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, Emily Barker, Kacy & Clayton, 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!
Roman Clarke + The Accidentals
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.
Roman Clarke takes gospel harmony, modern R&B, and the oblivious charm of the 1970’s and rolls it all into a genre that is becoming of his inherently nostalgic generation. The young Manitoban’s songs come across with a sort of cheekiness and energy that only someone of such youth could create. This flavour of song that Roman has decided to offer up to his community doesn’t usually surface in the musical landscape of rural Manitoba, and will no doubt stand out among the rest.
Female-fronted, multi-instrumentalist power trio, The Accidentals (Sav Buist, Katie Larson, and Michael Dause) kicked off 2018 with the release of their debut album, Odyssey, with Sony Masterworks. They followed the album release with two-hundred days of touring nationally, seventeen festivals, sync placement with Turner Classic Movies, FOX sports, and a RAM Trucks BANDvan #tourtough commercial.
They released their latest single, “Heavy Flag,” produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana Del Ray, The Decemberists) in October, and they aren’t slowing down going into 2019. They are currently scoring an indie film, touring, teaching workshops across the country, and releasing new music.
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.
+ Sailing Stones
Saturday 19th October – City Hall, St Davids
Irish alt-folk and electronica alchemist Seamus Fogarty brings his band to St Davids City Hall.
Originally from County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland, Fogarty now resides in London, and the capital provides the canvas for his latest offering The Curious Hand (Domino Records). It’s there in the starkly heartbroken ‘Seems Wherever’, written from the perspective of the tube system and the deep well of the city’s troubled soul, and in the stony-faced rush hour commuters in ‘Van Gogh’s Ear’, pouring onto train carriages “bound for Egham or Whimple or West Ham”. But The Curious Hand also reaches back to Seamus’ homeland and past in charmingly simple and direct ways. Midway through the title track, for instance, a sampled conversation between neighbours back in Mayo takes centre stage as the musicians set off down yet another new musical path. Elsewhere, on ‘Tommy the Cat’, a skeletal instrumental becomes a bed for a recording of a shouting competition in the West of Ireland.
Fogarty’s method of lifting sounds wholesale from his environment and tucking them into the folds of his songs like keepsakes, renders himself at once, artist and archivist as well as twisting the notion of the folk singer’s role as collector and custodian of stories, traditions and cultural curio.
The Curious Hand was produced by Seamus and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Wild Beasts) who also plays on the album. Other notable players include Emma Smith on a plethora of instruments (violin, clarinet, bass to name a few), Rozi Plain (backing vocals), Aram Zarikian (drums) and Seamus’ brother John Fogarty (accordion).
Erin Rae (full band)
+ Christopher Rees
Friday 8th November – The RAFA Club, St Davids
Gifted with a unique ability to fuse musical genres and influences to craft songs that feel fresh and wholly her own, with her new album Putting On Airs (2018, Single Lock Records), Erin Rae has thrown down a direct challenge to the stereotype of what a Southern singer should be. Both lyrically and sonically, she strikes a fiercely independent chord, proudly releasing a deeply personal record that reflects her own upbringing in Tennessee, including the prejudices and injustices that she witnessed as a child that continue to impact her life to this day. According to Rae, “this album was born out of a need to do some healing work in my personal life, in order to address some fears and patterns of mine to allow my true feelings to come to the surface.”
Recorded in the dead of winter in an old Franciscan monastery on Wisconsin’s Fox River, the isolated environment created the perfect setting for Rae and her bandmates to track these genre-busting songs, using the chapel and other unique spaces within the cavernous building to explore new sonic boundaries, all while continuing to showcase the hypnotic vocals and song-serving restraint that have become her trademark.