Rioghnach Connolly (vocals)/Stuart McCallum (guitar)/John Ellis (keyboards)/Luke Flowers (drums)
Born out of Manchester’s fertile music scene, The Breath mixes Irish folk influences with mesmerising guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. Uniting Cinematic Orchestra alumni with the city’s most respected Irish folk singer, Connolly’s soulful vocals are interwoven into the electronic fabric of McCallum’s distinctive soundworld. In turns hypnotic, lush, powerfully raw and raucously punchy, their songs entrance, uplift and break your heart, as they conjure a kaleidoscope of sound that perfectly frames Connolly’s raw songs and soul-cleansing vocals.
Drawing on the influences of traditional Irish folk song, Connolly’s original lyrics pour forth from her own life in a torrent of meaning. She sings songs of birth and death, woman’s rights, first love, the call of motherhood, the death of men at sea and post-colonial wrongs. All delivered with compelling emotional honesty and a raw urgency as fellow band members delve deeply into the spaces between rock, ambient, folk and jazz to deliver a powerfully hypnotic accompaniment that moves from chilled soundscapes to rocking anthems.
Recorded in Manchester and at Real World Studios, and mixed by sound guru Tchad Blake, The Breath’s debut album ‘Carry Your Kin’ was released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records in 2016.