Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry, Connla features Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles), Paul Starrett (Guitar), Emer Mallon (Harp), and Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes/Whistles). Labeled 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. The group is a full mix of musical knowledge, training and performance experience unusual in a group this young. All are close friends and/or family with a long history together in the Northern musical scene. Each has won several performance awards. The resulting music is satisfyingly complex, yet directly and easily accessible. This is that rare group that is musically attractive to the experienced trad purist, as well as the music fan newly introduced to this music.