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KÍLA return with new live single

January 12, 2023

KÍLA have announced the release of their new single “Raise The Road” out today.

The single which coincides with their forthcoming performance at this year’s Tradfest 2023 in The National Stadium will be high octane.  If there’s anything that could top a live Kíla performance, it’s a live Kíla performance with an 8-piece brass band.

Witnessing this 16 piece at full throttle is something of a sonic celebration. Paul Frost’s arrangements fuses funk, mambo and New Orleans jazz to Kíla’s compositions, adding an even bigger sizzle to their already cracking tracks. Prepare to have your toes tickled, your hips wiggled and be danced into a euphoric state because this is the brassiest rhythm and tunes you’re ever likely to hear.

The idea was concieved by founding member Rossa Ó Snodaigh who sourced funding from Liatroim Live Performance scheme in 2021,  with a view to perform this musical spectacular in the Glens Arts Centre in Liatroim on New Year’s Eve. Rossa had often imagined what a brass band might sound like with the band’s music and the fund gave him the opportunity to commission the trombonist and brass arranger Paul Frost to apply his magic to their music. While Kíla have included some brass on various tracks over the years, an eight piece ensemble would be a brand new venture, not only for Kíla but for Irish music itself.  But that Christmass’ Covid lockdown nearly caused the performance to be canceled. To save the show they had to cancle the audience in the auditorium, but the scheduled live broadcast allowed that anyone with wifi could watch the gig online.

The concert was a roaring success with audiences in countries all over the world dancing in their living rooms and sending platitudes over twitter. It would be another nine months before they got the chance to perform it again, this time to a seated audience in Dún Laoghaire’s Pavilion Theatre. This prompted Kíla to record these tracks and release ‘Raise the Road’ as a single for Tradfest in the National Stadium at the end of this month.

KÍLA will be performing @TradfestTemplebar Fri Jan 27
ahead of their album release on St Patrick’s Day 2023.

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