Breathe… an energetic, experimental and mostly acoustic band based in Surrey, formed mid 2019 over a rum ‘n coke in a bar in Kingston, when Meg met Pete! They started out as a duo and, some months later, were joined by Hilary on cello. After a few line-up changes over the years, Breathe are now playing as a 4 piece, with the addition of bassist Adriá.
Weaving a range of influences into their song writing, they create their own melodic twist of “hyper-folk” - that’s folk roots with elements of indie, rock, classical and world music played in an upbeat and energetic style.
Even with the obstacles of “life during lockdown” in 2020, Breathe released 3 EP’s, (remotely) through their label Breathe Free Music, with the band producing more than an album’s worth of singles and accompanying videos.
In 2021, Breathe started diversifying their acoustic style into a fuller band sound and were back up on stage in the summer, which was packed with back-to-back gigs and festival performances. They also started working on their full length album, ‘Tagmeinnit’ which is due for release later this year.
It’s 2022 and Breathe are looking forward to another busy gig/Food Festival line-up, as well as getting their long-awaited album out! There are a few new songs waiting ‘in the wings’ to be recorded too, so watch this space!
Meg McRae - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica
Pete Darlo - Drums/Cajon, Marimba, Melodica, Ukulele
Hilary Insall - Cello, Accordion
Adriá Tarrida - Bass