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Due to unforeseen circumstances Amelia Curran‘s upcoming UK tour has been cancelled. Refunds for next Wednesday’s show will be available from point of purchase (refunds should be issued automatically for those who purchased via WeGotTickets). Hopefully the shows will be rearranged for a later date.

On Wednesday night we’ll now be joined at The Greystones by Ash Gray, Blind River Scare, John Batchelor and Adrain Bates. Full details can be found here.

Paul McClure who was due to open Wednesday’s show will now be joining us on Friday August 11th when he opens for Rachel Harrington.

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easily confused, but i don’t think there is any mistaking how good an evening we enjoyed in the company of Otis Gibbs last night, and indeed Boss Caine who got the night off to a fine start. Thanks to them and everybody who came along to a busy night at The Greystones too.

Wednesday June 28th is when WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Backroom for our next show. Joining us then will be Amelia Curran and Paul McClure. Maybe you will too? Full details can be found here.

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made for double the fun last night in the company of Amelia Curran and Dennis Ellsworth. Indeed when you add in an opening set from Ash Gray it all came to an exceptional evening of live music at The Greystones. Thanks to them and those of you who were there to enjoy it with us.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Backroom on Thursday March 26th with another Transatlantic double bill. We welcome Josh Harty and the Kelley McRae duo back to Sheffield. M&J Blues open the show. Ticket details can be found here.

Our next show however is at Shakespeares. As usual for the last Saturday of the month, we’ll be in the Bard’s Bar on February 28th with Big Convoy, Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers and Micky Denny. You can read a full preview for this show here. Maybe you’ll be there too?

WWP 08.02.15

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those at The Greystones with us last night certainly enjoyed more than 15 minutes of being so. A fabulous set from Jeffrey Foucault and Billy Conway after a fine start to the show from J. Tilley. Thanks to them and you if you were one of the lucky ones there.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Backroom this Sunday, February 8th with a double bill of Canadian singer/songwriters when Amelia Curran and Dennis Ellsworth bring their respective new albums to Sheffield. Maintaining the transatlantic theme, Ash Gray opens the show. Advance tickets are available here. You can read the full preview for this show by clicking here.

Maybe we’ll see you then?

WWP 03.02.15

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On Sunday February 8th, WagonWheel Presents… brings not one but two fine Canadian singer/songwriters to The Greystones stage. Both touring brand new records as they return to Sheffield will be Amelia Curran and Dennis Ellsworth.

Maintaining the international theme, from Austin, Texas via New York but now residing in Sheffield, Ash Gray opens the show. Advance tickets priced at £9 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/298853 and the venue (12-6pm) or entry on the night will be £11. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.



Amelia Curran

Amelia Curran received her first Juno Award for Hunter, Hunter in front of an adoring hometown crowd in St. John’s, NL, in April 2010. The album, which solidified Amelia’s reputation as an heir to Leonard Cohen’s songwriting throne, also received a total of four ECMA nominations, 4 Music NL awards, 3 Music NS awards, a spot on Exclaim’s Wood, Wires & Whiskey coveted year-end and a place on the 2010 Polaris Long List. With the release of Spectators in 2012, Amelia was once again nominated for a Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. The album is a meditation on frailty, restlessness, time and its finitudes, and is both storm and harbour to Amelia’s celebrated lyricism. The record received rave reviews, and found its way on to many Best Of 2012 lists across Canada.

They Promised You Mercy is the newest collection of songs by Amelia Curran, Canada’s master contemporary songstress. On this album, Amelia’s knife-sharp lyrics find peace and even cheerfulness amidst lush layers provided by producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda’s nuanced studio vision. The album is a poised, focused and consummate work that showcases Amelia’s singular songwriting talent. They Promised You Mercy raises the lyrical bar yet again with its unrivaled eloquence.  They Promised You Mercy was released by Six Shooter Records on November 4, 2014.




Dennis Ellsworth

Dennis Ellsworth is a prolific songwriter. Lately he’s gotten into rhythm of writing, recording and releasing an album a year. In between records, he travels around the planet singing songs characterized by a kind of dark optimism that’s informed by early influences such as Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond and Kris Kristofferson.

