The Breath

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The Breath is guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer/flautist,Ríoghnach Connolly.  Based in Manchester their unique take on alt-folk journeys from lush, stirring ditties to uplifting, punch-the-air anthems.  At its heart lies Ríoghnach’s  utterlyengaging, stop-you-in-your-tracks voice  and extraordinary storytelling alongside Stuart’s understated brilliance and their exquisitely crafted, personal songs.  Yet it’s the emotional depth of the songs and the remarkable connection the duo share on stage that make the Breath’s live performance so compelling.

The Breath appear tonight presenting material from ‘Let the Cards Fall’ (Real World, 2018) a bewitching collection of honest, heartfelt songs as likely to touch on childhood summers and first love as cultural dislocation, post-colonial injustices and grief.

Expect a performance that is ‘gentle and rolling, mountainous and anthemic and emotionally charged” (fRoots).   Unmissable.

“Quietly, inexorably, The Breath have become one of the UK’s most exciting folk acts… Only Stories (Let the Cards Fall Revisited).. an acoustic recording that unfolds like a paper flower”  The Financial Times *****

“an affecting blend …. McCallum provides the grandeur and artifice and Connolly the intimacy and purity” Uncut

“The Breath rolls across the senses like clouds caress low hills – always moving, changing, evolving; and utterly fascinating” FRUK

Spacious, nuanced and skilfully crafted… songs performed are all the more affecting for their simplicity. (‘Only Stories’) has a quiet, shimmering beauty… a treasure. Evening Standard ****

“deeply lovely… spectacular songs, beautifully sung” BBC R2:  The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe

folk roots but different horizons… the jaw-droppinglystunning, woozy voice of Ríoghnach Connolly” The Guardian

my favourite original ballad of the year, Ríoghnach Connolly’s voice as tender as the grasp of a child’s hand” The Guardian, 2018’s Best Folk Albums

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