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The Nest Collective presents
Tuesday 26 September
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member
In a nutshell
A new project from former Cinematic Orchestra members and Rioghnach Connolly (Honeyfeet, Afro Celt Sound system).
The Breath is Stuart McCallum (former guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra), Irish singer Ríoghnach (pron. REE uh nah) Connolly and Mcallum’s fellow Cinematic alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers.
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’ is released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records in July 2016.
What to Expect
Born out of Manchester’s fertile music scene they mix Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. Connolly’s soulful vocals are interwoven into the electronic fabric of McCallum’s distinctive soundworld. 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.
The Nest Collective
For 10 years the Nest Collective has been London's way to experiencing folk, world & new music, creating a community that seeks unique sonorous experiences in unusual spaces.
What people are saying
“Ambient, rocking, multi-layered soundscapes” fRoots
“Cool, drifting ambient folk soul” The Guardian
“Contemporary folk meets Bat For Lashes” Jazzwise
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Things you should know
Suitable for ages 16+
This event is wheelchair accessible.