Ríoghnach Connolly singer and Stuart McCallum guitarist are the creative heart of The Breath. And for them, it’s all about the song. Rioghnach was awarded Folk Singer of The Year at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk awards and they were nominated for Best Duo.
Connolly writes the only way she knows how; a stream of poetic consciousness giving rise to honest, personal, heartfelt songs as likely to touch on childhood summers and first love as cultural dislocation, post-colonial injustices and grief. But it’s her deeply soulful, utterly engaging, stop-you-in-your-tracks voice – whether delicate and hushed or powerful and gutsy – coupled with Stuart’s understated brilliance and their exquisitely crafted songs, that give The Breath such emotional depth.
“Two halves of one person...deeply lovely..spectacular songs, beautifully sung”.- Mark Radcliff