New Group of the Year

Chicago Irish American News 2016

Best New Group
Live Ireland Music Awards 2016

Vocal/Instrumental album of the year
Live Ireland Music Awards 2017

#1 River Waiting – Songlines Magazine
Songlines Top Ten Essential Irish Albums 2017

Best New Sound
Best of the Year Awards Chicago Irish American News 2016 – Jack Baker

Vocal/Instrumental album of the year
Top TIR Irish American News

Concert of the Year 
Livvies Awards – Live Ireland 2018

About Us

Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry, Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles) and Paul Starrett (Guitar) Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes/Whistles). Labelled as the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News) Connla have been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene.

Since the release of their EP in April 2015, and album “River Waiting” in July 2016 they 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.


“A band this young shouldn’t be this good.” 
Songlines Magazine
“A New Musical Powerhouse is among us. It is from Northern Ireland, and it
is Connla. Wow!” 
Irish Music Magazine
“The Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland”
Irish American News
“Folk sensations”
The Herald
“Must see act.”
Songlines Magazine

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