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Kilfenora Céilí Band Hit the Road for 2015

New Album Now Is The Hour

The legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band are set to release their latest album Now Is The Hour on March 13th, 2015 along with lead single My Heart’s Tonight In Ireland. The launch coincides with their pulsating new tour which is set to showcase a musical gear–change with Lúnasa’s Kevin Crawford on production duties for the second time with the band. With tunes forged out of raw native dance riffs from the Burren hills, the century–long odyssey of the Kilfenora is picking up pace.

As expected, this iconic troupe is kicking on with a more contemporary sound. Artistic tension between the rich dance music heritage and their new soundscape has added spice to their large–scale theatre spectacle complete with pile–driving rhythms, slick dancers and Don Stiffe on vocals. After 105 years in the business the world–renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band are seen by many afficianadoes as the quintessential Irish céilí band.

Their core repertoire of dance music, puntuated with an incomparable lift and rhythm, defines an unbroken tradition. Despite this link with the past, their recent recordings and performances point to a broadening of the perceived boundaries of their genre. Collaborations with a diverse range of song and dance artists, experimentation with repertoire outside of the dance domain and complex harmonic arrangements speak to an ensemble who are pioneering new and exciting performance contexts for the céilí band genre.

The band has travelled extensively, visiting Britain, Northern Ireland, Europe and the U.S. They have performed at Glastonbury twice and in 2009 headlined on the Acoustic Stage. The band has also performed concerts in Milwaukee, Lincoln Centre New York, Ireland’s National Concert Hall and Cork Opera House to name but a few.

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