“If you were planning to go to just one concert at our house this year, this concert would be at the top of my list of recommendations,” noted John in an email sent today to promote the show.
I was unfamiliar with the band Connla and the word Connla so I did a little Wiki digging. I found Connla is a tragic character of Irish mythology. He was unknowingly killed at the hand of his father who commanded his son to keep moving forward, to never refuse a challenge and to remain anonymous at all costs, even death.
Connla, the band, I learned is a five-piece ensemble that’s has been racking up Irish music awards, including:
- New Group of the Year, Chicago Irish American News 2016
- Best New Group, Live Ireland Music Awards 2016
- Vocal/Instrumental Album of the Year, Live Ireland Music Awards 2017
- Best New Sound, Best of the Year Awards Chicago Irish American News 2016 – Jack Baker
According to the band’s website, Connla is made up of Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles) and Paul Starrett (Guitar) Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes/Whistles). It describes the music of Connla as, “sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes.”
Check out this video published about a year ago of the song Daily Growing from their debut album River Waiting:
Video link from Connlamusic channel on YouTube. I claim no rights to the content.
There is limited seating for Friday’s show. Music starts at 6:30PM with a potluck at 6 pm. The show is family-friendly with a suggested donation of $10-12 per person. More here.
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