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On Thursday September 20th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes M.G. Boulter back to The Greystones, showcasing songs with his trio from the brand new Blood Moon EP (Hudson Records). Opening the show will be Buffalo Ghost. Advance tickets priced at £6 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/443300 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £8. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***M.G. BOULTER***

M.G. Boulter is a songwriter and musician who currently lives on the Thames coast in England. He has released a number of records including his latest full length album With Wolves the Lamb will Lie in 2016 (named by the Daily Telegraph as one of the best Folk albums of that year). He has also worked alongside many other artists and has been involved in The Simone Felice Group, Emily Portman’s Coracle Band, The Duke and the King and Blue Rose Code, as well as his long time partners, The Lucky Strikes.

In the late summer of 2017 M.G. and Birmingham string quartet The Froe met at the unique Fishermen’s Chapel by the Thames Estuary in Essex to record a selection of songs that were to become the ‘Blood Moon’ EP.

The main chapel was cleared to make way for microphones and mixing desks and the songs were gradually brought to life amongst the clacking of trains from the London-Southend railway line and the hubbub of the chapel’s community gatherings (all of which are captured on the recordings if you listen close enough).

Opening with the title track, ‘Blood Moon’, the EP is another example of Boulter’s character driven song writing style, vignettes of seemingly unexceptional lives heavy with universal messages. Here you find the helpless Marie “smoking and leaning against a vending machine” and the slurry taxi conversation of ‘The Lie’, “You were right, the party sucked from the conversation down to the punch”. The Froe’s singular arrangements add a counterpoint to Boulter’s missives.

Produced by Andy Bell and released on Hudson Records this EP represents the continuation of a musical collaboration that started during the making of M G Boulter’s 2016 album With Wolves the Lamb Will Lie.

Gorgeous, in a wordUncut

http://www.mgboulter.co.uk

 

***BUFFALO GHOST***

Singer/songwriter Joe Armitage made a solo return this June after more than seven years since his last show. Joe has recently been working on new material under the name of Buffalo Ghost, a project that made it’s full band debut at our recent Sunday Social, bringing to life the recordings currently under production with various musical collaborators.

http://www.facebook.com/buffaloghost

 

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On Friday April 7th, WagonWheel Presents… brings you Another Evening With Richard Kitson at The Greystones. Following the success of his In Your Own Time album launch with us last year, The Yorkshire Bluesman will again be performing an extended set of his own material and some classic blues/folk standards along with the help of a guest or two. Joining us to complete a fine night of entertainment will be Joe Solo and Georgina Gilmartin. Advance tickets priced at £4 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/381422 and the venue (12-6pm). Entry on the night will be £5. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***RICHARD KITSON***

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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

 

***JOE SOLO***

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Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.

On top of releasing fourteen albums since 2004, Solo has written books and had them written about him; runs a research project on the Hull Pals Battalions in the First World War; has worked with underprivileged children to help them write their lives in song; run a weekly radio show; and still found time to open for the likes of Chris Wood, David Rovics, Attila the Stockbroker, Otis Gibbs, Robb Johnson, Edgar Broughton, TV Smith, Paul Simmonds, Emily Portman, Pete Wylie, The Blockheads and Billy Bragg; whilst his songs have been played by John Peel on Radio One, Mike Harding on Radio Two and Tom Robinson on  BBC6Music.

In May 2015 Joe helped create WE SHALL OVERCOME, a campaign pushing for a positive response from the music community to the poverty and hardship inflicted on ordinary people by the government’s austerity program. Since October 2015 the movement has put on 550 gigs in 135 towns and cities across 8 countries on 3 continents raising an estimated £225,000 in cash, food, clothing and bedding for those hardest hit. WSO scooped the People’s Choice gong at the annual Yorkshire Grassroots Music Awards on 16th October 2015, and on the back of his efforts The Morning Star named Solo ‘Human Being of the Year’.

2016 saw Joe and The Hurriers front-man Tony Wright collaborate on ‘May Day Festival of Solidarity‘. The event, which brought together voices from music, poetry and politics to celebrate International Worker’s Day, took place in Barnsley on  May 1st and a packed house saw stunning performances from artists as varied as Grace Petrie, Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers, Attila the Stockbroker, Lizzie Nunnery & Vidar Norheim and The Wakes. 2017’s event is in planning.

