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seems to be, that wasn’t bad? Felt like a pretty good Sunday to me, not least due to an outstanding bunch of live sets from Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians, Joe Solo, Ash Gray & The Burners, Franc Cinelli, The Black Thunder Revue, Quiet Loner, Killing Fields Of Ontario, Idiot Son, Paul Handyside, Rory Cannon, Mat Wale & Little Convoy, Colin Mounsey, Massy Ferguson and Dave Woodcock. Big thanks as always to all of them, and to everybody that came along to a busy day at Shakespeares for our Tramlines show.

Our next show sees us venture to the Hop Hideout for the first time on Friday August 4th for an unplugged performance from The Fargo Railroad Co. Unfortunately, unless you were one of the lucky few who secured a ticket within the first hour or so of them going on sale, this show is already sold out.

So your next chance to join us for a WagonWheel Presents… show will likely be on Friday August 11th when Rachel Harrington returns to The Greystones. We’ve also got an opening set from Paul McClure and full details can be found here, maybe we’ll see you there?

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All those who joined us at The Greystones last night know the answer (even if they haven’t got the joke yet). They also know how fun an evening with new songs and stories from Otis Gibbs can be. Thanks to Otis for another great evening, Franc Cinelli for a fine opening set, and all you who came along too.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Backroom on Tuesday October 11th when we welcome back the Kelley McRae duo for what promises to be another special night, especially since completing the bill will be M&J Blues and The Fargo Railroad Co. who play an acoustic set. You can find the full preview for this show here. See you then?

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is where anybody who came along to enjoy the music on offer at Shakespeares last night would have been. Thanks to Mat Wale & Friends, Idiot Son, Far From Franca and those who turned out to listen with their ears.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to the Bard’s Bar on Saturday October 29th with this show. It’s The Greystones next though on Sunday October 2nd when we welcome back Otis Gibbs. Joining us for the first time to open the show will be Franc Cinelli. Full details for this show can be found here. We hope you can join us there.

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that some people don’t grow up to be boxers, and instead take to writing songs about welding and the like. Thanks to everybody that joined us for another fantastic night in the company of Mr Rod Picott at The Greystones last night, and for a fine opening set from Matt of Walton Hesse.

We return to The Backroom on Sunday October 2nd when we welcome another Nashville resident, Otis Gibbs. Support for this show comes from Franc Cinelli. Tickets are on sale here.

Before then though WagonWheel Presents… resumes our last Saturday of the month show at Shakespeares on September 24th. Joining us this month will be Mat Wale & Friends, Idiot Son and Far From Franca. You can find the full preview for this show here. See you then maybe?

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On Sunday July 23rd, WagonWheel Presents… returns to Shakespeares for our fifth annual Tramlines show. Once again we’ve got two stages of live music, with Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians, Ash Gray & The Burners, The Black Thunder Revue, Killing Fields Of Ontario, Paul Handyside, Mat Wale & Little Convoy plus all the way from Seattle, USA, Massy Ferguson joining us in the Bard’s Bar. Taking to the stage in the Stable Yard will be Joe Solo, Franc Cinelli, Quiet Loner, Idiot Son, Rory Cannon, Colin Mounsey and Dave Woodcock who gets things under way with a solo set. Our show starts at 2pm. Entry is free all day, no wristband required.

 

***DAVE WOODCOCK & THE DEAD COMEDIANS*** : 10pm Bard’s Bar

Described by Americana UK as “The next big thing from Sheffield”, Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians released latest album Medicine in 2015 to great critical acclaim. They deliver booze soaked rock ‘n’ roll echoing Springsteen, Strummer and with a nod towards the likes of The Hold Steady.

“The perfect rock and roll band… absolutely alive with electricity and excitement”Now Then Magazine

http://www.davewoodcock.net

 

***ASH GRAY & THE BURNERS*** 8.40pm Bard’s Bar

Born in the US to parents form Yorkshire, Gray first began to make inroads into the UK music scene when he assembled the Anglo-American ‘punk-grass’ band, the High-Class Family Butchers during a late-90s sojourn in London. Currently residing in Sheffield with a new album due imminently, tonight the Texas songwriter plays with his band The Burners.

http://www.facebook.com/ashgraymusic

 

***THE BLACK THUNDER REVUE*** 7.20pm Bard’s Bar

The Black Thunder Revue are a Sheffield based dirty, bluesy Rock n Roll band. With influences firmly set in Mississippi blues they bring a fresh, exciting sound that’s full of passion and melody.

http://www.facebook.com/pg/blackthunderrevue

 

***KILLING FIELDS OF ONTARIO*** 6.10pm Bard’s Bar

Killing Fields of Ontario initial recordings were predominantly acoustic and banjo driven, however as new songs emerged the band became more electric, with bigger drums and bigger guitars (in a musical, not dimensional, sense). Using a varied combination of acoustic and electric instruments, the band create a sound that is powerful and modern, and yet still steeped heavily in folk roots.

