Stuart McCallum and Rioghnach 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, the first call for Cinematic Orchestra (that’s Stuart 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 bar-room band, Honeyfeet: she guests on The Source, the new album from Afro Celt Sound System.
He trades in groove-based music that marries funk, rock and rave in a post-modern style. She is rooted in rural community and prone to ancestor worship. Stuart anticipates a blissed future. Rioghnach just wants to survive. And her lyrics pinpoint a way of life at the very moment it may not survive.