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. All the gigs are held in local venues within St. Davids, from intimate acoustic performances to raucous bluegrass and full band shows.
See below for upcoming shows and book online.
Friday 12th October, 2018
Sometimes a solo artist can knock your socks off and Nathan Bell is one of these. With a voice and songs sitting alongside the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark & John Prine. Nathan’s songs and voice hit you with a clarity not often encountered. Sharp edged songs, a voice of gravel and grit and whiskey and some rather accomplished guitar playing makes him pretty special.
Based out of Chattanooga, TN, Nathan is also an educator and writer, teaching guitar and songwriting to students of all ages, and contributing regularly to Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
His music has been reviewed or featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Telegraph (UK), No Depression Magazine, and in most of the influential on line music blogs. he has appeared on many NPR programs including, The Real Economy Project with Alex Chadwick, Live from Studio One, and Songs at The Center. Nathan has won several awards for his soundtrack work, including best music at the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival.
‘Coupling the grain of Levon Helm with the gruff troubadour lilt of Kris Kristofferson’ – Acoustic Guitar Magazine
‘Some songwrtiers take you with them wherever they go’ – No Depression
‘Poetry is coursing through his veins’ ***** – Maverick Magazine
The Slocan Ramblers
Saturday 3rd November, 2018
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to Rocky Grass and everywhere in between.
On their much-anticipated new album Queen City Jubilee, The Slocans showcase their unique blend of bluegrass, old-time and folk with deep song-writing, lightning fast instrumentals and sawdust-thick vocals. With their trademark raucous energy, this new album presents The Slocan Ramblers at the top of their game – writing and playing tunes to keep you up all night. This is roots music without pretension, music intended to make you feel something – say hello to your new favourite band.
‘I love it – smokin’ bluegrass!’ – Bob Harris
‘If you’ve grown tired of the same old sounds, here’s a band who reinvents a genre’ – Bluegrass Unlimited
‘Riveting’ – Bluegrass Today
‘Contemporary bluegrass at its very best. […] Their third album, Queen City Jubilee, could be the one that propels them to the forefront of the acoustic roots scene’– Songlines Magazine (UK)
‘Emerging Artist Award’– Edmonton Folk Fest (2015)
‘This is a tight-knit ensemble with a lot of drive, yet with something of a tantalizing “rough edge” to their sound’ – Sing Out! Magazine
‘Effortlessly pushing bluegrass back to its earlier roots in Appalachian traditions, while steering old sounds in fascinating new directions’ – No Depression
‘Top class bluegrass’ – fRoots Magazine (UK)
Friday 30th November 2018
Nashville based Becca Mancari brings her band to Roots at The RAFA, for an exclusive Wales date on her European tour.
Born in Staten Island, New York, to an Italian-Irish preacher and a Puerto Rican mother, Mancari has lived a life of transition – from working as a janitor in South Florida, to writing songs with train hoppers in the Blue Ridge Mountains and seeking spirituality in India. But it was her time in Virginia and Nashville where she found the roots music that would continue to inspire her musical evolution to today.
Her critically alcaimed debut album, “Good Woman,” refuses to be pigeon-holed and is hauntingly lonesome, with dust-cloud swells of electric guitar and don’t-look- back lyrics revealing scenes from Mancari’s well-travelled story.
Mancari’s curiosity to see the world with eager, fresh eyes grew, drawing her to travel and experience all types of people and places. Her travels would inevitably impact her music; since her music is the landscape of all she’s seen, “Good Woman” evokes the sound of city grit and the mountain music of her youth, swirling into a fresh, nostalgic sound.
Mancari explains that she wants her music to be familiar to audiences, but also pushing creative boundaries, rewriting the rules for her genre. She explains, “Our hope is that we’re doing something that respects the roots but also has space and the galaxy in it.” It’s these planetary frontiers, along with the powerful fragility in her voice, that make Mancari’s music beyond standard classifications.
Perhaps more striking than Mancari’s sound is the tender honesty and vulnerability present in each of her songs. Ann Powers describes Mancari’s writing as “lyrical and raw,” commenting on the “great personality in her songs.” As a gay woman in the south, she has fought hard to reconcile her spiritual beliefs with her sexuality. Her strong personality enables her to be a spokeswoman to the outcast and the misfit, helping her redefine the categories that so often divide people. Mancari explains, “It was not an easy road when I came out. No matter how hard I tried to fit into society’s molds, I could not. I want to be open and proud of who I am, because I needed people like that in my life when I was young.” Mancari hopes that people will find the bravery in her story and be able to discover their own inner strength.
When Mancari sings, she shines with authenticity. It is evident that Mancari knows exactly who she is, and her music has a strong sense of identity. But it is her refusal to subscribe to molds and societies trends that sets Mancari apart. Mancari is challenging all of us to throw away the old book and create a new genre of music.
‘Dreamy and all round delightful stuff’ – Rolling Stone
‘Pure pop Americana for now people’ – Nashville Sound
‘Creative, catchy and intelligent…blissful’ – Twangri – La
Twin Bandit & Steph Cameron
Friday 25th January, 2019
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
The Brother Brothers
Wedneday 27th March, 2019
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