Opening the show, the young Armagh/Derry five-piece Connla made the most of their festival debut with a winningly vivacious, artfully accomplished set, combining classic Irish instrumentation – uilleann pipes, harp, flutes, whistles, bodhran and guitar – with Ciara McCafferty’s potently alluring, intensely emotive vocals. Again, strong original material featured prominently, together with a rhythmic tautness and attack at times reminiscent of Flook – although it was a cover version that earned their last and loudest applause, as they finished off with an unexpectedly effective reworking of Eric Clapton’s Layla, its unmistakable guitar lick rendered instead by Conor Mallon’s pipes.
Archie Fisher, Jez Lowe and James Keelaghan
Recent winners of Best New Band accolades from both the Live Ireland Awards and Irish-American News, Armagh/Derry quintet Connla whip up trad-based material with jazz, classical and Continental folk flavours. “Originality and intrigue in equal measure” (FolkWords)
We are proud to congratulate 2 of our artists for receiving ‘livies’ in 2017!
Cassie & Maggie MacDonald have won Female Singer of the Year for their release, “The
Connla have won Vocal/Instrumental Album of the Year for “River Waiting”
Thank you liveIreland