Traditional Irish Music
A Chairde. The summer is over! Festivals are all packed away until next year and programmers are busy wracking their brains for next year’s ‘big surprise’ acts! We in Kíla-land are busying ourselves by gathering tunes and songs to keep us warm during winter! Harvesting stray notes and chords, harmonies and movements in need of the shelter of a tune or a song. It is a nice time of discovering.
We had a great summer of gigs and festivals. Highlights were Beautiful Days and Lakefest in England, the Kamwa festival in Russia and in Ireland the end of summer blast at the Electric Picnic was a great way to bring a close to the festival season.
Album – Alive Beo
The live album has been really well received by reviewers. I have posted them on our Facebook page. The best quote was from a reviewer in the Netherlands who said ‘Who is brave enough to bring Kíla back to the Netherlands!’
The vinyl version of the album has been welcomed by the turntable's! None of the Kílas have turntables but they reckon that it is a great Christmas present to give to people with them!
Ór & Airgead
In the last few weeks Rónán has released his seventh solo album! It is called ‘Ór & Airgead’. It translates into Gold & Money or Gold and Silver. Collaborating with him on this one was Mayo beats maestro, Mark Gavin. They will be playing a concert in Whelans in early October to celebrate the release.
You can listen to a track on this link and you can buy physical copies from the Kíla shop. Digital copies are available on the normal platforms, itunes etc.
We have a few concerts coming up but not so many. And we will have tickets for sale for our Christmas concert in Dublin at the end of the month.
20.9.17 - Clifden Arts Week, Station House, Clifden
30.9.17 – Cork Folk Festival, Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Slowly getting to grips with the back end of the online shop. Hoping to get everything up to date on it in the next two months. I’ll be putting messages on facebook as each new item goes up on sale – some of these haven’t been available for many, many years. For example I found copies of the collaboration single we did with the Ainu snger Oki. And also the remix album that Japanese artists did in 2005!
Bits and bobs
Brian wrote the music for the recent Irish Modern Dance Theatre production ‘Everything Now’.
Dee’s Rock School – held in Manorhamilton every year - celebrated it’s 10th year this year.
Dee is also a member of the band Freespeakingmonkey and they released and EP in Kiltyclogher at the end of June.
Colm had his book on the closure of the primary school in Dún Chaoin finally published. It is called 'Dún Chaoin - Oscail an Scoil' - Dún Chaoin - Open the School.
Rónán concluded the concert series held in Whelans, ‘Call the Dancers’. It involved him and two others bringing a new guest every week and playing whatever come to them on the night.
Rossa’s next adventurous project got off the ground in September – an Irish language Secondary School in Sligo - Gaelcholáiste Loch Gile. It is a small beginning and is a unit within a larger secondary school but it is the first time since 1970 that secondary education through Irish has been available in this region of Ireland.
Dave is almost finished his first solo album. He began it by recording many rhythms and has had singers and musicians come in and write something over these. He’ll have it out in world early next year.
That’s all for now. I’m sure I’ve left loads out. Not by design – I’m just getting forgetful in my young age! But generally the facebook pages is a good place to catch the day-to-day stuff.
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