In October 2016 he was awarded the ‘Outstanding Songwriting’ prize at Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Music Awards for his work on the album ‘Never Be Defeated’ telling the stories of the men and women of Hatfield during the 1984-85 Miner’s Strike.

Live, Solo has a growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being both thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath. He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.

The perfect protest singer.” – R2 Magazine

I was struck by the passion of his delivery combined with his sense of fun – a true entertainer in the very best sense of the word.”- FATEA

I heard this noise coming off the stage, I went WOW, whoever that is I’ve got to go and check him out and there was just this one man on the stage blowing up a storm with an acoustic guitar!” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

http://joesolomusic.com

 

***GEORGINA GILMARTIN***

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Georgina Gilmartin is an alternative folk singer/songwriter, who since making her debut at an open mic in 2011 has become a stalwart of the Barnsley music scene. Observations on life, people, and other assorted objects, have produced several EPs worth a material that are set for the studio. Georgina & Richard have also collaborated on the duo project Recharging Radios, from which we may hear a song or two tonight.

http://www.facebook.com/Georgina-Gilmartin-116178705163231

 

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On Saturday October 29th, WagonWheel Presents… brings together four singer/songwriters on the Shakespeares stage for an evening of folk tales, ethereal blues and more. Joining us will be Paul Littlewood, E.R. Thorpe, Anytown and Rory Cannon. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/373071 or entry on the night will be £4. Doors open 8pm.

 

***PAUL LITTLEWOOD***

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Paul Littlewood is a British musician and singer-songwriter, originally from Swinton, South Yorkshire. He has released music under his own name and with a number of bands including Fights, Fallen Trees and Eastern Seaboard Radio Station. He also runs DIY label, Anklebreka Records. He has just released his latest album The Wireless Relay Service.

Paul makes atmospheric music from the soul via the heart. It has a raw quality to it, full of wide open spaces & emotional leanings that pull you in like a venus fly trap, linger too long and swoosh-you are his!BBC Radio 6

Poignant and ethereal blues music.Now Then Magazine

http://www.facebook.com/iampaullittlewood

 

***E.R. THORPE***

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Having called time on The Listeners, E.R. Thorpe embarks on a fully solo career.

Thorpe was born into music – her mother taught her to finger-pick, introducing her to the music of PJ Harvey, Sandy Denny, Susan Vega, Roy Harper and Bob Dylan along the way; Her father Kevin was well respected on the blues scene for his albums with Out Of The Blue; And her aunt managed Welsh psychedelic legends Man.

Despite this heritage Thorpe has shaped her own evocative sound. Sometimes wilfully naive, sometimes considered and precise – her choice of chords is particular and unusual and her finger-picking weaves a strange atmosphere – the likes of which you’d more likely find in a Lynch film or a novel by Bolano than in the sculpted folk of her inspirations. And like those who inspire her – Nick Cave, Patti Smith, William Blake, she loves to muse on nature & religion: God, the devil, good and evil, and like the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood she tries to tell it like it is – to reveal both the beauty and the devastation of life: Red Dust portrays human insignificance under darkening skies; Dinner For One traces the fading past of a destroyed relationship; You wouldn’t think that it took years for Thorpe to accept her own arresting voice and lyrical vision. Time well spent in distillation perhaps: This is music that is close to the source. These are songs, born of tradition, alive in the present day, revealing & fragile, executed spare and sharp.

The brand new EP ‘Lion’ is out now.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ER-Thorpe/425132927666959

 

***ANYTOWN***

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The songwriting and vocal talents of Matt Taylor made him part of the creative driving force behind Sheffield’s premier folk-rockers, Dead Like Harry, a band who have built a big reputation in recent years for their innate showmanship and rousing tunes. As Anytown Matt explores a more acoustic based, folk sound, from-the-heart songs that have won commissions for TV and exposure on national and local radio, as well as invitations to perform at major festivals and supports for major artists. Anytown has also featured fellow Dead Like Harry members Alice Faraday and Robin Baker among others. Tonight Matt plays a solo set.

They sing intricate tales of people and places and Winter Sky is a beautifully crafted song” – Sheffield Scenester Magazine

http://www.facebook.com/AnytownMusic

 

***RORY CANNON***

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Up & coming folk rock singer/songwriter Rory Cannon has been described as a flawless guitar talent with an enchanting voice. He’s been gigging regularly around the North for the last year or so and recently released the EP Lies.

http://www.facebook.com/Rory-Cannon-602138946550313

 

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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.

