2018 album also available in CD.
The breath release their new album ‘Let The Cards Fall’. Ríoghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum are the creative heart of The Breath, a band who mix Irish folk influences with mesmerising guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. Singer and flautist Ríoghnach is Armagh born and Manchester-based. Known for her work with Afro Celt Sound System and Honeyfeet, she has a remarkable voice and a mischievous character. Stuart, by contrast, is a Mancunian urbanite, a guitarist who’s worked with Cinematic Orchestra and is given to dry understatement and calm confidence.
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. ‘Let the Cards Fall’ – with pianist John Ellis, bassist Sam Vickery and drummer Luke Flowers – is the follow-up to their 2016 breakthrough album, ‘Carry Your Kin’. A bewitching collection of songs allowed to mature and breathe without losing the widescreen, multi-textured kaleidoscope of sound that marked their debut, while refining their trademark Manchester take on alt-folk.