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always make for a good night. That was certainly the case yesterday in the mighty fine company of Curtis Eller’s American Circus who put on a typically wonderful show. Big thanks to Curtis & the family, those lovely Silver Darlings and every body who came along and filled The Greystones.

WagonWheel Presents… is back in The Backroom on Friday August 19th when The Yorkshire Bluesman Richard Kitson launches his brand new album In Your Own Time. Opening the show will be King Quentin to add to what already promises to be another special night. You can find a full preview and ticket details for this show here. Who’s coming?

WWP 03.08.16

 

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No not that horse one, the horse one that doesn’t mention Elvis… No? Well if you were unfortunate enough to miss last night’s excellent show with Curtis Eller, it could also be your lucky day. We’ll tell you why in a moment. Firstly thanks to Curtis, Hungarian Lanterns for a splendid supporting set, and everybody who packed out Shakespeares too.

Now if you didn’t make it along last night, and even if you did, the good news is Curtis makes a swift return to these shores. On Wednesday August 3rd he’ll be bringing himself and his band The American Circus to The Greystones. The Silver Darlings will be there as well to open the show. Tickets will be available online from 9am today at http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents and on sale at The Greystones from Wednesday.

We’ve lots more to come before then though. Not least the return of Josh Harty tomorrow night (Tuesday April 19th). Josh returns to The Greystones to promote his brand new record Holding On and will be joined by The Fargo Railroad Co. who play an acoustic set, and M&J Blues. Full details for this show can be found here.

See you then? About 8pm?

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better ways to spend a Tuesday night than an evening in The Backroom at The Greystones with Rachel Ries, Tom Baxendale and Yellowcake. Big thanks to all of them and all of you who were there to enjoy it with us.

Our next show there is on Tuesday April 19th in the company of Josh Harty, M&J Blues and The Fargo Railroad Co. (acoustic set). You can find full details of that show here.

Next though for WagonWheel Presents… we’ll be back at Shakespeares on Sunday April 17th for a solo show with banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer Curtis Eller. Support comes from Hungarian Lanterns. You can read the full preview for this show here. Maybe see you then? #MoreBanjo!

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On Wednesday August 30th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Curtis Eller’s American Circus back to The Greystones. Curtis Eller’s American Circus is preparing to embark on a 16 date tour of the UK. The iconoclastic banjo player will be accompanied by a brutish, inelegant backing band drawn from a stable of incendiary musicians from the US and England. The American Circus, have developed a devoted international following based on dynamic, unhinged live performances and a disquieting catalog of strange recordings populated by a ghastly parade of historical luminaries. Lace up your dancing shoes. We’ll see you under the dusty canvas of the bigtop! Plus support from Richard Kitson. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/397577 and the venue (12-6pm). Entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***CURTIS ELLER’S AMERICAN CIRCUS***

Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. After beginning his show business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat, the Detroit native turned to the banjo and lit out for New York City where he rose to obscurity as “New York’s angriest yodeling banjo player”. Siting Buster Keaton, Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley as his primary musical influences, Eller became a staple of the beer halls, burlesque houses and underground theaters of the eastern seaboard. Fame proved elusive.

​Having spent years toiling in the musical sweatshops of the industrial north, Eller uprooted his family and resettled in some faded, tobacco town in the North Carolina Piedmont to begin the arduous task of assembling a new version of his band, The American Circus. The latest version of the ensemble is a brutish and inelegant rock & roll outfit specializing in banjo music for funerals, gospel tunes for atheists and novelty dance fads for amputees. A lavish, Hollywood, dance sequence unfolding on the floor of a Chicago meatpacking plant in 1894. 

Eller’s numerous compositions describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Past recordings have seen a ghastly parade of historical luminaries, from Abraham Lincoln and Buster Keaton to Amelia Earhart and Joe Louis, sharing the spotlight with a host of Civil War generals and corrupt 19th century politicians.

The group’s latest phonographic recording, “How to Make It in Hollywood”, is a compact collection of glittery show tunes, sentimental tear-jerkers and rock & roll rave-ups whose lyrics are populated with two-bit prize fighters, Hollywood has-beens, lapsed gospel singers and forgotten pop stars. Eller relentlessly tours the US and Europe with an expanding and contracting cast of misfits. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, a new album is also due later this year.

http://www.curtiseller.com

 

***RICHARD KITSON***

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

 

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After Jeffrey and Josh came John, John Statz. Our third visitor of the year originating from Wisconsin provided yet more proof of the quality of song writers they’re breeding there. A great set following on from fine support by King Quentin and Andy P. Davison at The Greystones last night. Thanks to all who played and all who came and listened, it’s fair to say we thought it was a wonderful show.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Backroom on Thursday June 25th with Good Lovelies plus support from Paul McClure. You can read all about this one here.

However our next show is on Friday June 19th. In association with Four Rivers, we welcome Curtis Eller’s American Circus to Shakespeares. The Silver Darlings will be kicking off proceedings at this one. A full preview can be found here. You don’t want to miss this one.

See you then?

