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On Friday June 21st, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes four fine singer/songwriters to Shakespeares for another “In The Round” show. Joining us for this one will be Jody Davies, Daniel Kemish, E.R. Thorpe and B.W. Pike. All four acts will be on stage together from the off, taking it in turns to share songs and some of the stories behind them. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/467586 or entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 8pm for an 8.15pm start.

 

***B.W. PIKE***

Benjamin William Pike is a critically acclaimed acoustic roots musician from Leeds, West Yorkshire. A virtuoso guitarist, adept at playing steel string, lap slide and pedal steel, Benjamin explores folk, alt. country, blues and beyond. His debut album – ‘Being & Nothingness’ was highly praised for it’s originality and unique musicianship and became one of Folk Radio’s albums of the year in 2013.

Benjamin has played across the UK, Europe, the U.S. and Canada and has been invited to open for such luminaries as The Felice Brothers, C.W.Stoneking, Nell Bryden, Martha Tilston, The Low Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kelly Joe Phelps and ‘Cactus’ Jim Soldi (Johnny Cash’s guitarist).

The 2017 album – ‘A Burdensome Year’ has been picked again for album of the month by Folk Radio and has been featured in The Independent by legendary rock critic Andy Gill as well as receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews from national folk and roots publications including Songlines Magazine, R2 magazine and fRoots magazine.

On the strength of ‘A Burdensome Year’ Benjamin was also asked to perform live sessions for BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio London & BBC Radio Leeds.

http://www.bwpike.com

 

***E.R. THORPE***

E.R. Thorpe was born into music – her mother taught her to finger-pick, introducing her to the music of PJ Harvey, Sandy Denny, Susan Vega, Roy Harper and Bob Dylan along the way; 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. Sometimes wilfully naive, sometimes considered and precise – her choice of chords is particular and unusual and her finger-picking weaves a strange atmosphere – the likes of which you’d more likely find in a Lynch film or a novel by Bolano than in the sculpted folk of her inspirations. And like those who inspire her – Nick Cave, Patti Smith, William Blake, she loves to muse on nature & religion: God, the devil, good and evil, and like the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood she tries to tell it like it is – to reveal both the beauty and the devastation of life: Red Dust portrays human insignificance under darkening skies; Dinner For One traces the fading past of a destroyed relationship; You wouldn’t think that it took years for Thorpe to accept her own arresting voice and lyrical vision. Time well spent in distillation perhaps: This is music that is close to the source. These are songs, born of tradition, alive in the present day, revealing & fragile, executed spare and sharp.

http://erthorpe.bandcamp.com

 

***DANIEL KEMISH***

Daniel Kemish is a British Born Americana/Folk Singer and one of those artists whose voice cuts straight to the core. His songs and stage presence command the attention of the audience, be it an intimate solo performance or full band setup.

Daniel started performing in 2006 around small bars and clubs in the UK. One day in 2011 he decided he was fed up of performing other peoples songs and wanted to create something for himself. He set about writing but struggled with inspiration until he returned to his childhood home in Portugal. In 2013 and 2014 he self released 2 EP’s (in Duo Format) with his Double Bass player Jean Christian Houde.

2015 Daniel took a trip back to Nashville and set about recording his Debut Album at Ocean Way Studios. “Fools & Money” was release in March 2016 followed by a 34 date UK Tour with his band. Since then he has toured extensively completing 3 other tours of Europe and one of America covering over 100,000km’s mostly solo.

On the 24th January 2017 Daniel spent one month alone in a mountain hut in Austria, he desired complete solitude in composing and writing material for his 2nd studio album. Having no electricity/running water or phones, and only a wood stove for heating/cooking and melting snow. This allowed Daniel to get back to real basics of song writing and create an album that was more personal to himself. The results are incredible and Daniel returned with a new sound and style that truly shows he has matured as both a songwriter and performer.

2018/19 is set to be a massive year for the young Singer/Songwriter, his new album “Under The Same Sky” is out now and Daniel is busy planning a full year of touring for 2019.

This is one of the true great Artists that are still doing it the honest way.

http://www.danielkemish.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. 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.

 

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On Thursday June 27th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Neil McSweeney back to The Greystones. One of Sheffield’s finest songwriters, he returns to The Backroom for a rare headline solo show. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/463883 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***NEIL McSWEENEY***

Folk singer-songwriter Neil McSweeney emerged from the flowering of Sheffield music that gave the world the likes of Slow Club and Richard Hawley and has since established himself as ‘a songwriter of rare ability’ (R2). Setting lyrics that deal with the contrasts and contradictions of life to romantic melodies as hopeful as they are melancholy, McSweeney’s finely crafted songs have been championed by his peers as well as across national radio and mainstream and specialist press. Following the release of his previous album, Cargo, McSweeney made increasingly big waves on the English folk scene picking up main stage festival appearances and collaborating with the likes of Jon Boden and Fay Hield.

