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The Breath

Friday, 15 September 2017 - 8:00pm
 
The Breath is Stuart McCallum (former guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra), Irish singer Ríoghnach (pron. REE uh nah) Connolly and Mcallum’s fellow Cinematic alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers.
 
Born out of Manchester’s fertile music scene they mix Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. 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 The Breath conjure a kaleidoscope of sound that perfectly frames Connolly’s raw songs and soul cleansing vocals.
 
Photo (c) Emily Dennison
 
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 McCallum, Ellis and Flowers 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’ is released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records in July 2016.
 
Photo (c) York Tillyer
 
 

 
...contemporary folk meets Bat for Lashes Jazzwise
 
raw, emotive and husky, (Ríoghnach Connolly) sure owns a song. …gentle and rolling, mountainous and anthemic... open-hearted songwriting ...and emotionally charged. FRoots
 
raw, soulful, often mesmeric, richly textured and lushly constructed…versatile persuasive vocals. Mojo
 
sunshine-on-rainy-streets ambience of the Blue Nile. Financial Times
 
an affecting blend... McCallum provides the grandeur and artifice and Connolly the intimacy and purity. Uncut
 
 
THE BREATH perform at The Continental on Friday 15th September, 2017. Doors open at 8pm. 
 
Tickets are £10 advance (£12 on the door) and are available from SEE Tickets, WeGotTickets & Skiddle
 
Also in person from The Continental's bar (01772 499 425) & Action Records (01772 884 772) 
 
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