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After a brief hiatus we returned to action this month with two fantastic shows at The Greystones. Thanks to everybody at the venue, the brilliant array of musicians and song writers on both nights and all the people who came out.

We will be back again in April and have some exciting things lined up for then and beyond. Keep an eye on here over the next few days for news on upcoming shows.

The Silver Darlings, Quiet Loner and Ben Weaver, post gig at The Greystones 2/2/11

Dolly Varden, Magnolia Summer and The Wynntown Marshals get together for the show's encore at The Greystones, 19/2/11

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We’re joining forces with Four Rivers Promotions for this one. Full details below. Tickets will be available from The Greystones shortly. Currently onsale at Wegottickets.com.

A Feast of Americana at The Greystones

Anyone with a hunger for authentic Americana will be in luck at The Greystones, Sheffield on Saturday February 19th. A duo of duos at the heart of two leading bands from across the Atlantic will be leading their audience by the hand through sets of songs that have made them both favourites with Bob Harris. Duo number one features the songwriting heart of Chicago’s Dolly Varden in the shape of husband and wife Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen. Dolly Varden have built a reputation for soulful, questing songs trademarked by the harmonies of Steve and Diane; their songs will find a place in the heart of fans of Josh Rouse, Gram Parsons or early 70s Van Morrison. However, their most recent release “The Panic Bell” also recalls the new wave roots of the band’s main protagonists.

St Louis based Magnolia Summer have a sprawling majestic sound that could sometimes seem like a marriage between early REM and Crazy Horse era Neil Young. The band is a constantly shifting community of like minded musicians rotating around the hub of Chris Grabau’s songwriting. Their trademark is a stubborn commitment to the song in hand, and a ruthless disdain for anything that could be regardless as ornament for ornament’s sake.

Not content with providing such weighty headliners, this tour also sees a national workout for Scotland’s Wynntown Marshals who have also found the ear of Whispering Bob. Their sound gives away their love of Americana, but it is delivered with a very Scottish harmonic tone reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub.

Tickets for the show are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/101792 and the venue and cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door. The event is a collaboration between two longstanding promotional projects on the Sheffield scene, in the form of WagonWheelMedia and Four Rivers Promotions.

Key band info:

The venue: The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield, S11 7BS, Tel, 0114 2665599 http://www.mygreystones.co.uk

The date: Saturday 19th February
Doors: 7.45pm
Show: 8.00pm
Info: 07835 966810

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This great triple bill tour is now in full flow and hits Sheffield on Saturday. We’ve been hearing great things about the shows so far and are looking forward to more of the same at The Greystones. There are still some tickets available from wegottickets.com (link in the panel on the right) and they can also be bought in advance from the venue for £8. Entry on the night will be £10. Our full preview for this show can be found here. Here’s what Undertow Music had to say about what’s instore:

Undertow Music is pleased to announce that starting February 12, 2011, Dolly Varden and Magnolia Summer will embark on a duo dual headlining acoustic tour through the United Kingdom.

Dolly Varden founders, husband and wife singer/songwriters, Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen will be performing through the UK as a duo. Over the past decade, the Chicago-based group released 5 records and successfully toured Great Britain, The Netherlands, and the US and the UK. Their return to the United Kingdom commemorates the 10th anniversary of their eponymous record, The Dumbest Magnets.

The UK tour will also help support, Steve Dawson’s second solo record, I Will Miss The Trumpets and the Drums (2010).

St. Louis’ Magnolia Summer will be touring to support both 2009’s Lines From The Frame and two 2010 digital EPs, The Current Moves and The Slip That Leads Into The Fall. It will be the bands’ first tour to the UK.

For the tour, Magnolia Summer will be traveling as a duo. Singer-songwriter Chris Grabau and guitarist John Horton (also of the band, The Bottle Rockets) will be representing the band.

In addition to the schedule of dates, Magnolia Summer will be guest on Bob Harris’ BBC2 radio program on February 15, 2011. In 2009, Bob Harris showed appreciation for the band by playing tracks from the Lines record on his BBC2 radio programs.

Joining the bands on part of the tour is Edinburgh’s Wyntownn Marshals who will be on tour to support the release of their excellent debut record, Westerner.

Expect to see members of from each band sharing the stage and performing one another’s songs.

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