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for another year at least, and that wasn’t a bad way to do it at all. Magic night at The Greystones with Stoney, Cortney Dixon and Neil McSweeney. Thanks to them and everybody that joined us.

WagonWheel Presents… will be back for more in 2019. We’ll be announcing more shows for next year in the coming weeks, keep an eye on the Gigs page for updates or in all the other usual places.

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On Friday November 16th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Stoney to The Greystones for a long overdue Sheffield headline show. Stoney will be accompanied by a small troupe of excellent local musicians for a stripped back and intimate show, revisiting some of the more tender moments from his extraordinary and eclectic body of work spanning 15 years, in addition to debuting brand new songs to be released in the new year on Hudson Records. Support comes in the shape of Stoney’s long time pal, Neil McSweeney; one of Sheffield’s finest songwriters, and award winning Newcastle singer/songwriter Cortney Dixon. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/449803 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***STONEY***

It’s astonishing to think that it’s been 12 years since Stoney’s much celebrated genre-defying debut “The Scene & The Unseen” was first released – it’s a testament to the timelessness of Mark Stoney’s unique songwriting & production talent that it still sounds fresh today. The highly eclectic record established the precocious multi-instrumentalist as a prominent if peripheral figure in the “New Yorkshire” Scene (as the NME then labelled it) and his reputation as an exciting live performer found him frequently frequently sharing the stage with a diverse range of artists ranging from Arctic Monkeys to Laura Marling. 

Stoney’s keen ear for classic melody combined with unique production and a sharp lyrical potency opened doors for the gifted indie juggernaut on both sides of the Atlantic; and following a performance at the SXSW festival in 2008, Stoney left Sheffield and hopped the pond to set up home and studio with “Some quirky poet and painter friends” in a rickety old house in Austin, Texas. However, what was expected to be “a year or two of sunshine” to work on new material turned into seven. During this time, a musical diversion led Stoney to co-found the much lauded high energy “Dirt-Pop” trio Bobby Jealousy, who released two critically acclaimed albums, and toured the US extensively for two years.

Stoney describes this period as “an exhilarating, volatile, beautiful, ugly and unsustainable mess that imploded as quickly as it arose”.Reeling a little following the demise of the band, Stoney resumed work once again on his next full solo album, and things started to take a darker, albeit more sophisticated turn; poetically documented in his last full length release, the fearlessly passionate “More Than Animals”.  Combining hauntingly beautiful lyrics, soaring melodic arrangement and profoundly intimate vocals, the record was met with a flurry of critical praise upon it’s Stateside release and led to many major US film & TV placements. But with his personal life in array, it was to also bookmark the end of his time in Austin.

“To cut a long story short; at the end of 2014 I left Austin very much a broken man. I returned to Sheffield alone with my marriage over and just a suitcase and a guitar. I cringe a little at the cliche of that, but it’s true. I was in a lot of pain, causing a lot of pain and drinking to oblivion. I’d also developed severe carpal tunnel that rendered my fingers numb if I tried to play for more than a few minutes at a time, and making music, my primary channel of release and expression started to became increasingly synonymous with sheer frustration. I was rudderless and a bit of a sorry mess.” 

“…The last 3-4 years for me have been about rehabilitation, spiritually, mentally and physically.. Being back in Sheffield, where it all started, has provided me again with haven to wrestle the fog with my feet on the ground and look for some answers. That process began with writing with others and getting out of my own head for a bit. The new songs emerging I think reflect the death, surrender and eventually the hope & resurrection that precede new beginnings with a vulnerability I’m still learning to get comfortable with..”

“..One moment the gifted lone operator affects the kind of trenchant rock-riff panache associated with the younger Bowie, the next he’s rattling off urban nightlife images with the droll elegance of The Kinks…” **** The Independent

“More than Animals is triumphantly Poetic and Diverse – both beautiful and devilishly menacing” The Huffington Post

“…Everything blends for one entirely gratifying experience, More Than Animals is easily likely to be one of the year’s best records…” The Big Takeover Magazine

“The British Singer songwriter at times recalls a younger David Bowie with the dapper swagger of the Kinks. He can easily switch between coy rock songs about nightlife and Elliot Smith-inspired bedroom folk to great effect” NPR

“…It’s real talent that does what it wants. It doesn’t ask for permission to push the boundaries or try to meet up with anyone’s expectations at the local bar. It says “fuck you” with a lovely lilt all its own. Meet Mark Stoney. An underground artist who has decided to explore the upper regions of the earth’s crust and share his musical musings…” Rockworld Magazine

http://www.facebook.com/stoneystuff

 

***NEIL McSWEENEY***

Folk singer-songwriter Neil McSweeney emerged from the flowering of Sheffield music that gave the world the likes of Slow Club and Richard Hawley and has since established himself as ‘a songwriter of rare ability’ (R2). Setting lyrics that deal with the contrasts and contradictions of life to romantic melodies as hopeful as they are melancholy, McSweeney’s finely crafted songs have been championed by his peers as well as across national radio and mainstream and specialist press. Since the release of his last album, Cargo, McSweeney has made increasingly big waves on the English folk scene picking up main stage festival appearances and collaborating with the likes of Jon Boden and Fay Hield.

This is neu folk, dark and deep – the late Robert Fisher would have smiled and recognised a kindred spirit 9/10Americana UK

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

http://www.neilmcsweeney.com

 

***CORTNEY DIXON***

Cortney Dixon is a 21 year old singer-songwriter with big hair and a pink paisley telecaster.

With a unique voice and distinctive style, Cortney performs and writes an eclectic mix of music with beautiful melodies and catchy guitar riffs, whilst incorporating elements of ska and big pop vibes. No doubt this comes from growing up listening to the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, The Specials, David Bowie, and most recently getting into the likes of St Vincent and Sigrid.

Cortney has spent the last 3 years working on her craft, playing gigs around the UK with her 5 piece band and writing with others such as Mark Stoney. This young Geordie is getting ready to release her very first singles in the new year.

http://www.cortneydixon.co.uk

 

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