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On Saturday April 30th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Roger Davies back to Shakespeares. One of today’s most engaging singer songwriters, Roger has recently completed a month on the road with Fairport Convention at theatres across the UK, and is set to launch a brand new live album ahead of his latest run of shows. Support comes from Adam Myers and Adrian Bates. Advance tickets priced at £6 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/333562 or entry on the night will be £8. Doors open 8pm.

 

***ROGER DAVIES***

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Roger Davies’ reputation has been growing rapidly over the past few years across his native Yorkshire. Progressing from songs about local characters and to Saturday nights out in local pubs to performances with Brighouse & Rastrick and Skelmanthorpe Brass Bands, his appeal has widened significantly.

Known as the Yorkshire Songwriter and Bard of Calderdale he is the music equivalent of Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan, with words that resonate Yorkshire but contain universal themes of home, love, art and everyday life.

Roger has performed at Beverley Folk Festival, Shrewbury Folk Festival and many others and makes frequent appearances on BBC Radio Leeds.

Beautiful songs. A bit like the Jimmy Webb of West Yorkshire” – Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3

The best thing I’ve seen in 20 years. If I had a torch I’d throw it to him Harvey Andrews

When Roger walked on stage to a sold out Square Chapel in Halifax, it quickly became obvious why this self styled ‘Yorkshire Songwriter’ commands such a strong following. His songs are a reflection of the world around us. His lyrics can be funny, as in ‘The Beerbelly Blues’, thought provoking or, as in his tender ballad ‘Stephanie’, simply exquisite.” Halifax Courier

http://rogerdaviesmusic.com

 

***ADAM MYERS***

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Adam Myers is a Singer Songwriter from the North of England. Adam has worked with numerous bands over the years and has built up quite a catalogue of songs. His most recent partnership with Rory Garforth (as Garforth & Myers) resulted in a beautifully crafted album with a sound reminiscent of 60’s psychedelic folk and carefully crafted multi part harmonies.

Acoustic music like this and of this standard will always straddle the border between folk, pop, jazz etc and may even be popped into a new category altogether, whether it likes it or not. Cross pollination is always good though, especially if it draws audiences in from several directions. These particular ears are keen to hear more.Northern Sky (on Garforth & Myers)

http://www.facebook.com/Adam-Myers-1711470409084943

 

***ADRIAN BATES***

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Singer/songwriter Adrian Bates hails from South Elmsall. Taking influence from the likes of Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Nick Drake, he’s been appearing regularly at venues across Yorkshire since embarking on a solo career.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Adrian-Bates-Music/552690224877548

 

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On Wednesday November 18th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Quiet Loner back to Sheffield as part of his latest UK tour, playing new songs ahead of a forthcoming new album. 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. Joining Matt for the evening at The Greystones will be Joe Solo. Solo has a growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath. He is not an artist you forget in a hurry. Advance tickets priced at £6 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/324021 and the venue (12-6pm) or entry on the night will be £8. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

 

***QUIET LONER***

Quiet Loner

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.

Inspired by the storytelling traditions of American folk and country music (he doesn’t hide his admiration for Van zandt, Prine, Waits or Kristofferson), Hill’s songs also have a distinctly British lyrical bite (he loves Morrisey, Bragg and Costello).

His most recent album ‘GREEDY MAGICIANS’ is a collection of contemporary protest songs seething with disgust and shot through with melancholy at the state of our coalition-led nation. Recorded in May 2012 in front of a live audience at Sacred Trinity Church in Salford, the powerful songwriting draws on Hill’s own family history to tell a familiar story of struggle against power.

In 2013 he performed at Manchester’s People’s History Museum in a special show telling the story of the album’s creation. He was invited by Billy Bragg to perform on the Leftfield stage at Glastonbury Festival where he appeared in a songwriters circle alongside Bragg, Amanda Palmer and Sean MacGowan.

Hill has long been a familiar figure on the UK’s Americana and alt.country scene and his debut album was voted Americana UK Album of the Year 2004. His second album SPECTROLOGY (2010) topped the Americana UK album chart and got 4-star reviews from the likes of Uncut and The Daily Mirror and radio play from BBC6 Music.  His live credentials have include support slots for Lambchop, Joe Pernice, Neko Case. Richmond Fontaine, Mark Eitzel and Chris Mills.

