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On Friday November 16th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Stoney to The Greystones for a long overdue Sheffield headline show. Stoney will be accompanied by a small troupe of excellent local musicians for a stripped back and intimate show, revisiting some of the more tender moments from his extraordinary and eclectic body of work spanning 15 years, in addition to debuting brand new songs to be released in the new year on Hudson Records. Support comes in the shape of Stoney’s long time pal, Neil McSweeney; one of Sheffield’s finest songwriters, and award winning Newcastle singer/songwriter Cortney Dixon. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/449803 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***STONEY***

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. The highly eclectic record established the precocious multi-instrumentalist as a prominent if peripheral figure in the “New Yorkshire” Scene (as the NME then labelled it) and his reputation as an exciting live performer found him frequently frequently sharing the stage with a diverse range of artists ranging from Arctic Monkeys to Laura Marling. 

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; and following a performance at the SXSW festival in 2008, Stoney left Sheffield and hopped the pond to set up home and studio with “Some quirky poet and painter friends” in a rickety old house in Austin, Texas. However, what was expected to be “a year or two of sunshine” to work on new material turned into seven. During this time, a musical diversion led Stoney to co-found the much lauded high energy “Dirt-Pop” trio Bobby Jealousy, who released two critically acclaimed albums, and toured the US extensively for two years.

Stoney describes this period as “an exhilarating, volatile, beautiful, ugly and unsustainable mess that imploded as quickly as it arose”.Reeling a little following the demise of the band, Stoney resumed work once again on his next full solo album, and things started to take a darker, albeit more sophisticated turn; poetically documented in his last full length release, the fearlessly passionate “More Than Animals”.  Combining hauntingly beautiful lyrics, soaring melodic arrangement and profoundly intimate vocals, the record was met with a flurry of critical praise upon it’s Stateside release and led to many major US film & TV placements. But with his personal life in array, it was to also bookmark the end of his time in Austin.

“To cut a long story short; at the end of 2014 I left Austin very much a broken man. I returned to Sheffield alone with my marriage over and just a suitcase and a guitar. I cringe a little at the cliche of that, but it’s true. I was in a lot of pain, causing a lot of pain and drinking to oblivion. I’d also developed severe carpal tunnel that rendered my fingers numb if I tried to play for more than a few minutes at a time, and making music, my primary channel of release and expression started to became increasingly synonymous with sheer frustration. I was rudderless and a bit of a sorry mess.” 

“…The last 3-4 years for me have been about rehabilitation, spiritually, mentally and physically.. Being back in Sheffield, where it all started, has provided me again with haven to wrestle the fog with my feet on the ground and look for some answers. That process began with writing with others and getting out of my own head for a bit. The new songs emerging I think reflect the death, surrender and eventually the hope & resurrection that precede new beginnings with a vulnerability I’m still learning to get comfortable with..”

“..One moment the gifted lone operator affects the kind of trenchant rock-riff panache associated with the younger Bowie, the next he’s rattling off urban nightlife images with the droll elegance of The Kinks…” **** The Independent

“More than Animals is triumphantly Poetic and Diverse – both beautiful and devilishly menacing” The Huffington Post

“…Everything blends for one entirely gratifying experience, More Than Animals is easily likely to be one of the year’s best records…” The Big Takeover Magazine

“The British Singer songwriter at times recalls a younger David Bowie with the dapper swagger of the Kinks. He can easily switch between coy rock songs about nightlife and Elliot Smith-inspired bedroom folk to great effect” NPR

“…It’s real talent that does what it wants. It doesn’t ask for permission to push the boundaries or try to meet up with anyone’s expectations at the local bar. It says “fuck you” with a lovely lilt all its own. Meet Mark Stoney. An underground artist who has decided to explore the upper regions of the earth’s crust and share his musical musings…” Rockworld Magazine

http://www.facebook.com/stoneystuff

 

***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. Since the release of his last album, Cargo, McSweeney has 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.

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

 

***CORTNEY DIXON***

Cortney Dixon is a 21 year old singer-songwriter with big hair and a pink paisley telecaster.

With a unique voice and distinctive style, Cortney performs and writes an eclectic mix of music with beautiful melodies and catchy guitar riffs, whilst incorporating elements of ska and big pop vibes. No doubt this comes from growing up listening to the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, The Specials, David Bowie, and most recently getting into the likes of St Vincent and Sigrid.

