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THURSDAY 24 MAY

*POSTPONED* THE BREATH

+ SPECIAL GUESTS

7PM-10:15PM : £12 ADV (14+)

Please note, due to a change of release schedule, this show now takes place on Tuesday 13 November. All other details remain the same, and original tickets remain valid.

The Breath is Stuart McCallum (ex-guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra), Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly and McCallum’s fellow Cinematic alumnus pianist John Ellis, along with drummer Luke Flowers.

Born out of Manchester’s fertile music scene they mix Irish folk influences with mesmerising guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. Connolly’s soulful vocals are interwoven into the electronic fabric of McCallum’s distinctive sound-world. In turns hypnotic, lush, powerfully raw and raucously punchy, their songs entrance, uplift and break your heart as The Breath conjure a kaleidoscope of sound that perfectly frames Connolly’s raw songs and soul cleansing vocals.

Drawing on the influences of traditional Irish folk song, Connolly’s original lyrics pour forth from her own life in a torrent of meaning. She sings songs of birth and death, woman’s rights, first love, the call of motherhood, the death of men at sea and post-colonial wrongs. All delivered with compelling emotional honesty and a raw urgency as McCallum, Ellis and Flowers delve deeply into the spaces between rock, ambient, folk and jazz to deliver a powerfully hypnotic accompaniment that moves from chilled soundscapes to rocking anthems.

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.

‘Contemporary folk meets Bat for Lashes’ – Jazzwise

‘An affecting blend… McCallum provides the grandeur and artifice and Connolly the intimacy and purity’ – Uncut

Support comes from Matthew Whitaker. The Man With the Anvil Hat is the debut solo album from singer-songwriter Matthew Whitaker. Matthew has been a prominent member of the Manchester music scene for over a decade – fronting hugely popular bands Whiskycats, Gypsies of Bohemia and, most recently, Henge. While these bands have been about partying, The Man With the Anvil Hat is more the soundtrack to the morning after – dreamy, haunting, wistful and epic.Matthew was a prodigiously talented, virtuoso classical guitarist as a child, although he left that style of playing behind when he discovered song writing as a 16-year-old. The Man With the Anvil Hat sees him return to those classical guitar roots – with inspiration coming from composers such as Leo Brouwer, Enrique Granados and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Other influences on the album include the movie scores of Ennio Morricone, the early 1970s folk/jazz music of Nick Drake and the soft, nuanced vocal ballads of Chet Baker.
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