Here at Ty Boia we also do our fair share of music promotion. The Boia Gigs ‘pop up’ concerts are held in local venues within St. Davids and the peninsula. We’ve previously hosted many bands and solo artists from all over the world including, The Bros. Landreth, Becca Mancari, Erin Rae, Emily Barker, Kacy & Clayton, The Slocan Ramblers, Ben Ottewell, Seamus Fogarty 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!
Kacy & Clayton (full band)
+ Special Guests
Friday 7th February – City Hall, St Davids
Kacy & Clayton are set to return to St. Davids with their full band and with new record ‘Carrying On’ via New West Records .
The 10-song set was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and recorded by Tom Schick at The Loft, Wilco’s recording studio & rehearsal space in Chicago, IL. Carrying On follows the international acclaim for their previous records Strange Country (which Q Magazine called “A beautiful album that nudges a classic past into a brave future”) and 2017’s The Siren’s Song (described by Uncut as “Ageless and beguiling. A classic record for this or any other time.”).
The music Kacy & Clayton make is inextricable from where they grew up. The second cousins sing about the kind of people you’d find in Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan (population very few). The hills, barns, and remoteness of the area are in these songs, with a bittersweet acknowledgement that this music has taken them far from home. Their sound is equal parts homespun, coming from a family and community where playing music is an ever present part of social gatherings, and the rare country, blues, and English folk rock they obsess over and collect. It’s an arresting amalgamation of psychedelic folk, English folk revival and the ancestral music of Southern Appalachia. For Carrying On, Clayton cites as influences: Bobbie Gentry’s Delta Sweete, Hoyt Axton’s My Griffin Is Gone, Cajun fiddle music, and the steel guitar of Ralph Mooney, who played on many of the records that defined the Bakersfield country music scene of the 1950s. Sixties psych has also woven its way into these new songs; Kacy enjoys telling people that they live 250km from the mental hospital that coined the term “psychedelic.”
Of Carrying On, Jeff Tweedy said “When I first heard Kacy and Clayton, I was struck by how much detail and nuance they had absorbed from what sounded like a large swath of my record collection. When I told them that they were as good as the artists they were drawing from, I’m not sure they believed me. On this record I don’t hear those influences as much as I hear them taking the things they love so intimately and telling their own story. I think they’re a truly great band.”
Today, Flood Magazine has premiered the album’s title track, “Carrying On,” stating “The album is a beautiful reflection of Tweedy’s sentiments, with the Wilco frontman’s vast production skills emphasizing the timeless quality of the band’s music.” Hear it HERE.
Having toured almost nonstop for the last two years, Carrying On was conceived and honed on the road and recorded immediately after a jaunt across Western Canada, mostly as live takes with the minimum of overdubs. The songs having been tried and tested before audiences each night with Kacy & Clayton offering, “This album has, by far, the most intense and confident performances we’ve ever done on record and I hope that intensity will be felt by the listener.”
Kacy & Clayton have also announced a Fall tour supporting Ray LaMontagne. They have just completed a support Colter Wall tour and appeared at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival alongside Foo Fighters, The Killers, and more.
Saturday 29th February – RAFA Club, St Davids
Boia Gigs favourite John Blek returns to St. Davids armed with a new record ‘The Embers’.
Much loved for his enthralling live shows full of humour, pathos and his impassioned musical delivery. A master storyteller and a stunning fingerstyle guitar player. A must-see act for 2020 and a true artist.
‘The Embers’ will see widespread release in Europe and the UK via K&F Records and Hometown Caravan and in Ireland via John’s own imprint We Are Rats Recordings (WARR). Available on digital, CD and gatefold 180gram Vinyl.
After the fires of love, lust, life and revolution have burned out the embers are all that remain. ‘The Embers’ is the new album from John Blek consisting of 9 visceral songs. Reflections and memories from a time after the affair.
“A lovely sounding thing” – Roddy Hart, BBC
“A force of nature” – The Irish Times
“a master of subtlety in realms of folk-informed pop.” – The Thin Air
‘His talent is shining brighter with every album.’ – John Creedon, RTÉ
Saturday 8th August, St. Davids Cathedral.
Eddi Reader is perhaps Scotland’s greatest living female voice. In 2020, she celebrates her 40th year on stage with the ‘40 Years Live’ concert tour, we’re delighted that Eddi kicks off this tour in the beautiful surroundings of St. Davids Cathedral.
From her earliest years playing the folk clubs of western Scotland and learning how to street sing across Europe (like her hero Edith Piaf) Eddi’s path soon lead her to a professional career in music as a backing singer for Eurythmics and Gang of Four. Her band Fairground Attraction had huge international success and number one hits with ‘Perfect’ and debut album ‘First of a Million Kisses’ which stormed the charts in the mid 1980’s.
Throughout her successful solo career, Eddi has released consistently great works, including highly acclaimed albums such as ‘The Songs of Robert Burns’ and last years ‘Cavalier’. She has won Brit Awards, been awarded four honorary degrees, an MBE, sung to millions on some of the world’s greatest concert and festival stages and collaborated with a host of stars across a myriad of genres including Folk, Jazz, Pop, World, Punk and even Classical work with various orchestras.
In 2019 Eddi guest starred with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for an extensive tour, released the ‘Starlight’ EP, played sold out headline shows, recorded a programme for BBC’s Classic Scottish Album series about her Robert Burns recordings and appeared on BBC Television’s Songs of Praise and as part of (her friend) Billy Connolly’s Made In Scotland series.
2020’s ‘40 Years Live’ concerts promise to be something special, as with any Eddi Reader concert, the magic is being made in the moment, no two concerts ever the same.
“Just perfect – Eddi Reader gets every song just right” – The Sunday Times
“Flawless, not just perfect, world class” – R2 Magazine
“Timeless and universal” – The Scotsman
“a voice that floats like honey” – Acoustic
“Eddi has the rare ability to tell personal and often intimate stories, but to leave them open to everyone” – Record Collector
“One of my favourite singers of all time” – Jools Holland
There are three ticket prices, Tier 1, Tier 2 & Tier 3. All seating is unreserved. Tier 3 has some restricted views (pillars). Seats in Tier 3 are on a first come first served basis.