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Hard Feelings when a band “pulls something out of the back catalogue” for a run of tour dates. So good to hear Oil & Rain in a fine, fine set from Case Hardin at Shakespeares on Thursday night, which rounded off a great night of music following Paul McClure and A Prayer Away. Thanks to them and those that made it out to support live music.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to Shakespeares on Saturday October 28th for another special show. We’ll be joined by Jody Davies, Richard Kitson, Andy P. Davison and Ryan Farmer who’ll be playing “in the round”. Full details can be found here. Maybe we’ll see you there too?

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a better night than one M&J duo? Two M&J duos of course. Amazing show as always from Josh Harty at The Greystones last night, complete with some guest guitar from Sheffield slinger Mark Lyall, a really special “i was there” one off. Superb opening from M&J Blues once again too. Thanks to them and Josh and you if you were there.

We’ll be back at The Greystones on October 30th with Wild Ponies and Mat Wale (details here), but next for WagonWheel Presents… we return to Shakespeares tomorrow night in the company of Case Hardin, Paul McClure and A Prayer Away. More good times await, a full preview can be found here, we hope you can join us then.

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On Thursday October 12th, WagonWheel Presents… returns to Shakespeares where we’re joined by Case Hardin and Paul McClure. And if two artists in one night from the Clubhouse Records stable wasn’t enough, we’ve also got A Prayer Away who open the show too. Advance tickets priced at £6 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/403008 or entry on the night will be £8. Doors open 8pm.

 

***CASE HARDIN***

‘Colours Simple’ is Case Hardin’s fourth long playing record, but it’s really a record of three’s…  it’s the third made by the core band of Tim Emery, Jim Maving, Andy Bastow & Pete Gow and their third as recording artists for Clubhouse Records.

It is also – more prosaically – the third Case Hardin record with the word ‘three ‘ in a song title.. ‘Three For The Road’ (Some Tunes For Charlie Spencer – 2007), ‘Three Beautiful Daughters’ (PM – 2013) and now ‘These Three Cities’…. a casual recounting of a bar-stool conversation with a Dubai prostitute over the merits of Phil Spector as a record producer… we’ve all been there?

Case Hardin take their name from Boston Teran’s noir thriller ‘God Is A Bullet’ (Pan 2000). In the finest tradition of naming groups, it came about by virtue of being little more than a character name in the book songwriter Pete Gow was reading when the call came through that they had secured their first gig; necessity was, as is so often the way, the mother of invention on that day.

But can the name and the naming be written off so casually? To ‘case harden’ means to toughen by experience…. and the ‘Gow, Emery, Bastow, Maving’ nucleus of Case Hardin has toughened its look, toughened its direction, its sound and toughed it out through various musicians who came and went over the years.

2012’s ‘PM’ album stood, in the critics eyes, as a high point. A benchmark for a band firmly ‘in the pocket’, providing perfectly poised musical vehicles for the work of a  songwriter who unmistakably ‘arrived’….

It seems Case Hardin is all about the story and the telling of that story. In concert Gow’s songs are carried by the power of that band, unswervingly dedicated to being in the service of those songs.

A Case Hardin live show is a multi- faceted beast. Gow solo? A duo? Acoustic or a full tilt four piece, sometimes augmented by regulars and pick-up musicians alike. Each night the songs are different, they have to be… framed for the audience… or the band… or the mood… often all three.

No biography on Case Hardin can be completed without a mention in dispatches for those who served… Hana Piranha, Adam Kotz, Del Skinner, Paul ‘Billy Bob’ Thornton, Ian Cadge.

Without whom etc, etc

a band that does subtle every bit as well as it does full-on, the results are mighty, mighty indeed R2 Magazine

Incredible… Case Hardin rock harder than mostMaverick Festival 2015

Pete Gow is a songwriter like no otherQ (Roots Album of the Month)

http://www.casehardin.com/

 

***PAUL McCLURE***

Paul McClure is a singer and songwriter from Rutland, England where he lives with his wife and daughters. The passing world is the fodder for Paul’s characters and story lines in particular the loves, laughs and losses that have come his way.