McSweeney’s fourth & latest album, A Coat Worth Wearing (Hudson Records) was produced by award-winning folk producer Andy Bell. Building on the success of its predecessor it shows a marked development in Neil’s sound and approach. Its nine songs were conceived as a piece and subsequently recorded together, largely in full-band live-takes, over seven days in the beautiful Welsh countryside.

This is neu folk, dark and deep – the late Robert Fisher would have smiled and recognised a kindred spirit 9/10Americana UK

Deeply felt, brooding songs rich in imagery…he has the tools to make a real impactThe Guardian

http://www.neilmcsweeney.com

 

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On Wednesday July 10th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Seattle’s Massy Ferguson back to The Greystones. They will be touring the UK in support of brand new album Great Divides. Their songs are steeped in classic Americana, rich with imagery of highways, truck-stop coffee, whiskey, road-weariness, and bad motels. Massy Ferguson make cinematic roots music about the blue-collar aspects of life.
After two years away from the stage, Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians make their live return to open the show. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/469738 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry will be £10 on the night. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***MASSY FERGUSON***

For more than a dozen years, Massy Ferguson have proudly planted their boots on both sides of the country-rock divide, carving out their own brand of amplified Americana along the way. Based in Seattle, they’ve become international torchbearers of a sound that’s distinctly American, with a touring history that spans nine different countries. On their fifth album, Great Divides, they double down on their rock & roll roots, mixing bar-band twang with raw, guitar-driven bang. Gluing those sounds together is the songwriting partnership of bass-playing frontman Ethan Anderson and guitarist Adam Monda, whose songs spin stories of small-town adolescence, big-city adulthood, and the long miles of highway that stretch between.

Long before Massy Ferguson played their first show 2006, Anderson spent his childhood outside Seattle in the rural reaches of the Pacific Northwest. His parents were strictly religious, and he found himself at the local Pentecostal church almost every weekend, watching as his fellow congregants beat their Bibles and spoke in tongues. The spirit didn’t move him in quite the same way. In search of his own kind of clarity, Anderson turned to music: first to the country and folk artists whose songs reminded him of home, and later to the hard-edged rock bands who ruled the roost in Seattle, where he’d eventually relocate as an adult. Those two stylistic extremes — country and rock & roll — continue to rear their heads in his music. Anderson’s past continues to rear its head, too, and its woven throughout the dark, moody music of Great Divides. Massy Ferguson’s records have always sounded cinematic, like a Springsteen-worthy portrayal of blue-collar life in America’s northwestern pocket. If Great Divides continues that tradition, it does so in montage-form, zooming into various scenes of Anderson’s life for four minutes at a time. The details are rich, the context is implied, and the writing is stunningly simple, like the literal minimalism of Anderson’s favorite authors: Cormac McCarthy, Raymond Carver, Dennis Johnson, and Willie Vlautin. Songs like “Don’t Give Up On Your Friends” root themselves in his teenage years, delivering dual blasts of adolescent angst and anthemic, heartland-worthy hooks from the perspective of a boy who’s never left the county limits of his hometown. Meanwhile, “Can’t Remember” shines a light on Anderson as a 21 year-old Seattle newcomer, drunkenly talking to the cocktail waitress who’d later become his wife. By the time Great Divides reaches its ninth track, Massy Ferguson brings everything full-circle with “Wolf Moon,” a song that finds Anderson — no longer an out-of-place teenager, but now an adult with a wife, two children, and perhaps Seattle’s roots-rock band — dispensing road-worn advice to his sons.

Don’t mistake Great Divides for an Anderson solo project, though. Adam Monda, who helped launch the band in 2006, continues to play an integral role in the songwriting process, contributing melodic ideas and other launchpad ideas. Made complete by contributions from bandmates Dave Goedde and Fred Slater, Great Divides shines its light on dark memories, pivotal moments, small details, and the wisdom gained by years of doing unwise things. Massy Ferguson recorded the album with Martin Feveyear, known for his work with artists like Kings of Leon and Brandi Carlile. Some of the tracking sessions took place at a studio in Seattle. Others were hosted by Feveyear at his home on Vashon Island. Looking to capture a sound that was raw and immediate, the band kept things loose, throwing together arrangements on the spot and finishing lyrics moments before recording them in the vocal booth. As a result, there’s an urgency to Great Divides, from its widescreen-worthy anthems to its mid-tempo highlights. This is an album about a man’s attempt to understand the world around him, moving from the limited horizons of his childhood to the (slightly) clearer reality of his adulthood. It’s the punky, half-cocked confidence of college rock mixed with the hungover honesty of alt-country. In short, it’s Massy Ferguson — a band whose electric stomp sounds like the soundtrack to the American Everyman.

