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and it turns out he did know how to use it. Marlene Dietrich will be pleased. A packed house at The Greystones last night were pretty pleased too after witnessing the almighty spectacle of Curtis Eller’s American Circus. Big thanks to Curtis & the family, everybody who came along, and Richard Kitson who did a fine job opening the show.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Backroom on Saturday September 9th when we bring you the spectacular triple bill of The Fargo Railroad Co., The Sea Whores and M.G. Boulter. You can find full details for this one here, we hope you can join us then.

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we don’t have to wait quite so long again until the next time we see Rachel Harrington in Sheffield. Our patience was certainly rewarded with a beautiful show on Friday night at The Greystones, helped in no small part by a fine opening set from Paul McClure. Thanks to all who came along.

Paul McClure makes a relatively swift return to Sheffield when he joins us at Shakespeares on Thursday October 12th for a band set along with Clubhouse Record label mates Case Hardin. A Prayer Away also open this show. Tickets are on sale here.

Next for WagonWheel Presents… though we’re back at The Greystones on Wednesday August 30th when the circus comes to town, Curtis Eller’s American Circus. Full details can be found here. Tickets for this one are selling very well, so be sure to grab yours to guarantee your place under the Big Top.

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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?

WWP 17.04.16

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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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you get to hear two songs about Richard Nixon of a Friday night. There aren’t many gigs like a Curtis Eller gig either. Big thanks to Curtis & the stripped down American Circus, plus Andy Whitehouse and The Silver Darlings for a magic night at Shakespeares last night. Thanks to all who came along too.

We’re back in the Bard’s Bar one week today, Saturday June 27th, in the company of The Clench, The Fargo Railroad Co. and Broken Flowers. Full details for this show can be found by clicking here.

Our next show however is this coming Thursday June 27th when award winning Canadian folk trio Good Lovelies come to The Greystones. Paul McClure supports, full details for this one are here. See you then?

WWP 19.06.15

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last night rounded off our trio of May shows. A lovely evening in the company of Roger Davies with fine support from Yellowcake and John Batchelor. Big thanks to them and those who were there at Shakespeares too.

We’ll be back in the Bard’s Bar on Friday June 19th when the Circus comes to town, Curtis Eller’s American Circus. We’re promoting this show in conjunction with Four Rivers. Support comes from The Silver Darlings. You can read the full preview here.

Before that though we return to The Greystones on Wednesday June 10th for our next show. US singer/songwriter John Statz comes to Sheffield promoting his brand new album Tulsa. Support comes from King Quentin (the other band of Jo from The Fargo Railroad Co.) and a solo set by Andy P. Davison of The Blackthunder Revue. Full details for this one can be found here.

We hope you can join us there.

WWP 30.05.15

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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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