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.


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…

but better than never eh? It’s just about still Happy New Year.

2019 was hard. As hard as it’s ever been in 13 years. But we saw great 13 shows, featuring 37 different acts, 7 of whom were new faces to our little stage.

We’re just about set for 2020, with lots of new shows we’ll be telling you all about very, very soon (keep ’em peeled in the usual places). The one definite we do have for you is on Saturday January 25th when we’re joined by Ash Gray, Boss Caine, Jody Davies (The Fargo Railroad Co.) and Pete David (The Payroll Union) for an “In The Round” show at Shakespeares. All four acts will be on stage together from the off, taking it in turns to share songs and stories. These shows are always something extra special, be sure to grab your ticket here.

Thanks again to everybody that joined us in 2019, see you soon for more we hope…


On Saturday January 25th, WagonWheel Presents… kicks off a new year with one of our acclaimed “In The Round” singer/songwriter nights at Shakespeares. Joining us for this edition will be Pete David, Jody Davies, Boss Caine and Ash Gray. All 4 acts will be on stage together from the off, taking it in turns to share songs and stories. Doors open 8pm for an 8.15pm start. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/490024 or entry on the night will be £10.


***ASH GRAY***

Ash Gray is a troubadour in the truest sense.

Born in US East Coast steeltown of Pittsburgh, the middle son of expat Yorkshire parents, he’s had an eye on the highway practically ever since he was old enough to play a gig.Raised in Austin, Texas – the Live Music Capital Of The World – Ash cut his musical teeth on the vibrant East Sixth Street, South Lamar and beyond, playing for tips in roots-rock bands like Roosterbilly and The Self-Righteous Brothers, the late 90s saw the emergence The High Class Family Butchers after time spent in London, time spent in New York City saw Ash scratching that hard-rock itch as guitarslinger with legendary Epic recording artists The Cycle Sluts From Hell before shifting gear, forming the acoustic folk-pop harmony band Ash Gray & The Girls in 2012.

Returning to the UK, Ash decided to rediscover his roots, eventually setting up base in Sheffield. Falling in with the Steel City’s own acoustic and Americana scene, Ash has been gigging regularly across the UK ever since, dividing his time fairly equally between Austin and Sheffield (and London and NYC as time allows). Taking his lead from one of Texas’ greatest musical sons, it seem Ash Gray just can’t wait to be on the road again.




Boss Caine is the main musical vehicle of hard living, permanently gigging, story telling, troubadouring, award winning, UK singer songwriter, Daniel Lucas. He is often joined by any number of incredibly talented guest musicians.

Boss Caine released their debut album: ‘The Ship That Sailed’, on independent label Little Num Num Music, in 2010. The record contains a selection of tunes written by Lucas over the last few years; a time that saw him leave his home town for London, before returning to York and putting together the line-up of local musicians that would become Boss Caine. Years of hard living, hard drinking and love turned sour inform an album that at times visits some quite dark places, but is ultimately carried along by a healthy dose of Northern positivity and stoicism.

Follow up The Rhythm And The Rhyme brought further acclaim in 2012, and  brand new record Loved By Trouble, Troubled By Love was released early last year.

Stunning UK talent!!…Really Something!!” – Bob Harris BBC Radio 2




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. Tonight with just his vintage Gibson J-45 (you may know her as Dolly), expect raw, heartfelt songs and to hear one or two of the stories behind them.




The Payroll Union are a four-piece Americana band with an obsession for American history. Inspired by country, rock ‘n’ roll and southern gothic, they formed in 2009. They recently released Devil Bug’s Dream, a companion to their 2015 album Paris Of America. Tonight front man Pete David plays a solo set.



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An early finish…

and a late round up, but thanks to everybody that joined us at Shakespeares on Friday night, especially of course Franc Cinelli and M&J Blues, for the final WagonWheel Presents… of 2019. A great night’s music and a treat missed if you didn’t make it.

And that’s it until 2020, but we’ll be back for more then. We’ve got something good cooking for our first show of the new year, keep an eye on here or the Facebook and the Instagrams over the next few days for an announcement (or even just put Saturday January 25th in your diary now, you really won’t want to miss this).