|Saturday 24 September 2016 @ 09:00pm : -
'Best New Group' – Live Ireland Music Awards 2016
Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry and are made up of 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, they have been receiving rave reviews from home and internationally, and have already gathered a big following in Europe and the USA.
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 New Musical Powerhouse is among us. It is from Northern Ireland, and it is Connla. Wow!" ~ Irish Music Magazine
"Consider this your early warning system....there is something serious on the horizon and that creative storm is Connla." ~ Irish Music Magazine
"A ground-breaking band in the making." ~ Folk Radio UK
"Hear this album once and you're hooked!" ~ Folkwords
"Irish Music at it's best.... A Stunner!" ~ Irish American News
"A must have for you, not if you love Irish Music, but if you just love music." ~ Live Ireland