The Breath unveil new video, Let The Cards Fall

The Breath —guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer, lyricist and flautist, Ríoghnach Connolly— have unveiled the video for ‘Let the Cards Fall’, the title-track from their sophomore album, released this autumn on Real World Records.

The song is a delicate, wistful ode partly inspired by Queen Macha, of ancient Irish legend and the namesake of Armagh, Ríoghanch’s birthplace.

The official video for 'Let The Cards Fall', directed by Luca Rudlin.

Everyone needs a role model and Ríoghnach opts for Macha; who “rode on to the battlefield nine months pregnant, slaughtered all around her and then gave birth right there.”  She can be maternal as well as murderous. Ríoghnach also invokes Suhail, a bright star on the southern horizon that becomes a protective deity, for “my brothers, caught in the crossfire”— ordinary people, vulnerable to the processes of history.

Read the lyrics to ‘Let The Cards Fall’ on

The song exemplifies the great clashing virtues of the pair. Ríoghnach, possessed of Celtic primitivism and visionary intimacy, Stuart, a guitarist of considerable tonal range, is ethereal and searching, never content to slip into conventional form and thrives in the gap between freedom and restraint.  The picking pattern, he informs, derives from Villa-Lobos’ Etude No. 1.  There’s a feeling of a lull before the storm, a respite that offers space for nurturing and healing.

Ríoghnach Connolly —singer, lyricist and flautist— is Armagh born and Manchester based.  Known for her work with Afro Celt Sound System and Honeyfeet, she has a remarkable voice, a deep elegiac sensibility and a mischievous character. Stuart McCallum, by contrast, is a Mancunian urbanite, a guitarist who’s worked with Cinematic Orchestra and is given to dry understatement and calm confidence.  Together, they have a remarkable connection that is at the heart of their very Manchester take on Alt-Folk.

The Breath‘s second album, Let The Cards Fall, will be released on 14 September on Real World Records.

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Ríoghnach talks to Stuart about 'Let The Cards Fall'

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, 15 June 18

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