Steve is a keen musician and has been fortunate enough to tour around the UK, US and Europe. He now concentrates on promoting gigs locally and through his contacts made during his time within the music industry, can bring international touring acts to St Davids. He is helped by his friend Rob Marsh, former lighting director at The Royal Opera House in London. The Boia Gigs ‘pop up’ concerts are held in local venues within St. Davids and the peninsula, from intimate acoustic performances to raucous bluegrass and full band shows. They have previously hosted Joey Landreth, Becca Mancari, Vivian Leva, The Slocan Ramblers and many more.
See below for upcoming shows and book online, be aware that many of the shows sellout so it’s worth booking ahead!
Steph Cameron & Twin Bandit
Friday 25th January, 2019 – City Hall, St. Davids
Twin Bandit and Steph Cameron team up for a double headline show for the 2019 Winterwood Tour.
The Saskatoon-based roots singer/songwriter arrived on the scene like a bracing gust of fresh musical air with her 2014 debut record Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady receiving unanimously enthusiastic reviews.
“This is a monumental, brilliant album… heralds the crowning of a bright new talent,” declared Pop Matters in calling it the #1 Canadian album of 2014.
No Depression termed it “a stunning debut,” while Exclaim! noted that “Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady delights from start to finish. Steph Cameron is the real deal.” The record also made the coveted Longlist for the prestigious Polaris Prize in 2015.
Look for music scribes to again reach for superlatives to describe Daybreak Over Jackson Street as Steph’s new album navigates subtle changes in stylistic terrain. If the debut felt as if it emerged fully-formed from the bohemian streets of Greenwich Village circa 1963, then the extra maturity of Daybreak gives it more of an early ‘70s Laurel or Topanga Canyon atmosphere.
Like her debut, the album was recorded at elite Toronto studio Revolution Recording with producer Joe Dunphy. It retains the sparse template of her first record – one voice, one guitar, both recorded in intimate fashion and to tape.
Hannah Walker and Jamie Elliott, better known as Vancouver based Indie-Folk duo Twin Bandit, return with to St Davids following on from last years sold out show.
Their debut album For You received critical acclaim at press, from outlets such as The Bluegrass Situation, Folk Alley, Exclaim!, The Province and Georgia Straight, and has garnered over 10 million streams worldwide, becoming perennials at Spotify playlists such as Acoustic Covers, Acoustic Spring, The Pulse of Americana, Happy Folk and more. The girls have toured Europe and North America, headlining shows and festivals and sharing the stage with label-mates The Paper Kites and Joshua Hyslop.
‘Sophisticated hybrid folk and country’ – The Province
‘One of the best roots albums to come out of Canada’ – Georgia Straight
‘Sublime…their on stage chemistry is mesmerising’ – Folk Radio
Kacy & Clayton
Monday 4th March 2019 – St Davids (Venue TBC)
Kacy & Clayton’s music taps into a bottomless well of folk and country influences from North America and the British Isles, injecting centuries of musical and cultural history with youthful energy and a modern sensibility. Their vivid, character-filled songs explore the singers’ rural roots, often addressing dark and bittersweet lyrical subjects in a manner that counterpoints the joyous uplift of the pair’s musical chemistry.
The critical acclaim and fan attention that have accompanied their album releases are a long
way from Kacy & Clayton’s humble Canadian roots. Second cousins and friends since childhood, they grew up a few miles apart in the Wood Mountain Uplands, an isolated community in southern Saskatchewan, 12 miles from the Montana border and hours from the nearest record store. They both gravitated towards music early in life, learning about classic country and folk music from relatives and neighbors, picking up rare old vinyl when they could and discovering a world of vintage obscurities through the internet. When a ten-year-old Clayton’s parents went on a trip and left him in the care of his great-uncle Carl, Carl taught Clayton to play guitar. Clayton also experimented with the instruments he found in Carl’s basement, sometimes performing with Kacy and her sisters.
Soon, Kacy & Clayton were performing together in a local tavern and spending most of their Sunday evenings singing at the local senior citizens home. Since they lived so far apart, the teenagers often illegally drove to each other’s homes to rehearse. “We both started playing music because we were nerds about it,” Kacy recalls. “The history of music and reading biographies and things like that; learning about artists and traditions and styles..” Word of mouth spread, winning Kacy & Clayton club gigs and festival bookings. Clayton also did a stint in the Canadian roots-rock band Deep Dark Woods, and he and Kacy released a pair of indie albums, Kacy & Clayton and The Day Is Past and Gone, in 2011 and 2013 respectively. In 2015, the duo toured England, where they took the opportunity to spend a day perusing the legendary song archives of folk music historian Cecil Sharp.
Kacey & Clayton’s recordings have occasionally been described as sounding like newly unearthed time capsules, but such reads don’t give the duo enough credit. Their latest release, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and recorded at the band’s Chicago studio (The Loft), by Tom Schick, The Siren’s Song is a record with a sound that is passionate, urgent, centuries old, and, at the same time, a wonderful throwback to a time when we all wore patched jeans, fringed jackets, beaded moccasin shoes; it was a time when the beauty of the actual song really mattered; and it was a time when shy talent mattered, even in a big arena when bands played a new take on traditional music, and audiences were ready to whisper their attention to a truly beautiful voice, sympathetic guitar playing, and a deep love for the simple notes of life.