 

http://www.killingfieldsofontario.com/

 

***PAUL HANDYSIDE*** 5pm Bard’s Bar

Paul Handyside is a folk and roots singer songwriter  who began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! Handyside formed Bronze in 2001 before concentrating on solo recordings in the late 2000s. With elements of traditional British folk and sixties protest songs emerging in Handyside’s now well established and diverse musical palette, current shows are based around the trio of Paul, producer Rob Tickell on slide guitar and Dave Porthouse on melodeon and double bass.http://www.paulhandyside.com 

***MAT WALE & LITTLE CONVOY*** 3.50pm Bard’s Bar

Mat Wale has been writing and recording since early 2004. Rising out of the tumultuous Chesterfield music scene of the mid 2000s that spawned ‘avanGaad’, ‘Vigilante Wing’ and ‘The Culture Thieves’ among others. Whether working with Alt. Country behemoths ‘The Rackets’ (2006-2013 on and off), Grunge/Electro/ Folk duo ‘Arrogant Whale’ (2006-2010), Country Rock outfit ‘Big Convoy’ (2011-Present) or performing solo, Mat is untouched by his peers in terms of sheer volume of work. Unwaveringly sticking to his ‘Lo-Fi’ ideals and grass roots approach to making music.

http://www.matwale.com

 

***MASSY FERGUSON*** 2.30pm Bard’s Bar

It seems strange to call Seattle rock-americana outfit Massy Ferguson “up and comers”. But despite 11 years as a band, that seems to be the ironic position they find themselves in. After a breakout new album “Run It Right Into the Wall” that climbed into the Top 50 of the US Americana charts and a showcase at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville the band is definitively making a name for itself. And, perhaps finally, differentiating that name from the tractor-combine company that inspired the moniker.

http://www.massyfergusonband.com

 

***JOE SOLO*** 9.20pm Stable Yard

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.

http://joesolomusic.com

 

***FRANC CINELLI*** 8pm Stable Yard

Bucking the trend with his free-wheeling alternative folk Franc Cinelli is the songwriters’ songwriter. From uptempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and lovestruck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads; Franc has carved his own musical path. Like all good troubadours, he spent a lot of time touring by himself before making records. Not just the length and breadth of the UK (quite literally from Hastings to Stornoway) but throughout the East Coast of the USA, Texas & Tennessee, and in his native Italy.

http://www.franccinelli.com

 

***QUIET LONER*** 6.50pm Stable Yard

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, Hill’s songs also have a distinctly British lyrical bite.

http://quietloner.com

 

***IDIOT SON*** 5.40pm Stable Yard

Reticent would most probably best describe the Andy Thompson approach to live performance. Whilst his band Idiot Son where conceived at the turn of the century, you could probably count on two hands the number of times they have been found outside of London. The musical output is equally sporadic, album “Lummox” was released in 2004 on their own Poppycock label, featured shimmering, solitary acoustic guitar and cello alongside conventional drums and bass, all winding around Thompson’s wry observations of the capital city and its stories. They returned in 2015 after a recording absence of ten years with their second album, the similarly sublime ‘Stibbington’.

http://www.facebook.com/idiotsonuk

 

***RORY CANNON*** 4.30pm Stable Yard

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/pg/rorycannonmusic

 

***COLIN MOUNSEY*** 3.20pm Stable Yard

Colin Mounsey’s tunes draw on a wide and varied range of influences such as Ben Folds, Sparklehorse, Nick Cave and Bruce Springsteen. Last album ‘Let Love Win’ was the result of several days of frantic writing, a lot of late nights, and quite a bit of alcohol. Colin describes it as sounding “sort of like Radiohead meets Cher with a hint of John Denver, some Johnny Cash rolled in for good measure and a brilliant MC”. The MC being “to make it sound different”.

http://soundcloud.com/colin-mounsey

 

***DAVE WOODCOCK*** 2pm Stable Yard

And finally, when he’s not doing his full on rock ‘n’ roll thing with The Dead Comedians (as happening on the other stage later today), Dave Woodcock can occasionally be found acoustic guitar in hand belting out a solo interpretation or two.

