The Breath

A Music Net Tour presented by Root Music and Band on the Wall

Born out of the ferment of Manchester’s thriving music scene, The Breath is the new band project of former Cinematic Orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer and lyricist Rioghnach Connolly.  Along with McCallum’s fellow Cinematic alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers, The Breath mix Irish folk influences with mesmerising guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks.  Building on McCallum’s distinctive soundscapes, Connolly’s immensely powerful and soulful vocals deliver epic, lush and powerfully raw songs that are hypnotic and heart-achingly beautiful in equal measure.

Occupying an intriguing space somewhere between anthemic rock, chilled ambient and nu-jazz,  McCallum’s music allows Connolly to draw on her Irish folk influences with songs of birth and death, social struggle, motherhood and broken hearts. All delivered with a compelling emotional honesty and raw urgency against McCallum’s sublime electronic textures.

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 April 2016.

“Ambient, rocking, multi-layered soundscapes” fRoots

“Cool, drifting ambient folk soul” The Guardian

“Will take you to places you’ve only seen in dreams”

Raw, soulful, often mesmeric, richly textured and lushly constructed” Mojo Magazine

“Contemporary folk meets Bat For Lashes” Jazzwise


Kirk McElhinney – Support with The Breath


Kirk is a passionate singer whose soulful voice and insightful lyrics which together with a rich and vibrant mosaic of acoustic guitar picking give him a sound that is both unique and enticing. His concerts are always something of a one-off, due to his free-spirited jamming style and raw energy which captivates audiences everywhere he performs.

Kirk has appeared alongside such luminaries as folk legend Bert Jansch, Tommy Emmanuel and Nitin Sawhney who described Kirk’s  sound as “…a melting pot of sonic bliss”.

* * * * Exciting and engaging…full of surprisesDaily Express

Superb debut album. Got to be one of the best I’ve listened to for some time!!-  RhythmMasterUK



Show Details

Date of event:

16th December 2016

Event details:

8pm £12.50/£14otd