Residing as BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, Ríoghnach Connolly’s taste for musical adventure is eclectic. Along with her companion players, as Honeyfeet, they collectively drive a broad terrain of musical textures from esoteric protest songs to foot tapping, and floor thumping, dance rhythms.
Traditional and folk are fundamental in Connolly’s musical cannon, coming from a long line of singers on both sides of her family, she channels the music of her grandparents and can draw from a breadth of styles and folk traditions across the world.
In her voice you can hear equal parts Sean-nós Caoineamh, west African griot ululation and American deep-south resonance.
An eclectic troupe, all now based in Manchester, Honeyfeet’s brass heavy sound spans from the bountiful to the subtle, with everything from big-band swing to Alabama blues-tinged folk, all held together by the powerful vocals and flute from Ríoghnach.