Signed to Peter Gabriel’s ground breaking Real World Records, Stuart McCallum and Rioghnach (pron. REE uh nah) Connolly are such opposites in character and background that each is integral to the other. Their joint project, The Breath, is a miracle of integration. He is an urban guitarist from Manchester, former first call for Cinematic Orchestra (that’s him on Ma Fleur and Live at the Royal Albert Hall), and has written and arranged for legendary UK saxophonist John Surman and collaborated with Radiohead. McCallum is particularly valued for his mastery of loops and effects. She is a singer and flutist from Armagh, and the voice of skewed barrel-house, folk-hop band, Honeyfeet: she guests on The Source, the new album from Afro Celt Sound System.
Listen and marvel at the way The Breath reconcile the opposing positions of grandeur and intimacy, turbulence and calm, artifice and purity.