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!
ANNOUNCEMENT IN DECEMBER 2021
Sunday 30th January 2022, Yr Clwb, St. Davids.
A lifelong musician, there are few roles Ariel Posen hasn’t played.
Although born in Winnipeg, Posen spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents. He began playing guitar at 9 years old, kicking off a career that eventually found him traveling the globe for his own gigs, including shows as a member of the Juno Award winning, roots-rock band The Bros. Landreth. Several years later, Posen began working on an album of his own, tracking his new songs in the same studio in which his parents once recorded their albums.
How Long marks Posen’s long-awaited solo debut, showcasing not only his chops as an instrumentalist, but his talents as a diverse songwriter, too. The record casts a wide net, moving from rootsy blues to R&B to melodic rock & roll. A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on these 10 tracks, nodding to his influences — including The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer and more — along the way. How Long is not a guitar record, although there’s certainly plenty of guitar to be heard here. Instead, it’s a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics, and Posen’s compelling voice.
“The guitar is the tool to get the music out,” he says. “Always serve the song first. Otherwise, you’re just playing an instrument.”
Monday 7th February 2022, Yr Clwb, St. Davids.
Penelope Isles make lush, harmonic noise pop that’s often as catchy as it is exploratory. The four-piece released their debut album, Until the Tide Creeps In, in 2019, following it with the even more lush and melancholy Which Way to Happy in 2021.
Beginning as a family affair, Penelope Isles took root when siblings Jack and Lily Wolter both ended up in Brighton after years apart for their respective educations. Born in Devon and raised on the Isle of Man, Jack — six years Lily’s elder — was the first to move away to university, to study art. By the time he returned, Lily had followed in Jack’s footsteps and begun writing songs and playing in bands. They started a group together called Your Gold Teeth before Lily relocated to Brighton to study songwriting at BIMM. Jack eventually joined her there, and the two singer/songwriters founded Penelope Isles, releasing the EP Comfortably Swell in 2015. Rounding out the lineup with Becky Redford (bass) and Jack Sowton (drums), both prior bandmates of Lily’s, they began touring and opened shows for the Magic Numbers, British Sea Power, and Bella Union founder Simon Raymonde’s band Lost Horizons. Bella Union issued their full-length debut, the Jack Wolter-produced Until the Tide Creeps In, in July 2019.
Penelope Isles were midway through a sold-out North American tour with Wallows in early 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, forcing the Wolters off the road and into a cottage in Cornwall. Once there, they focused on writing. Redford and Sowton subsequently left the group, and when it came time to record material for Penelope Isles’ second album, the siblings welcomed Henry Nicholson (bass) and Hannah Feenstra (drums) into the fold, with Joe Taylor taking over as drummer before the album’s release. Largely informed by the permeating claustrophobia and anxiety of the period, late 2021’s Which Way to Happy also featured strings by composer Fiona Brice and was mixed by alt-rock luminary Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips).
The Bros Landreth
Tuesday 8th March 2022, City Hall, St. Davids.
Before they were The Bros. Landreth, Joey and Dave were only looking for a good excuse to spend a little more time together. They had spent their respective early years backing up other artists and travelling as hired musicians until one particularly long and challenging tour prompted Joey to call his older brother with a simple proposal, “When I get home, let’s sit down and make some music together” That phone call would be the turning point – seeing them focus on their own roots-rock sound that went on to be celebrated on their acclaimed debut album, Let It Lie.
The album received widespread acclaim, won multiple awards including a JUNO, and propelled the band to play over 400 tour dates around the world. A Rolling Stone review praised the band’s “quiet storm of slide guitar solos, blue notes, three part harmonies”.
After three years of non-stop touring, the band went on a hiatus and Joey moved from Winnipeg to Toronto. The break afforded Joey the opportunity to release and extensively tour both his debut solo album Whiskey in 2017, and his follow-up album, Hindsight, early in 2019. These records further cemented Joey’s reputation for being a first-rate guitar slinger, songwriter, and performer in his own right. His growing solo career might have delayed the timeline for the brothers, yet they never stopped writing. Those songs would eventually be recorded for their long awaited, follow-up release, ’87, titled after the year that Joey was born.
The bros have participated in some high profile collaborations: a concert with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, played to a sold-out crowd at The Centennial Concert Hall in 2018, and Next of Kin, a ballet choreographed by Philippe Larouche entirely to music by The Bros. Landreth. The ballet was performed by the internationally acclaimed Royal Winnipeg Ballet, with the band live on stage, playing and interacting with the dancers. In early 2020, the brothers released two songs with Mariel Buckley. Goodbye was a co-write between the brothers and Mariel and When I Call Your Name is a cover of Vince Gill’s lonesome country ballad. The EP was meant to launch a season of touring behind ’87, with Mariel Buckley as support, but the Covid-19 pandemic quickly changed the touring landscape for artists across the world.
They return to St. Davids following on from 2019’s epic, sold out show. This is not to be missed.