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On July 22nd WagonWheel Presents… returns to Shakespeares with WagonWheel’s Sunday Social. Featuring two stages of great live music from 2pm, entry is free all day. No wristbands required, all are welcome for good times and good tunes.

Joining us this year upstairs in the Bard’s Bar will be The Fargo Railroad Co., Ash Mountain, Buffalo Ghost, Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles, Richard Dilks & The Revelators and Hungarian Lanterns. The outdoor Stable Yard stage will see sets from Hazjak, Boss Caine, Andy P. Davison, Charlie Tophill, William Barstow and Gemma Gray.

 

***THE FARGO RAILROAD COMPANY*** : 9.30pm Bard’s Bar

The Fargo Railroad Co. are a southern rock / Americana inspired 4 piece band from Sheffield, UK. Established in 2013 they have already gathered a loyal fan base and continue to add to their numbers playing shows throughout the UK. They share a distinct and united love of music with a breadth of appreciation that is truly eclectic – all of this has come together to form their current sound, which has settled in the broad and deep ocean of Southern Rock.

http://www.facebook.com/FargoRailroadCompany

 

***ASH MOUNTAIN*** : 7.40pm Bard’s Bar

Staring into the Manchester drizzle you’d be hard pushed not to dream of sunnier climes. In the case of Ash Mountain, the band couldn’t afford the airfare, so it’s a tequila drenched desert scene of an imagined America for them.

http://www.facebook.com/ashmountainuk

 

***BUFFALO GHOST*** : 6.00pm Bard’s Bar

Singer/songwriter Joe Armitage made a solo return this June after more than seven years since his last show. Joe has recently been working on new material under the name of Buffalo Ghost, a project set to debut today as a full band bringing to life the recordings currently under production with various musical collaborators.

http://www.facebook.com/buffaloghost

 

***TSAR NICHOLAS III & THE EXILES*** : 4.50pm Bard’s Bar

Comparisons are made with Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Johnny Cash. But imagine they were from the North of England and grew up with acid house and cheap Netto Scotch and turned that experience into something thrilling and feeling and melodic and powerful. The live shows are loose, edgy, raucous and never the same twice. Lo-fi, ramshackle, roughly cut diamonds of songs.

http://www.facebook.com/tsarnicholasiii

 

***RICHARD DILKS & THE REVELATORS*** : 3.40pm Bard’s Bar

A singer/songwriter who delivers masterfully crafted songs with passion and commitment. A part of the legacy of Guthrie onwards, and he wears it well but is not hampered by it – his music is his is own. Contemporary yet timeless.

http://www.facebook.com/mrdilks

 

***HUNGARIAN LANTERNS*** : 2.30pm Bard’s Bar

Hungarian Lanterns are a Sheffield and Berlin based musical project featuring the songs and vocals of sought after lyricist and award-winning comedian Anthony J. Brown, who also writes words for several German groups. Named after a line in Leonard Cohen’s ‘Take This Waltz’, Hungarian Lanterns music is poignant and full of melodic minor key tunes laced with evocative texts.

http://www.facebook.com/HungarianLanternsMusic

 

***HAZJAK*** : 8.30pm Stable Yard

Hazjak is a new duo for 2018 comprising Steve Chapman Smith (guitar, bouzouki and vocals) and Lynne O’Malley (keyboards, vocals and percussion). Strong harmonies rooted in the folk, Americana, blues and roots genre.

http://www.facebook.com/hazjak

 

***BOSS CAINE*** 6.50pm Stable Yard

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.

http://www.facebook.com/bosscaine

 

***ANDY P. DAVISON*** 5.30pm Stable Yard

When he’s not playing shows as part of The Black Thunder Revue, Andy flies solo with his trusty resonator guitar. The sound is rooted in Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll, but draws on many styles.

http://www.facebook.com/APDavison

 

***CHARLIE TOPHILL*** 4.20pm Stable Yard

Charlie Tophill was raised in the penny arcades of a stony-beached seaside town in Kent. It was in this salty backwater that she first began singing for shrapnel and playing guitar for pennies. Charlie performs her quirky brand of indie-pop with charm and humour, strumming out cheerful pessimism on an acoustic guitar. Her songs vacillate between light-hearted observation and intense feeling; catchy melodies and lyrically erudite songs delivered with honesty and warmth.

http://www.charlietophill.com/

 

***WILLIAM BARSTOW*** 3.10pm Stable Yard

William Barstow has recorded and played live throughout the country with former bands The Dead Delta and The Ruby Jacks. Throughout this period he complied a selection of bluesy folk songs that didn’t fit into the framework of a hardened rock band but require a more intimate and spacious setting. His most recent release is The Hummingbird EP.

http://www.facebook.com/WilliamBarstowOfficial

 

