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as the great Lonesome Bob once sang, and while last night wasn’t what we originally had planned at The Greystones, we found ourselves in the company of Ash Gray, Blind River Scare, John Batchelor and Adrian Bates instead for what still proved to be a great night. Thanks to them and those who made it along.

We’re back at The Greystones in August with Rachel Harrington plus Paul McClure (Friday 11th) and Curtis Eller’s American Circus (Wednesday 30th). Tickets for those are on sale here or from the venue.

Before then though for WagonWheel Presents… it’s our Tramlines show on Sunday July 23rd at Shakespeares. Details of who is joining us this year can be found here. Two stages, free entry, our show starts at 2pm, see you there?

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lots of thanks to The Payroll Union, The Fargo Railroad Co., The Sopranistas, Neil McSweeney, Ash Gray, Roaming Son, William Barstow, Richard Kitson, Quiet Loner, E.R. Thorpe, Steve Roberts, Rod Picott and Mat Wale & Friends for a whole weekend of great music at The Greystones. Plus of course to those of you came along, many for more than one gig too (i think the record was three?). It was really rather good, even if i say so myself.

So that’s our 2016 for WagonWheel Presents… well and truly kicked off. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve heard this weekend, take a look at our listings for the months ahead here. Next up we’ve got Austin Lucas and Adam Faucett at Shakespeares on Tuesday March 1st. We’ll be back at The Greystones on Tuesday March 15th with Rachel Ries plus support from Tom Baxendale and Yellowcake.

See you then?

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On Wednesday June 28th, in a late change to the originally advertised show, WagonWheel Presents… brings a quartet of fine singer/songwriters to The Greystones. Joining us for the evening will be Sheffield’s own resident Texan Ash Gray, from South Wales making a last minute addition to his tour of The North Blind River Scare‘s Tim Manning, a rare solo outing for John Batchelor and fresh from recording his debut EP Adrian Bates. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/408419 or entry on the night will be £4. Doors open 8pm.

 

***ASH GRAY***

 

Ash Gray is a troubadour in the truest sense.

Born in US East Coast steeltown of Pittsburgh, the middle son of expat Yorkshire parents, he’s had an eye on the highway practically ever since he was old enough to play a gig.Raised in Austin, Texas – the Live Music Capital Of The World – Ash cut his musical teeth on the vibrant East Sixth Street, South Lamar and beyond, playing for tips in roots-rock bands like Roosterbilly and The Self-Righteous Brothers, the late 90s saw the emergence The High Class Family Butchers after time spent in London, time spent in New York City saw Ash scratching that hard-rock itch as guitarslinger with legendary Epic recording artists The Cycle Sluts From Hell before shifting gear, forming the acoustic folk-pop harmony band Ash Gray & The Girls in 2012.

Returning to the UK, Ash decided to rediscover his roots, eventually setting up base in Sheffield. Falling in with the Steel City’s own acoustic and Americana scene, Ash has been gigging regularly across the UK ever since, dividing his time fairly equally between Austin and Sheffield (and London and NYC as time allows). Taking his lead from one of Texas’ greatest musical sons, it seem Ash Gray just can’t wait to be on the road again. A new solo album is due this summer.

http://ashgraynews.com

 

***BLIND RIVER SCARE***

 

Blind River Scare is a vehicle for the Original Americana, Alt-Country & Roots influenced songs of South Wales based singer, songwriter & guitarist Tim Manning. There have been various incarnations of the band over the years, dating back to their original releases in 2005. The latest recording “Pastures New” features a three piece line up, reflecting the bands more acoustic side. Tonight Tim plays a solo show.

http://www.blindriverscare.co.uk

 

***JOHN BATCHELOR***

 

A northern boy pretending he’s from Tennessee, John Batchelor is as a singer of modernfolk songs born from experience. There are flushes of country and blues and he has a distinctive voice pitched somewhere between classic crooning and modern mournfulness.

For the last few years you’ll have been more likely to catch John playing alongside Mat Wale in alt-country band Big Convoy, or more recently with instrumental rock outfit The Hill People.

http://myspace.com/johnbatchelor

 

***ADRIAN BATES***

 

Singer/songwriter Adrian Bates hails from South Elmsall. Taking influence from the likes of Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Nick Drake, he’s been appearing regularly at venues across Yorkshire since embarking on a solo career. He is set to release debut EP “Small World”.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Adrian-Bates-Music/552690224877548

 

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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?

