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On Friday November 1st, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Franc Cinelli to Shakespeares as he tours his brand new album Night Songs. Franc will be bringing his band to town for the first time, adding an extra dimension to his rootsy folk songs. Also joining us for our last show of the year we’ve got M&J Blues completing a suitably fine line up. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/483462 or entry on the night will be £6. Doors open 8pm.

 

***FRANC CINELLI****

Following on from the acclaimed The Marvel Age, Franc Cinelli returns with a long-awaited new album in September. Night Songs was written throughout the last year and recorded once again in his SongCircle Studio in West London and is probably his most soulful collection of material yet.

Having begun 2018 in New York City, creating a series of straight-to-vinyl 7” singles through Leesta Vall Recordings in Brooklyn, Cinelli returned to London to commence work on a new set of songs, some of which would eventually fall together in the completion of Night Songs. This new collection joins together a healthy dose of spiritual cleansing and demon conquering with the help of varied influences crossing both Eastern and Western folk music, from Blaze Foley and John Martyn to N. Ravikiran and Ravi Shankar.

“I suppose they’ve all come from a place of introspection,” he considers. “They were songs I needed to write, plain and simple. But the songs on the record definitely feel to me like they belong together and the title Night Songs helps me understand them better. There’s a special beauty found only in the stillness of night, in the silent lonely darkness dreams are born and reflections make way for answers. Night time isn’t the end of anything; it’s the beginning, it’s the seed of a brand new start.”

Playing guitar, keyboards and percussion, Cinelli is joined on Night Songs by his regular bandmates, Drew Manley on drums and Laurence Saywood on bass, alongside guest vocalist Chantal Brown from the band Vodun.

Born in Rome, Franc moved to London at a young age, learning to play violin and guitar while surrounded by a wide range of musical influences from Muddy Waters to Lucio Dalla. Like all good troubadours, he spent a lot of time touring before making his first records. His previous album The Marvel Age received effusive coverage from the likes of RNR, Classic Rock and Acoustic magazines, as well as Folk Radio UK who rated it Album of the Month, while his songs have been played on BBC national and regional shows, including Dermot O’Leary, Janice Long and Roddy Hart.

A rootsy, bluesy, folky confection whose superpower appears to be the ability to fuse a hummable tune with thoughtful, thought-provoking lyrics.✮✮✮✮ RNR Magazine


His most compelling effort to date, embracing the sounds of folk and rock & roll.Exposed Magazine

http://www.franccinelli.com
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***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.

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On Tuesday October 8th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Rod Picott back to The Greystones. Rod will be touring the UK in support of brand new record Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil. His most intimate recording to date, just guitar and harmonica, it has drawn comparisons to Springsteen’s Nebraska and has been hailed as his best album yet. Opening the show will be Quiet Loner. Advance tickets priced at £11 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/468256 and the venue, or entry on the night will be £13. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***ROD PICOTT***

July 2019 found Rod Picott releasing his eleventh album, titled Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil. The new album is completely acoustic, featuring only guitar, harmonica and Picott’s weathered vocals. Many of the songs on Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil are influenced by a health scare that Picott endured in the winter of 2018. The condition was hunted down and solved but the weeks long incident of a freight train running through his chest played a profound role in the writing and recording of the album. Alone with his modest recording gear, Picott set about making an album as honest, raw and uncontrived as his spine would allow. Already known for the intimacy and vivid narratives of his previous work, Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil opens the door wider still. The songs are confessional and honest. The recording itself is unpolished and raw. Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil takes a small turn away from the blue collar anthems he’s been lauded for and finds Picott exploring his own inner life with the same deft and revealing hand he’s honed over the last nineteen years. Rod Picott’s health is now in check.

The opening song, “Ghost” reveals Picott’s inner voice announcing itself with introspection, openness and poetic revelation.

One of the songs, “Mama’s Boy” was written with Picott’s long-time co-writing partner Slaid Cleaves. The song asks questions of masculinity and self identification in a world that can be so often cruel and limited. Picott’s own working class childhood is explored nakedly.

Now in his fifties, Rod Picott has garnered a loyal cult audience across the U.S. and Europe. He tours tirelessly and continues to garner rave reviews for both his songwriting skills and darkly humorous, compelling live show.