***GEMMA GRAY*** 2.00pm Stable Yard

Gemma Gray plays Americana & folk tunes inspired by Stateside travels. Some of those songs formed the basis of debut EP My Joshua Tree that was released earlier this year.

http://www.facebook.com/gemmagraymusic

 

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On Friday June 15th, WagonWheel Presents… brings another singer/songwriter night to Shakespeares where appearing “in the round” will be Jody Davies (Fargo Railroad Co. / King Quentin), Big Convoy‘s Mat Wale & John Batchelor, plus making a live return after several years away from the stage will be Joe Armitage (Buffalo Ghost). Our previous gigs in this format have proven to be something special, and we’re looking forward to more of the same for what will be our 300th show. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/438412 or entry on the night will be £6. Doors open 8pm for an 8.30pm start.

 

***JODY DAVIES***

If being in three bands wasn’t enough, Jody Davies airs a more stripped down set of songs in a rare performance 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.

 

***BIG CONVOY***

Big Convoy formed in 2011 and is ordinarily comprised of singer/ songwriters Mat Wale, John Batchelor, bass guitarist Joe O’Brien and drummer Tom Hudson. The band has independently released several EPs and recently returned to action with brand new recording Strings Attached after a few years away. Since their debut they have become an integral part of Sheffield’s thriving Alt. Country scene. Tonight Mat & John play an acoustic set as the comeback continues.

http://www.facebook.com/bigconvoyband

 

***JOE ARMITAGE***

Singer/songwriter Joe Armitage returns to the stage after more than seven years since his last show. Joe has recently been working on new material under the name of Buffalo Ghost, a project set to soon bear fruit as a full band bringing to life the recordings currently under production with various musical collaborators.

http://www.facebook.com/buffaloghost

 

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On Monday May 14th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Kirsty McGee & Quiet Loner to The Greystones. Kirsty McGee and Matt Hill (aka Quiet Loner) have been friends for about 20 years, as they both forged their own paths and careers as musicians and songwriters. Yet in all that time they have seldom performed together. They’re about to put that right with a European tour that will take in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the UK. Support comes from Charlie Tophill. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/434760 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***KIRSTY McGEE & QUIET LONER***

Kirsty McGee – a wandering maverick and spellbinding live performer – has spent the past fifteen years and seven albums blending jazz, folk, gospel and Americana. Her quiet revolution has gained her radio playlisting and sessions, awards and nominations. Fans include Emma Watson and Director Danny Boyle, whose 2014 thriller Trance featured Kirsty’s song Sandman as a cornerstone. Sandman has now had over a million listens on Spotify.

Quiet Loner (aka. Matt Hill) has long been drawn to the storytelling traditions of folk and country music. Back in 2004 his debut album was Americana UK Album of the Year. Since then he has developed a warm and engaging style that draws on personal experiences, as well as delving into social history. He’s shared the stage with Billy Bragg at Glastonbury and was recently ‘songwriter in residence’ at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

The two old friends promise an entertaining and intimate show and a special evening of solo and collaborative song.

http://www.kirstymcgee.com

http://www.quietloner.com

 

***CHARLIE TOPHILL***

Charlie Tophill was raised in the penny arcades of a stony-beached seaside town in Kent. It was in this salty backwater that she first began singing for shrapnel and playing guitar for pennies.

After following the bright lights to North Yorkshire, she performed and toured with several bands – The Smoking Years, The Sam Griffiths Band and Curtis Eller’s American Circus – before returning to her solo roots.

Now Charlie performs her quirky brand of indie-pop with charm and humour, strumming out cheerful pessimism on an acoustic guitar. Her songs vacillate between light-hearted observation and intense feeling; catchy melodies and lyrically erudite songs delivered with honesty and warmth.

http://www.charlietophill.com/

 

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On Saturday March 17th, WagonWheel Presents… brings a fine double bill of bands to The Greystones in The Fargo Railroad Co. and The Lucky Strikes for show #3 of our WagonWheelWeekend. Plus there’s support from Franc Cinelli who opens the show. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/424858 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 8pm. Our WagonWheelWeekend is happening across March 16th, 17th and 18th. Full weekend tickets for all five shows (including this one) are also available priced at £35 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/424859. For details of the full weekend line up see http://www.wagonwheelpresents.co.uk.

 

***THE FARGO RAILROAD CO.***

The Fargo Railroad Co. are a southern rock / Americana inspired 4 piece band from Sheffield, UK. Established in 2013 they have already gathered a loyal fan base and continue to add to their numbers playing shows throughout the UK. What is clear is that these boys enjoy being on stage and love playing the music they are producing.

They share a distinct and united love of music with a breadth of appreciation that is truly eclectic – all of this has come together to form their current sound, which has settled in the broad and deep ocean of Southern Rock. Looking at the mighty works of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, ’38 Special etc, doffing a cap to the sweet 70’s sound of Cash, Young, Dylan whilst bringing in more contemporary vibes of Blackberry Smoke and Jason Isbell.

