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thanks to all who came out to our Tramlines show at Shakespeares yesterday, especially of course The Lucky Strikes, The Nøse, Mike Hughes, Grassoline, Paul Littlewood, Tomorrow We Sail, David J. Roch, Quiet Loner, Ash Gray, M.G. Boulter, Neil McSweeney, Tom Baxendale and Jacob Fletcher. We enjoyed that a lot.

We’re back in the Bard’s Bar at the end of August. We’ve got a bunch of new shows in the works, details of what has been confirmed so far can be found here on our Gigs page. Maybe we’ll see you at one of them.

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wait over three weeks for our first show this month, but it was certainly more than worth it. We enjoyed a fantastic evening of live music at The Greystones last night in the company of the Kelley McRae duo, David J. Roch and his find band plus Richard Kitson. Thanks to them and those who came and listened, and you if your name’s Josh Harty too.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Backroom on Wednesday May 21st when we’ll be joined by Amanda Shires. Support comes in the form of an acoustic set from Big Convoy. You can find the full details for this show here.

We have more to come before then though. This Saturday April 26th we’re back at Shakespeares for what promises to be another special night too. James Apollo returns to Sheffield for the first time in over two years and there’ll be support from Daniel Whitehouse and Paul Littlewood. You can read all about this one here. We hope you can join us then.

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another fine night of live music at Shakespeares i think it’s fair to say. Thanks to The Payroll Union, Ash Gray plus Tommy R. Jones and you if you were one of the people there to see them. We certainly enjoyed it a lot.

We’ll be back in the Bard’s Bar on Saturday April 26th with James Apollo, Daniel Whitehouse and Paul Littlewood. You can read full details on that one here.

Next up though we return to The Greystones on Tuesday April 22nd where we’ll be in the company of the Kelley McRae duo, David J. Roch and Richard Kitson. A full preview is here. It looks set to be another great night. We hope you can join us there.

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it’s more than safe to say that that was a damned good night at The Greystones last night. Welcome to the World Grassoline‘s Here But Not At Home Vol. 2 EP. Thanks to them and their guests Canyon Family and Tom Baxendale and all who came along too. The EP is sounding very good here, keep an eye on the band’s Facebook page for details of where you can get your copy if you haven’t already.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones on April 22nd when we’re joined by the Kelley McRae duo, on their first UK tour from the US. Support comes from David J. Roch and Richard Kitson. Tickets are just £5 from The Greystones or £5.50 including booking fee here.

Our next show however is at Shakespeares on Saturday March 29th with The Payroll Union, Ash Gray and Tommy R. Jones. You can read all about this fabulous triple bill here. Hopefully we’ll see you there.

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On Sunday July 27th, WagonWheel Presents… in association with Neil McSweeney and Shakespeares brings two stages of live music to this year’s Tramlines festival. Upstairs in the Bard’s Bar will feature band sets from The Lucky Strikes, The Nøse, Mike Hughes, Grassoline, Paul Littlewood, Tomorrow We Sail and David J. Roch. The outdoor stage in the stable yard will include acoustic sets from David J. Roch, Quiet Loner, Ash Gray, M.G. Boulter, Neil McSweeney, Jacob Fletcher and Tom Baxendale. Live music begins at 3.30pm and entry to both stages is free!




From Leigh-On-Sea they’re carrying on the finest musical traditions of the Thames Delta, from initial forays in garage-blues towards an impressive melange of roots music and southern rock.



***THE NøSE*** 9pm


The Nøse sees Neil McSweeney bringing the noise with three piece band. Something more than a little different to his singer/songwriter show.



***MIKE HUGHES*** 8pm


Building on an amazing 2013 which saw him gain fans and radio play from the likes of Dermot O’Leary (BBC Radio 2), Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2 & 6Music), and Cerys Matthews (BBC Radio 6music) as well as a nationwide tour supporting Miles Kane, new single ‘The Road’ cements Mike as one of 2014’s most promising new artists.



