Connla are an exciting and extremely talented young traditional Irish/Celtic Folk band from Northern Ireland. They created a real stir when they played their first ever gig on the British mainland at Grayshott Village Hall in September 2016 and we couldn't wait to invite them back again. They may be a relatively new band but they are all experienced musicians and a quick look at their website will tell you that they have already gathered up musical awards by the armful.
Their first album "River Waiting" was well received.
In her album review, Claire Rakich from Spiral Earth described it as: "an excellent debut that is original, ethereal and exuberant"
and added: "This is Irish music at its most refreshing, accomplished and original best".
Connla's music has deep traditional roots as well as influences from across the globe. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes have earned them praise across the folk community. Having met whilst studying Music at Ulster University, they quickly began performing together and developing friendships.
They hail from the cities of Armagh and Derry:
Ciara McCafferty (vocals),
Ciaran Carlin (whistles) and
Paul Starrett (guitar) are familiar faces on the Derry music scene, and they are joined by Armagh siblings Emer and Conor Mallon on harp and uilleann pipes.
We love traditional Irish/Celtic Folk music at Grayshott Folk Club and we are delighted to welcome back a young band who have made big waves across the Irish Sea and who are continuing to gather awards and accolades all the time.
We are also very excited to be among the first audiences to hear the band play songs and tunes from their brand new album, entitled: "The Next Chapter". Connla are featured on the cover of the current Irish Music Magazine and are also featured in the April edition of RnR Magazine.
Listen to them here:
Thom originates from Aldershot and has local connections with Amesbury School and Seaford College. He is a Bass player and fine singer. Nowadays, he calls East London home. His unique, stripped back approach to British traditional music has won him critical acclaim, with FRoots magazine calling his 2017 debut EP Everybody's Gone To The Rapture "Adventurous, exciting, and highly effective".
Tickets £14 available from Des O'Byrne on 01428 607096