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, Ben Ottewell 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!
+ David Leask
Saturday 28th September – Tabernacle, St Davids
Baltimore’s Letitia VanSant first came to prominence in 2017 when she won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Song-writing competition – an honour previously granted to many who went on to become big names, such as Lucinda Williams and Nanci Griffith.
Since releasing her debut album in Europe, the powerfully impressive singer-song-writer has won a legion of new fans…and many glowing reviews.
Writing at AmericanaUK, Paul Kerr said she was “wonderful – a great songwriter with a glorious voice,” and at Folk Radio UK, writer and radio presenter Mike Davies delivered more praise, calling her “terrific.”
Over at the Three Chords and The Truth online blog, which has a huge global audience, David Hughes said: “Brandi Carlile and Courtney Marie Andrews may have to make a little room for a new artist on the block,” while respected music writer Marc Higgins described the album as “captivating,” and awarding it a top 5-star rating, added: “The song-writing is sparkling and she has a stop-the-traffic voice.”
Here, she makes her UK debut in duo format with her band’s guitarist David McKindley-Ward, a long-standing collaborator, who also doubles up on vocal harmonies.
+ 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.
The Bros. Landreth
Friday 15th November – City Hall, St Davids
Thirty years. Four bandmates. Two brothers. One album and at last, another.
Let It Lie, the JUNO winning debut release from Canadian roots-rockers the Bros. Landreth, was proof that there’s strength in numbers.
It’s an album about open highways and broken hearts, anchored by the bluesy wail of electric guitars, the swell of B3 organ, and the harmonized swoon of voices that were born to mesh. At first listen, you might call it Americana. Dig deeper, though, and you’ll hear the nuances that separate The Bros. Landreth — whose members didn’t grow up in the American south, but rather the isolated prairie city of Winnipeg, Manitoba — from their folksy friends in the Lower 48.
Where does the sound come from? Maybe it’s in their blood. After all, long before they made music together, siblings David and Joey Landreth attended their father’s bar gigs as babies.
As the kids got older, they began paying attention to the records their parents would play in the small, WWII-era shack that doubled as the family’s home. Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, and Little Feat all received plenty of airtime, with John Hiatt’s Bring the Family and Lyle Lovett’s Pontiac standing out as family favourites. The siblings absorbed those records, which spun tales of love, life, and lust in the Bible Belt. Years later — after Joey and David had given up their gigs as sidemen to form their own group, with drummer Ryan Voth and guitarist Ariel Posen rounding out the ranks — the Bros. Landreth began drawing on that familiar sound, mixing the rootsy swirl of Americana with the bandmates’ own experiences up north.
In the fall of 2016 the collective took a hiatus – giving Joey an opportunity to further explore his growing reputation for being a first-rate guitar slinger with the release of a solo album, Whiskey, which he toured extensively through Canada, the US, and the UK.
Now, back in the saddle, the band is as excited as ever to get back on the road. “We’re a little older now, we’ve got hundreds and hundreds of shows, thousands and thousands of miles under our belts… This new record has a confidence that we didn’t have – couldn’t have with the first.” Teaming up with longtime creative cohort and producer, Murray Pulver, and working out Winnipeg’s own Stereobus Studios, the forthcoming album will be an exciting evolution of the band’s sound, honed by thousands of hours on stage and filtered through the lens of the last four years on the road.
“The time off that we took between touring ‘Let it Lie’ and coming back together to make this next album was really hard on all of us.” Dave says. “We had to do it, but it was tough. That said, being away from each other, both on and off the band stand, gave us some really valuable perspective. It let us realize just how important and deeply satisfying it is for us to make music together and that’s something that we won’t soon forget.”
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.