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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

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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

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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

http://johnstatz.com
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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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another year gone already? 2018 saw a modest total of 15 WagonWheel Presents… shows (though we did lose 2 to Snowmageddon that wiped out the Sunday of our Weekender), with a total of 37 different acts, 11 of whom were brand new faces to our little stage(s). That’s still not bad going i reckon. Among those 15 was our 300th show, we’re almost starting to get the hang of it.

We’ll be back for more in 2019, and we’ve got a few belters lined up already. Confirmed shows for next year are:

Angel Snow @ The Greystones, Tuesday March 5th

Good Lovelies @ The Greystones, Monday April 8th

Josh Harty + The Fargo Railroad Co. @ The Greystones, Tuesday April 16th

Curtis Eller’s American Circus + Paul McClure @ The Greystones, Friday June 7th

Rachel Harrington @ The Greystones, Sunday July 14th

Full details for all of the above including ticket links can be found over on the Gigs page.

Big thanks as always to everybody that’s joined us this year and been a part of what we do. Here’s hoping Santa is kind with the tunes he brings you all, and all the best for 2019 and beyond.

C
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Over and out…

for another year at least, and that wasn’t a bad way to do it at all. Magic night at The Greystones with Stoney, Cortney Dixon and Neil McSweeney. Thanks to them and everybody that joined us.

WagonWheel Presents… will be back for more in 2019. We’ll be announcing more shows for next year in the coming weeks, keep an eye on the Gigs page for updates or in all the other usual places.

There was certainly an early present for anybody who was lucky enough to be at The Greystones with us last night for a typically fine show from Otis Gibbs. Thanks to Otis and Paul McClure for a great opening set, plus of course all of you who joined us.

WagonWheel Presents… has one more show to go for 2018, Friday November 16th finds us back at The Greystones with Stoney and Neil McSweeney. It will certainly be something special to round the year off. You can find a full preview for this show here, or grab yourself a ticket here to guarantee your place. See you there?

They say…

the best things come in small packages, and that once again proved to be the case last night with a sold out micro gig in the cosy confines of Hop Hideout with Andy P. Davison and Jody Davies, both ably assisted by double double bass man Andy Dye. Big thanks to them and all of you who joined us for the (mostly) unplugged show.

Next WagonWheel Presents… is back at The Greystones this coming Tuesday with Otis Gibbs plus support from Paul McClure. You can read the full preview for this show here. We hope you can join us then.