Ríoghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum are the creative heart of The Breath. Ríoghnach - singer, lyricist and flautist-is Armagh born and Manchester based. Known for her work with Afro Celt Sound System and Honeyfeet, she has a remarkable voice, a deep elegiac sensibility 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. Together, they have a remarkable connection.
Let the Cards Fall is their new album and the follow-up to their 2016 breakthrough, Carry Your Kin. It is a bewitching collection of songs that journeys from lush, beguiling storytelling to uplifting, punch-the-air anthems. Allowed to mature and breathe without losing the widescreen, multi-textured kaleidoscope of sound that marked their debut, Let the Cards Fall refines their unique Manchester take on alt-folk.
'raw, soulful, often mesmeric, richly textured and lushly constructed...versatile persuasive vocals' - Mojo
'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' - FolkRadio.com