Ellsworth can’t pinpoint what first prompted him to pursue music, but recalls singing ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ in front of the mirror while brushing his teeth as a child. Since making the leap from the bathroom to the barroom, Ellsworth has toured Canada extensively, made inroads into the US and built a substantial following in the UK. In all, he’s released six records; all recorded live in a house or studio; two with his side project, Haunted Hearts, as well as Chesterfield Dweller of the Year (2009), the Strange Boat EP (2011), Dusk Dreams (2012) and his latest, Hazy Sunshine, in 2013 as a solo artist.

Although he’s refined his sound and approach to writing over the years, some things remain constant. One is an acoustic guitar he rescued from 1970’s era cottage in the Catskills; a guitar on which he’s written almost every song he’s put down on tape and believes has a lot to do with his gift for songwriting. Another is the emphasis he places on collaboration with the musicians he brings together for each album and the importance of allowing their unique voices as players to influence his songs.

Produced by Skydiggers guitarist, Josh Finlayson, and recorded over five days and wine filled nights at The Bathhouse, near Kingston, Ontario, Hazy Sunshine is a perfect example of how positively special that collaboration can be. “When I set out to make this album I wanted to isolate myself in the winter in rural Canada, and for that to contribute to the sound of the record, but we went in a different direction,” he says. Although Hazy Sunshine represents a departure from Ellsworth’s past records; Dusk Dreams in particular; never before has the Charlottetown-based singer/songwriter released an album as heavily informed by his belief that, no matter how rough things get, if you lose hope you lose the ability to effect positive change.

The result is a seamless blend of modern East Coast folk and rock and roll with shades of classic Americana, roots and country haunting the edges; a set of songs that anyone who’s questioned their place in the world will find their own experiences reflected in.

While Hazy Sunshine dwells heavily on the necessity of remaining positive, it’s fuelled by the kind of dark optimism that’s always driven Ellsworth’s songwriting. “I’m hopeful but I’m not a firm believer,” he says, bluntly. There have been times that music has saved him, and times that it’s let him down, but aside from his beautiful and loving wife and their cat Winsloe, music has always been his truest friend and companion.

If you need him for anything, he’s probably out for a stroll with his wife. Either that or he’s on the road and maybe playing in your town tonight and, if so, you should be at his show.



***ASH GRAY***

Ash Gray

At long last Texas songwriter Ash Gray finally gets around to releasing his debut solo album. The title Once I Got Burned is hopefully not a comment on his nigh-on twenty year career fronting The High-Class Family Butchers and Ash Gray & The Girls, or holding down the lead guitarist’s job in various rock bands in Austin and New York. But it does see a shift away from the gypsy punkgrass of the Butchers and the psych-pop of The Girls as Ash turns in an album of stone Texas country-rock.

Born in the US to parents form Yorkshire, Gray first began to make inroads into the UK music scene when he assembled the Anglo-American ‘punk-grass’ band, the High-Class Family Butchers during a late-90s sojourn in London. Achieving notoriety (and not-inconsiderable airplay) with their back-porch covers of pop classics and guerrilla-gigging, the Butchers have continued over the years with a flexible line-up including members of Menlo Park, The Ralfe Band and folk poster-boy Seth Lakeman’s band. For a time they even included Harper ‘Son of Paul’ Simon, oddly enough.

Relocating to New York with short-lived hard rock throwback band Cycle Sluts From Hell, Gray began shifting gears after realising that his female guitarist KG was a great harmony singer who blended perfectly with his backing vocalist Helen. He formed Ash Gray & The Girls in late 2008 as an acoustic trio, with him on vocals and guitar and these two singers. After some fine-tuning and the occasional personnel-change, the band launched the album Born In The Summer with a four-night stand at SXSW in Austin in 2012. Returning to the UK at the end of last year, Ash is currently residing in Sheffield, the land of his forefathers. The circle remains unbroken.

