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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.

Ciaran Carlin - Flute / Whistles
Ciara McCafferty - Vocals / Bodhran
Paul Starrett - Guitar
Emer Mallon - Harp
Conor Mallon - Uilleann Pipes / Whistles



"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