Aidan Connolly is known for his unique style of fiddle playing and has been described as “a leading fiddle player of the current wave of great Irish Traditional music”. Connolly was born into a musical family in Rathfarnham, Dublin, Ireland. His parents bought him his first fiddle for his 8th birthday and he has been playing ever since.
As a fiddle player, Connolly has his own unique style of playing which was heavily influenced by playing with his mother and uncle. Other influences include a wide variety of fiddlers, including Paddy Cronin, Paddy Canny, Denis Murphy, John Daly, Vincent Griffin and Ben Lennon.In October 2016, Connolly released his debut album, Be Off, with the Raelach Records label. The Journal of Music described it as an “extraordinarily accomplished debut album” and Irish music critic Siobhán Long of The Irish Times described it as a “jaw-droppingly mature debut”.
Aidan has toured all over the world in countries such as the USA, Australia, and Japan.
In 2018, Connolly relocated to the Spanish city of Valencia and has been heavily influenced by the diverse musical landscape to be found in Spain.
In 2019 he released the critically acclaimed Away On Up the Road, a duet album with fiddle player John Daly (accompanied on piano by Jack Talty).
Following the Covid-19 emergency, Aidan released his most recent solo album, The Portland Bow, in 2021.