Cortney has spent the last 3 years working on her craft, playing gigs around the UK with her 5 piece band and writing with others such as Mark Stoney. This young Geordie is getting ready to release her very first singles in the new year.

http://www.cortneydixon.co.uk

 

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On Tuesday November 6th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Otis Gibbs back to The Greystones. The favourite son of Wanamaker, Indiana, USA returns in support of his most recent album Mount Renraw. Opening the show will be Paul McClure. Advance tickets priced at £11 are available from the venue (12-6pm) and at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/444583. Entry on the night will be £13. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***OTIS GIBBS***

Otis Gibbs is a Songwriter, storyteller, painter, photographer and planter of 7,176 trees. He once wrestled a bear, and lost. He has been described as “The best unknown songwriter in music today.” If you ask him, he’ll simply say he’s a Folk Singer.

He also hosts a podcast called Thanks For Giving Damn which features your favorite musicians, journalists and historians sharing memories, backstage stories and history lessons. His podcast quickly became a cult favorite and lead to him hosting Country Built on Pandora (USA) where Otis tells stories about the history of country music to his 2 million+ subscribers. He grew up in Wanamaker, Indiana, but now lives in East Nashville with his long time partner, Amy Lashley.

His latest album is Mount Renraw.

“This album was recorded in my living room on my 50th birthday. My friends kept saying I should throw myself a big party for my birthday, but I’m not a big party guy. Instead, I wanted to do something creative that fits into how I try to live my life. That’s when I decided to record this album. This is who I am and this is what I do. It’s the perfect way to celebrate 50 years of creativity.”

“We live on top of a big hill in East Nashville surrounded by musicians, artists, writers and other creative misfits. In the 1800s, this land was owned by Percy Warner. He is somewhat famous for bringing electricity to the rural South. He called his home Renraw, which is Warner spelled backwards. I’ve called our home Mount Renraw for the last 9 years. Since I recorded the record at home, I figured Mount Renraw would be a fitting title.”

“With a low tolerance for bullshit and a guiding principle of maintaining his artistic integrity no matter what, Gibbs’ songwriting is deeply personal and profound. It’s plain to see Otis Gibbs is a man you should give a damn about. ” Rolling Stone

It’s been playing round these parts for weeks now, and we’ve yet to tire of a single word or note. It really is an exceptional set of songs.” Penny Black Music.co.uk

Gibbs is a Midwesterner with a long beard, a trucker’s hat and and a bag of sharply observed country-rock songs, some far enough to the left side of the political fence to make him a spiritual descendent of Woody Guthrie and brother of Steve Earle.” The Boston Herald

With a proper growl, a lefty sensibility and a well picked acoustic guitar, Otis Gibbs is the Steve Earle of his generation, albeit without the drug history or the divorces.” Americana-uk.com

http://www.otisgibbs.com

 

***PAUL McCLURE***

Paul McClure is a singer and songwriter from Rutland, England where he lives with his wife and daughters. The passing world is the fodder for Paul’s characters and story lines in particular the loves, laughs and losses that have come his way.

Prior to his current releases, McClure has recorded 2 solo albums of original songs – ‘No Place Like Home’ in 2003 “fresh, vibrant and bounds with enthusiasm for his craft4**** Fatea, and ‘Desire Lines’ in 2008 before spending the best part of the next four and a half years playing with The Hi And Lo, described as “Superior roots music from Leicester” by Americana UK. The Hi And Lo put out an album in 2010 called ‘Ten Tracks’. Two further solo albums have followed on Clubhouse Records, plus EP Paul McClure & The Local Heroes, with a new record set to follow in 2019.

These songs are a perfect showcase for his considerable songwriting talentsR2 Magazine

http://www.paulmccluremusic.com

 

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On Thursday November 1st, WagonWheel Presents… returns to Hop Hideout for another special night. We’ll be getting up close and personal with Andy P. Davison (The Black Thunder Revue) and Jody Davies (The Fargo Railroad Co. / King Quentin / A Prayer Away) in the intimate surrounds of the Abbeydale Road beer shop & tasting room for an unplugged acoustic performance. Due to the cosy confines of this unique venue, tickets are strictly limited and advance booking is highly recommended. When places are gone, they’ll be gone. Priced at £8 they will be on sale from http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents at 9am on Monday September 3rd. Doors for the event will be 7.45pm.

 

***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

 

***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.

 

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On Tuesday October 30th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Rachel Harrington back to The Greystones when she returns to these shores with a brand new covers album I Wish I Was In Austin, ahead of the 2019 release of the long awaited new record Hush The Wild Horses. Opening the show will be Boss Caine. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/443305 and the venue, or entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***RACHEL HARRINGTON***

From the Pentecostal pines of Oregon, Rachel Harrington has been a Bob Harris favorite for some time now. Her fifth studio album (out 2019), 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

 

***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  brand new record Loved By Trouble, Troubled By Love was released earlier this year.

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

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On Friday October 19th, WagonWheel Presents… brings a double bill of two great American singer/songwriters to Shakespeares. John Statz makes a welcome return to Sheffield, and is joined by fellow Denver based musician Megan Burtt as they undertake a joint UK & Ireland tour. Support comes from A Prayer Away who open the show. Advance tickets priced at £7 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/443303 or entry on the night will be £9. Doors open 8pm.