***GRASSOLINE*** 7pm


Chesterfield’s Grassoline play a bluegrass influenced brand of alt-country featuring guitar, double bass, fiddle, banjo and mandolin and sometimes more.





Paul Littlewood has a signature arrangement style, a way of doing songs. No fancy tricks, no production wizardry, just subtly changing low-key textures and a voice. Poignant and ethereal blues music.





Tomorrow We Sail is a group of seven musicians based in Leeds and Sheffield. Formed in 2009 they have spent time developing and honing their sound into what is now a vast landscape of reverb-soaked guitars, orchestral strings, piano, accordion and multi-layered vocals.



***DAVID J. ROCH*** 4pm Bard’s Bar (duo) 9.35pm Stable Yard (solo)


Whether on record or playing live, David effortlessly conveys emotional intensity using a voice which The Guardian says “can soar to ethereal heights as effortlessly as it plumbs red-raw depths” and in doing so he finds the perfect vehicle to expresses his deeply moving lyrics and stunning melodies.



***QUIET LONER*** 8.35pm


Quiet Loner is the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill. Quiet Loner sings songs about love and fear, life and death, despair and hope. On a live stage Hill is an understated yet powerful performer delivering a show that is emotional, political, occasionally angry but nearly always gentle and human.



***ASH GRAY*** 7.35pm


Ash Gray has just released debut solo album Once I Got Burned after spending nigh-on twenty year career fronting The High-Class Family Butchers and Ash Gray & The Girls, or holding down the lead guitarist’s job in various rock bands in Austin and New York.



***M.G. BOULTER*** 6.35pm

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As well as being the singer & guitarist with The Lucky Strikes, M.G. Boulter has released various solo albums. As a player of an array of stringed instruments, he also worked alongside many other artists including Conor Oberst, Neil McSweeney, Duke and the King and Rosalie Deighton, while remaining a long standing member of the Simone Felice Group.



***NEIL McSWEENEY*** 5.35pm


Neil McSweeney is a songwriter and musician based in Sheffield. His acoustic guitar playing style combines folk, blues and country influences but it is his voice, likened by The Guardian to a male Tracy Chapman, and his direct and personal lyrics for which he is most recognised.



***TOM BAXENDALE*** 4.35pm


Tom Baxendale’s songs combine elements of alt. country, new wave, rockabilly, pre-Beatles pop and post-Dylan americana.



***JACOB FLETCHER*** 3.30pm


Previous album ‘All The Dead Roads To The Kingdom’ was written and recorded whilst travelling through Eastern Europe, Russia and the USA. The record draws heavily on influences from all of those places, from the bleak sad beautiful world of ‘Burn’ to the edgy chaotic rhythmic pulse of ‘Don’t Go Down’, the album’s recordings showcase Jacob’s haunting voice and interest in variations of mood dynamics & instrumentation.



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On Tuesday April 22nd, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes the Kelley McRae duo to The Greystones as part of their first European tour. Previously residing in New York, Kelley and husband Matt have spent the last few years touring throughout the United States and their experiences have resulted in latest record Brighter Than The Blues. Comparisons have been made to the likes of Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch. Support for the evening comes from David J. Roch and Richard Kitson. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/248659 or entry on the night will be £7. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.


***KELLEY McRAE duo***

Kelley McRae

In the last 2 years and a half years, the Kelley McRae duo has played over 300 shows coast to coast and travelled over 75,000 miles in their VW van. Along the way Kelley encountered the people and places that inspired the songs on her new album, Brighter Than The Blues. Kelley’s brand of heartfelt Americana has found impressive fans: Paste Magazine gave her four stars, and WNYC’s ‘Soundcheck’ named her performance one of the years best. Kelley performs as an acoustic duo with her husband Matt, and they have performed at such venues as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Red Clay Theatre in Atlanta, and The Living Room in NYC. Previously residing in NYC, the duo is currently writing and recording new material in a cabin in the Nantahala Forest of North Carolina.