A prolific writer, Picott has recently turned his hand to poetry (God In His Slippers, Murmmeration – Mezcalita Press) short fiction (Out Past The Wires – Working Title Farm) and has a novel in the works titled A Bony Right Fist. Born in the small mill town of South Berwick Maine and residing in Nashville TN since 1994 Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil is the latest release from former construction worker Rod Picott.

Picott sings with a bare and bones grace reminiscent of Springsteen’s Nebraska and the off the cuff lyrical and musical directness of the late Jason Molina. Too many important artists fly under the musical radar today, and Picott is yet another valid wordsmith that needs to be heard.” – Glide Magazine

Picott draws us into his stories with the hypnotic cadence of a storyteller who knows that we’re compelled to listen to his tales of woe or joy because he’s seen inside our hearts.” – No Depression

Rod Picott has long been one of the great songwriters of his generation. His bonafides are well established, but this new record cements him as something different, It is the best of an impressive catalog and there are a few clear reasons for that.” – Jason Earle The Marinade Podcast

http://rodpicott.com/
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***QUIET LONER***

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

Inspired by the storytelling traditions of folk and country music, Matt Hill is a songwriter with tales to tell. Combining skillful picking with lyrical wordplay, his albums have been praised for their emotional qualities, their honesty and the way they connect with the listener.

His debut album was a was a country heartbreaker voted Americana UK Album of the Year 2004. His second album Spectrology (2010) enlisted top British folk musicians Inge Thomson and Roy Dodds and got 4-star reviews from the likes of Uncut and The Daily Mirror and radio play from Gideon Coe on BBC6 Music.

As an artist Hill is always trying to find new ways to present his songs – he’s sung on BBC1’s Flog it and had a song used in a BBC Radio 4 history documentary. He’s collaborated with artists and poets and even hung a song in a gallery. He’s presented musical lectures and once co-wrote a musical about surveillance.

As well being resident songwriter in a museum, he’s also run songwriting sessions in prisons, schools, young offenders units and in day care for people living with Alzheimer’s. In 2018 he collaborated with people experiencing homelessness to create an album and live show.

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.

Quiet Loner shows that you can turn feelings of anger and despair into warm and uplifting music. With a mix of humour, sadness and anger, he gets the tone spot-on. A superb album. Evoking an authentic spirit of English folk music.Penny Black Music

http://www.quietloner.com
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On Monday September 23rd, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes John Statz back to The Greystones. The Denver based singer/songwriter returns for a solo tour of the UK in support of latest album Darkness on the San Juans. Opening the show will be Andy P. Davison & The Soul Preachin’ Co. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/468023 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***JOHN STATZ***

The truth is that John Statz got his heart broken in 2017. And another truth is that he did it to himself. Unpacking the pain and understanding the reasons behind a failed relationship led the Denver-based singer-songwriter to record his most intimate album to date, tracked in his living room with some of his closest friends. Ernest Hemingway once gave the advice that one should, “write hard and clear about what hurts”, and so John did. John takes us into the steep terrain of desire, hope, and longing that sometimes lingers beyond the defined end of a relationship. We retrace our steps. We look at what we thought we knew. We ultimately discover and face the truth under the stories we told ourselves along the way. Darkness on the San Juans is a pause for reflection, and then it is an open road back to oneself.

One of the more prolific young songwriters working in the Folk/Americana genre today, John Statz has released eight studio albums and performed all over North America (including Canada and Mexico) and Europe, all in just twelve years’ time. The Boston Globe has called John’s music electric, urgent folk; aching, sweet country-rock while American Songwriter has said that he writes the kind of songs that float through your mind and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening. On his last three albums John worked with some of the best producers in the genre: Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), Jeffrey Foucault, and Megan Burtt. For this go around, John invited Nathan Edwards—a former college buddy who is now a recording technology professor at their alma mater, The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh—to co-produce an elemental, heartfelt acoustic record.

John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was 15, which turned out to be perfectly timed for a teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes. It wasn’t until Statz was 19 and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, later on, friends and collaborators. The first record, Dusk Came Slow, was engineered by the very same Nathan Edwards who co-produced Darkness on the San Juans, completing a circle of sorts between past and present. John moved to Denver in 2010 where he casually gardens in his backyard, cooks almost entirely in cast-iron cookware, and reads presidential biographies in chronological order.