http://www.davewoodcock.net

 

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On Sunday October 2nd, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes the favourite son of Wanamaker, Indiana, USA, Otis Gibbs back to The Greystones. Otis returns to Sheffield in support of his brand new album Mount Renraw, the follow up to 2014’s Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth. Support comes from Franc Cinelli who opens the show as part of his own UK tour. Advance tickets priced at £10 available from the venue (12-6pm) and at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/363516. Entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***OTIS GIBBS***

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While writing the songs on this record, I found myself thinking an awful lot about my father and how he encouraged me to do everything I could to pursue a creative life. He rode a Harley Davidson chopper, sang along to Jerry Lee Lewis records and took absolutely no shit from anyone. The only job he ever enjoyed was driving a tow truck, but he couldn’t support the family on just 85 cents an hour. He was convinced he’d finally hit the jackpot when he got a job throwing 100 pound bags of starch into boxcars for $1.85 an hour. 30 years later he retired with a worn out back, a bad shoulder and a cheap certificate in a cardboard frame. He once told me they were his, “Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth.”

One thing I inherited from my father was his low tolerance for bullshit and let’s face it, the arts world is full of it. With that in mind, one morning I scribbled a thought onto the cover of my notebook that served as a reminder while working on these songs. “There are only two people in art who matter. There’s the creative individual and the person experiencing it, everything else is an artificial filter.”  If I have one core artistic belief, that would probably be it. That principle and a whole lot of scratching, clawing and sacrifice has earned me a loyal cult following throughout Europe and in parts of the USA, but don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of me. I like to joke around the house that I’ve done everything I can to remain obscure without realizing it.

While my parents worked during the day, it fell upon some strange individuals to babysit me. One of these people was my uncle. He wasn’t the best choice to babysit a 4 year old because he’d just got out of prison. He wasn’t even really my uncle, he and my aunt were just shacking up. Living in sin. Renting with the option to buy. He got bored watching me so he took me to a neighborhood bar that had an upright piano in the corner. He’d sit me on top of that piano and I’d sing Hank Williams and Jimmy Rodgers songs while he accompanied me. The drunks thought I was a cute kid, so they gave me tip money and I’d sing their requests. My uncle would then take that money and get drunk on it. That’s when I first learned how the music industry actually works.

One of the benefits of being a touring musician is I often find myself dropped into unexpected situations.  These moments sometimes make their way into my songwriting. Experiences like crossing the Carpathian Mountains in Romania in a snowstorm and picking up a nine year old hitchhiker named “Cozmina.” She told me her family’s tragic story as I gave her a ride over the top of the mountain.

I recently visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. There’s a saying that every American knows someone whose name is on that wall, but as I stood there, I couldn’t think of anyone. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks.  As a kid in Wanamaker, Indiana, we had an aging boxer living in the house next door who had just lost his son in Vietnam. My Father did everything he could to be supportive, so we stopped by every day to visit. At the time, I was just a kid and didn’t understand any of it. After finding my neighbor’s son’s name on the wall, I found myself standing there silently grieving beside strangers and remembering his Father (and mine). These newfound memories of my father and our pugilist friend stuck with me and eventually lead to  “Ghosts Of Our Fathers.”

I’ve planted 7,176 trees in my lifetime. These were all large trees and were planted without the benefit of heavy machinery. Just shovels, spades and strong backs. It was my day job for about ten years and I loved it, but my body started to break down towards the end. Luckily, I started touring more in the UK and Europe which allowed me to play music full time. I quit that job about 8 years ago and haven’t had a day job since. “No Rust On My Spade” is a song that looks back to those days when I prided myself in being a Nurseryman.

“It Was A Train” and “The Darker Side Of Me” are loosely based on stories told to me by hobo friends around Midwestern campfires.

My father was a hunter. At a very young age I followed him into the forests of Indiana in search of deer, rabbit and squirrel. I struggled for years to find a way to tell him that I loved being alone in the woods with him more than anything, but the idea of killing animals for “sport” repulsed me. “With A Gun In My Hand” tells the story that I was unable to tell as a kid. I’m happy to report that as he aged he lost all interest in hunting. This made him love the outdoors even more.

