PASSION AND ENERGY Kíla’s spirited performances captivate audiences of all ages.
Emmy-award-nominated Kíla will play two concerts this Saturday, April 28, at Westport Town Hall Theatre. They will play a specially-designed interactive show for families and children at 2pm and then will go on to perform their own high-octane concert for music and dance lovers the same evening from 8pm.
For quite a number of years Kíla have been presenting their kids show at in theatre’s throughout the country, most notably in the children’s theatre The Ark in Dublin, the Bualadh Bos children’s festival in Limerick’s Lime Tree Theatre, The Mermaid in Bray, The Model in Sligo, The RCC in Letterkenny and the Town Hall Theatre in Galway.
This hugely popular hour-long show has the kids interacting with the music from the very start. Frontman Rossa O’Snódaigh asks them to create an ocean soundscape for the opening melody, and as the show proceeds they’ll clap along, dance along and even do animal and popping noises to the music.
The evening show will be all about the adults, who will really appreciate the innovative band’s unique and ever-evolving sound – while rooted in tradition, it is inspired by a myriad of musical influences world-wide.
Kíla’s eight members stem from the differing musical backgrounds, including Irish traditional, classical, folk and rock. The band has enjoyed collaborating with many renowned musicians and artists.
They’ve recorded a No 1 single ‘The Ballad of Ronnie Drew’ with U2, The Dubliners, Shane MacGowan, Sinead O’Connor, Glen Hansard, The Corrs, Christy Moore, Damien Dempsey and a host of other artists with proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society.
In 2010 they were delighted to welcome The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood to join them onstage at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin. Kíla, famed for their energetic performances, have played in over 35 countries in North America, Asia, Australasia, Africa and Europe at the world’s biggest festivals. They’ve even played at President Michael D Higgins’s famous garden parties.
It’s not hard to see why Michael D’s a fan: Kíla’s fresh blend of freewheeling instrumentals, furious jigs and primal rhythms transcend the traditional boundaries of Irish music. Bristling with passion and energy, they bring audiences to their feet and keep them dancing until the end of the evening.
For bookings for either show, see www.westporttheatre.com or call the theatre box office on 098 28459.