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

Probably the most important record of the year” 5/5 Maverick 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

An anthem for resistance – 10 out of 10Americana UK

A powerful rallying callBilly Bragg

http://quietloner.com/

 

***JOE SOLO***

Joe Solo

Joe Solo is a musician, writer, historian, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.

On top of releasing thirteen albums since 2004, Solo has written books and had them written about him; runs a research project on the Hull Pals Battalions in the First World War which he updates daily online; has worked with underprivileged children to help them write their lives in song; and still found time to open for the likes of Chris Wood, Otis Gibbs, Robb Johnson, Edgar Broughton, TV Smith, Paul Simmonds, Justin Sullivan, Emily Portman, Pete Wylie and The Blockheads; whilst his songs have been played by both John Peel on Radio One and Mike Harding on Radio Two.

In late 2014 he began fronting The Joe Solo Show, a weekly broadcast on Radio Scarborough from 10pm on a Monday night. The shows quickly gained some notoriety for not only their genre-hopping journeys through a century of recorded music, but for Solo’s commentary on current affairs which held nothing back.

In May 2015 he became part of the five-man committee (also including Matt) at the heart of WE SHALL OVERCOME, a movement pushing for a positive response to the poverty and hardship inflicted on ordinary people by the government’s austerity program. For more information visit: http://weshallovercomeweekend.com/

Live, Solo has a growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being both thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath. He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.

http://www.facebook.com/Joe-Solo-29210823558

 

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On Saturday May 30th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Roger Davies to Shakespeares. Having played our first show back in 2006, Roger returns to Sheffield in support of brand new album Local Radio, one of today’s most engaging singer songwriters. Support comes from Ian Bramall‘s new project Yellowcake and there’s a rare solo set from John Batchelor to open the show. Advance tickets priced at £6 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/298800 or entry on the night will be £8. Doors open 8pm.

***ROGER DAVIES***

Roger Davies

Roger Davies’ reputation has been growing rapidly over the past five years across his native Yorkshire. Progressing from songs about local characters and to Saturday nights out in local pubs to performances with Brighouse and Rastrick and Skelmanthorpe Brass Bands,  his appeal has widened significantly.

Known as the Yorkshire Songwriter and Bard of Calderdale he is the music equivalent of Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan, with words that resonate Yorkshire but contain universal themes of home, love, art and everyday life.

Roger has performed at Beverley Folk Festival, Shrewbury Folk Festival and many others and makes frequent appearances on BBC Radio Leeds.

Beautiful songs. A bit like the Jimmy Webb of West Yorkshire” – Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3

The best thing I’ve seen in 20 years. If I had a torch I’d throw it to him Harvey Andrews

When Roger walked on stage to a sold out Square Chapel in Halifax, it quickly became obvious why this self styled ‘Yorkshire Songwriter’ commands such a strong following. His songs are a reflection of the world around us. His lyrics can be funny, as in ‘The Beerbelly Blues’, thought provoking or, as in his tender ballad ‘Stephanie’, simply exquisite.” Halifax Courier

http://rogerdaviesmusic.com

***IAN BRAMALL/YELLOWCAKE***

Ian Bramall

Singer/songwriter Ian Bramall has been described as sounding somewhere between Richard Hawley and Mercury Rev, nineties indie with folk sensibilities. More recently he’s joined forces with Sarah Sharp in the duo Yellowcake. Half brooding folk, half silly pop, half bad maths, it is an ongoing experiment exploring the perimeters of audience heart strings and tear ducts. Yellowcake accepts no liability for any emotion either caused or not caused during audio contact. It does however accept compliments and sweeteners freely. And dispenses them too.

“His self-deprecating manner endearingly flowed through his music as he sang lyrics in a distinct Sheffield accent” Now Then Magazine

“Fabulous finger picking tunes with uplifting lyrics from an endearing performer” bbc.co.uk

http://soundcloud.com/ian-bramall
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Yellowcake/384830841692535

***JOHN BATCHELOR***

John BatchelorA northern boy pretending he’s from Tennessee, John Batchelor is as a singer of modernfolk songs born from experience. There are flushes of country and blues and he has a distinctive voice pitched somewhere between classic crooning and modern mournfulness.

For the last few years you’ll have been more likely to catch John playing alongside Mat Wale in alt-country band Big Convoy, but tonight he plays an increasingly rare solo set.

https://soundcloud.com/big-convoy/aint-it-a-lie

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