New album by The Breath out now

The Breath's second album Let The Cards Fall is out now. Following their 2016 debut Carry Your Kin, it was recorded and mixed at Real World Studios in during the Winter of 2017/18.

The album is 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.

Read Neil McFadyen’s review of the album on Folk Radio UK.

The band was formed on the hotbed of Manchester’s live music scene, and merges a range of music influences, including jazz and Irish folk. Singer Ríoghnach Connolly and guitarist/ producer Stuart McCallum talk about the process of writing and recording the new album in a series of video clips on our YouTube channel.

Several of the songs on Let The Cards Fall had their beginnings at one of the band’s regular gigs in Manchester, including ‘Let It Calm You Down’, which comes from a totally improvised moment one night during a set at Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club that they just happened to be recording. Ríoghnach’s lyrics address ‘my soul mate in the crowd, the only bastard that can calm me.’ In the video clip below, Ríoghnach and Stuart look back on that night.

Purchase/Stream the album

How Ríoghnach's Welsh Adonis, Ellis, inspired the lyrics to 'Let It Calm You Down'

Let The Cards Fall is available in 24 bit high-res audio as September’s Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release.

Visit Bowers & Wilkins website

Tour Dates

15 July BUXTON Buxton International Festival
4 Oct HULL University of Hull
9 Oct CARDIFF Acapela Studios
30 Oct NORWICH Norwich Arts Centre
31 Oct LONDON the Nest Collective at the Old Queens Head
1 Nov BRISTOL Trinity Centre
8 Nov BRIGHTON Komedia
9 Nov NOTTINGHAM Metronome
13 Nov MANCHESTER The Deaf Institute

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

Published on Fri, 14 September 18

Further reading

Bab L’ Bluz win Songlines Award for Best Fusion Act

The Moroccan-French four piece band's album 'Nayda!' was released last June on Real World Records.

Djivan Gasparyan (1928 – 2021)

The Armenian duduk player collaborated with Michael Brook on the album Black Rock in 1998.

A Code of Signals: Exploring the symbolism of Loney dear’s album art

Each flag on the cover art of Loney dear's new album and singles means something different.

Track of the day: ‘Curfew’ by Khalab & M’berra Ensemble

'Curfew' is taken from the forthcoming album M'berra, out on 23 April 2021.