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