WWP 10.06.15

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On Wednesday August 3rd, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Curtis Eller’s American Circus to The Greystones. Following a typically outstanding solo show earlier this year, the banjo player and songwriter famed for his dynamic, often unhinged, performances returns with his full band. A brutish, inelegant rock & roll ensemble, specializing in banjo music for funerals, gospel tunes for atheists, novelty dance fads for amputees and consisting of musicians from the US and England has been assembled to bring his historically evocative compositions to vivid life.

Opening the show will be The Silver Darlings. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/358103 and the venue (12-6pm). Entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***CURTIS ELLER’S AMERICAN CIRCUS***

Curtis Eller's American Circus

Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. After beginning his show business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat, the Detroit native turned to the banjo and lit out for New York City where he rose to obscurity as “New York’s angriest yodelling banjo player”. Citing Buster Keaton, Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley as his primary musical influences, Eller became a staple of the beer halls, burlesque houses and underground theatres of the eastern seaboard.

Eller’s compositions describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Past recordings have seen a ghastly parade of historical luminaries, from Abraham Lincoln and Buster Keaton to Amelia Earhart and Joe Louis, sharing the spotlight with a host of Civil War generals and corrupt 19th century politicians.

The group’s latest phonographic recording, “How to Make It in Hollywood”, is a collection of glittery show tunes, sentimental tear-jerkers and rock & roll rave-ups whose lyrics are populated with two-bit prize fighters, Hollywood has-beens, lapsed gospel singers and forgotten pop stars.

http://www.curtiseller.com

 

***THE SILVER DARLINGS***

The Silver Darlings Band

The Silver Darlings are a varied collection of musicians playing the songs of singer/guitarist Andy Whitehouse. Downbeat romantics, hopeless optimists, they wander forth glass in hand. The band have been likened in turns to Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Karl Wallinger, Jacques Brel and Warren Zevon.

In 2011 they released debut album ‘Souls’. It’s persistent themes are of helpless optimism and an endless pilgrimage in search of human contact.

BeautifulMartin Stephenson

It’s music to make you feel better, hard to categorise, easy to enjoy and when the album closes with a quiet, intense waltz the repeat button is the first thing you reach for.” Americana UK

http://www.thesilverdarlings.co.uk

 

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On Sunday April 17th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Curtis Eller back to Shakespeares for a rare solo show. Curtis Eller is one of the most eccentric and individual performers in today’s independent music scene. The wild-eyed vaudevillian’s banjo-driven, rock & roll songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history. After sharpening his skills in the burlesque houses, beer halls and underground theatres of the US, Canada and Europe, he returns to the UK with a collection of show tunes, dance fads and gospel music whose lyrics are populated by two-bit prize fighters, Hollywood has-beens, grave-robbers and forgotten pop-stars. Where else are you going to hear a song about the filth and corruption of the Chicago meatpacking industry of the 1890’s?

Support comes from Hungarian Lanterns. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/348066 or entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 8pm.

 

***CURTIS ELLER***

Curtis Eller solo

Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. After beginning his show business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat, the Detroit native turned to the banjo and lit out for New York City where he rose to obscurity as “New York’s angriest yodeling banjo player”. Siting Buster Keaton, Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley as his primary musical influences, Eller became a staple of the beer halls, burlesque houses and underground theaters of the eastern seaboard. Fame proved elusive.

Having spent years toiling in the musical sweatshops of the industrial north, Eller uprooted his family and resettled in some faded, tobacco town in the North Carolina Piedmont to begin the arduous task of assembling a new version of his band, The American Circus. The latest version of the ensemble is a brutish and inelegant rock & roll outfit specializing in banjo music for funerals, gospel tunes for atheists and novelty dance fads for amputees. A lavish, Hollywood, dance sequence unfolding on the floor of a Chicago meatpacking plant in 1894. 

Eller’s numerous compositions describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Past recordings have seen a ghastly parade of historical luminaries, from Abraham Lincoln and Buster Keaton to Amelia Earhart and Joe Louis, sharing the spotlight with a host of Civil War generals and corrupt 19th century politicians.

The group’s latest phonographic recording, “How to Make It in Hollywood”, is a compact collection of glittery show tunes, sentimental tear-jerkers and rock & roll rave-ups whose lyrics are populated with two-bit prize fighters, Hollywood has-beens, lapsed gospel singers and forgotten pop stars. Eller relentlessly tours the US and Europe with an expanding and contracting cast of misfits and will be playing solo on this current UK tour.

http://www.curtiseller.com/

 

***HUNGARIAN LANTERNS***

Hungarian Lanterns

Hungarian Lanterns are a Sheffield and Berlin based musical project featuring the songs and vocals of sought after lyricist and award-winning comedian Anthony J. Brown, who also writes words for several German groups. Named after a line in Leonard Cohen’s ‘Take This Waltz’, Hungarian Lanterns music is poignant and full of melodic minor key tunes laced with evocative texts.

They possess a seemingly endless array of potent acoustic songs with instantly quotable wordplay” – BBC.co.uk

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