“First and foremost, Massy Ferguson are a rock band raised on crashing guitars and a driving beat but are not afraid to mix in a bit of refined country to shape their music in true American tradition.” Three Chords and the Truth, UK

Seattle band Massy Ferguson further cement their alt country /roots rock status with another solid new album Victory & Ruins. The thirteen song collection focuses on the easy going narrative vocal styling of Ethan Anderson, who is mix between Tom Petty and Steve Earle.” – No Depression Magazine

http://www.massyfergusonband.com

 

***DAVE WOODCOCK & THE DEAD COMEDIANS***

Described by Americana UK as “The next big thing from Sheffield”, Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians released latest album Medicine in 2015 to great critical acclaim. The follow up to their 2011 album “Poisoned Nights & Bar Room Nights”, it found its way on to several end of year ‘best of’ lists and saw them raise the bar once again. They deliver booze soaked rock ‘n’ roll echoing Springsteen, Strummer and with a nod towards the likes of The Hold Steady.

9/10….the finest blue collar heartland rock this side of the Atlantic” – Toast Magazine

“The perfect rock and roll band… absolutely alive with electricity and excitement”Now Then Magazine

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On Sunday July 14th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Rachel Harrington back to The Greystones when she tours the UK in support of brand new record Hush The Wild Horses. Rachel’s fifth studio album has been a long time coming, but the wait is finally over this summer. Richard Kitson opens the show. Advance tickets priced at £11 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/457875 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £13. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***RACHEL HARRINGTON***

From the Pentecostal pines of Oregon, Rachel Harrington has been a Bob Harris favourite for some time now. Her fifth studio album, is a home-coming of sorts. Hush The Wild Horses is the result of five years largely off the road, homesteading in Oregon, being with family.

The stories behind this harvest of songs include a brother with a meth addiction, a Vietnam veteran uncle who commited suicide at age 40, and a grandmother who died while holding Rachel’s hand.

“It’s definitely my most personal record,” she says.

Harrington has played major festivals throughout Europe and the US, made four live appearances on BBC’s legendary Bob Harris Show, and reached millions of listeners through airplay at Starbucks. A 2011 winner in Merlefest’s esteemed songwriting contest (previous winners include Gillian Welch and Tift Merritt), this is Rachel’s much-anticipated return to recording and touring.

songs that conjure the ghosts of old America”  Mojo

ancient-sounding country noir … Harrington is all about what’s left off her songs, and the skeletal arrangements leave the listener to fill in the unspoken terrors and tenderness that lie beneathQ

a first rate songwriter and performer, with a collection of highly personal songs that pull no punchesNorthern Sky

winning formula … the American folk of pre-electric country … an accomplished and engaging musician and singer …Harrington’s honest unaffected voice injects that essential leavening of “truth” into her songs”  Americana UK

http://www.rachelharrington.net

 

***RICHARD KITSON***

In 2014 Folk Radio UK described Richard Kitson as ‘one of the best guitar pickers of his generation’. Kitson has earned this reputation over a decade of playing both as a solo acoustic performer and occasional band leader. Kitson’s love of the blues began as a youngster, teaching himself to play the harmonica at the age of eleven. After pestering his parents for an acoustic guitar, by the age of fourteen he was teaching himself to play under the influence of Bob Dylan, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Rory Gallagher and Mississippi John Hurt. These musicians (among many others) helped Kitson develop his fingerstyle and slide guitar playing alongside his original song writing.

From 2001 Kitson began honing his performing skills in Sheffield folk clubs and other venues in and around South Yorkshire, often supporting established touring artists such as Wilko Johnson, Otis Gibbs, Peggy Seeger and John Tamms. A skilled raconteur, Kitson often embellishes his sets with humorous links and background stories to his songs.

When I grow up I want to play guitar like Richard Kitson.” Otis Gibbs

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On July 21st WagonWheel Presents… the latest edition of our Sunday Social live at Shakespeares. We’ve got another day of great music across two stages and as always entry is free, no wristbands required. Join us from 2pm for performances from Stoney, Joe Solo, The Barker Ranch Highwaymen, Mat Wale, The Holding Hands, Paul Handyside, The Swells, Andy Whitehouse, The December Flowers, Georgina Gilmartin, The Farewell State and Buffalo Ghost.

