The Breath – Friday 2nd July 2021
The Breath is guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer/flautist Ríoghnach Connolly. Ríoghnach (pron. Rea-nuh) is Armagh-born and Manchester based. Known for her work with Afro Celt Sound System and Honeyfeet, she met Stuart on the city’s gig circuit several years ago. An unlikely pairing though it was – she a folk singer, loud, brash and mischievous, he an acclaimed jazz guitarist, member of Cinematic Orchestra and a softly spoken Manchester urbanite. Their connection was immediate; they formed The Breath, a duo (with occasional supporting band members) to present their contemporary take on alt-folk.
At its heart lies Ríoghnach’s utterly engaging, stop-you-in-your-tracks voice and extraordinary storytelling alongside Stuart’s understated brilliance and their exquisitely crafted, personal songs. Yet it’s the emotional depth of the songs and the remarkable connection the duo share on stage that make the Breath’s live performance so compelling.
“Quietly, inexorably, The Breath have become one of the UK’s most exciting folk acts… Only Stories (Let the Cards Fall Revisited).. an acoustic recording that unfolds like a paper flower” – The Financial Times *****
“deeply lovely… spectacular songs, beautifully sung” – BBC R2: The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe
“folk roots but different horizons… the jaw-droppingly stunning, woozy voice of Ríoghnach Connolly” – The Guardian
All our music events start at 7.30pm – Doors will be open from 6.00pm
Food will be available to purchase from our wonderful street-food van ‘Gloria!’ There will be snacks as well as funky hot dishes and some favourite Froize classics (vegan, vegetarian, and carnivorous diets catered for!) …and of course, there will be a well-stocked bar!
Please also see our Covid-19 measures.
This ticket price includes a 5% booking fee.