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On Saturday May 28th, WagonWheel Presents… brings another fine triple bill to Shakespeares. This month we’re joined by Ash Gray & The Burners, The Kitson Trio and Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius. Advance tickets priced at £4 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/357175 or entry on the night will be £5. Doors open 8pm.

 

***ASH GRAY & THE BURNERS***

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 2013, Ash is currently residing in Sheffield, the land of his forefathers. The circle remains unbroken.

Tonight will be a band show with The Burners.

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

http://www.facebook.com/ashgraymusic

 

***THE KITSON TRIO***

The Kitson Trio

After a hiatus of six years folk/blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Kitson is returning to playing electric guitar and reforming his blues trio. It has been ten years since Kitson formed his first power trio, a format he prefers in a band situation after playing predominantly solo for so long. Bassist Chris Scarfe and drummer Steve Booth (both former members of the immensely popular band Mynas) dropped a few hints that it was time Kitson dusted of his strat and made some noise again.

Arguably Yorkshire’s finest rhythm section, Scarfe and Booth create the perfect foundation for Kitson’s guitar and songs. The trio already have live dates lined up for 2016, a year they also hope to get into the studio and record some new material.

http://www.facebook.com/kitsontrio

 

***CHRIS MURPHY & BOXER GENIUS***

Boxer Genius

Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius are a folk, alt-rock band from Sheffield. Originally formed by Murphy in 2004 (and recording under the name The Greenlovers), the band have garnered a reputation for a powerful, epic, folk-rock sound, but yet have won plaudits from fans of a wide variety of musical genres.

Fantastic feedback has always followed the guys around and following in the wake of the single ‘Brighton’ released in February 2008, and the success of the album ‘Another Reunion’ from which it was taken, Exposed magazine described them as “ridiculously accomplished” while the Sheffield Star labelled Murphy “a maker of epic songs and muscular ballads”.

After line up changes and departures, as of 2012 the four piece have been back to a full complement and in 2013 released latest album From Dark To Neon.

http://www.chrismurphyandboxergenius.com

 

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On the afternoon of Saturday February 6th, WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones for the second part of our WagonWheel Weekend. Day two begins with music from Neil McSweeney and Sheffield’s own Texan troubadour, Ash Gray.

Advance tickets priced at £6 for Saturday afternoon’s show are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/f/9440 and the venue (12-6pm) or entry on the day will be £8. Weekend tickets are also available from http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents and include entry to all five shows across Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Doors open 3.15pm for a 3.30pm start. Show finishes 6pm.

 

***NEIL McSWEENEY***

Neil McSweeney

Neil McSweeney (born Irvine, Scotland) is a songwriter and musician based in Sheffield, England. His acoustic guitar playing style combines folk, blues and country influences but it is his voice, likened by The Guardian to a male Tracy Chapman, and his direct and personal lyrics for which he is most recognised.

McSweeney’s debut album, Remember To Smile was released in 2006 by Sheffield independent label, LM Music. Tracks from the album attracted national radio play from BBC Radio 2 and the digital station BBC Radio 6 Music. This led to Postcards being released as a single by Kids Records, the singles arm of Warner Music UK subsidiary 14th Floor Records. Further national radio exposure followed including the track being playlisted by XFM. Around this time Neil also accompanied his friend Stoney both on record, on tour and in session for BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary at Maida Vale Studios.

Extensive touring in the UK followed before second album, Shoreline, emerged in 2009. This was self-released and attracted positive reviews in the national press as well as the attention of fellow Sheffield musician, Richard Hawley. Following support sets at The Crucible in Sheffield and the Royal Festival Hall, McSweeney accompanied Hawley as main support on the European leg of his Truelove’s Gutter tour.

During a hiatus from touring in 2011 and 2012, to spend more time with his young family, McSweeney developed friendships with musicians from the English folk and roots scene. This developed into collaborations which formed the basis for an EP (The Seventeen EP, May 2013) and a third full length album (Cargo) released on Harbour Song Records in 2013.