I host a show called Thanks For Giving A Damn. It features your favorite musicians telling road stories, tall tales and vague recollections. There’s no music, just talk. It’s available as a podcast and there’s a new episode posted to iTunes every Wednesday. I love hearing road stories, so I started the show as a way to share these stories directly with the people who enjoy my work. I had modest expectations at first, but was pleasantly surprised when the audience grew much quicker than I ever could have hoped.

I’m happily living in East Nashville with my partner, Amy Lashley and a few too many rescued pets (Let me know if you need a cat). Amy and I have been together for over 15 years, but I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea. We’re just hanging out.

I’m a hell of a lot more like my old man than I’d care to admit. Like him, I work for a living. My job is to make people feel something and that’s what I’ve tried to do with “Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth.” It’s a record that I’m proud of and I believe it’s my finest work to date. Thank you kindly for taking the time to experience it and I hope we might one day meet in person.
Thanks for giving a damn,
-Otis Gibbs

With a low tolerance for bullshit and a guiding principle of maintaining his artistic integrity no matter what, Gibbs’ songwriting is deeply personal and profound. It’s plain to see Otis Gibbs is a man you should give a damn about. ” Rolling Stone

Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth has been a constant companion on my headphones over the past few weeks.” Billy Bragg

Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth is the breakout record that should elevate him to the next level. There isn’t a bad track on the album and the more you spin it, the more you’ll fall in love with it.” No Depression

It’s been playing round these parts for weeks now, and we’ve yet to tire of a single word or note. It really is an exceptional set of songs.” Penny Black Music.co.uk

Gibbs is a Midwesterner with a long beard, a trucker’s hat and and a bag of sharply observed country-rock songs, some far enough to the left side of the political fence to make him a spiritual descendent of Woody Guthrie and brother of Steve Earle.” The Boston Herald

With a proper growl, a lefty sensibility and a well picked acoustic guitar, Otis Gibbs is the Steve Earle of his generation, albeit without the drug history or the divorces.” Americana-uk.com

http://www.otisgibbs.com

 

***FRANC CINELLI***

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Bucking the trend with his free-wheeling alternative folk  Franc Cinelli is the songwriters’ songwriter. From uptempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and lovestruck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads; Franc has carved his own musical path.

Franc Cinelli’s new album The Marvel Age shows an artist continuing a determined road, not afraid to take chances and experiment. At its core this is a folk record, but its use of rhythms, the twists and turns in the arrangements with their vibrant colours and haunting undertones, create something much more. It has received critical acclaim including Folk Radio UK’s coveted album of the month slot and Resonance FM’s Tin Can Review Top Ten Albums of the year along with a score of fantastic reviews in the UK and Franc’s native Italy.

The album was written over the course of Cinelli’s extensive tour in 2013 and 2014 playing throughout the UK, US and his native Italy. The people and places of that tour, from the Strait of Messina to England’s North East are all present throughout these ten songs, as is much of the listening material from the tour, from T Bone Burnett records to the mesmerising Sahara Blues. The album was recorded in his London studio, enlisting the help of his live band Laurence Saywood on bass guitar and Drew Manley on drums.

Following his previous record with Morrissey and Coldplay producer Danton Supple, Franc took the step of recording and producing his own music at his London studio where he also continues to produce a crop of new talent.

The extensive 12-month tour promoting his last record I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight, which gave birth to this new album, saw him playing shows across UK, Europe and North America. Including sold out shows in New York and London, along with a televised performance at the Blue Note in Milan and two shows at the Royal Albert Hall. He’s gathered support from BBC Radio 2 to WFUV in New York and everywhere in between.

Franc Cinelli was born in Rome and grew up in London since the age of four. His introduction to music came from his mother’s record collection : ”Springsteen, The Police, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd & Bob Marley were the big hitters” he comments.

He started playing the violin when he was about 10 and quit that in favor of the guitar a few years later. Like all good troubadours, he spent a lot of time touring by himself before making records. Not just the length and breadth of the UK (quite literally from Hastings to Stornoway) but throughout the East Coast of the USA, Texas & Tennessee, and in his native Italy. He regards the road as the school of songwriting, and, he adds ”its rather good fun”.

The Marvel Age summons images of endless horizons, straight rails and songs sung for a place to sleep; jump the train and listen.Album Of The Month, Folk Radio UK

A roosty, bluesy, folky confection whose superpower appears to be the ability to fuse a hummable tune with thoughtful, thought-provoking lyrics“. ✮✮✮✮ R2 Magazine

His most compelling effort to date, embracing the sounds of folk and rock & roll.Exposed Magazine

http://www.franccinelli.com

 

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