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we’ve enjoyed another night with three top quality acts at Shakespeares. Thanks to the Coma Girls, Boss Caine, Richie Syrett and everybody that came out on Friday. Our next gig at the Shakey is on Friday September 28th when we’re joined by Roaming Son, Walton Hesse and Grassoline. You can read all about that one here.

We return to The Greystones before that though. On Monday September 24th we welcome US singer/songwriter Jess Klein to Sheffield for the first time. We also have our old friend Dan Raza on the bill. Take a listen to both on our Coming Soon… page, we hope you can join us again.

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we really rather enjoyed ourselves at The Greystones last night. Big thanks to Torn Sail, Idiot Son and The Listeners for a fantastic evening’s entertainment. Thanks to everybody that joined us for another great night’s music too. We’re back at The Greystones on September 24th with Jess Klein and Dan Raza. You can read about that one here.

However before then this coming Friday it’s our monthly WagonWheel Presents… show at Shakespeares and we’ve another rather fine triple bill lined up. Joining us on August 31st will be the Coma Girls, Boss Caine and Richie Syrett. Details are here. We hope you can join us too.


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On Monday September 24th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Jess Klein to The Greystones when she returns to the UK to promote her brand new album Behind A Veil. Support for the Austin based singer/songwriter comes from Dan Raza who we’re delighted to have back in Sheffield with us. Advance tickets priced at £7 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/179273  and over the bar at The Greystones. Entry on the night will be £9. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.


Jess Klein emerged from the Boston music scene in 1998 with her independent release, Wishes Well Disguised, but it was her later releases – 2000’s Draw Them Near, 2005’s Strawberry Lover and 2006’s City Garden that would capture the attention of critics and fans worldwide.

The Rochester, New York native picked up the acoustic guitar and started writing songs while living as a student abroad in Kingston, Jamaica in her late teens. Her first songs reflected a bittersweet culture shock as well as the warmth and musical vibrancy of her new surroundings.

Klein returned to the states, moved to Boston, and began performing locally. After independently releasing her first two albums, winning the Telluride Troubadour Songwriting Contest, and garnering several Boston Music Award nominations, Klein was spotted and signed to Rykodisc in 2000. Her first release for Ryko, Draw Them Near, [3.5 stars, USA Today], launched Klein on a worldwide tour where, among other highlights, her relaxed confidence and rootsy soulfulness wowed 70,000 attendees at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.

Klein joined the songwriter collective Voices on the Verge, along with Erin McKeown, Rose Polenzani, and Beth Amsel. The foursome was featured on Good Morning America performing Klein’s song “Little White Dove” and brought sold out crowds in small theaters across the U.S. to their feet nightly with their blend of harmonies and eclectic styles.

Looking for a new phase in her creative life, Jess moved to New York and recorded her second solo effort for Ryko. Strawberry Lover [2005], debuted as the No. 1 most added album at triple A radio a week before its release, was given four stars by MOJO, a plug from the nearly 80 million readership Parade, and the emotive and sensual title track was named one of the “Top Ten Sexiest Songs of the Moment” by the NY Daily News.

Klein is now calling, Austin, TX home; inspiring her 2009 release, Bound To Love. Bound to Love evoked the dusty roots of Texas songwriters and made her a household name in the Austin music world. Bound to Love again took Klein across the globe, including a tour of Ireland supporting folk legend Arlo Guthrie. In between tours Klein found time to collaborate with some of Austin’s most talented artists: Jon Dee Graham, Randy Weeks, Jimmy LaFave, Slaid Cleeves, Matt theElectrician, Shelley King, Betty Soo and Oklahoma- based John Fullbright.

Behind A Veil marks Klein’s 2nd album with Austin based producer Mark Addison. Released in April 2012 the songs on Behind A Veil are a direct result of a personally challenging 2011 for Jess; losing her father to a 5 year battle with ALS, splitting with a lover, and the self-empowering decision to move forward with no management or record label.

Jess explains: “You never really know what the big picture is to a situation – sometimes the meaning is veiled. It can seem really bad, but then later you can look back at the same moment and feel so grateful it went that way; I love that about life. Sometimes things are just really hard and really painful, but also beautiful.”

We can never escape the emotions of love, loss, joy or pain, so Jess Klein courageously and honestly writes all about them in each of the 10 songs on her new release.

“She has one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to.” Mojo Magazine

“An excellent album – a career-maker in fact” No Depression


***DAN RAZA***

Dan Raza has already established a considerable reputation on the UK singer songwriter and folk roots scene. His distinctive approach has won him many fans and led to his supporting Joan Armatrading on a recent European tour, as well as opening for artists such as Mary Gauthier, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon and Alejandro Escovedo at concerts throughout the UK and USA. He also had a song, Every Little Dog endorsed by Neil Young when Shakey chose it for his ‘Living with War’ website.

His live performances are noted for their strong emotional impact and his songs are informed by literary influences such as Ben Okri and also the influence of painters like Marc Chagall. Indeed, Dan’s songs receive colourful treatment on this his first album. From the yearning sweep of 40 Miles to the vibrant energy of Cool Dark Night and No-One Shed A Tear, the intense originality of his writing is balanced by strong and varied musical texture.

Raised in Bedfordshire, Dan is of mixed Indian and British origin. Many of his songs draw on images from his past and there is an enigmatic and whistful quality at the heart of his writing.