“Brighter Than the Blues demonstrates once again that Kelley McRae is among the best singer-songwriters in America today.” No Surf Music

The last songs that made me cry were by a young New York singer, KelleyMcRae.” Wim Wenders, San Francisco Chronicle

Sometimes a great voice and acoustic guitar really are all you need.” PopMatters




David J. Roch

Loud and brash may buy easy headlines and fleeting fame, but in the music world a more subtle approach often leads to winning dedicated fans and lifelong followers.

This is definitely the case for David J. Roch, whose delicate melodies and melancholy words can paint an introspective picture in the way of a Simon and Garfunkel classic, yet sometimes explode into a finale that is a cathartic, life-affirming emotional release. David’s handling of subject matters encompassing loss, love, religion, death and relationships sets him apart from most other current singer-songwriters, possibly informed by his previous career as an undertaker.

The release of David’s new album ‘A Cynic, A Realist, An Undertaker’ is likely to have the same effect on many new listeners as he had on The Independent on Sunday recently: “There are times when the only response to raw talent is to drop your jaw and go ‘Wow!”

David’s music is far from having a narrow niche appeal, as viewers of TV shows ranging from ‘Private Practice’, ‘Being Human’ and even ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ will already know.  Each of these massively popular programmes have featured songs from 2012 debut album ‘Skin and Bones’ and led to an explosion of interest.

Produced in part by Jim Sclavunos, a man used to working with dark and powerful themes in Grinderman and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, with additional production by David’s long term collaborator Dave Sanderson, the new album fully realizes David’s songwriting and revels in the unexpected, utilizing not just his backing band of multi-instrumentalists, but also a male voice choir on the forbidding ‘Hell To Pay’.

He explains his own rationale when he says: “The songs I write are chapters from my life put to music to allow me to make sense of what I have done and what I will do.”

Whether on record or playing live, David effortlessly conveys emotional intensity using a voice which The Guardian says “can soar to ethereal heights as effortlessly as it plumbs red-raw depths” and in doing so he finds the perfect vehicle to expresses his deeply moving lyrics and stunning melodies.




Richard Kitson

Richard Kitson is a folk/blues singer songwriter and guitarist from South Yorkshire who gained recognition after the release of his debut album Home and Dry in 2010. Kitson played guitar in Barnsley based Punk band Strawberry Jack for three years but began playing solo acoustic sets when they broke up in 2001 with a set at the famous Grapes Irish pub in his home city of Sheffield.

Kitson was born in Sheffield and lived there until the age of six until his parents moved a few miles north to Barnsley. Kitson is a self-taught guitarist who began teaching himself from books and by listening to his favourite guitar players at the age of fourteen. This coincided with Kitson’s first experience of listening to Bob Dylan and he quickly took up song writing alongside learning the guitar. Kitson began performing at an early age, playing harmonica in school talent competitions and singing in his local church choir.

2006 saw the biggest development in Kitson’s guitar playing style. He had been listening to Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and Irish guitar legend Rory Gallagher and became entranced by their finger style acoustic guitar playing. However, it was upon hearing folk/blues icons Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, John Renbourn and John Martyn that really woke Kitson up to the possibilities of the finger style guitar technique. Kitson has said of these musicians,”I was just getting to grips with the delta and country blues fingerstyle playing, thinking I’d reached a comfortable place in my playing. That was until I heard Bert Jansch who then turned me on to Davy Graham, John Renbourn and later John Martyn. It was like the guitar was completely unfamiliar to me, a foreign object in my hands. I basically started learning all over again, trying to play like them”.

Kitson recorded his eponymus first album in 2003 but could only afford to make 100 copies. The album has since disappeared but Kitson plans to release songs from it and others from what he calls his “early strumming period” in the not too distant future. However, it was the release of his second “debut” album Home and Dry that gained Kitson the credit many feel has been long overdue to him after over a decade in the music industry.

When i grow up i want to play guitar like Richard KitsonOtis Gibbs



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