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'Best New Group' – Live Ireland Music Awards 2016
'New Group of the Year' – Chicago Irish American News 2016
'Artist Of The Year' - Radio Banba 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