Connla wowed New World Festival fans last summer and we’re delighted to welcome back this exciting young band from Northern Ireland that boasts strong traditional roots as well as influences from across the globe. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes have earned them praise across the folk community. Having met while studying music at Ulster University they quickly developed deep friendships and began performing together. They hail from the cities of Armagh and Derry: Ciara McCafferty (vocals) Ciaran Carlin (whistles) and Paul Starrett (Guitar) are familiar faces on the local music scene. They’re joined by Armagh siblings Emer and Conor Mallon on harp and uilleann pipes. “A new musical powerhouse is among us. It is from Northern Ireland, and it is Connla. Wow!” – Irish Music Magazine