Prior to his current releases, McClure has recorded 2 solo albums of original songs – ‘No Place Like Home’ in 2003 “fresh, vibrant and bounds with enthusiasm for his craft4**** Fatea, and ‘Desire Lines’ in 2008 before spending the best part of the next four and a half years playing with The Hi And Lo, described as “Superior roots music from Leicester” by Americana UK. The Hi And Lo put out an album in 2010 called ‘Ten Tracks’. Two further solo albums have followed on Clubhouse Records, followed by the newly released EP Paul McClure & The Local Heroes.

These songs are a perfect showcase for his considerable songwriting talentsR2 Magazine

http://www.paulmccluremusic.com

 

***A PRAYER AWAY***

A Prayer Away are the latest outlet for the songs of Jody Davies (The Fargo Railroad Co. & King Quentin). Joined by vocalist Bess Popplewell, the duo made their live debut earlier this year opening for Whitney Rose where they proved to be quite a hit (not least with Whitney who wanted to take them home and mange them). Stripped down country, raw and soulful.

 

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has a conversation with a prostitute about Phil Spector, writes a song about, you know how these things go. At least those of you who joined us at Shakespeares last night do. Who needs fancy dress when you’ve got Case Hardin, Dennis Ellsworth and E.R. Thorpe for your evening’s entertainment? Big thanks to them and those who came along to the Bard’s Bar.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones for our next show on Wednesday November 11th. Wild Ponies return to Sheffield with added drums this year for a full trio show. Support comes from The BearCats. You can read a full preview for this show here. Maybe we’ll see you then?

WWP 31.10.15

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but thanks to everybody that joined us last Thursday at Shakespeares, especially of course to M.G. Boulter, Adam Myers and Arcana Valley for providing some fine musical entertainment.

It’s been a busy week since then but normal service is resumed this coming Saturday. We return to the Bard’s Bar to kick off the tenth year of WagonWheel shows in the company of Case Hardin, Dennis Ellsworth and E.R. Thorpe. You can read a full preview for this show here. Maybe we’ll see you there?

WWP 22.10.15

 

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plenty of rain, a slight change of plan, but our Tramlines show at Shakespeares yesterday still delivered 14 great acts over 2 stages that all added up to 1 pretty damned fine day. Big thanks to Neil McSweeney, Ash Gray & Couch Fire, Mat Wale & Friends, Walton Hesse, Joe Solo, Anytown, The Janskys, Pete David (The Payroll Union), Robert Chaney, Pete Gow (Case Hardin), Richard Kitson, E.R. Thorpe, William Barstow, Blue Rooster and everybody that came along throughout a very busy day and made it a special one.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to action in our regular monthly Saturday slot at Shakespeares on August 29th when we’lll be in the company of King Quentin, The Sea Whores and The Ragged Edge. More details can be found on the Gigs page. We hope you can join us then.

Don’t forget you can keep up to date with the latest gig news on our Facebook page where you’ll also find a few more photos from yesterday.

WWP 26.07.15

 

 

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There is no tractor day in Sheffield. Instead we have an annual Otis Gibbs day. It works a little something like this. You bring your favourite Otis Gibbs to town. He’ll sing a few songs. Tell a few stories. Everybody has a mighty fine time. That’s pretty much how things went down at The Greystones last night. Thanks to all the nice folks that came along, Otis, and Adrian Bates for opening the show. Keep your eyes peeled for Otis Gibbs day 2016.

WagonWheel Presents… has got plenty more of the good stuff to come before then though. Not least the small matter of a 14 act Tramlines special at Shakespeares on Sunday July 26th. If you like the sound of hearing Neil McSweeney, Ash Gray & Couch Fire, Mat Wale & Friends, Walton Hesse, Joe Solo, Anytown, The Janskys, Pete David (The Payroll Union), Robert Chaney, Pete Gow (Case Hardin), Richard Kitson, E.R. Thorpe, William Barstow and Blue Rooster all for absolutely free, then take a look here for full details. The show will start at 3pm and you don’t need any fancy wristband, just bring your ears and enjoy. We’ll see you then?

WWP 15.07.15

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