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Kila in our midst
They’re already describing KÍLA's new concert movie as the Celtic answer to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense.
Olaf Tyaransen, 31 Jul 2008
itting in an upstairs room in Galway’s Skeffington Arms Hotel, Kíla percussionist Lance Hogan is supping a pint of plain and looking warily out the window.
“This must be the first time I’ve ever been nervous before a Kíla show that I’m not actually playing in,” he remarks, laughing softly. “Well, of course I am playing, but I’m gonna be about 12 fuckin’ feet high!”
The City of the Vibe’s annual Film Fleadh is in full swing and a crowd of more than 1,500 music fans has gathered in Eyre Square for the world premiere of his band’s new concert film Once Upon A Time... on a specially erected open-air big screen. One of those bobbing heads outside belongs to Mr. Tommy Silverman, CEO of Tommy Boy Records. Apparently, he’s flown in especially. Shush!
As things eventually transpire, the screening is absolutely phenomenal, with the audience reacting exactly as they would if the seven-piece band were playing live. Not that Lance, who directed the film, ever really had all that much to be worried about. He knows it’s good. The DVD’s cover blurb features the kind of heavyweight critical plaudits that money can’t buy, with the likes of Neil Jordan, Kevin Godley and Niall Stokes all singing the movie’s praises (oh, and some bloke called ‘Bono’ liked it as well). According to author Pat McCabe’s liner notes, “It’s a James Joyce Ballet, an astonishing composition of light, movement and sound.”
Made on the proverbial shoestring, Once Upon A Time... was shot in December 2006 at one of the band’s renowned Christmas shows in Vicar St. Lance and his wife, Suzanne Doyle (who produced), have been irregularly working on putting it together ever since.
“It was filmed about 18 months ago,” he explains. “It’s taken us that long to put it together. On what was pretty much a zero budget, it’s obviously very difficult. We were kind of getting a chunk of money together to do the edit, then another chunk of money to mix the sound, and so on.”