to us that we should listen to how the album makes us feel.

Speaking about Brian and the album make sure to pay a visit to the new look web-site which Brian and his wife Justine worked on. It is very swish altogether!!

Cúl an Tí

This is the project with Cartoon Saloon and Sónta Films - 12 songs, 12 singers, 12 animations! We are mixing this at the moment. Some of it is glorious! Not sure yet of a date for broadcast. Here is a link to some of the drawings Eimhin McNamara did for the video with Lisa Hannigan singing. The song is from a poem by Máirtín Ó Direáin and is called An tEarrach Thiar (Spring in the West).

Here’s a link to some of Eimhin’s drawings and below it is some of Pádraig Fagan's work on the video of the song Cill Aodáin. Magical stuff really.

We haven’t been given a broadcast date from TG4 yet but the liklihood is that it will be after the summer. A dvd of all the animations will be released to co-incide with the programme. I’ll keep yu all informed about all the developments.

Song of the Sea

From one Cartoon Saloon collaboration to another. We have been involved in talks between the Salooners, the National Concert Hall and Bruno Coulais about playing the score of the film along to a screening of the film! This has been spoken about a few times but this time it’s looking good. Fingers crossed! The shows would be happening in December if the plan all comes together.


January and February are normally taken up with (in the Kíla HQ) trying to plan the summer of festivals. Things are looking good for a few shows in England. Two that are definitely confirmed are Lakeside 11th August and Boomtown 12th August.


* Rónán is practically finished his new album. Recorded mostly in Muiríoch in the Kerry Gaeltacht he is collaborating with Monolith (Mark Gavin) and things are sounding groovy and great. Heavy on the beats!

* My (Colm) book 'Dún Chaoin - Oscail an Scoil' (Dunquinn - Open the School) is just back from the printers as I write and I will add it to the Kíla shop next week. It is a must really for anyone with an interest in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht (the Irish speaking region of Kerry).

* Rossa is getting a new cover onto his opus on urination. He is going to rename the book 'Urination Once Again'. It is an extremely funny book which screams WTMI (way too much information)!!

* We were delighted to lend our support to the Home Sweet Homw protest occupation in Apollo House in Dublin Ireiland where the focus was on housing, accomodation with dignity for those homeless. Noble cause, noble idea, noble people.

* Dee played on Ciarán Rock's new band's (Free Speaking Monkeys) album released in December. Ciarán is a former member of the extraordinary The Pale, led by the inimitable Mathew Devereaux.

* Rossa won TG4's dancing competition 'An Ríl Deal'!! He had to learn loads of complicated steps and then had to perform in front of an audience and see off five other competitors! His prize was a donation by the programme makers of €5000 to a charity of Rossa's choice and he chose the homeless charity Focus Ireland. The programme was on the TG4 website but they've taken it down but I'll see if I can it on youtube for you to see. It's well worth a watch and Rossa's dancing is pretty sophisticated stuff.

Sin sin. That's it for now but I will send out a message next week with details of the dates we have in March and also details re the album and books being up for sale in the shop. Visit

Tóg Bog


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