The Breath Live from Mash Guru

Johnny James, Music Editor
Emily Dennison

The Breath, online, 4 February 2021, from £9 - Book now

It’s been five years since The Breath released their debut album Carry Your Kin – a moon-lit meeting place for ethereal folk and swooning soul.

To celebrate the anniversary of this gorgeous record, vocalist and flautist Ríoghnach Connolly and guitarist Stuart McCallum return to one of Cheshire’s most eclectic venues, Mash Guru (where they played ‘in the early days’), for a special streamed performance.

On Carry Your Kin, The Breath explored the spaces in between rock and folk, with Stuart’s mesmerising guitar riffs and Ríoghnach’s deeply impassioned voice swirling forward via expansive folk arrangements and masterful storytelling. Going from strength to strength in their follow-up record, Let the Cards Fall, The Breath earned a nomination for Best Duo/Group at the 2019 BBC R2 Folk Awards, while Ríoghnach was awarded Folk Singer Of The Year.

Streaming via DICE, the pair will perform a career-spanning set encompassing both fan favourites and never-performed bonus tracks. Judging from the last time we caught the pair performing (a joyous socially-distanced gig at The Carlton Club), we’re expecting a stripped-back set that finds depth and beauty in quiet places, and allows the connection between the duo to shine through.

Following the performance, The Breath will chat live with Nick Hobbs (Charmworks Agency, writer, performer) about their music, how they met and much more. Viewers are also free to pitch in with their own questions for Stuart and Ríoghnach.

The show will be streamed worldwide on 4th February and will be available 24 hours following the initial stream. Head over to DICE to purchase your advance ticket.

The Breath, online

4 February 2021 8:00 pm
From £9