Over the weekend of February 5th, 6th and 7th, WagonWheel Presents… brings our first mini-festival to The Greystones, Sheffield. After celebrating our 250th show at the end of 2015, we’re kicking off our 10th year with five great shows in three days. We’ve a line up featuring the usual mix of local, UK and international talent that you’d come to expect from a WagonWheel show.

Friday night sees us joined by a fine triple bill of bands in The Payroll Union, The Fargo Railroad Co. and The Sopranistas. The Payroll Union are a Sheffield based Americana band with an obsession for American history. The Fargo Railroad Co. have gone from strength to strength since forming in 2013 and have steadily built a reputation as one of Sheffield’s hottest live acts. The Sopranistas are a South London based Alt-Country band led by singer-songwriter Gregory S. Rees.

Saturday afternoon will be a slightly more mellow affair in the company of Neil McSweeney. His acoustic guitar playing style combines folk, blues and country influences but it is his voice, likened by The Guardian to a male Tracy Chapman, and his direct and personal lyrics for which he is most recognised. Kicking off Saturday’s proceedings will be Ash Gray. Born in the US to parents form Yorkshire, Gray first began to make inroads into the UK music scene when he assembled the Anglo-American ‘punk-grass’ band, the High-Class Family Butchers during a late-90s sojourn in London. Currently residing in the UK after releasing his latest album Once I Got Burned, today he plays a solo set.

We’ll be turning the volume up on Saturday night for evening of 100% Sheffield rock ‘n’ roll with Roaming Son. Easing us into the night will be solo sets from William Barstow and Richard Kitson. Roaming Son draw influences from the sounds of the earliest raucous rock ‘n’ roll bands of the 50’s, but add a distinct sound that is refreshingly modern. Richard Kitson is a renowned folk & Blues artist and dazzling guitarist. William Barstow has recorded and played live throughout the country with former bands The Dead Delta and The Ruby Jacks, compling a selection of bluesy folk songs that didn’t fit into the framework of a hardened rock band. 

Sunday afternoon sees an all acoustic offering with three wonderful solo artists. Quiet Loner sings songs about love and fear, life and death, despair and hope. On a live stage he is an understated yet powerful performer delivering a show that is emotional, political, occasionally angry but nearly always gentle and human. Boss Caine are a folk/Americana collective from York, England centred around the songs of front man and ‘Yorkshire Cowboy’ – Daniel Lucas (aka GT Turbo), a man described as ‘having a voice that makes Louis Armstrong sound kinda girly’. E.R. Thorpe was born into music – her mother taught her to finger-pick; Her father Kevin was well respected on the blues scene for his albums with Out Of The Blue; And her aunt managed Welsh psychedelic legends Man. Despite this heritage Thorpe has shaped her own evocative sound.

Our weekender draws to a close on the Sunday night when US singer/songwriter Rod Picott returns to Sheffield with his brand new album Fortune. It was 2001’s Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues — a debut album that bridged the gap between between folk and Americana — that officially introduced him as a singer/songwriter, kick starting one of the more acclaimed careers in modern-day roots music. With latest effort Fortune, he shines a light on himself, strips bare what he found rattling around in his heart and invites the listener to follow a deeper and more intimate journey. Opening the show will be Mat Wale. Whether working with Alt. Country behemoths ‘The Rackets’ (2006-2013 on and off), Grunge/Electro/ Folk duo ‘Arrogant Whale’ (2006-2010), Country Rock outfit ‘Big Convoy’ (2011-Present) or performing solo, Mat is untouched by his peers in terms of sheer volume of work and intends to release a new single every month in 2016.

Doors for all evening shows open at 8pm and shows finish by 11pm.

Doors for afternoon shows open at 3.15pm and shows finish by 6pm.

Advance tickets prices are:

Friday night £6
Saturday afternoon £6
Saturday evening £6
Sunday afternoon £5
Sunday evening £10
Saturday day ticket (2 shows) £10
Sunday day ticket (2 shows) £14
Weekend ticket (all 5 shows) £15

Weekend tickets, day tickets, and tickets for each individual show are available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/f/9440

Tickets for each individual show are also available from the venue between 12 & 6pm daily.

All prices will be more on the door.

Full previews for each show are available at the links below:

Friday night : The Payroll Union + The Fargo Railroad Co. + The Sopranistas
Saturday afternoon : Neil McSweeney + Ash Gray
Saturday night : Roaming Son + Richard Kitson + William Barstow
Sunday afternoon : Quiet Loner + Boss Caine + E.R. Thorpe
Sunday night : Rod Picott + Mat Wale


2015 and all that…

Another year draws to a close. The last twelve months saw WagonWheel Presents… host 27 shows (taking us to the 250 mark), welcoming 70 different acts including 24 who joined us for the first time. A lovely mix of old and new.

