Hailing from the cities of Derry and Armagh, and made up of Ciara McCafferty (vocals and Bodhran), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles) and Paul Starrett (Guitar), Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes/Whistles), Connla have been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene.
Labelled as the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, [Chicago Irish American News], they have recently released their EP in April 2015, and album ‘River Waiting’ in July 2016, and have received fantastic reviews at home and internationally.
They have already gathered a big following in the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA. Songlines magazine made Connla their ‘must see act’ for the tour of the UK and stated ‘A band this young shouldn’t be this good’. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes, have helped them create a sound which is very identifiable as Connla.