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Tóg É Go Bog É
     

Tóg É Go Bog É

by Kila
 

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Everything about Celtic music -- the tune titles, the song lyrics, the swooping melodies, the rushing reels -- conjures up romantic images of village greens, craggy shorelines, hunting parties in mountain woods, farmers with sweating brows (and lovely daugthers) -- the whole bit. Just ignore the fact that much of the music nowadays comes from cities, and for most of

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Everything about Celtic music -- the tune titles, the song lyrics, the swooping melodies, the rushing reels -- conjures up romantic images of village greens, craggy shorelines, hunting parties in mountain woods, farmers with sweating brows (and lovely daugthers) -- the whole bit. Just ignore the fact that much of the music nowadays comes from cities, and for most of today's players a pitchfork is something you tune to. Kila, a young Dublin band, don't ignore these things. Theirs is a modern urban traditional music, and it is totally compelling. Eclectic but always organic, Kila can jig and reel with the best. But they're unafraid of horns, African hand drums, electric bass, and other nontrad flavors, giving a definite urban funk to their swirling intoxicant. It ain't Gaelectronica, though. More like Dexy's Midnight Runners (remember "Come on, Eileen"), but with serious chops and a long sweet streak of melancholy. Kila's sound is as warm and well-woven as an Aran sweater. Singer Colm O'Snodaigh has an otherworldly, off-kilter voice, one that's totally at ease with itself and disarming in its intimacy. TOG E GO BOG E (akin to "Take It Easy") is one of the most interesting things to come out of Ireland since the Bothy Band.

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
In the tradition of Mouth Music, the Afro Celt Sound System, and, to some degree, Capercaillie, Kila blends Celtic folk music with Afro-European rhythms; the band has achieved huge success in Ireland, where this album achieved gold record status. And it's pretty easy to see why: the combination of Irish melodies and Afrobeat rhythms is a winning one, and Kila's approach is unique enough for the band to stand out in an increasingly crowded field. They're far more traditional in orientation than Mouth Music ever were; the electric guitars and exotic percussion are there to serve the tunes, not the other way around, and their sound is much more down to earth than that of the famously slick Capercaillie. Singer Ronan O'Snodaigh has a truly unique voice, and he uses it to good effect on the lovely "Bi Ann" and the title track; there are also lots of great instrumentals, mostly taken at mid-tempo with fretless electric bass and African percussion percolating along underneath. If you're looking for something a bit different in traditional Irish music, this band is for you.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/1999
Label:
Green Linnet
UPC:
0048248312820
catalogNumber:
3128

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Performance Credits

Kila   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Laurence O'Keefe   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Hugh O'Neill   Trumpet
Rónán Ó Snodaigh   Percussion,Chimes,Conga,Drums,Jew's Harp,Timbales,Vocals,Bells,Bodhran,Shaker
Brain   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,spanish guitar
Dee Armstrong   Fiddle,Accordion,Hammered Dulcimer
Eoin Dillon   Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes
Colm Ó Snodaigh   Acoustic Guitar,Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Vocals
Rossa Ó Snodaigh   Bouzouki,Clarinet,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Conga,Bass Drums,Background Vocals,Whistle (Instrument),Djembe,Cabasa,gourd,talking drum,Bandurria

Technical Credits

Sid Clark   Engineer
Lance Hogan   Engineer
Kila   Producer

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