BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations for The Breath and Ríoghnach Connolly

Manchester-based duo The Breath have received a nomination in this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards along with a nomination for its lead singer Ríoghnach Connolly.

The Breath have been nominated in the Best Duo/Group category, and Ríoghnach has received a nomination in the highly prestigious Folk Singer of the Year category.

In the past year, The Breath released their sophomore studio album Let The Cards Fall, listed as one of The Guardian’s Top 10 Albums of 2018, and a companion acoustic release Only Stories, which received 5 stars in the Financial Times.

The Guardian’s Folk critic Jude Rogers described The Breath’s song ‘Let It Calm You Down’ as her favourite original ballad of 2018.

The awards ceremony will take place on 16 October 2019 in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, and The Breath will perform a homecoming show in the city on 18 October.

Featured release

  • Let The Cards Fall

    The Breath

    Released 13 September 2018

    A bewitching collection of songs that journeys from lush, beguiling storytelling to uplifting, punch-the-air anthems. Allowed to mature and breathe without losing the widescreen, multi-textured kaleidoscope of sound that marked their debut, Let the Cards Fall refines The Breath's unique Manchester take on alt-folk.

By Online Editor

Main image: Ríoghnach Connnolly and Stuart McCallum. Photo credit: Duncan Elliott.

Published on Wed, 31 July 19

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