Atmospheric Folk Music from Manchester

The Breath – Carry Your Kin (Real World Records, 2016)

Carry Your Kin deliver a form of ethereal folk where we find a combination of folk-style lyrics with dreamy electronic effects and pop hooks.

The Breath’s guitarist Stuart McCallum provides the ambience throughout the album with his processed electric guitar that generates lush, cinematic loops and soundscapes (he’s the former guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra) and effects. Another key element is Irish singer-songwriter Rioghnach Connolly who drifts from dreamy, whispered vocals to passionate soulful songs.

The Breath: Rioghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum - Photo by Emily Dennison
The Breath: Rioghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum – Photo by Emily Dennison

Although there is a connection to Irish folk music in the lyrics and vocals, you won’t find any traditional musical instruments. Rioghnach Connolly sings about birth, death, women’s rights, first love, motherhood, the loss of life at sea, and post-colonial injustices.

The lineup on Carry Your Kin includes Rioghnach Connolly on vocals; Stuart McCallum on guitars; John Ellis on piano; Robin Mullarkey on bass; and Luke Flowers on drums.





Carry Your Kin presents the absorbing sound of Manchester band The Breath, who provide beautifully crafted atmospheric folk songs.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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