Music Q&A:
The Breath

Ríoghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum are the creative heart of The Breath, who play the Deaf Institute, Manchester, 13 Nov. Riioghnach tells us about the song she wishes she'd written

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Colonial perpetration, emotional manipulation and historical perpetuation – loads of “ations”).

How have you evolved as a band over the years?
We’ve become friends – that’s always a good thing.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
Holding my cheeks in front of a computer screen, artistically.

What’s on your rider?
Jameson, good quality ales and nice, smelly candles.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
I once went to the 1970s in public. But it wasn’t the 1970s – it was my imagination messing with me. It wasn’t cool.

What song do you wish you’d written?
Happy Birthday

What’s your worst lyric?
It’s a schoolyard handclap game lyric but it works. I stand by it. “Down to the river goes hanky panky, two fat frogs go back to backy, zoom, zang, zoom, zang, down to the river goes….”

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