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and no there isn’t a hole on The Greystones stage, Mr Richard Kitson more than makes up for in quality song writing and the gift of the gab. He can play a guitar a bit too. Another excellent “Evening With…” himself last night, along with guests Joe Solo, Georgina Gilmartin plus bonus offerings from Richard & Georgina’s Recharging Radios project and a cheeky Fargo number to finish off. Big thanks to all who played and everyone that joined us.

Next for WagonWheel Presents… we return to The Greystones on Sunday April 30th when John Statz comes to Sheffield as part of his European tour for brand new album The Fire Sermon. Opening the show will be The Fargo Railroad Co. with an acoustic set. You can find full details for this show here. See you then?

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it was all going off on Friday night as Richard Kitson launched his brand new album In Your Own Time with us at The Greystones. The night began with King Quentin opening the show before Richard and an array of guests entertained a near full house. A wonderful time indeed, the record is on sale now.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones on Sunday September 4th when we’re looking forward to the highly anticipated return of Rod Picott. Support comes from Walton Hesse (Matt plays a solo set). Full details for this show can be found here, we hope you can join us then.

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On Friday April 7th, WagonWheel Presents… brings you Another Evening With Richard Kitson at The Greystones. Following the success of his In Your Own Time album launch with us last year, The Yorkshire Bluesman will again be performing an extended set of his own material and some classic blues/folk standards along with the help of a guest or two. Joining us to complete a fine night of entertainment will be Joe Solo and Georgina Gilmartin. Advance tickets priced at £4 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/381422 and the venue (12-6pm). Entry on the night will be £5. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***RICHARD KITSON***

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In 2014 Folk Radio UK described Richard Kitson as ‘one of the best guitar pickers of his generation’. Kitson has earned this reputation over a decade of honing his skills both as a solo acoustic performer and occasional band leader. Kitson’s love of the blues began when he heard the song ‘Bye Bye Bird’ by Sonny Boy Williamson II not long after he started teaching himself to play the harmonica at the age of eleven. A desire to learn the guitar soon followed. After pestering his parents for an acoustic guitar they relented and by the age of fourteen he was teaching himself to play under the influence of Bob Dylan, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Rory Gallagher and Mississippi John Hurt. These musicians (among many others) helped Kitson develop his fingerstyle and slide guitar playing alongside his original song writing.

From 2001 Kitson began honing his performing skills in Sheffield folk clubs and other venues in and around South Yorkshire, often supporting established touring artists such as Wilko Johnson, Otis Gibbs, Peggy Seeger and John Tamms. In a typical set Kitson can be found playing classic country and delta blues covers by the likes of his aforementioned influences alongside his self-penned folk/blues style songs. A skilled raconteur, Kitson often embellishes his sets with humorous links and background stories to his songs.

Richard Kitson has quietly emerged as one of the best guitar pickers of his generation; one who marries blues and folk styles into a fresh new sound.” Folk Radio UK

When I grow up I want to play guitar like Richard Kitson.” Otis Gibbs

http://www.richardkitson.co.uk

 

***JOE SOLO***

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Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.

On top of releasing fourteen albums since 2004, Solo has written books and had them written about him; runs a research project on the Hull Pals Battalions in the First World War; has worked with underprivileged children to help them write their lives in song; run a weekly radio show; and still found time to open for the likes of Chris Wood, David Rovics, Attila the Stockbroker, Otis Gibbs, Robb Johnson, Edgar Broughton, TV Smith, Paul Simmonds, Emily Portman, Pete Wylie, The Blockheads and Billy Bragg; whilst his songs have been played by John Peel on Radio One, Mike Harding on Radio Two and Tom Robinson on  BBC6Music.

In May 2015 Joe helped create WE SHALL OVERCOME, a campaign pushing for a positive response from the music community to the poverty and hardship inflicted on ordinary people by the government’s austerity program. Since October 2015 the movement has put on 550 gigs in 135 towns and cities across 8 countries on 3 continents raising an estimated £225,000 in cash, food, clothing and bedding for those hardest hit. WSO scooped the People’s Choice gong at the annual Yorkshire Grassroots Music Awards on 16th October 2015, and on the back of his efforts The Morning Star named Solo ‘Human Being of the Year’.

2016 saw Joe and The Hurriers front-man Tony Wright collaborate on ‘May Day Festival of Solidarity‘. The event, which brought together voices from music, poetry and politics to celebrate International Worker’s Day, took place in Barnsley on  May 1st and a packed house saw stunning performances from artists as varied as Grace Petrie, Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers, Attila the Stockbroker, Lizzie Nunnery & Vidar Norheim and The Wakes. 2017’s event is in planning.

In October 2016 he was awarded the ‘Outstanding Songwriting’ prize at Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Music Awards for his work on the album ‘Never Be Defeated’ telling the stories of the men and women of Hatfield during the 1984-85 Miner’s Strike.

Live, Solo has a growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being both thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath. He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.

