Kila band lead singer Ronan O Snodaigh will make the trip to New York City to take to the stage for a short musical session after the screening of the documentary "Kila"
The Craic Fest is the name of the long running festival of Irish film and music in New York City and this year they have a bit of a coup on their hands for fans of traditional Irish music.
After the screening of the award winning documentary Kila, about the famous Irish folk band of the same name (at Cinepolis on West 23 Street in Chelsea on March 10) film director Anthony White will attend a questions and answer session.
But that's not all, Kila band lead singer Ronan O Snodaigh will also make the trip to New York City to take to the stage for a short musical session that will include some of the bands signature hits.
It's just one more reason to book your tickets early, now that a new headliner has been added to the already exciting lineup.
As fans will know, O Snodaigh was born in Dublin where he grew up in an Irish speaking family. He began playing the bodhran at the age of twelve went on to develop a variety of musical skills including guitar, djembe, bongos and conga.
Getting his start in the now legendary street music scene that exploded around in Dublin in the late 80's (Glen Hansard was another alumni) he has been a central member of the band Kila since they formed in 1985.
Now O Snodaigh is celebrated as one of Ireland's most innovative bodhran players and his performances regularly sell out here in the U.S. and in Ireland. It's a long way from Kila's first gig for just three people at the Baggott Inn in Dublin in the 80's.
Things have certainly changed since the early days. In 2008 Kila recorded The Ballad of Ronnie Drew along with U2, Shane MacGowan, Glen Hansard, Damien Dempsey, The Dubliners and a host of other artists. The song was later included on a U2.com-only album of collaborations that U2 recorded with other artists titled Duals in 2012.
AS Craic Fest director Terence Mulligan puts it, this screening and the after talk and gig will be massive draws for trad fans and Irish music fans in general, so if you're thinking of attending you should book your tickets soon.
The Craic Fest after parties each night are sponsored by Stella Artois and Bushmills whiskey, so expect a fun night. The Craic Film Fest is sponsored by Tourism Ireland.
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