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Connla are an exciting new band from Ireland with strong traditional roots that give their music a unique sound. Described as “The Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland” (Irish American News) see them live at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Thursday 16 February 7.30pm.

Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes have earned them praise across the folk community. Having met whilst studying Music at Ulster University, they quickly began performing together and developing friendships.

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, and are joined by Armagh siblings Emer and Conor Mallon on harp and uilleann pipes.

“Consider this your early warning system….there is something serious on the horizon and that creative storm is Connla.” Irish Music Magazine

Best New Group – Live Ireland Music Awards 2016
New Group of the Year – Chicago Irish American News 2016

Tickets £11.50* (includes booking fee), call the Box Office on 01656 815995 or book online at For further details please visit