The perfect protest singer.” – R2 Magazine

I was struck by the passion of his delivery combined with his sense of fun – a true entertainer in the very best sense of the word.”- FATEA

I heard this noise coming off the stage, I went WOW, whoever that is I’ve got to go and check him out and there was just this one man on the stage blowing up a storm with an acoustic guitar!” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

http://joesolomusic.com

 

***GEORGINA GILMARTIN***

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Georgina Gilmartin is an alternative folk singer/songwriter, who since making her debut at an open mic in 2011 has become a stalwart of the Barnsley music scene. Observations on life, people, and other assorted objects, have produced several EPs worth a material that are set for the studio. Georgina & Richard have also collaborated on the duo project Recharging Radios, from which we may hear a song or two tonight.

http://www.facebook.com/Georgina-Gilmartin-116178705163231

 

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On Saturday October 29th, WagonWheel Presents… brings together four singer/songwriters on the Shakespeares stage for an evening of folk tales, ethereal blues and more. Joining us will be Paul Littlewood, E.R. Thorpe, Anytown and Rory Cannon. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/373071 or entry on the night will be £4. Doors open 8pm.

 

***PAUL LITTLEWOOD***

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Paul Littlewood is a British musician and singer-songwriter, originally from Swinton, South Yorkshire. He has released music under his own name and with a number of bands including Fights, Fallen Trees and Eastern Seaboard Radio Station. He also runs DIY label, Anklebreka Records. He has just released his latest album The Wireless Relay Service.

Paul makes atmospheric music from the soul via the heart. It has a raw quality to it, full of wide open spaces & emotional leanings that pull you in like a venus fly trap, linger too long and swoosh-you are his!BBC Radio 6

Poignant and ethereal blues music.Now Then Magazine

http://www.facebook.com/iampaullittlewood

 

***E.R. THORPE***

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Having called time on The Listeners, E.R. Thorpe embarks on a fully solo career.

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, executed spare and sharp.

The brand new EP ‘Lion’ is out now.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ER-Thorpe/425132927666959

 

***ANYTOWN***

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The songwriting and vocal talents of Matt Taylor made him part of the creative driving force behind Sheffield’s premier folk-rockers, Dead Like Harry, a band who have built a big reputation in recent years for their innate showmanship and rousing tunes. As Anytown Matt explores a more acoustic based, folk sound, from-the-heart songs that have won commissions for TV and exposure on national and local radio, as well as invitations to perform at major festivals and supports for major artists. Anytown has also featured fellow Dead Like Harry members Alice Faraday and Robin Baker among others. Tonight Matt plays a solo set.

They sing intricate tales of people and places and Winter Sky is a beautifully crafted song” – Sheffield Scenester Magazine

http://www.facebook.com/AnytownMusic

 

***RORY CANNON***

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Up & coming folk rock singer/songwriter Rory Cannon has been described as a flawless guitar talent with an enchanting voice. He’s been gigging regularly around the North for the last year or so and recently released the EP Lies.

http://www.facebook.com/Rory-Cannon-602138946550313

 

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On Friday August 19th, WagonWheel Presents… cordially invites you to spend An Evening With Richard Kitson at The Greystones as he launches his brand new album In Your Own Time. The Yorkshire Bluesman will be performing an extended set of his own material and some classic blues/folk standards with the help of a guest or two. Opening the show will be King Quentin. Advance tickets priced at £4 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/358104 and the venue (12-6pm). Entry on the night will be £5. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***RICHARD KITSON***

Richard Kitson New

In 2014 Folk Radio UK described Richard Kitson as ‘one of the best guitar pickers of his generation’. Kitson has earned this reputation over a decade of honing his skills both as a solo acoustic performer and occasional band leader. Kitson’s love of the blues began when he heard the song ‘Bye Bye Bird’ by Sonny Boy Williamson II not long after he started teaching himself to play the harmonica at the age of eleven. A desire to learn the guitar soon followed. After pestering his parents for an acoustic guitar they relented and by the age of fourteen he was teaching himself to play under the influence of Bob Dylan, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Rory Gallagher and Mississippi John Hurt. These musicians (among many others) helped Kitson develop his fingerstyle and slide guitar playing alongside his original song writing.

From 2001 Kitson began honing his performing skills in Sheffield folk clubs and other venues in and around South Yorkshire, often supporting established touring artists such as Wilko Johnson, Otis Gibbs, Peggy Seeger and John Tamms. In a typical set Kitson can be found playing classic country and delta blues covers by the likes of his aforementioned influences alongside his self-penned folk/blues style songs. A skilled raconteur, Kitson often embellishes his sets with humorous links and background stories to his songs.

