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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.

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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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On Saturday August 25th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Sheffield’s own The Fargo Railroad Co. back to The Greystones for what promises to be another electric headline show. Joining them will be The Swells, a brand new band from Manchester featuring former members of Walton Hesse, and Leeds singer/songwriter Benjamin William Pike. Advance tickets priced at £6 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/438413 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £8. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***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 SWELLS***

The Swells are a brand new Manchester band featuring former Walton Hesse frontman Matt Grayson. After the demise of his former outfit and a handful of solo shows, The Swells were born and bring a familiar Americana/psychedelic rock sound. The debut album is currently in the works.

http://www.facebook.com/swellsuk

 

***BENJAMIN WILLIAM 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

 

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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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