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Connla Infuses Traditional Irish Music With Their Own Sound

Connla, a young band whose members hail from Armagh and Derry in Northern Ireland, combines traditional Irish music with rock and jazz influences. While its instrumentation is a pretty standard set up for an Irish band, the compositions and arrangements reflect its wide-ranging musical influences. The group came to Lake Effect's Studio C to perform ahead of appearances at Irish Fest this weekend.

Ciara McCafferty, the band's lead vocalist, reflected on how she came to appreciate traditional music, a sentiment echoed by the other band members: "When I started singing folk music and Irish music, I felt like it belonged to me and it's where I've settled now. It's where my heart lies," she says.

Connla will be at Irish Fest all weekend.   

Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.