We’ve added some exciting new shows to our 2016 line up, so there’s lots to look forward to next year including our WagonWheel Weekend mini festival that kicks things off in February. Confirmed shows so far are:

The Payroll Union + The Fargo Railroad Co. + The Sopranistas @ The Greystones, Friday February 5th ***EVENING SHOW*** Doors 8pm. £6adv £8otd. Show 1 of 5 of WagonWheel Weekend.

Neil McSweeney @ The Greystones, Saturday February 6th ***AFTERNOON SHOW*** Doors 3.15pm. £6adv £8otd. Show 2 of 5 of WagonWheel Weekend.

Roaming Son + The Kitson Trio + William Barstow @ The Greystones, Saturday February 6th ***EVENING SHOW*** Doors 8pm. £6adv £8otd. Show 3 of 5 of WagonWheel Weekend.

Quiet Loner + Boss Caine + E.R. Thorpe @ The Greystones, Sunday February 7th ***AFTERNOON SHOW*** Doors 3.15pm. £5adv £7otd. Show 4 of 5 of WagonWheel Weekend.

Rod Picott + Mat Wale @ The Greystones, Sunday February 7th ***EVENING SHOW*** Doors 8pm. £10adv £12otd. Show 5 of 5 of WagonWheel Weekend.

Austin Lucas + Adam Faucett @ Shakespeares, Tuesday March 1st Doors 8pm. £10adv £12otd.

Rachel Ries @ The Greystones, Tuesday March 15th Doors 7.45pm. £tbc.

Josh Harty + M&J Blues + The Fargo Railroad Co. (acoustic) @ The Greystones, Tuesday April 19th Doors 7.45pm. £7adv £9otd.

Roger Davies @ Shakespeares, Saturday April 30th Doors 8pm. £6adv £8otd.

Cale Tyson + The BearCats @ The Greystones, Tuesday May 3rd Doors 7.45pm. £10adv £12otd.

If you’re looking for last minute stocking fillers or even a present to yourself, don’t forget you can buy weekend tickets & day tickets for our weekender (as well as single tickets for individual shows) at http://www.wegottickets.com/f/9440 Tickets for all other confirmed shows are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents

So as always we’d like to thank everybody who’s played a show, been to a show, talked about, reviewed our shows, shared Facebook posts or in any way been part of what we do. Merry Christmas to you all, see you next year?



250 and counting…

That’s another year of WagonWheel shows all done. Big thanks to Big Convoy, King Quentin, David Venn and all who came along to Shakespeares last night for our 250th show. We’ll be back in February making a start on the next 250 with our WagonWheel Weekend at The Greystones. Details are here on the Gigs page. See you then?

WWP 17.12.15

rolled in to Shakespeares last night for our penultimate show of the year and certainly didn’t disappoint. Big thanks to Roaming Son, The Fargo Railroad Co. and The Black Thunder Revue for three storming sets and to all who came along.

WagonWheel Presents… returns for the final time in 2015 at Shakespeares on Thursday December 17th. Joining us to see the year out will be Big Convoy, King Quentin and David Venn. Advance tickets are available here. Then that will be all from us until next year’s WagonWheel Weekend at The Greystones in February. Five gigs in three days? Ticket choices can be found here.

See you next time?

WWP 28.11.15

Unlucky for some…

but not the 13 who made it to The Greystones on Tuesday night to enjoy Quiet Loner‘s 13th WagonWheel Presents… show and a typically storming set from Joe Solo too. Big thanks to Matt, Joe and all those who came out to support live music. We’re back at The Greystones in February for our WagonWheel Weekend.

Our next show however is at Shakespeares on Saturday November 28th with an almighty triple bill of Roaming Son, The Fargo Railroad Co. and The Black Thunder Revue. Tickets are less than a fiver if you buy in advance here and you can read a full preview of the show here. Maybe we’ll see you there?

WWP 18.11.15

when you get up to turn the house lights on and turn around to find Wild Ponies’ drummer in your seat while they finish off a show playing a Merle Haggard tune in the middle of the audience? They’re certainly one of the good kind. Big thanks to those Wild Ponies plus The BearCats for a great opening set and all those who joined us at The Greystones last night.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Backroom this coming Wednesday November 18th for an evening with Quiet Loner and Joe Solo. You can read all about that one here. Maybe we’ll see you then too?

WWP 11.11.15

has a conversation with a prostitute about Phil Spector, writes a song about, you know how these things go. At least those of you who joined us at Shakespeares last night do. Who needs fancy dress when you’ve got Case Hardin, Dennis Ellsworth and E.R. Thorpe for your evening’s entertainment? Big thanks to them and those who came along to the Bard’s Bar.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones for our next show on Wednesday November 11th. Wild Ponies return to Sheffield with added drums this year for a full trio show. Support comes from The BearCats. You can read a full preview for this show here. Maybe we’ll see you then?

WWP 31.10.15


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