A chance meeting at a gig in South London led Dan to record his debut album with Charlie Hart, who has worked previously with Ronnie Lane, Ian Dury, Eric Clapton and Mose Allison. It features a stellar array of guest appearances from Geraint Watkins (Van Morrison, Paul McCartney), BJ Cole (Dolly Parton, Martin Simpson) Steve Simpson (Eric Bibb, Ronnie Lane), Frank Mead (Albert King, Eric Clapton) and Mosi Conde (Mory Kante, Salif Keita).

Dan Raza has waited a long time to make his first full album after earning plaudits from some of the most notable songwriters on both sides of the Atlantic. There is no doubt he has a lot of promise, this album is a clue to what he might do with it.

one of the best support acts i’ve seenSlaid Cleaves

truly spellbinding, stunningMaverick Magazine

“An astonishingly accomplished set of songs, one of which a veteran songwriter would be proud.” R2 Magazine


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On Thursday February 9th WagonWheel Presents… brings 3 great singer/songwriters to The Greystones stage. As well as individual sets from Quiet Loner, Dan Raza and Greg Harrisburg there will be some collaborations too as the trio undertake a joint UK tour. Quiet Loner will be a familiar face to many, most recently with us when supporting Chris Mills in September 2011. Dan Raza makes a long overdue return to Sheffield as he is set to finally release his debut album and their fellow member of the Snake Mountain Revue songwriters’ collective Greg Harrisburg makes his WagonWheel bow. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents or entry on the night will be £6. Doors open 7.30pm.

***UPDATE*** due to illness Dan Raza will no longer be appearing tonight. Neil McSweeney will now be kicking off this evening’s show.


Quiet Loner is the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill. His recording and live work as Quiet Loner has won him many accolades, including Americana UK Album of the Year 2004 for his debut LP ‘Secret Ruler of the World’, and he has played with kindred spirits like Lambchop, Joe Pernice, Neko Case and Chris Mills.

As Quiet Loner he sings songs about love, loss, infidelity, suicide, attempted murder, capital punishment, the database state, terrorism, religion, war, fallen angels, the secret rulers of the world and the redemptive power of country music. Hill is an accomplished raconteur and powerful live performer delivering a show that is emotional, often funny, usually political, occasionally angry, sometimes satirical but nearly always gentle and human.

Inspired by the storytelling traditions of American folk and country music, Hill’s songs also have a distinctly British lyrical bite. His most recent album ‘Spectrology’ is a stark and honest collection of performances recorded deep in the English countryside during the big freeze of January 2010. Produced by Mat Martin (Kirsty McGee, The Brute Chorus) it contains eleven songs of experience and wisdom, and features contributions from Inge Thomson (Bonnie Prince Billy, Broken Family Band), Roy Dodds (Fairground Attraction,Hank Wangford) and long term collaborator Alan Cook (Jackie Leven).

The wordplay is pure Costello. Delicate songwriting, with hints of folk and Americana. Bleakly beautiful” Uncut

An outstanding record. Uplifting and inspiringMaverick Magazine

It’s not an overstatement to say it’s up there with Ryan Adams’ “Heartbreaker”. Believe me, you need to hear this album.” Whisperinandhollerin

dissecting heartbreak with surgical precision. Highly recommendedAmericana UK



Greg Harrisburg is the pseudonym for Welsh singer/songwriter Greg Rees. He is part of the Snake Mountain Revue songwriters’ collective (along with Dan and Matt). A little bit folk, and a little bit country, though he wouldn’t thank you for the labels, he just sings songs with words in them. As Greg himself puts it “Words don’t merely serve to punctuate the vocal but formulate it. Phrasing is the most important aspect of the art of singing in my eyes and ears and I strive to make each performance disturbingly fresh. My work is as much influenced by Dostoevsky, Pessoa, & Keats as it is Dylan, Van Zandt, & Thompson.”



Neil McSweeney is a songwriter from Sheffield who performs his material on his own or sometimes with five-piece band The Gents (tonight will be solo).

McSweeney started writing his Americana-tinged, folksy solo material while teaching English in Italy. Upon returning to his native Sheffield, he continued to write songs inspired by the likes of Low and Papa M, and his intense, brooding live performances quickly won him many fans.

With two acclaimed albums already to his name, debut ‘Remember To Smile’ and 2009 follow up ’Shoreline’, a third record is currently in the works with recent shows having featured some of those new tunes.

“Deeply felt, brooding songs rich in imagery…he has the tools to make a real impact” The Guardian


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rounded off in fine style at Shakespeares last night with Socrates Johnson, Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles and Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians. Thanks to them and those of you that were there to hear them.

Our next show will be in February at The Greystones with Quiet Loner, Dan Raza and Greg Harrisburg. You can find all the details here. For a limited time only you can also find discounted advance tickets here.

We’ve just confirmed shows in May for both Hans Chew and The Good Lovelies. We’ll bring you ticket details next week along with a look ahead to what else we already have line up for 2012.

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2011 done for us at The Greystones.  Thank you to everybody that was there to witness a delightful evening’s entertainment from Amelia Curran, Daughter Of Frank and The Listeners. Indeed thank you to everybody that’s joined us there this year.

Our next show at The Greystones is on February 9th with Quiet Loner, Dan Raza and Greg Harrisburg. Tickets are on sale here and we’ll have a preview up on the site next week.

Before that though we have our final show of 2011 at Shakespeares on Friday December 9th. Our last gig of the year finds us in the company of Socrates Johnson, Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles and Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians who will be performing an acoustic set. Full details here. We hope you can make it down to help us see off a great 12 months in style.


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