Innovative Kíla – the perfect antidote to Christmas cabin fever

Dublin band Kíla.
Dublin band Kíla.

In what has become a tradition for the festive season, Kíla play Monroe’s Live on Friday, December 29. The wildly inventive trad outfit from Dublin have been coming to the Dominick Street venue around this time for the past few years.

Their foot-stomping live show is a good way to keep the festive spirit going and a great way of breaking the cabin fever.

Kíla’s line-up consists of four Ó Snodaigh brother with Colm, Rónán, Rossa and Cormac forming the spine of the band. Kíla have been experimenting with the trad medium for over 30 years now and have expanded into composing soundtracks. They worked on the acclaimed Song of The Sea, an animated film from the makers of The Book of Kells that enjoyed international success.

Colm Mac Con Iomaire from The Frames was part of an earlier incarnation of Kíla, and other member have come and gone over the years. Yet the band have remained a going concern, and that innovative, restless take on Irish music has remained.

“We’ve taken a couple of breaks, for six months,” says Colm Ó Snodaigh. “You have to figure out what you’re at, why you’re doing it. Is it what you want to do, do you want to play music with these people? I’m sure everybody goes through moments of it, when they’re broke and it’s January!”

This show is set to be a highlight of the festive period. Tickets are €20.