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. All the gigs are held in local venues within St. Davids, from intimate acoustic performances to raucous bluegrass and full band shows.
See below for upcoming shows and book online.
Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno
+ Jess Ward / The Steve² Shapeless Disco
Saturday 16th June, 2018
ROOTS @ The RAFA – The Rafa Club, St Davids 8pm
Tickets £10 Adv £12 Door
Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno are tapping into the deepest parts of American music, taking old songs that have seldom been heard and presenting them next to their own timeless and visceral originals. When they are not performing as duo, they’re often found sitting knee to knee, playing under the canopy of trees at fiddle festivals across the country, such as the gathering where they met in June of 2016. Across any campground, or concert venue, the echos of their vibrant and magnetic harmonies ring out.
Leva, of Lexington, Virginia grew up playing and performing with her parents, Carol Elizabeth Jones and James Leva, learning traditional songs from their sources and honing her rhythmic guitar style. Vivian recorded her debut album Time is Everything in close collaboration with Calcagno during an inspired session at Studio 808A in the small town of Floyd, VA. She released this album of original music on March 2nd, 2018 on Free Dirt Records.
Riley, of Seattle, WA spent his earlier years playing with the widely recognized band The Onlies, described as “masterful” and “deliciously well-crafted” (Kithfolk) and developing his own distinct authenticity on the fiddle and banjo.
Together, Vivian and Riley have toured across the country, in living rooms and concert halls. As individuals, they have shared the stages with and played, both nationally and internationally, in the bands of Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, The Lost Tribe Of Country Music, and Bruce Molsky to name just a few. To this collaboration they bring both the steady hands of experience and a refined taste for American music, yet still a youthful abandon that can’t be forced. In 2018, they will be on tour internationally to support Vivian’s new release and bring their distinct brand of old-time and country to St Davids.
Jess Ward is a West Wales-based singer songwriter, harpist and fiddle player, she plays music you will love to listen to, from beautiful melodies and haunting songs, to rousing folk tunes to get you on the dance floor.
The Steve² Shapeless Disco will keep you moving and grooving late into the the night with their eclectic and electric sounds.
Wednesday 11th July, 2018
ROOTS @ The RAFA – The RAFA Club, St Davids 8pm
Tickets £10 Adv £12 Door
Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir is a trio of neo-traditionalists playing traditional music on traditional instruments for non-traditional times. They call it Junkerdash, and it’s a sound brewed from folk, bluegrass, punk, string-band blues and other influences musical and otherwise. Recommended pairings: Drinking and dancing.
Hillfolk Noir’s touring line up consists of:
Travis Ward: Guitar, suitcase and singing
Alison Ward: Musical saw, washboard, banjo and singing
Mike Waite: Double bass
Hillfolk Noir has performed with Built to Spill, Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, James McMurtry, Deer Tick, Gourds, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Devil Makes Three, Charlie Parr, Dark Dark Dark, Pert Near Sandstone, Horse Feathers, Finn Riggins, Gerald Collier, Caleb Klauder, Train, Glen Phillips, Mike Coykendall, Jesse Dayton, Loudon Wainright III, Rosalie Sorrels, Trampled By Turtles, Elephant Revival, Eilen Jewel, and tons of other great acts that you may or may not have heard of.
“If John Steinbeck owned a speakeasy, Hillfolk Noir would be the house band.” — John Doe (X, The Knitters)
“Brilliant, edgy punked-up acoustic hillbilly blues.” — American Roots UK
“Hillfolk Noir have fine-tuned their dark, Depression-era jangly blues to become one of the most incredible bands in [Boise]. They are as honest as they come.” — Seattle Weekly
“I love this.” — Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland
The Hot Seats
+ Support + Steve² Shapeless Disco
Friday 10th August, 2018
‘ROOTS @ THE RAFA‘ – The RAFA Club St. Davids 8pm
Tickets £10 Adv £12 Door
Roots @ The RAFA presents a special night of music, drinking and dancing with The Hot Seats from Richmond, Virginia, playing their unique style of Bluegrass, Ragtime, country and freakout music! This will be a magical night with support and tunes continuing late into the night courtesy of Steve² Shapeless Disco!
6 THINGS ABOUT THE HOT SEATS
1. We like to play music, stringband music. We call it stringband music because it’s just too tedious to try and get into whether it’s old time, bluegrass, ragtime, country, or general freakout music.
