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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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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.





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.





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.





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”.



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but the quality live music shone through all day. Thanks to Boss Caine, Blind River Scare, Dave Sleney, William Barstow and Colin Mounsey, plus all the lovely people who came out to listen in Shakespeares beer garden yesterday, especially those that braved it until the end.

We’re back there on Sunday July 27th for Tramlines with this.

Our next show is this Wednesday July 2nd though when we return to The Greystones where WagonWheel presents… live from Seattle, USA, Massy Ferguson with support from Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians. You can find a full preview for that one here. Maybe we’ll see you then?

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nice little bonus edition of WagonWheel Presents… at Shakespeares last night. Top tunes from the Coma Girls, an excellent debut for Left Of Reckoning and the always entertaining The Man With The Screaming Brain. Thanks to them and you if you were there.

We’re back at Shakespeares on Saturday June 28th with an outdoor afternoon/early evening show featuring Boss Caine, Dave Woodcock, Blind River Scare, Dave Sleney, William Barstow and Colin Mounsey. Entry is free and the music starts around 2.30pm. Full details can be found here. We hope you can join us then.

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On Saturday June 28th, WagonWheel Presents… is taking our monthly Shakespeares show outside into the Stable Yard. Hopefully enjoying some sunshine with us will be Boss Caine, Dave Woodcock, Blind River Scare, Dave Sleney, William Barstow and Colin Mounsey. This will be an afternoon/early evening show. Live music begins around 2.30pm and is planned to finish at 8.30pm. Entry will be free though there will be a collection for the artists.



Boss Caine

…Tom Waits singing Ryan Adams if they had both had the good fortune to grow up in Yorkshire….” – The Fly Boss Caine are a folk/Americana collective from York. A tight knit, but evolving, line-up of local musicians 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’. Radio 2′s Bob Harris is a big fan. You will be too.




Dave Woodcock

Described by Americana UK as “The next big thing from Sheffield”, Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians are currently at work on the follow up to their 2011 album “Poisoned Nights & Bar Room Nights”. They deliver booze soaked rock ‘n’ roll echoing Springsteen, Strummer and with a nod towards the likes of The Hold Steady. Tonight Dave performs a solo/acoustic set.




Blind River Scare

Blind River Scare is a vehicle for the original Americana/Alt-Country songs of Tim Manning. Tim has performed with various line ups over the years, previously having played both band and solo shows at WagonWheel gigs. Currently promoting new release The Point Of No Return.




Dave Sleney

As well as the country tinged indie pop sounds of his former band The Enquiry, Dave is renowned for heartfelt material in the downbeat singer/songwriter tradition. Also known for not being afraid to chuck in the odd classic cover.




William Barstow

William Barstow has been recording and playing live throughout the country for the past several years with The Dead Delta and now with The Ruby Jacks. Throughout this period he has complied a selection of songs that don’t fit into the framework of a hardened rock band but require a more intimate and spacious setting. His bluesy/folk solo material has been compared to the likes of Jeff Buckley and Neil Young.




Colin Mounsey

Colin Mounsey’s tunes draw on a wide and varied range of influences such as Ben Folds, Sparklehorse, Nick Cave and Bruce Springsteen. Colin having played our Boss tribute night last year. Last album ‘Let Love Win’ was the result of several days of frantic writing, a lot of late nights, and quite a bit of alcohol. Colin describes it as sounding “sort of like Radiohead meets Cher with a hint of John Denver, some Johnny Cash rolled in for good measure and a brilliant MC”. The MC being “to make it sound different”.



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