CONNLA: Fiery is a term that’s frequently used to describe great Irish trad and when applied to the music – and performance – of Connla, the fit is perfect.
These five tremendous musicians came together while studying at Ulster University. Their debut EP won them loads of attention and rave reviews. Irish Music magazine said of the sampler: “Consider this your early warning system…there is something serious on the horizon and that creative storm is Connla.”
Their 2016-issued album, River Waiting, won them even more well-deserved exposure. When legendary folk hero Mike Harding played tracks on his radio show, he told listeners: “This is a terrific band – go and see them if you get the remotest chance!”
No surprise, really as they had already been crowned Best New Group in the ‘Live Ireland’ 2016 Awards.
Continually described as “folk sensations” by critics, reviewing the new album, R2 magazine called the collection “astonishing and intoxicating.” Awarding the CD a 4-star rating, Songlines concluded: “A band this young shouldn’t be this good!”
The band created such an impact when touring in 2016 that they won a main stage slot at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall during the city’s Celtic Connections Festival.