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Kíla are joined onstage by Glen Hansard to perform the song ‘Friends’ co-written by Mic Christopher and Ronan O’Snodaigh and the Bob Dylan stomper ‘Oxford Town’.
‘Kíla are extraordinary’ – Bono
‘Brilliant’ – Sinéad Ó Connor
Playing together for nearly 20 years, Kíla are one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands. The seven members come from different musical backgrounds and share a passion to create great music with an ability to absorb influences from across the globe. With its roots in traditional Irish, it features a strong percussive like singing and gorgeous melodies driven by a serious rhythmical undercurrent. Kíla have created their own distinctive style of world music, which has won over audiences around the world through their eight recordings to date and their spectacular live performances.
Made up of two sets of brothers Kíla consists of; Rónán Ó Snodaigh on bodhrán, djembe, congas, bongos, guitar and vocals; Rossa Ó Snodaigh on tin whistle, low whistle, clarinet, bazouki, mandolin, bones and vocals; Colm Ó Snodaigh on flute, tin whistle, guitar, saxophone, percussion and vocals; Lance Hogan on guitar, drums, and vocals; Brian Hogan on bass, double bass and vocals; Dee Armstrong on fiddle, viola, hammered dulcimer, accordion and bodhrán. Eoin Dillon on uileann pipes, tin whistle, low whistle, shakers and vocals.
Kíla are widely renowned for their stunning sets and surprise guest performers at their shows, including trapeze artists, fire jugglers and belly dancers, their live energetic live performances have seen them continue to wow and attract new audiences over the years.
Kíla have played in over 20 countries throughout the world, at festivals and venues, most notable festivals in recent years include Womadelaide Australia, Womad Reading, Spain and Sicily, Glastonbury Festival, Witness Festival, Sigzet Festival Budapest, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Stockholm Water Festival, and the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Ireland 2003. They regularly tour Japan with Plankton Agency, North America with Columbia Arts Management, Australia with Gaynor Crawford and Michael Chugg Entertainment and the UK, Spain, and throughout Europe.
Film, Television and Theatre:
Kíla have supplied and composed music for a number of films, TV and Theatre productions notably;
Feature Films;’The Secret of Kells’ (Tomm Moore – Cartoon Saloon), ‘Gold in the Streets’ (Liz Gill, Noel Pearson – Ferndale Films), ‘Silent Grace’ (Maeve Murphy, Follower Productions) ‘Capital Letters’ Ciaran Ó Connor and the documentaries: ‘Seven Days’ about writer Paulo Coehlo (Little Bird Productions) and ‘Hidden Treasures’ Irish Folklore and Crafts series (Loopline Productions).
In 2001 they composed the sound track for the London West End play Monkey! and subsequently released an album of the same music.
Kíla composed music for a six part series ‘Celtic Monsters’ a co production between TG4, and SC4 (2005)
Kíla’s music has also been used in a number of BBC Timewatch documentaries: ‘The Battle of The River Plate (2005), Hadrians Wall (2006) and Richard Hammond and the Holy Grail (2006) and in the RTE productions: Primetime Special on Islam In Ireland (2006), and drama The Big Bow Wow (2005)
Ronán Ó Snodaigh goes on a small journey through Kildare on a horse and cart with Thomas Doran The Street Singer. Filmed an edited by Myles O’Reilly on one clear November morning somewhere in the thick of Kildare.
R.S.A.G performs the song Stick To Your Line on the main stage at the Body&Soul compound during the Electric Picnic music festival in Stradbally 2013.
Come On Live Long performing live at the Body&Soul Main Stage, Electric Picnic 2013
Come On Live Long’s debut album Everything Fall is out now available at http://www.breakingtunes.com/comeonlivelong
Everything Fall is a collection of fast-paced, groove-laden alternative rock sitting side by side with loud atmospherics and slow burning electronics. The album’s live instrumentation was recorded with Gavin Glass and engineered by Scott Halliday at Orphan Studios in Dublin. Conor Gaffney of Nouveaunoise completed additional production and mixing throughout winter and spring in his Roscommon studio. Everything Fall was created using an array of analogue synthesizers, effects units, and sampled material all performed live in studio. Come On Live Long’s two singers, Robert Ardiff and Louise Gaffney, trade vocal lines seamlessly throughout the LP with both carefully choosing their moments to come to the fore.