 

***STONEY*** : 9.30pm Bard’s Bar

It’s astonishing to think that it’s been 12 years since Stoney’s much celebrated genre-defying debut “The Scene & The Unseen” was first released – it’s a testament to the timelessness of Mark Stoney’s unique songwriting & production talent that it still sounds fresh today. Stoney’s keen ear for classic melody combined with unique production and a sharp lyrical potency opened doors for the gifted indie juggernaut on both sides of the Atlantic. Now back in Sheffield working on new projects and new songs set to be released soon on Hudson Records.

http://www.facebook.com/stoneystuff

 

***JOE SOLO*** 8.40pm Stable Yard

Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.

http://joesolomusic.com

 

***THE BARKER RANCH HIGHWAYMEN*** : 7.40pm Bard’s Bar

Featuring the combined talents of Ash Gray, Andy P. Davison and Jim Widdop, The Barker Ranch Highwaymen bring West Coast-esque harmonies via Austin TX, Chesterfield and Derby. Three great musicians make for one outstanding trio.

 

***MAT WALE*** 7pm Stable Yard

Mat Wale has been writing and recording since early 2004. Rising out of the tumultuous Chesterfield music scene of the mid 2000s that spawned ‘avanGaad’, ‘Vigilante Wing’ and ‘The Culture Thieves’ among others. 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 has ordinarily been a fixture on the local live circuit until moving away last year, so this makes for a now rare Sheffield show.

http://www.matwale.com

 

***THE HOLDING HANDS*** : 6.20pm Bard’s Bar

The brand new band featuring the songs of Tom Baxendale and members of The Payroll Union among the line up.

 

***PAUL HANDYSIDE*** : 5.40pm Stable Yard

Paul Handyside is a folk and roots singer songwriter. He began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! The jangle pop band had album releases on Kitchenware and Arista Records from 1982 to 1991 and toured extensively worldwide. During the nineties he toured and recorded with friend and Kitchenware labelmate Martin Stephenson. Handyside formed Bronze in 2001. Still embracing chiming, Rickenbacker driven pop, and increasingly alt country, they released two albums, The Statue in the Stone and A Common Prayer. His debut solo album Future’s Dream, a combination of pop, country and modern day hymns was released in 2007 to great reviews. Latest album Tide, Timber & Grain saw elements of traditional British folk and sixties protest songs emerging in Handyside’s now well established and diverse musical palette.

http://www.paulhandyside.com

 

***THE SWELLS*** : 4.50pm Bard’s Bar

Tripped out guitar pop band The Swells are a North West based 5 piece featuring former Walton Hesse frontman Matt Grayson. Simplistic, Big Star-esque songwriting awash with the noise and ambience you’d find on a Sonic Youth or Spacemen 3 LP. Sentiment and melody meet space and noise.

http://www.facebook.com/swellsuk

 

***ANDY WHITEHOUSE*** : 4.20pm Stable Yard

Andy Whitehouse is recognised as a talented songwriter with a predilection for story and illuminating metaphor. He launched his first solo album, Almost Home in February 2017. This sits alongside two albums by the band he fronts, The Silver Darlings, on the Anklebreka Records label. He has performed across the UK supporting Martin Stephenson, Mick Thomas, Curtis Eller and has guested with Chris Wood. Likened to Nick Cave, Jacques Brel and Leonard Cohen, his songs are performed to a backdrop of “ethereal and atmospheric” guitar. While he continues to front The Silver Darlings he also travels solo, sharing stories of weary pilgrims, drunken sailors, and battered optimists stumbling through relationships with mysterious saints, magical changelings and jaded lovers. His songs are characteristically set in times and places of change and uncertainty – tidal, liminal, darkening and yet patterned with warmth and hope.

http://www.facebook.com/AndyWhitehouseSolo

 

***THE DECEMBER FLOWERS*** 3.40pm Bard’s Bar

Gemma Gray plays Americana & folk tunes inspired by Stateside travels, recounting tales of love, dreams and all the things in between. Some of those songs formed the basis of debut solo EP My Joshua Tree that was released last year. 2019 brings a new full band sound with The December Flowers.

http://www.facebook.com/gemmagraymusic

 

***GEORGINA GILMARTIN*** 3.10pm Stable Yard

Georgina Gilmartin is an alternative folk singer/songwriter, who since making her debut at an open mic in 2011 has become a stalwart of the Barnsley music scene. Observations on life, people, and other assorted objects, have produced several EPs worth a material.

http://www.facebook.com/georginagilmartinmusic

 

***THE FAREWELL STATE*** : 2.30pm Bard’s Bar

Returning from a period of stasis with new members, new songs and a new album to be released before the year is out, The Farewell State are a ragged glory quartet with ear-worm melodies and emotional country-punk soul. It ain’t always pretty but it’s usually tuneful.

http://www.facebook.com/The-Farewell-State-195736200456415

 

***BUFFALO GHOST*** : 2pm Stable Yard

Buffalo Ghost is a music collective created in 2017 to write and record music featuring collaborators and friends. Based around the songs of singer/songwriter Joe Armitage, 2018 saw several band performances of alternative orchestral folk, while currently Joe is playing a handful of solo dates around the release of a more stripped back acoustic album.

http://www.facebook.com/buffaloghost

 

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