New band The Breath to appear at Ropery Hall
A late addition to the final weeks of Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall autumn programme is The Breath, the new Manchester based band from guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer Rfoghnach Connolly.
Stuart is an urban guitarist from Manchester and the former guitarist for Cinematic Orchestra, valued for his mastery of loops and effects while Rfoghnach is a singer and flautist from Armagh with the voice of skewed barrel-house, folk-hop band, HoneyFeet.
“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,” explained Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk. “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.”
The result is Carry Your Kin, their debut album for Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records released earlier this year.
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.
“Their music is a powerfully hypnotic collection of mesmerising guitar riffs and rocking anthems with Connolly’s soulful vocals interwoven into the electronic fabric of McCallum’s distinctive sound world,” Liz continued.
The Breath are appearing at Ropery Hall on Friday, December 16 as part of a Music Net Tour presented by Root Music and Band on the Wall.
Support is from acoustic guitarist Kirk McElhinney whose soulful lyrics and masterful playing has seen him take to the stage with folk legends such as Bert Jansch and Tommy Emmanuel.
Tickets to see The Breath cost £12.50 in advance or £14 on the door and can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person from the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380. The gig starts at 8pm.