“…some of the freshest sounding folk/country rock that’s been heard in quite a long time.”
– Vancouver Sun
“…delivers endless melody and effortless cool….” – AllMusic
“Continuing to explore the vast waters of country, folk, and psychedelia, The Siren’s Song is another monumental leap forward for Kacy & Clayton. With a discography that already belies their young age, the future is exceptionally bright for Canada’s finest forward-looking traditionalists.” – Aquarium Drunkard
“A heavenly blend of Clayton Linthicum’s trippy guitar melodies with Kacy Anderson’s haunting, filigree vocals are grounded with lyrics about youthful angst and the struggle to know yourself.” – No Depression
“The Siren’s Song is another compelling chapter in what looks increasingly likely to be the long story of Kacy & Clayton’s career.” – Exclaim!
“Clayton Linthicum causes the same maddening ecstasy as a guitar player that his second cousin Kacy Anderson does as a singer, his wild spontaneity bursting against her eerie stoicism.” – The Milk Carton Kids
The Brother Brothers
Wedneday 27th March, 2019 – The Crypt, Tabernacle Chapel, St Davids
The Brother Brothers are Adam and David Moss, identical twins carrying on the folk tradition for a new generation. Using minimal instrumentation, heartfelt lyricism, and harmonies so natural they seem to blend into one beautiful voice, the siblings draw on the energy and creativity of Brooklyn, New York for their full-length debut album, Some People I Know .
Their sound is striking and undeniably captivating. Often leaning towards the darker, moody elements of Appalachian folk, and bluegrass traditions, their songs are laden with near perfect sibling harmonies or unison singing, compelling writing, and imaginative arrangements. They tour as an acoustic duo: David on cello and guitar, and Adam on the 5-string fiddle. With individual storied music careers under their belts, the brothers have finally teamed up to bring their experiences together.
“wonderful … fabulous old-time playing and sibling harmony.” – NPR / Folk Alley
“natural harmonies and evocative lyricism that reflect a timeless sound and spirit.” – Relix
“soulful folk” – Billboard
“Gentle in pace and performance, the Mosses have ample space to glide through
beautiful, harmonic melodies, as they do. All-in-all it does what they do best, presenting
the musical power in weaving their stories and songs with subtlety.” – Popmatters
“The power of minimalist storytelling sweeps us off our feet… That chorus is so barebones,
but hits me like a train. They’re clearly masters at their craft.” – Indie Shuffle
Friday 5th April – The Crypt, Tabernacle, St Davids
John Blek returns to St Davids following on from 2018’s triumphant show at The RAFA.
Ever prolific Blek is preparing for the release of his fourth solo studio album in as many years.
Entitled Thistle & Thorn it was recorded between Clonakilty, Co. Cork and Louisville, Kentucky during the early part of 2018. It features numerous collaborations with longtime musical partners Brian Casey and Davie Ryan as well as the addition of the ethereal voice of Joan Shelley and melodious fingerstyle folk guitar of Nathan Salsburg. This is John’s most complete and ambitious work to date.
It is due for release on the 1st of February 2019 through John’s own imprint WARR. To be followed by a 22nd March release through K & F Records in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Available on CD, download and heavy weight gatefold vinyl.
‘Salt in the Water’ from Blek’s last album Catharsis Vol.1, was nominated for Song of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards 2018 at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City. It’s been a busy few years and it shows no sign of letting up. Endless tours and recording in Ireland, Europe, UK and USA keep the Irish troubadour busy.
He is a master storyteller and an inspiring live performer. His beautiful fingerstyle guitar and joyous vocal weave a tapestry that is as poignant as it is skilful. He is a true artist.
‘Compelling country folk’ – Pure M Zine
‘A master of subtelty’ – The Thin Air
***** – The Irish Times
William the Conqueror
Friday 10th May – The RAFA Club, St Davids
A character, a mythology, the flicker of a younger self, William the Conqueror is many things, but in simplest terms it is the name of a band put together by songwriter Ruarri Joseph, alongside his close musical conspirators Harry Harding (drums) and Naomi Holmes (bass). The trio have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego, their shows steadily winning over fans up and down the country.
The band’s new album Bleeding on the Soundtrack will be released on Loose on 15th February 2019. Produced by Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, White Denim, Laura Marling) at Peter Gabriel’s iconic Real World Studios, it is the second instalment of William’s story following on from debut album, Proud Disturber of the Peace, released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim.
The indie-rock three piece channel classic blues and roots rock through a grunge/indie filter, with diverse influences including The Doors, Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads. Praised for their grit and authenticity by the likes of The Guardian and NPR’s Ann Powers, they signed to Loose, joining a roster that includes Courtney Marie Andrews, Israel Nash, The Handsome Family and Treetop Flyers. Praise for their live performances has drawn wildly enthusiastic comparisons to the likes of Kings of Leon, Nirvana, Buffalo Tom and The Marshall Tucker Band.
“a mighty launchpad for what’s yet to come” Q ★★★★
“a thumping Southern rock and Americana grungy gumbo that hits you right between the eyes” Express ★★★★
“the kind of determination that can only end in glory” Gigsoup 8/10