2. We have done so since 2002, mostly based out of Richmond, Virginia.
3. We’ve been lots of places, including all throughout the USA, the UK, Ireland, and a little piece of Europe. Some of our festival highlights have been: Tønder, Celtic Connections, The Shetland Folk Festival, The Orkney Folk Festival, South By Southwest, Floyd Fest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival, The Watermelon Park Festival, The Northeast Kingdom Music Festival, Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Maverick Festival, HebCeltFest, Speyfest, Leicester Summer Sundae and multiple occasions Edinburgh Festival Fringe (including a Herald Angel Award in 2006).
4. We like to: play fast, be funny, spasm, herk and jerk, eat exotic and frightening things, and ride in a van.
5. We love each other, we love you!
6. We are Ben, Graham, Jake, Josh, and Ed.
+ Skybarkers + Steve² Shapeless Disco
ROOTS @ The RAFA – Saturday September 1st, 2018 8pm
Tickets £12.50 Adv £14 Door
Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Joey Landreth has grown up with a guitar in his hands. Working as a side man through his teens and early twenties Joey grew up on the road, playing music across genres from gospel to country. At twenty-five Joey joined forces with his older brother as they worked on their first independent project The Bros. Landreth. The band was immediately successful, winning a Juno with their first album, among other awards across multiple genres. The band rose quickly to success turning the heads of musical heavy-weights such as Bonnie Raitt, John Oates and Jimmie Vaughan. In 2016 Joey launched his solo career. With the rare ability to be at once vulnerable and open yet seriously blow audiences away with his musical proficiency, Joey’s career as an independent artist is expected to rise to great heights quickly.
ROOTS @ The RAFA – Friday 14th September 2018, 8pm
£10 Adv £12 Door
Ireland-based songwriter John Blek from Cork, is best known for his work with his band John Blek & the Rats, John has begun a new journey influenced by the folk music of Ireland, Britain and the US. With his solo work, he delves into the world of fingerstyle guitar and reveals the deeply personal and poignant lyrical aspects of his character.
John Blek – “I spent much of the early part of 2017 in and out of hospital with some mysterious illness that was intent on wasting my now 30-year-old body. My energy was at an all time low and all that gave me joy had been stripped or put on hold. All but my guitar and what was left of my feeble voice. So to fill the days and occupy my mind, I wrote.
I wrote of resilience, of pain and uncertainty. Of new love through fevered dreams, of strength, hope, distance, sedation and the cure.
I did it every day and recorded the demos sitting up in my hospital bed accompanied by the electronic bleeps of the machines and punctuated by the nurse’s concerned enquiries.
I had a reason. For me this is cathartic. For me, this was the panacea.”
Catharsis Vol.1 is his third solo album.
Friday 12th October, 2018
Sometimes a solo artist can knock your socks off and Nathan Bell is one of these. With a voice and songs sitting alongside the likes of Townes, Guy Clark, John Prine etc.. Really!! – this guy’s songs and voice hit you with a clarity not often encountered. Sharp edged songs, a voice of gravel and grit and whiskey and some rather accomplished guitar playing makes this guy pretty special.”
Based out of Chattanooga, TN, Nathan is also an educator and writer, teaching guitar and songwriting to students of all ages, and contributing regularly to Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
His music has been reviewed or featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Telegraph (UK), No Depression Magazine, and in most of the influential on line music blogs. he has appeared on many NPR programs including, The Real Economy Project with Alex Chadwick, Live from Studio One, and Songs at The Center.
Nathan has won several awards for his soundtrack work, including best music at the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival.
We’ll leave you with this quote from a recent show.
“Nathan Bell killed it at The Ark – Ann Arbor Saturday night. One of the best damn songwriters ever.”
The Slocan Ramblers
Saturday 3rd November, 2018
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans (2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award recipients), have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.
The Slocan Ramblers blend lightning fast and devilishly intricate instrumentals with the sawdust-thick vocals of singer Frank Evans, who takes lead on songs ranging from rowdy old-time numbers like “Groundhog,” to a Dustbowl classic like Woody Guthrie’s “Pastures of Plenty.” “Toronto audiences don’t respond to a clean, polished Nashville sound,” tune composer and mandolinist Adrian Gross explains. “They dig a lot of energy in their music, a rowdy bar vibe. They’re hard to win over.” But The Slocan Ramblers have won them over, moving from a young ensemble of bluegrass pickers to one of the best known Canadian roots bands. They’ve done this by staying true to the roots of the music, not seeking to revive anything but rather to tap the rough and rowdy heart of the music.