When performing live, the band use an assortment of acoustic, electric and sampled instruments to create a sound that has been described as “widescreen, with superb electronic swagger”.
Come On Live Long have released two EPs to date that have been met with critical success and have led the band to feature on Oakley’s Tour De France campaign as well as many short movies and documentaries worldwide. Come On Live Long have played on stages at Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, Camden Crawl as well as a nationwide tour with We Cut Corners.
The single “Little Ones” is out now on iTunes.
“One of the best new live bands in Ireland”
“An impressive and accomplished beginning.”
4/5 The Irish Times
“Outstanding. Intricate, painstakingly wrought music.”
Release of the week – The Irish Independent.
“Come On Live Long are pretty much untouchable. It’s hard to ask for anything else from a first effort”
“A stellar debut…”
7/10 Hot Press
“Some of the most ear-opening music…” – Last Night’s Fun
“Traditional music shot through with the adrenaline of
contemporary influences: a lethal but irresistible cocktail.” – The Irish Times
“A white-hot creative crucible uniting four pyrotechnic young talents.” – Celtic Connections
This is How we Fly is a contemporary folk band consisting of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on fiddle & hardanger fiddle, Seán Mac Erlaine on clarinets & live electronics, Nic Gareiss on percussive dance, and Petter Berndalen on drums and percussion. Individually, each member has carved out a reputation for not just mastering their chosen fields, but rising above, redefining and renewing the musical world they come from.
The blend of these four individual musicians draws on Irish, Swedish and American music and dance traditions. This is How we Fly approach their material flexibly as improvisers creating exhilarating live performances ranging from near silent renditions of Scandinavian fiddle tunes, to freely improvised tone poems with electronics to foot-stomping new compositions.
Initially brought together through a commission from the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2010, This is How we Fly have since performed throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland, Sweden and Denmark, as well as an appearance at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival alongside television performances on RTÉ 1 and BBC Alba.
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – fiddle, hardanger fiddle
Best known for his work with traditional musicians including Mick O’Brien & Brendan Begley, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh has deservedly gained an enviable profile as an innovative solo artist with his imaginative compositions and thrilling performance style.
Seán Mac Erlaine – bass clarinet, clarinet, live electronics
Seán’s music draws on his background as one of Ireland’s most forward thinking jazz musicians, frequently collaborating with musicians well beyond the orbit of jazz as well as top theatre producers and dancers. His versatility as a woodwind instrumentalist has been recognised through many awards including Cork Jazz Festival Best Irish Artist Award.
Nic Gareiss – percussive dance
Nic has performed as a featured soloist with The Chieftains, Solas, Darol Anger, Dervish and Martin Hayes. His work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, morphing dance into a medium that appeals to both the eyes and the ears. Nic draws from many percussive dance traditions to weave together a technique in service of his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary and musical collaboration.
Petter Berndalen – drums, percussion
Petter Berndalen is a groundbreaking percussionist, turning the accepted conditions and past norms of drum playing upside down. Deeply rooted in the Swedish folk music tradition he is the first percussionist in the world with a degree in Swedish folk music. In 2008, after ten years of studies he graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with a Master’s of Fine Arts. He frequently appears both as a solo artist as well as with diffrent bands and projects, both in Sweden and worldwide.
A film about Ernst Reijseger’s participation at benefit concerts to save the music theater ‘Teatro Valle Occupato’ in Rome.
Built in 1726, Teatro Valle, the oldest working theater in Rome, was shut down in 2010 as part of the Italian government’s budget cuts. For two years now it has been occupied by protesters who fight against plans for it to be demolished and turned in to a hotel. I traveled there in May with Dutch Cellist Ernst Reijseger to make a film about three days of rehearsals and concerts curated by Itlalian cellist Giovanni Sollima in Yeatro Valle playing host to one hundred Cello players, resulting in a concert at Piazza San Giovanni when they all played together for 200,000 people.