Consistently high quality and faultlessly performed.” **** R2 magazine

An excellent uplifting album that reaches back to the sounds of the summer of love but twists it enough deliver a set of tracks that are home in the present.” Beat Surrender



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got off to a great start last night. A lovely show from Amelia Curran and The Listeners at The Greystones. Thanks to them and those that braved the snow to be there and enjoy it with us. The bar’s been set high for the rest of the year to follow.

First to step up to the plate will be Otis Gibbs and Boss Caine when we return to The Greystones on Thursday February 21st. You can find full details on that show here. Game on.

WWP 10.02.13

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On Sunday February 10th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Juno winning Canadian singer/songwriter Amelia Curran back to The Greystones. Amelia returns to the UK to promote brand new album Spectators as part of her European tour. Support comes from The Listeners. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Advance tickets priced at £7 are available from WeGotTickets ( http://www.wegottickets.com/event/191646 ) and from the venue. Entry on the night will be £9.


Amelia Curran

From the fathoms, the dark solitary deeps, comes Amelia Curran’s Spectators, her new album released on Six Shooter Records. A meditation on frailty, restlessness, time and its finitudes, Spectators is both storm and harbour.

The Juno winning artist has charted a course through longing and loss with lyrics that face life’s beauties and terrors with disconsolate urgency. With Spectators, Curran returns to the scene with ten tracks that yet raise the bar on her signature lyricism, but push beyond the folk boundaries that have defined her previous releases.

Produced by John Critchley, Spectators brings surprises, including brass, strings, piano, and rumbling percussion. “What Will You Be Building,” a downtrodden Dixieland dirge, distills existence into one essential question. “The Modern Man” is another standout track – Curran’s stark vision stands sharply against a dark, tense, shivering backdrop. Even, or perhaps especially, the love songs, cut through the bone. In particular, the earthquake heartache of “San Andreas Fault,” is as graceful as it is devastating.

The opening track, “Years,” strides forward with a dynamic deliberation undercut by repeated speculation about all the trouble’s worth. Ever cautious in her optimism, “Years” introduces the record’s measured truths in fine fashion.

Guest musicians and arrangers are a collection of Toronto and St. John’s notables, including The Once, Todor Kobakov, Bryden Baird, Selina Martin, Oh Susanna, and Martin Tielli.

One of this country’s finest singer-songwriters Montreal Gazette


The Listeners

“Tell them I came, and no one answered. That I kept my word”

From ‘The Listeners’, by Walter de la Mare.

The Listeners is Emma Thorpe – on her own or with her collaborators. She sings in cinematic detail from a small town on the North Nottinghamshire borders.

Thorpe was born into music – her mother taught her to finger-pick, introducing her to the music of PJ Harvey, Sandy Denny, Susan Vega, Roy Harper and Bob Dylan along the way; Her father Kevin was well respected on the blues scene for his albums with Out Of The Blue; And her aunt managed Welsh psychedelic legends Man.

Despite this heritage Thorpe has shaped her own evocative sound. Sometimes wilfully naive, sometimes considered and precise – her choice of chords is particular and unusual and her finger-picking weaves a strange atmosphere – the likes of which you’d more likely find in a Lynch film or a novel by Bolano than in the sculpted folk of her inspirations. And like those who inspire her – Nick Cave, Patti Smith, William Blake, she loves to muse on nature & religion: God, the devil, good and evil, and like the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood she tries to tell it like it is – to reveal both the beauty and the devastation of life: Red Dust portrays human insignificance under darkening skies; Dinner For One traces the fading past of a destroyed relationship; You wouldn’t think that it took years for Thorpe to accept her own arresting voice and lyrical vision. Time well spent in distillation perhaps: This is music that is close to the source. These are songs, born of tradition, alive in the present day, revealing & fragile, excecuted spare and sharp.

The Listeners were f*cking brilliant last nightRichard Hawley

Alternately gentle and dramatic… like PJ Harvey pissed off, unplugged and wearing a kaftan.Music Mart

Stirring stuff…like Nico back from the grave for an autumn night’s campfire singalong, while their hushed mid-set tracks recall “Ocean of Noise” Arcade Fire.” This City

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