‘The Next Chapter’ – Connla - a multi-faceted journey(March 22, 2018)
Combining through a heritage gained in the cities of Armagh and Derry, adding a freedom to absorb tradition from many sources, involving moments of excitement with times of tenderness, Connla have become a richly innovative force in contemporary folk. Their latest album, out on 6 April, takes in self-penned, original, present day and traditional to generate an album that takes the listener on a multi-faceted journey through the Connla world – and it’s an exhilarating trip.
So what accompanies the listener on the voyage? There’s an iridescent opener called ‘Organised Chaos’, a slice of augmented American tradition in ‘Wayfaring Stranger’, the multi-layered ‘Mighty Makena’s’, an inspired percussive ‘Crunchie Hill’, gentle expression through ‘One Starry Night’ and the haunting impression of ‘The SS Baychimo’. Connla are five musicians working perfect congruence.
Connla are Emer Mallon (harp, piano) Ciara McCafferty (vocals, bodhran) Conor Mallon (Uilleann pipes, whistles) Paul Starrett (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar) and Ciaran Carlin (flute, whistles) with guests Arco String Quartet and fintan Mulholland (percussion).
Review: Charlie Elland