Richard Kitson has quietly emerged as one of the best guitar pickers of his generation; one who marries blues and folk styles into a fresh new sound.” Folk Radio UK

When I grow up I want to play guitar like Richard Kitson.” Otis Gibbs

http://www.richardkitson.co.uk

 

***KING QUENTIN***

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Original members Jody Davies (also of The Fargo Railroad Co.) and Harry Steele met in 2002 and (after Harry convinced Jo to let him cut his hair) began writing music together in 2003. Jo sings and plays guitar while Harry plays the drums or the occasional home made cajon. Two full length albums have been recorded. King Quentin exist to remind people what music is all about: emotion and memory making. There are no delusions of grandeur, just authentic and honest lyrics and good music. Once described by Sheffield’s then premier music magazine, Sandman, as “a slice of raw magic”. King Quentin have been described as having a Country and Americana sound with bluegrass influences.

http://www.facebook.com/King-Quentin-144653928926548

 

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On Sunday August 30th, WagonWheel Presents… brings a special bank holiday weekend show to the Stable Yard at Shakespeares. Joining us in the sunshine for an afternoon show of live music will be M&J Blues, Steve Chapman Smith, Big Convoy (acoustic), Luke Whittemore and Andy P. Davison. The show starts at 3pm with a planned finish of 7.30pm. Entry is free!

 

***M&J BLUES***

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. The ever popular duo head up today’s show at around 6.20pm.

What just happened here was awesome!Josh Harty

http://www.facebook.com/groups/11483654339/

 

***STEVE CHAPMAN SMITH***

Steve Chapman Smith

Steve Chapman Smith has had a wide and varied musical career to date. He has played on many recordings from from a wide variety of bands, most recently The Troubadors. He has also had the pleasure of recording 4 sessions for the late great John Peel with Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and Ghostdance. Steve has now launched a solo career showcasing his original material with a few much loved covers along the way. Passionate, uplifting, real songs about real people and real life. No rose tinted glasses here.

http://www.stevechapmansmith.com

 

***BIG CONVOY***

Big Convoy

‘Big Convoy’ formed in 2011 and is comprised of singer/ songwriters Mat Wale (ex ‘Rackets’ & ‘Arrogant Whale’), John Batchelor (ex ‘Whiskey Cove’), bass guitarist Joe O’Brien (ex ‘Take to the Seas’ and ‘Pocket Satellite’) and drummer Tom Hudson (ex ‘Starlins’). The band has independently released 3 EPs; 2012’s ‘Big Convoy EP’, 2013’s ‘Life Is Easy When You Know How’ and 2014’s ‘The First World Problems Of Big Convoy’ as well as keeping a heavy gig schedule. Since their debut they have become an integral part of Sheffield’s thriving Alt. Country scene. This afternoon Mat & John play an acoustic set.

http://www.facebook.com/bigconvoyband

 

***LUKE WHITTEMORE***

Luke Whittemore

Taking influence from Americana, the deep dark south and cult western movies, Luke Whittemore tells tales of haunted souls, love, loss and of strangers. Sure, you heard this kind of stuff before, but what’s new, like all the best things, it’s the detail, the focus, the point of view and the subtlety.

http://www.facebook.com/Lukewhittemoremusic

 

***ANDY P. DAVISON***

Andy P. Davison

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

 

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On Friday May 22nd, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers back to Sheffield. Following on from the success of their second album Banks Of The Lea, the Italian blues-punks return to the UK for just four dates as part of their European Tour. Joining them at Shakespeares for what will be their only show in the North of England are Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius and KC Video. Advance tickets priced at £4 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/310398 or entry on the night will be £5. Doors open 8pm.

***STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS***

Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers

Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers’ second album Banks Of the Lea (released last October on Stovepony Records) was recorded on the banks of the River Lea at Gizzard Recording, Hackney Wick with producer Pete Bennett of noted Lancastrian post-punks Monkey Island and engineer (and studio owner) Ed Deegan (White Stripes, Mudhoney, The Fall, The Cribs, etc). The album received considerable praise in print and online media, including major features in Vive Le Rock, R2 and Tattoo Planet, and substantial airplay, including BBC 6 Music, Resonance FM, NTS and TeamRock.

Stiv Cantarelli initially came to prominence as leader of Italy’s number one alt.country band Satellite Inn, who were recruited by North Carolina label MoodFood as a replacement for the ascendant Whiskeytown. Touring the States intensively, Cantarelli became firm friends with Portland, Oregon roots legends Richmond Fontaine, releasing several records on their El Cortez label and employing them as his backing band on his solo debut Innerstate. It was this connection that found him at the wheel of a tiny Fiat beside Bob Mould for an Italian odyssey during the miserable winter of 2009.

In the Silent Strangers, Stiv is joined by former Satellite Inn rhythm section Fabrizio Gramellini (bass) and Antonio Perugini (drums) along with Roberto Villa (guitar and sax). They released their debut album Black Music / White Music in 2013.

“A thrilling post-millennial blues joyride. Richly rewarding, but not for the faint of heart. 5/5” R2 magazine

“Crackles with electric intensity. A glorious racket. 9/10” Vive Le Rock

“A dark brutalist beauty. A hot contender for my favourite album of the year.” Louder Than War

http://www.facebook.com/stivcantarelliandthesilentstrangers

***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

***KC VIDEO***

KC Video

There’s not a lot we can say about KC Video, they’re so new that may not even end up being their name yet, but here are the facts as we’re allowed to tell you them:

– KC Video will as minimum be comprised of a solo set from Coma Girls front man Chris Hickin

– there could be drums and bass and more guitars from members of Coma Girls and The Great Eastern among others

– you don’t want to be that guy/girl that missed this.

Facebook Event page:

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