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!
Wednesday 13th March, 2019 – Carmel Chapel, Clarbeston
Thursday 14th March, 2019 – Capel Bach, Trefin
Two chapel’s, two shows. First she visits Carmel Chapel, a rare opportunity to watch Emily Barker perform in an intimate setting. The Chapel, now converted into a recording studio run by Owain Fleetwood-Jenkins, will also be filmed for the evening and there are just 20 limited tickets available for sale.
Next up she plays in the charming setting of the recently restored Capel Bach in Trefin, there are also limited tickets available for this show.
Emily Barker is perhaps best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to BBC crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. She has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road (with whom she released a remarkable album of original songs recorded live around a single microphone, which was dubbed “flawless” by The Sunday Times) and has written for film, including composing her first feature film soundtrack (for Jake Gavin’s lauded debut feature Hector starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen).
Emily Barker’s latest album Sweet Kind of Blue was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and an all-star cast of Memphis session players. The success of the album, with its seamless mix of soul, blues, country and folk influences, and the globe-trotting tours to support it helped land Emily the accolade of UK Artist of the Year 2018 at the recent UK Americana Awards held at Hackney Empire in London.
Praise for Sweet Kind of Blue:
“finally sets out her true claim for stardom” Q ★★★★
“the arrangements are exquisite and the clear love [Barker] has for this music brings its own integrity” The Times ★★★★
“the sweltering funk of Sunrise and the title track sound like lost Muscle Shoals gems” UNCUT 8/10
Mojo ★★★★ Express ★★★★ RnR ★★★★★
To purchase tickets, please follow the links below and choose your preferred venue, or both!!!
The Brother Brothers
Support – Dan Bettridge
Wednesday 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
Support Briony Sier
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
Support – Roman Clarke
Sunday 5th May – St Davids
Joey Landreth and his band return to St Davids, following on from 2018’s sold out show!
Winnipeg, Canada – Success is a mystical pursuit; a blend of timing, talent, good fortune, dedication and hard work. A break in the schedule of award winning roots-rockers The Bros. Landreth offered Joey Landreth a chance to step forward and test the creative waters with is 2017 debut solo album Whiskey.
It proved to be a very potent recipe. Whiskey was an extension of the kind of eclectic, aurally pleasing, and deeply meaningful songs produced by the band, but accentuated and amplified by Joey Landreth’s dynamic guitar stylings as well as his passionate vocal performances. The album and subsequent touring earned rave reviews from critics and fans, showcasing Joey Landreth as a songwriter, vocalist, musician and performer in his own right.
With his one-of-a-kind guitar prowess, charming on and off-stage demeanour, the sincerity and authenticity of his words and music, every piece of music Landreth composes carry with it his unmistakably evocative and melodic hallmarks.
When Landreth is on the road, he is doing what he does best, entertaining audiences with his soulful musical storytelling and infectiously emotive melodies. As engaging a performer as you will ever encounter, it took a little while for Landreth to overcome the trepidations of touring solo or with new bandmates.
The Whiskey tour took Landreth across Canada, USA, and Europe.
Landreth has said that there will be a new The Bros. Landreth album coming out later in 2019. In the meantime, fans of Joey Landreth will not have to wait long to bear witness to his stirring solo shows as he embarks again on a full touring schedule, and he finishes off the final touches on his yet to be titled new album.
It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to hear the next stage in the evolution of a truly remarkable artist, one who possesses the rare ability to connect to people through his melodies, through his lyrics, and through his riveting performances.
William the Conqueror
Support – Lowri Evans & Lee Mason
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
Support from Suzi MacGregor
Friday 14th June – City Hall, St Davids
As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rolling Stone declared, “Gomez’s not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell.” And as GQ Magazine once wrote and anyone listening can attest, “[his] voice is not of this world.”
Since his first solo release, Shapes & Shadows (2011), Ottewell has been pleasing audiences with a series of successful acoustic tours across the UK, US and Australia. His second solo project, Rattlebag, is a collection of beautifully poetic tales of salvation and redemption, of sanctuary and braving rocky seas in search of distant shores. Ottewell’s infectious melodies and bluesy riffs will stick with you, and beg you to sing along.
A Man Apart is Ben’s third solo offering and is a record that crosses musical genres such as Americana, blues and folk backed by Ben’s unmistakable gutsy and gravelly voice. Co-written with childhood friend and former Tunng member, Sam Genders, the album was recorded in Los Angeles and Sheffield and engineered and produced in the latter by Martin Smith. Ben returns to the road after 2018’s sold out Gomez ‘Bring it on’ anniversary tour, expect his new music as well as a few Gomez favourites.