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So this is…

another “we’ve only had one show this year” Christmas post. Damned good one it was though.

The good news is we currently have FOUR shows on sale for next year, with more to follow. Take a look at the Gigs page for details of when you can catch Steve Dawson, The Fargo Railroad Co., John Statz, M&J Blues, M G Boulter, Rod Picott and Paul Handyside.

Here’s to 2022 being better, it was great to see so many of you a few weeks ago and hopefully we can do more of it soon.

Thanks to everybody that did join us in November. Have yourselves a Merry Christmas.

C
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p.s. This is Clarence. He’s used to greeting a lot of our out of town visitors at the top of our stairs when they stay over. He’s feeling a little lonely lately but looking forward to better days too.

for a show, but it turned out pretty well i think? Big thanks to Otis Gibbs, Jody Davies and everybody that joined us at The Greystones last night. It was great to see so many friendly and familiar faces after so long.

WagonWheel Presents… will be back for more in 2022, we should have some details up very soon for a January show and others beyond. There is one show already on sale here, the rescheduled Rod Picott show from September which now takes place on Thursday June 30th. Paul Handyside supports. Keep an eye out for updates here on the website and the usual sociable places.

On Monday November 22nd, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Otis Gibbs back to The Greystones as part of his first UK tour since the release of latest album Hoosier National. Otis Gibbs is a songwriter, storyteller, painter, photographer and planter of 7,176 trees. He once wrestled a bear, and lost. He has been described as “The best unknown songwriter in music today.” If you ask him, he’ll simply say he’s a Folk Singer.

Support comes from Jody Davies. Advance tickets priced at £12 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/520719 or entry on the night will be £15. Doors open 7.45pm. Please note we can only accept cash payment on the night for entry to the show.


***OTIS GIBBS***


Did you hear the one about the beat up idealistic folk singer who picked up a 50 year old electric guitar and plugged it straight into a 60 year old amplifier? They say he set out to make an album that he’d feel proud to put his name on–with no record label, no publicist, no access, and no capital. The nerve of that guy! A true independent. An outsider artist, if you will. What could possibly go wrong?

Recorded with Thomm Jutz, in a first for Otis, Hoosier National is an all electric record. Featuring a band of musicians/friends where Thomm played electric guitar, Mark Fain played bass, Lynn Williams played drums, Jen Gunderman played organ and piano, and Otis sang and played electric guitar.


Otis also hosts a podcast called Thanks For Giving Damn which features your favourite musicians, journalists and historians sharing memories, backstage stories and history lessons. His podcast quickly became a cult favourite and lead to him hosting Country Built on Pandora (USA) where Otis tells stories about the history of country music to his 3 million+ subscribers. He grew up in Wanamaker, Indiana, spent 12 years in East Nashville and has recently returned home to Indianapolis with his long time partner, Amy Lashley.

Otis also has a highly popular YouTube channel featuring many great stories and anecdotes https://www.youtube.com/c/OtisGibbsTV/featured

“Gibbs’ songwriting is deeply personal and profound. It’s plain to see Otis Gibbs is a man you should give a damn about. ”Rolling Stone

“Gibbs has been likened to everyone from Guthrie to Springsteen — but his is the rare voice that stands on its own.”-Esquire

http://otisgibbs.com/


***JODY DAVIES***

If being in three bands wasn’t enough (The Fargo Railroad Co./King Quentin/A Prayer Away), Jody Davies airs a more stripped down set of songs in his performances of his solo material. Expect raw and heartfelt songs deeply rooted in Americana.

http://www.facebook.com/FargoRailroadCompany

It’s that time of year when i normally write something here about what a great a year it’s been and the gigs we’re looking forward to next year. But i guess we all know 2020 happened.

So that’s left us with a grand total of one (1) show this year, with four acts gracing our stage (what a show it was though). It seems i didn’t have to worry about having raised the bar.

As far as 2021 goes, we do have some shows pencilled in, when there’s any news to tell you i’ll do just that.

Thanks as always to the folk that made it to and played our show of the year. Be good to yourselves and each other. If you’ve the pennies to spare, maybe treat to yourself to that CD or T-shirt you’ve been meaning to get around to buying from your favourite purveyor of Americana misery & heartbreak.

Have as merry Christmas as you can. To better days.

C
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Note to self…

when the bar’s raised that high with the first show of the year, the rest of 2020 has a lot to follow… Big thanks to Ash Gray, Boss Caine, Jody Davies, Pete David and everybody that joined us at Shakespeares last night. We hope you had as great a night as we did.

WagonWheel Presents… returns in a couple of months time, there’ll be some show announcements along shortly in all the usual places. We’ll have plenty more of the good stuff…