Filmed and edited by Myles O’Reilly. Click here to watch more films of Ernst Reijseger filmed by Myles O’Reilly
The Bell X1 Website http://bellx1.com/
Directed by Myles O’Reilly. Produced by Steve O’Connor. Filmed by Myles O’Reilly. Assistant camera Stephen Mogerley. Female model Elin Alder.
I love black and white. Neon, considered the anti black and white for it’s nuclear colors, looks even better in the dark, when converted to black and white. I decided to prove that point by shooting monochrome and covering Paul Noonan from Bell X1 in neon. Fair play him and also Elin Adler for giving herself up to be destroyed by gooo. They both had to wash themselves and be re-painted by me 5 times, an enormous task.. considering each time their eyes would sting and that crap would get in their mouth but I haven’t had that much fun since the Lisa Hannigan’s knots video. Thanks Steve O’Connor for doing much of the producing on this one, Stephen Mogerley for the extra cam and Beak You for being there to hold the baby wipes.. and spread a little love when it was needed.
Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylorhave been making music together since they were children, growing up in Watford, England. Brought up in a house that echoed to the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Beatles, singing in perfect 3-part harmony came naturally to these three sisters.Having started gigging in local pubs and cafes, The Staves are now captivating audiences on much bigger stages – earning rapturous encores with their exquisite songs of love & longing. Guaranteed to give you goosebumps, their extraordinary intertwining voices melt the most cynical of hearts.The Staves’ Mexico EP will be released later this year via Atlantic Records.
‘Encounters on Tour’ is the follow up film to ‘Encounters at Cello Bienalle’ by Myles O’Reilly featuring Ernst Reijseger and music of Trio Reijseger Fraanje Sylla.
” In 2009 I first watched the film by Werner Herzog ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ and for the first time heard a film score composed by cellist Ernst Reijseger. Ernst is the most Dutch of cellists. He embodies the range of his country’s forward musical thinking, which means a forward approach to old music as well as new.
This kind of building bridges over musical canals is one of the things that makes his home town Amsterdam so very interesting. And that is exactly what Reijseger does in the music he has also soundtracked filmmaker Werner Herzog’s films, Wild Blue Yonder (2006), White Diamond (2006), My Son My Son What Have Ye Done (2010), Cave Of Forgotten Dreams (2011) and Ode to the Dawn of Man (2011)
Reijseger began in the early music movement, for which Holland has been a longtime capital, playing a period-instrument Baroque cello. From there he leaped, in a way that the Dutch do with a startling lack of self-consciousness, into avant-garde music. From there to jazz, for which he is now best known.
Reijseger no longer discharges genres; he simply renders them irrelevant.
On his gripping new CD for the stylish Winter & Winter label, he joins Dutch jazz and classical pianist Harmen Fraanje and the extraordinary Senegalese vocalist and instrumentalist Mola Sylla.
When bowed, Reijseger’s cello sounds like Handel’s cello. Plucked one way it conveys Mingus’ bass. Plucked another way, it becomes sibling to Sylla’s mbira. This combo cooks not from the heat of cultures colliding but because they have a big kitchen for three chefs with many musical hats. There is even a little place, on this audacious opening among these open-minded players, for a little dip into Puccini, played with an unforced expressive honesty.
On July 21st, during the longest heatwave Ireland had experienced in over 10 years, Glen Hansard and his full band performed in the tree lined splendor of Dublin City’s Iveagh Gardens. Myles O’Reilly and crew were there to capture this 25 minutes of exhilarating performance. A perfect document of fantastical evening.
Donal Dineen hosts the Lake Lake show with performances from Katie Kim and Lisa O’Neill. Filmed by Myles O’Reilly in Carrick-On-Shannon in April 2013. Extra Footage from Hector Castells and Donal Dineen.