Notes From The Road : Kíla - May 2018 News

Dia dhaoibh. Hi to all! All kinds of exciting things happening in Kíla land these days.

National Stadium, 22nd December 

Firstly we have started to work with Caoimhe Ní Riagáin from Gardiner Music and she has been a breath of fresh air with great ideas and fantastic enthusiasm.

She was instrumental in pushing us to book the National Stadium in Dublin this December as the venue for our christmas gig. It is a special year - we are 30 years on the go and Caoimhe felt that a venue of national importance was the only place we should play! She got busy with the organising of it and early bird tickets are already for sale.

We’ll have many, many bits and people to add to the event which we’ll let everyone know about as the plans all come together.

Tóg é go Bog é (21 years old!!)

Next up is the 21st birthday of the release of the album Tóg é go Bog é - February 1997!. And to celebrate we've decided to release a vinyl version - a double album! The original album came out just as vinyl was disappearing as a format for listening to music. Cds were all the rage and we even got cassettes made!!) We are celebrating the album's 21st birthday this coming May 10th at an event in Dublin called Vinyl & Wine where everyone listens to the album in full and then there’s a Q&A. 

You can pre-order copies here of the album but we won't have stock in til around 10th May so albums won't be sent out til after that date.



New Video

We also went back to old footage from a tour we did in 1995 around Ireland. Fascinating stuff! We chose some bits for Mick Mahon to edit together as a video for us to Double Knuckle Shuffle. We feel that there’s probably the bones of a documentary in the footage but that’ll take a little time. We'll have the video ready for viewing in May sometime.

Pota Óir

Anthony White’s film about us Pota Óir has been receiving a great response from audiences. Screenings have slowed down at the moment but we’ll hopefully get to screen it as often as possible during the summer. 

For those who want to watch it at home - it can be purchased from our webshop.

Cúl an Tí

Cúl an Tí was received very well on TG4.  We are going to spend the next couple of months preparing a dvd of the animations and we should have it for sale in September. It will be an great asset to any teacher teaching children songs in Irish.

Concerts

We have a few dates in and they are on the website and the Facebook page. We will be in Ireland mostly during the summer with the notable exception being the Orteguira Festival in Galicia in Northern Spain.


Bits and Bobs

  • our drummer, David Hingerty has been busy doing an album and is set to release the first single next month from it and the album will be released in October. It is an interesting affair in that Dave worked the rhythms up and invited people to sing over them. Josh Ritter and Paul Noonan are two of the singers who are on the album.
  • Rossa has been busying himself with hosting the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins to the school he helped found ten years ago. the day was an enormous success. He is also working on a kid’s book  for O’Brien Press. It is hoped to hit the market later this year.
  • James was in Brazil recently and he wowed the Brazilians with a workshop and concert in the Irish Consulate General's office in Sao Paulo.

Sin, sin anois! That's all for now.

Colm

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