Bringing the week to a close we have one of the most exquisite lines ups we could imagine. Expect a very special night of music that is going to leave hearts and minds both nourished and racing a little faster all at the same time.
Ríoghnach Connolly has already won us over once when she played at Cobalt with her band Honey feet orn out of Manchester’s fertile music scene The Breath mix Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. The Breath is Irish singer Ríoghnach Connolly,Stuart McCallum (former guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra),and Mcallum’s fellow Cinematic alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers. Connolly’s soulful vocals are interwoven into the electronic fabric of McCallum’s distinctive soundworld. In turns hypnotic, lush, powerfully raw and raucously punchy, their songs entrance, uplift and break your heart as The Breath conjure a kaleidoscope of sound that perfectly frames Connolly’s raw songs and soul cleansing vocals.
Connolly’s original lyrics pour forth from her own life in a torrent of meaning. 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. 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 that moves from chilled soundscapes to rocking anthems.
HQFU is the electro alias of Glasgow-based artist Sarah J Stanley. Channeling her folk music’s beauteous side, HQFU is fueled by a spitball of irrepressible hardcore energy. She uses multi-instrumental talents to make maximalistic, gutsy, yet sincere electronica.
Stanley describes her current work as “A mix of high BPM, fun, dirty and dark electro sounds. There is, as always a lot of sadness and sounds made from the spoils of my darkest places, in lieu of having anything else to do with those moments, I have to believe there is an authenticity to my music because I really give a shit about making it and I hope that comes across.”