They released their debut album, live recording Sharing The Load, in early 2015 and had a busy summer of festival appearances. They rounded off 2015 with a sold out second birthday show and a live acoustic EP, before the end of 2016 saw them release their first full length studio album This One’s For You in front of another sell out crowd. 2017 saw them play both Maverick and SummerTyne festivals as well as a host of other dates around the country.

http://www.facebook.com/FargoRailroadCompany

 

***THE LUCKY STRIKES***

The Lucky Strikes formed in 2006 and have been described as “Blues/ Garage/ Americana, spaghetti-western, fiddle powered, howlin’, heavin’ rock and roll”, which they think fits pretty well. Following their self-titled debut album the band released a number of concept records, The Chronicles of Solomon Quick (2009), Gabriel Forgive my 22 Sins (2011) and The Exile and the Sea (2013), the latter a project to recount the folk stories and local legends of the Thames coast where they live. In addition to this the band has released a number of singles and handmade rarity compilations, as well as a limited edition book to accompany The Exile and the Sea. The Lucky Strikes maintain a busy touring schedule and have played as diverse places as the Southbank Centre in London to a boat in Bristol. Their music has featured on a variety of TV shows in both the USA and UK and in the summer of 2013 they worked with the Old Trunk Theatre Company to produce the multi-arts production, The Vagabond Diaries.

Like the Waterboys on trucker pills” – Q Magazine

http://www.theluckystrikes.co.uk

 

***FRANC CINELLI***

Bucking the trend with his free-wheeling alternative folk Franc Cinelli is the songwriters’ songwriter. From uptempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and lovestruck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads; Franc has carved his own musical path. Like all good troubadours, he spent a lot of time touring by himself before making records. Not just the length and breadth of the UK (quite literally from Hastings to Stornoway) but throughout the East Coast of the USA, Texas & Tennessee, and in his native Italy.

http://www.franccinelli.com

 

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On the afternoon of Saturday March 17th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes M&J Blues, Franc Cinelli and Andy P. Davison to The Greystones,  appearing “in the round” for a singer/songwriter show. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/424856 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the day will be £6. Doors open 3pm. This is show #2 of our WagonWheelWeekend happening across March 16th, 17th and 18th. Full weekend tickets for all five shows (including this one) are also available priced at £35 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/424859. For details of the full weekend line up see http://www.wagonwheelpresents.co.uk.

 

***M&J BLUES***

M&J Blues are father and son Mark & Jeff Lyall. They’re regular performers at many Sheffield venues doing their bluesy country rock ‘n’ roll thing. They recorded and released live album In The Presence Of Friends in 2016 and continue to delight their ever growing army of fans.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/11483654339/

 

***FRANC CINELLI***

Bucking the trend with his free-wheeling alternative folk Franc Cinelli is the songwriters’ songwriter. From uptempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and lovestruck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads; Franc has carved his own musical path. Like all good troubadours, he spent a lot of time touring by himself before making records. Not just the length and breadth of the UK (quite literally from Hastings to Stornoway) but throughout the East Coast of the USA, Texas & Tennessee, and in his native Italy.

http://www.franccinelli.com

 

***ANDY P. DAVISON***

When he’s not playing shows as part of The Black Thunder Revue, Andy flies solo with his trusty resonator guitar. The sound is rooted in Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll, but draws on many styles.

http://www.facebook.com/APDavison

 

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On Friday March 16th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Rod Picott back to The Greystones as part of his latest European tour. Rod will be playing songs from brand new double album Out Past The Wires. Support comes from Boss Caine. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/418076 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 8pm. This is show #1 of our WagonWheelWeekend happening across March 16th, 17th and 18th. Full weekend tickets for all five shows (including this one) are also available priced at £35 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/424859. For details of the full weekend line up see http://www.wagonwheelpresents.co.uk.

 

***ROD PICOTT***

Seventeen years ago Rod Picott dropped his tool belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and released his first album Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues. The acclaimed debut put a nail in the coffin of his construction career and ignited his second career as a singer-songwriter. With his new album, Out Past The Wires, that second career reveals itself in full flame.

The sprawling twenty-two song Out Past The Wires ranges from whispery ballads to guitar driven rockers and hits every musical spot between. Like much of Picott’s catalog, many of the songs on Out Past The Wires center around the lives of working people and the losses, defeats and small victories that can come hard won in a calloused world. It is here in the ordinary where Picott finds the gold he mines so beautifully on songs such as “Take Home Pay” – one of four songs written with longtime friend and co-writer Slaid Cleaves.

