An ensemble of members of KILA and friends specially assembled for a magical night of the best of Irish contemporary trad
to close the Cruthu Arts Festival 2018
2018 got off to a great start with Kíla being awarded Banna na Bliana / Best Band at NÓS Irish Language Music Awards in January. February saw the launch of TG4’s Cúl an Tí, a series of twelve animations of Irish songs made by Cartoon Saloon. Accompanied by Kíla, and artists that included Imelda May, Lisa Hannigan, DannyO’Reilly, Mundy, John Spillane, Mary Coughlan and Liam Ó Maonlaí amongst others.
In March, Kíla released Pota Óir, their new live documentary film which premiered at New York’s Craic Fest and San Francisco’s Irish Film Festival on March 10 and was shown in Dublin on March 29. With support from Culture Ireland, Kíla completed a mini tour of the UK in March, with performances including headlining the main stage at Trafalgar Square, the London Irish Centre, Camden, and an exclusive screening of Kíla Pota Óir at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Place.
The band played for the President of Ireland on May 1 and marked the 21st anniversary of seminal album Tóg É Go Bog É with a vinyl release on May 10 and will follow this with a short tour.
Alive – Beo, Kíla’s third live album and first on vinyl was released in 2017, and to promote it, they performed over sixty concerts. Highlights included UK’s Boomtown and Beautiful Days, Russia’s KAMWA World Music Festival and Ireland’s Electric Picnic, where they filled the Electric Arena tent to it’s 10,000 capacity.