Colm Ó Snodaigh

Artist in Residence Musical Director: World Music/Music for Health


Colm originally qualified as a physiotherapist at UCD before his true musical vocation took hold of him. He worked as a practitioner in St Josephs Hospital, Raheny from 1988-98, until he focused his energies on the World Music band Kíla, subsequently becoming their manager and director. For Kíla, he is one of the main vocalists and flautist, also playing whistle, saxophone, guitar, and drums (on occasion). In previous lives, he worked as a sports columnist and League of Ireland Soccer player. He published a book of short stories, ‘Turasóireacht’, in 1995 and a novella, ‘Pat the Pipe – Píobaire’ in 2006. He is currently completing a new book, which chronicles the closure of an Irish language school in Kerry and its re-opening three years later. An established singer songwriter, he released his first solo album in Irish, ‘Éist’, in 1990; followed by his second solo album, ‘Giving’- sung in Irish and English- in 2008. He is working on his follow-up solo album, which he hopes will be ready by the end of 2011. He has written material for all the Kíla shows and albums since 1991, and has composed & performed for SMARTlab & our Spiritlevel and InterFACES and TRUST projects and international showcase events since 2003. In 2010, he and Kíla were proud to have their music illuminate the Academy Award nominated film ‘The Secret of Kells’, on which Colm’s flute is a key part of the opening track.
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