Late 2015 saw the release of EPs from two new projects, a duo recording with Vera Van Heeringen, and the Gluepot collaboration with Lucy Farrell and M.G. Boulter.

Deeply felt, brooding songs rich in imagery…he has the tools to make a real impactThe Guardian

http://www.neilmcsweeney.com

 

***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 2013, 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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Over the weekend of February 5th, 6th and 7th, WagonWheel Presents… brings our first mini-festival to The Greystones, Sheffield. After celebrating our 250th show at the end of 2015, we’re kicking off our 10th year with five great shows in three days. We’ve a line up featuring the usual mix of local, UK and international talent that you’d come to expect from a WagonWheel show.

Friday night sees us joined by a fine triple bill of bands in The Payroll Union, The Fargo Railroad Co. and The Sopranistas. The Payroll Union are a Sheffield based Americana band with an obsession for American history. The Fargo Railroad Co. have gone from strength to strength since forming in 2013 and have steadily built a reputation as one of Sheffield’s hottest live acts. The Sopranistas are a South London based Alt-Country band led by singer-songwriter Gregory S. Rees.

Saturday afternoon will be a slightly more mellow affair in the company of Neil McSweeney. His acoustic guitar playing style combines folk, blues and country influences but it is his voice, likened by The Guardian to a male Tracy Chapman, and his direct and personal lyrics for which he is most recognised. Kicking off Saturday’s proceedings will be Ash Gray. 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. Currently residing in the UK after releasing his latest album Once I Got Burned, today he plays a solo set.

We’ll be turning the volume up on Saturday night for evening of 100% Sheffield rock ‘n’ roll with Roaming Son. Easing us into the night will be solo sets from William Barstow and Richard Kitson. Roaming Son draw influences from the sounds of the earliest raucous rock ‘n’ roll bands of the 50’s, but add a distinct sound that is refreshingly modern. Richard Kitson is a renowned folk & Blues artist and dazzling guitarist. William Barstow has recorded and played live throughout the country with former bands The Dead Delta and The Ruby Jacks, compling a selection of bluesy folk songs that didn’t fit into the framework of a hardened rock band. 

Sunday afternoon sees an all acoustic offering with three wonderful solo artists. Quiet Loner sings songs about love and fear, life and death, despair and hope. On a live stage he is an understated yet powerful performer delivering a show that is emotional, political, occasionally angry but nearly always gentle and human. Boss Caine are a folk/Americana collective from York, England centred around the songs of front man and ‘Yorkshire Cowboy’ – Daniel Lucas (aka GT Turbo), a man described as ‘having a voice that makes Louis Armstrong sound kinda girly’. E.R. Thorpe was born into music – her mother taught her to finger-pick; 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.

Our weekender draws to a close on the Sunday night when US singer/songwriter Rod Picott returns to Sheffield with his brand new album Fortune. It was 2001’s Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues — a debut album that bridged the gap between between folk and Americana — that officially introduced him as a singer/songwriter, kick starting one of the more acclaimed careers in modern-day roots music. With latest effort Fortune, he shines a light on himself, strips bare what he found rattling around in his heart and invites the listener to follow a deeper and more intimate journey. Opening the show will be Mat Wale. Whether working 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 is untouched by his peers in terms of sheer volume of work and intends to release a new single every month in 2016.

Doors for all evening shows open at 8pm and shows finish by 11pm.

Doors for afternoon shows open at 3.15pm and shows finish by 6pm.

Advance tickets prices are:

Friday night £6
Saturday afternoon £6
Saturday evening £6
Sunday afternoon £5
Sunday evening £10
Saturday day ticket (2 shows) £10
Sunday day ticket (2 shows) £14
Weekend ticket (all 5 shows) £15

Weekend tickets, day tickets, and tickets for each individual show are available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/f/9440

Tickets for each individual show are also available from the venue between 12 & 6pm daily.

All prices will be more on the door.

Full previews for each show are available at the links below:

Friday night : The Payroll Union + The Fargo Railroad Co. + The Sopranistas
Saturday afternoon : Neil McSweeney + Ash Gray
Saturday night : Roaming Son + Richard Kitson + William Barstow
Sunday afternoon : Quiet Loner + Boss Caine + E.R. Thorpe
Sunday night : Rod Picott + Mat Wale

 

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