After releasing their latest album Let The Cards Fall, The Breath will bring their UK tour to a close with a Manchester gig at the Deaf Institute.
Ríoghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum are the creative heart of The Breath. Their influences and backgrounds contrast. 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. This is couple with a deep sensibility and a mischievous character. Stuart, by contrast, is a Mancunian urbanite, a guitarist who’s worked with Cinematic Orchestra. He brings a dry understatement and calm confidence.
The Manchester duo are now touring their brand new album Let The Cards Fall. The album was released in September featuring emotional storytelling and uplifting anthems filled with alt-folk.
The Breath wrote and recorded Let The Cards Fall over just a few days. Spur of the moment work used to spark their creative juices. Whereas the songs on their 2016 debut Carry Your Kin were honed over a number of years, Let the Cards Fall is a more organic affair. “All the material has been written on two local gigs, three days in Hull, a basement in Ramsgate and a garden in Reigate,” says Stuart.
The duo put the songs at the forefront, stripped bare in search of a softer more organic palate.
When do The Breath perform at The Deaf Institute?
The Breath perform at The Deaf Institute on 13 November 2018, concluding their eight date UK tour.
image of The Breath courtesy Duncan Elliott