The Breath…A journey from hushed storytelling to uplifting anthems, Ríoghnach Connolly & Stuart McCallum present Manchester’s unique take on alt-folk.
This gig is promoted by Wildtune.
Ríoghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum are the creative heart of The Breath. And for them, it’s all about the song. Connolly writes the only way she knows how; a stream of poetic consciousness giving rise to honest, personal, heartfelt songs as likely to touch on childhood summers and first love as cultural dislocation, post-colonial injustices and grief. But it’s her deeply soulful, utterly engaging, stop-you-in-your-tracks voice —whether delicate and hushed or powerful and gutsy— coupled with Stuart’s understated brilliance and their exquisitely crafted songs, that give The Breath such emotional depth.
Their latest release, Only Stories, is a live acoustic recording of immense power and emotion. Stuart’s beautifully insistent, infinitely subtle guitar is the perfect partner to Ríoghnach’s intoxicating, deeply passionate voice, at times, as described by the Guardian, as “tender as the grasp of a child’s hand” others, robust and intense.
“An acoustic recording that unfolds like a paper flower” ★★★★★ Financial Times
“Spacious, nuanced and skilfully crafted” ★★★★ London Evening Standard
BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2019 (Ríoghnach Connolly)