The Breath comes to The Continental for a night of ambient folk soul

Posted on - 8th September, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Food & Drink, Music, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston

The Continental Pub is inviting you to an evening of ambient folk soul as they welcome The Breath on Friday 15 September.


This is a unique and massively acclaimed musical project which will be coming to the pub, located on South Meadow Lane.

Prepare to be wowed by a mix of Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks.

The group is fronted by Stuart McCallum, an urban guitarist from Manchester, and Ríoghnach Connolly, a singer and flutist from Armagh.

Stuart is a former member of The Cinematic Orchestra, and was a talented addition to the classic albums ‘Ma Fleur’ and ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall’.

He has collaborated with Radiohead and is particularly valued for his mastery of loops and effects.

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Ríoghnach is the voice of skewed bar-room band Honeyfeet and she guests on the new album from Afro Celt Sound System ‘The Source’. 

She delivers groove-based music that connects funk, rock and rave in a post-modern style.

The pair are backed up by McCallum’s fellow Cinematic Orchestra alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers.

Connolly’s soulful vocals are interwoven into the electronic fabric of McCallum’s distinctive sound-world.

Drawing on the influences of traditional Irish folk song, Connolly’s original lyrics are inspired from her own life, as she sings songs of birth and death, woman’s rights, first love, the call of motherhood, the death of men at sea and post-colonial wrongs.

This is all delivered with compelling emotional honesty and a raw urgency as McCallum, Ellis and Flowers delve deeply into the spaces between rock, ambient, folk and jazz to deliver a powerfully hypnotic accompaniment.

After being recorded in Manchester and Real World Studios, and having been mixed by sound guru Tchad Blake, The Breath’s debut album ‘Carry Your Kin’ was released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records in July 2016.

Doors will open at 8pm on the night.

Tickets are £10 advance or £12 on the door.

You can purchase tickets from the venue or by ringing them on 01772 499 425.

You can also buy them online from SEE Tickets, WeGotTickets & Skiddle.

Have you visited The Continental recently? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below

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