Folk at the Froize: The Breath

Folk at the Froize returns on Friday 2nd July 2021 with The Breath playing outside in the Froize garden marquee.

The Breath is guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer/flutist Ríoghnach Connolly. Ríoghnach (pron. Rea-nuh) is Armagh-born and Manchester-based.  Known for her work with Afro Celt Sound System and Honeyfeet, she met Stuart on the city’s gig circuit several years ago. An unlikely pairing though it was – she a folk singer, loud, brash and mischievous, he an acclaimed jazz guitarist, member of Cinematic Orchestra and a softly spoken Manchester urbanite. Their connection was immediate; they formed The Breath, a duo (with occasional supporting band members) to present their contemporary take on alt-folk. 

At its heart lies Ríoghnach’s utterly engaging, stop-you-in-your-tracks voice and extraordinary storytelling alongside Stuart’s understated brilliance and their exquisitely crafted, personal songs. Yet it’s the emotional depth of the songs and the remarkable connection the duo share on stage that makes The Breath’s live performance so compelling. 


“Quietly, inexorably, The Breath has become one of the UK’s most exciting folk acts… Only Stories (Let the Cards Fall Revisited)... an acoustic recording that unfolds like a paper flower” – The Financial Times *****

“deeply lovely… spectacular songs, beautifully sung” – BBC R2:  The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe 

“folk roots but different horizons… the jaw-droppingly stunning, woozy voice of Ríoghnach Connolly” – The Guardian


Please note this ticket price does not include food as standard. Delicious street food will be available to purchase separately from ‘Gloria’, the Froize food van. Drinks will be on sale from the Froize main bar.


Ticket price includes a 5% booking fee.


Music from 7:30 pm.