 

“I’m on my way down to the pawnshop
A couple hundred is all I need
If I have to I’ll hit the blood bank
I’m bone dry but I can always bleed”

But there is also an air of defiance that runs through many of the songs this time around. On “Fire Inside” Picott growls.

“I got fire down inside
a heart darlin’ beating hard and wild
In the pouring rain
I will stand and testify
Cause I got a fire down inside.”

Picott’s eye for the revealing detail and sense of empathy has brought praise from music critics since his debut and those qualities, as well as a potent defiance is on full display across Out Past The Wires. Now 52 years old and nine albums into his music career Picott is more prolific than ever. The twenty-two songs were culled from a staggering number of seventy-eight. In the two years between Fortune and Out Past The Wires, Picott has also become a published poet (God In His Slippers – Mezcalita Press) written a screenplay and is releasing collection of short stories, also titled Out Past The Wires, that accompanies the release of the album. Many of the characters from the songs on the album find their stories expanded and even more finely detailed in the book.

For production duties Picott turned again to Neilson Hubbard (Kim Richey, Matthew Perryman Jones) who produced Picott’s most recent album Fortune.  The recording band consisted of Will Kimbrough/Electric Guitars (Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell) Lex Price/Bass (K.D. Lang), Evan Hutchings/Drums (Brandi Carlisle) and Kris Donegan/Electric Guitars (Sara Evans). The band worked quickly in studio, relying on the instincts of world-class players and Hubbard’s steady hand to guide the ambitious project.

Out Past The Wires is the latest and one of the most potent pieces of work from Rod Picott since he left his hammer to rust and sharpened a new set of tools all those years ago. Picott will be touring throughout 2018 and 2019 in support of the album and book release.

http://rodpicott.com

 

***BOSS CAINE***

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 later in March brand new record Loved By Trouble, Troubled By Love is finally released.

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

http://www.facebook.com/bosscaine

 

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On Thursday February 1st, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Quiet Loner to The Greystones for a performance of “The Battle For The Ballet”. For the duration of 2016 Matt Hill, aka Quiet Loner, was ‘songwriter-in-residence’ at the People’s History Museum in Manchester, resulting in a touring show (and album) ‘The Battle for the Ballot’ that tells the story of the fight for the right to vote in words and song. Support for the evening comes from Sheffield punk poet Kevin Titterton. Advance tickets priced at £6 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/420064 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £8. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***QUIET LONER***

Quiet Loner is the pen-name of singer-songwriter Matt Hill.

Combining skillful flatpicking with lyrical wordplay, his albums have been praised for their emotional qualities, their honesty and the way they connect with the listener. Inspired by the storytelling traditions of folk and country music, Hill brings a contemporary element to these traditional forms. Over 15 years, 4 albums and hundreds of performances Hill has gained a reputation as an understated yet powerful solo performer delivering a live show that is emotional, political, occasionally angry but nearly always gentle and human.

For the duration of 2016 Hill was ‘songwriter-in-residence’ at the People’s History Museum in Manchester, resulting in a touring show (and album) ‘The Battle for the Ballot’ that tells the story of the fight for the right to vote. He’s taken the show to venues and festivals across the country.

As an artist Hill is always experimenting to find new ways to present his songs – he uses slide shows and a lecture format, he’s collaborated with walking artist Morag Rose to create musical walks that explore radical history and surveillance, he’s exhibited a song in a gallery exhibition, he’s collaborated on a live show about working class history with poet Tony Walsh, he’s co-written a musical about surveillance, he delivers songwriting workshops and a few years ago even devised a variety/game show format for a song residency.

This constant need for evolution as an artist has been reflected in his own recorded output. His debut album was a country heartbreaker and was voted Americana UK Album of the Year 2004. His second album Spectrology (2010) enlisted some top British folk musicians and got 4-star reviews from the likes of Uncut and The Daily Mirror and radio play from Gideon Coe on BBC6 Music. His third ‘Greedy Magicians’ – a very personal and political album – was recorded live in a Salford chapel and took him in a more English folk direction. This led to Hill being invited by Billy Bragg to perform on the Leftfield stage at 2013 Glastonbury Festival where he appeared in a songwriters circle alongside Bragg and Amanda Palmer. In 2017 he was invited to showcase his work at the English Folk Expo.

Since 2014 Hill has been curator and organiser of The Defiance Sessions one of the few regular music nights in the UK dedicated to songwriting that has a political or conscientious aspect. In 2015 he was one of the five musicians who founded ‘We Shall Overcome’ an anti-austerity movement that aims to show support and solidarity with those in local communities hit by cuts, poverty and homelessness.

http://www.quietloner.com

 

***KEVIN TITTERTON***

Kevin Titterton is a punk poet from Sheffield, England. Writing about real life, working class struggle and his love of all things music and film.

http://www.facebook.com/kevtittertonpoet

 

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