Northern Ireland to its musical core, Connla is scoring international raves. The quintet is Emer Mallon on harp, Conor Mallon on uilleann pipes, (brother and sister), Paul Starrett on guitar, Ciaran Carlin on flute, and Ciara McCafferty on vocals and bodhran. Besides being thoroughly talented musicians, each shares the fact that they have a full blend of formal and traditional training in Irish music. Connla’s formal education and years in Northern Ireland sessions add a whole new dimension to the music. 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 who knows nothing of the music. For more about Connla, go to their web page.