Manchester Folk Festival 2019: The Breath

Please note: this event has been cancelled due to illness. John Bramwell will appear at Gorilla as a replacement event. Tickets for The Breath are valid for John Bramwell or can be refunded. The Box Office team are contacting ticketholders in advance, but if you would like to speak to someone, please see the Box Office contact information here.

The Breath is guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer Ríoghnach (pron. Ray-nuh) Connolly. Based in Manchester, their unique take on alt-folk journeys from hushed storytelling to uplifting anthems.

At its heart lies Rioghnach’s deeply soulful, stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, alongside Stuart’s understated brilliance and their exquisitely crafted, personal songs. It’s the emotional depth of the songs and the remarkable connection the duo share on stage that make The Breath’s live performance so compelling.

Connolly writes the only way she knows how; a stream of poetic consciousness giving rise to honest, personal, heartfelt songs – as likely to touch on childhood summers and first love as cultural dislocation, post-colonial injustices and grief.

“Raw, soulful, often mesmeric, richly textured and lushly constructed…versatile persuasive vocals” – Mojo

Supporting The Breath are Ross & Ali, and Maz O’Connor
Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton, two of Scotland’s most prominent musicians, bring together original compositions ranging from high octane jigs and reels to beautifully melodic slow airs. With an arsenal of bagpipes, whistles, guitars, cittern, drums, and electronics, they create a masterful blend of the old and the new.

Singer-songwriter Maz O’Connor grew up in the wild Lake District of the Romantic Poets, studied at Cambridge, lives in London, and has roots in Ireland. These diverse influences make her songwriting unique, whilst her captivating voice provides the perfect vehicle for her powerful songs.

This event is part of Manchester Folk Festival – an urban folk festival. It takes place from 15-20 October 2019, in and around HOME and the city centre. Over the autumn weekend, they present an exhilarating range of events, with the spotlight on contemporary and traditional English folk music.


  • Recommended age 14+
  • A booking fee of 10% per ticket will be added at checkout
  • Buy for 4 Manchester Folk Festival shows in 1 transaction and get 20% discount on ticket price
  • Please note this event is held at Gorilla