“John Statz writes songs you can’t shake. They follow you around all day and run through your head at 3 a.m.” Jeffrey Foucault

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***ANDY P. DAVISON & THE SOUL PREACHIN’ CO.***

Embarking on a full time solo career following the demise of The Black Thunder Revue, Andy has gone back to his love of roots music: Blues, Folk, Americana and Rock n Roll.

A new album released this spring was recorded with long time collaborator Alan Smyth at 2Flys Studios, and features backing band The Soul Preachin’ Co: double bass from Andy Dye of Fargo Railroad Co fame, and Ewan Ashburn, drummer for Black Thunder Revue.

If My Mouth Doesn’t Say It My Face Surely Will” features slide guitars, harmonica, dirty riffs, dirty voices and a rhythm section to die for. Live shows vary from the full power trio, to more stripped back solo and duo sets.

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On Friday September 20th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes M.G. Boulter back to Sheffield when he joins us at Shakespeares. Most recently in town supporting The Beautiful South’s Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott at the City Hall, M.G. returns for his first headline show since last year’s Blood Moon EP release tour. Opening the show will be Banjo Jen. Advance tickets priced at £7 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/463881 or entry on the night will be £9. Doors open 8pm.

 

***M.G. BOULTER***

M.G. Boulter is a songwriter and musician who currently lives on the Thames coast in England. He has released a number of records including his latest full length album With Wolves The Lamb Will Lie in 2016 (named by the Daily Telegraph as one of the best Folk albums of that year). He has also worked alongside many other artists and has been involved in The Simone Felice Group, Emily Portman’s Coracle Band, The Duke and the King and Blue Rose Code, as well as his long time partners, The Lucky Strikes.

In the late summer of 2017 M.G. and Birmingham string quartet The Froe met at the unique Fishermen’s Chapel by the Thames Estuary in Essex to record a selection of songs that were to become the ‘Blood Moon’ EP.

The main chapel was cleared to make way for microphones and mixing desks and the songs were gradually brought to life amongst the clacking of trains from the London-Southend railway line and the hubbub of the chapel’s community gatherings (all of which are captured on the recordings if you listen close enough).

Opening with the title track, ‘Blood Moon’, the EP is another example of Boulter’s character driven song writing style, vignettes of seemingly unexceptional lives heavy with universal messages. Here you find the helpless Marie “smoking and leaning against a vending machine” and the slurry taxi conversation of ‘The Lie’, “You were right, the party sucked from the conversation down to the punch”. The Froe’s singular arrangements add a counterpoint to Boulter’s missives.

Produced by Andy Bell and released on Hudson Records this EP represents the continuation of a musical collaboration that started during the making of M G Boulter’s 2016 album With Wolves the Lamb Will Lie.

Gorgeous, in a wordUncut

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***BANJO JEN***

Based in Sheffield, British singer-songwriter Banjo Jen is the “all-singin’, all-dancin’, badass banjo-pickin’ girl”.

A relative newcomer to the UK Americana and folk scenes, she’s already making waves! Using banjo as the lead instrument for her songs, weaving clever lyrics with catchy melodies, and incorporating Appalachian step-dancing and no-nonsense Yorkshire charm and humour into her sets, she’s quickly gained a loyal local following which is now spreading beyond the Yorkshire border! Tipped by Maverick magazine for a ‘long musical career’, highlights so far have included playing in Austin TX during SXSW 2017 and being selected by the Americana Music Association UK to showcase at both Red Rooster festival and The Long Road festival in 2018.

Banjo Jen’s debut EP ‘Lost & Found’ was released in 2018, offering a flavour of her distinctive songwriting. Playing the traditional ‘frailing’ style of banjo, and accompanied by punchy double bass, she is influenced by aspects of folk, country, blues and ‘old-time’ music – though she doesn’t stick to any particular tradition and makes her own rules up as she goes along! This, combined with a skill for finding a great melody and an interesting story, makes for unique and highly original songs; songs of sinning and straying, of characters and conflicts, of running from the law and of running from yourself. As the one and only Dolly Parton says, ‘We’re all just a bunch of sinners, but we do the best we can’.

http://www.banjojen.com
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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/thedecemberflowers

 

***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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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 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

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***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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