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Kila

Albums

  • Kila Studio AlbumsGroovin' (1991)
  • Handel's Fantasy (1993)
  • Mind the Gap (1995)
  • Tóg É Go Bog É (1997)
  • Lemonade & Buns (2000)
  • Live in Vicar St. (2000)
  • Monkey - soundtrack to West End pantomime (2002)
  • Luna Park (2003)
  • Live in Dublin (2004)
  • Best of & Live in Dublin Double Album - Japan only (2005)
  • Another Beat - remixed Kíla tracks by Japanese artists - Japan only (2006)
  • Kíla & Oki (2006)
  • Gamblers' Ballet (2007)
  • The Secret of Kells - soundtrack to the animated film with Bruno Coulais (2009)
  • Rogha - The Best Of (2009) - two cd collection
  • Soisín (2010)

Recommended Listening

  • Tóg É Go Bog É (1997)
  • Lemonade & Buns (2000)
  • Luna Park (2003)
Band Members
  • Ronan O’Snodaigh
  • Colm O’Snodaigh
  • Rossa O’Snodaigh
  • Eoin Dillon
  • Dee Wallace
  • Brian Hogan
  • Lance Hogan
They said...

Too many recorded tracks. I do remember recording a song for a competition Realta 95 and the version we recorded was much better than the one we had to record for the competition’s compilation. It had to do with the feel of the piece. The new version just didn’t capture the magic of people searching for the feel. It is difficult to quantify. Define feel! The song was called Siud I and would benefit from a remix if I could find the master tapes. Lance has them somewhere but can’t find them.

Maybe another song that was on the album Handel’s fantasy - Bfheider, will illustrate what I mean. When we were recording the song it had straight rather boring electric guitar on it. I went home one evening early and left our guitarist Eoin O’brien and Lance who was overseeing the session to see if they could do something with the song. When I came back the following morning they had conjured up the most exquisite piece of music, with four guitars added to the song, three light acoustic picking guitars in different tunings and an adventurous sensual lead full of the grainy sound of a tube amp. They had both gone searching for the song and were open to changing it if needs be. They did change it and to my mind found the feel of the song.
Colm O’Snodaigh on favourite live tracks

We prefer both! Live is dependant on the crowd or the venue or the mood or a myriad of things really. It is more immediate. Whereas studio is more 'studied', more careful sometimes, more crafted because you can go back over things, you can correct mistakes, or indeed enhance mistakes.

And regarding how we record. It all depends on the track, for instance on Luna Park the title track is live as is Baroki - all seven musicians playing at the same time. But Hebden Bridge was initially recorded with Brian and Lance on guitar and double bass with Rossa providing a guide whistle track only.
Colm O’Snodaigh on recording albums versus playing live

The drum kit can be a funny old instrument. The snare in particular can be a bit abrasive to melodic instruments, it seems to kill the overtones or the harmonics when its struck, but then again when played with the right intention or with brushes it can have a lovely favour, ye can’t rule them out altogether, so much good jazz, good funk, good rock, so many good drummers, its just such a loud instrument, you need a sensitive ear to get the best out of them.
Ronan O’Snodaigh on drum kits

What do I think of Kila? I don’t think about them.
Jack Dublin (In Tua Nua)

I don’t know enough about Kila's music to comment.
Fran Breen (The Waterboys)

Kila, fantastic, I have to confess I don't know any of their albums but live, class act.
Wayne Sheehy (Hothouse Flowers)

Kila do my head in.
Matt Spalding (In Tua Nua)

Like these too, first met them at a press reception in Croke Park and met them again in South East Radio a few months ago. Don’t know how succesful they are though.
Alan Corcoran (RTE)

I’ve known The Kila guys for nearly 25 years as we went to competing Irish language schools. They are always full of energy and put on an amazing live show.
Gavin Ralston (Musician/Producer)

Modern day Moving Hearts - have found ground we didn’t even know existed and made it their own - mind blowingly good. And then there’s THAT VOICE - superb.
Mike Moloney (DJ)

Kila are an amazing band altogether. I especially like what Ronan does both rhythmically and vocally - totally unique. Mind you Colm is great on that flute too!
Kevin Crawford (Lúnasa)

Kila created Celtic fusion, I love them. Still waiting to be asked to jam!
Paul Byrne (In Tua Nua)

Really good modern sound!
Craig Walker (Power of Dreams)

I haven't heard enough of Kila to comment.
Greg Boland (Moving Hearts)

Kila are some of my greatest friends... I started playing with them when we all busked on Grafton Street back in the day... Myself, Glen Hansard, Mic Christopher, Miriam Ingram... we used to take the pitch from the Flowers after they were done... Those were the days!
Mark Dignam (Singer)

Sometimes Kila sound almost feral..this is how I imagine the first inhabitants of Ireland played and sang..powerful.
Shay Healy

I have nothing to say about Kila.
Maurice Lennon (Musician)

Personal friends of mine, so no need to say how great they are. One of my favourite things about Kila is the way they create great atmospheres with their music. They find a vibe and spin it out over many minutes. On record, I think these have gone farther than any other band in terms of making Irish music accessible to non-Irish ears.
Ronan Johnston (Singer)