 

***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

http://johnstatz.com

 

***MEGAN BURTT***

Rocky Mountain raised Singer-Songwriter Megan Burtt says “I’ve always written songs. I took piano lessons when I was young, but when I picked up my dad’s old classical guitar, things took off.”  Inspired by Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Burtt taught herself to play, dreaming of a musical career. “I didn’t know any girls who played music, but Blue, Bonnie Raitt’s Nick of Time and the women on the MTV videos I saw, let me know it was possible.” Megan now splits her time between Brooklyn, NY, Denver, CO and on the road.

After high school, she moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music. There she made two EPs she calls her “practice records.” She formed her first band, further developed her musical ear, honed her songwriting chops, guitar playing, and became a confident bandleader and live performer. At graduation, Megan was awarded the prestigious excellence in songwriting award, being the only non-songwriting major in her class to receive this recognition.

Upon graduation, Burtt moved to Mississippi to investigate the roots of American blues music. After a stint there, she played music in Vietnam for a couple of months, then returned to the States to record It Ain’t Love, a 12 song collection she made with the friends Louis Cato (of Jon Batiste and Stay Human, house band for Stephen Colbert), guitarist Adam Tressler, and James Williams. Following the release, Megan quickly gained notoriety winning the 2010 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, the 2011 Kerrville New Folk Competition, and SW Region 2011 Mountain NewSong Competition.

In 2013, Burtt began writing and preproduction on the songs that would become her second album The Bargain, which charts her recovery from a serious illness with songs that move from darkness to light.

December 2017 marked the 6th year Megan performed throughout the Pennsylvania prison system with her band. “The maximum security inmates we play for are some of my favorite audiences. It’s incredible to perform for people who are truly grateful you’re there.”

Megan has toured nationally and abroad as a headlining artist, and as support for acts including Gregory Alan Isakov, Mark Cohen, Brett Dennen, Glenn Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket, Lissie, and Leanne Rimes. In 2015 she collaborated with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, as a featured artist.

In late 2017 Megan began a collaboration with four fellow red heads to form an Americana-Roots band called Gingerbomb. In addition to this new project, Megan is currently in the studio working on her third full-length solo record, slated for a Fall 2018 release.

http://meganburtt.com

 

***A PRAYER AWAY***

A Prayer Away are the latest outlet for the songs of Jody Davies (The Fargo Railroad Co. & King Quentin). Joined by vocalist Bess Popplewell, the duo made their live debut in 2017 opening for Whitney Rose where they proved to be quite a hit (not least with Whitney who wanted to take them home and mange them). Stripped down country, raw and soulful.

 

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On Thursday September 20th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes M.G. Boulter back to The Greystones, showcasing songs with his trio from the brand new Blood Moon EP (Hudson Records). Opening the show will be Buffalo Ghost. Advance tickets priced at £6 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/443300 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £8. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***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

http://www.mgboulter.co.uk

 

***BUFFALO GHOST***

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 that made it’s full band debut at our recent Sunday Social, bringing to life the recordings currently under production with various musical collaborators.

http://www.facebook.com/buffaloghost

 

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On Saturday September 1st, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes The BearCats, Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers and Ryan Farmer to The Greystones for what promises to be a special triple bill. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/433727 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £6. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***THE BEARCATS***

The BearCats are a four piece female fronted rockabilly / rock’n’roll / blues band from Sheffield. They play rock’n’roll roll like it should be played, gutsy & raw with tons of attitude.

http://www.facebook.com/bearcatsmusic

 

***BOB COLLUM & THE WELFARE MOTHERS***

Go West young man! And so they did. Except for one guy, Bob Collum. He went East. Trading his home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma for the marshy plains of the Thames Estuary in Essex, bringing with him a country tinged power-pop with a healthy sense of irony.

Bob’s songs deliver a wry glimpse of life, love, death and …. Home decorating. All this is backed by the sensational Welfare Mothers. Although only one is a mother and none are on welfare at the moment, they remain the tightest band this side of the Thames Delta.

A turn of phrase to rank with Nick Lowe’s, and an instinct for hook and melody mean you’re thinking of the Byrd’s with a country edge to boot.Bucketfull Of Brains

http://www.bobcollum.com

 

***RYAN FARMER***

Ryan Farmer is an Americana singer songwriter hailing from Nottingham. Taking influence from the blues of the Mississippi Delta, the traditional folk of the Appalachian Mountains and the honky tonk from a Texas bar room, prepare for songs to make you dance, drink, cry and praise the lord in the space of a few minutes.

http://www.ryanfarmermusic.com

 

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