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WagonWheel Presents… returns for 2015 on Saturday January 31st at Shakespeares with a fine 4 act acoustic-ish night. We’ll be joined by new faces and old friends in an evening that features Richard Kitson, Tom Baxendale, Blue Rooster (solo) and Growlin’ Al Gordon. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/305179 or entry on the night will be £4. Doors open 8pm.



Richard Kitson

From a young age Sheffield born Richard Kitson immersed himself in the music that he loved; relentlessly emulating the sounds he heard on records from Bob Dylan to Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson to Rory Gallagher. He first taught himself the harmonica and dabbled with drums before making guitar technique not merely a passion, but an artistic obsession.

Moving on from a successful first album it was something of a revelation to discover the music of Bert Jansch, Davy Graham and John Martyn. Kitson adopted a new finger-picking style that not only unlocked a world of new potential in his personal playing; but also released a new depth of songwriting that has become a primary focus. Self taught by listening to the greats and with a deep sense of the tradition and craft of blues and folk, Richard is a musician’s musician – it all comes from the soul.

From his first eponymous album release in 2003 Kitson’s sound has matured and developed along with a career supporting some of the biggest names in folk and blues around the UK. He has regularly supported well-respected artists from across the globe such as Michael Marra, Otis Gibbs, Boo Hewerdine, John Tamms, Wizz Jones and Peggy Seeger.

Richard has gigged from London to Edinburgh; famous blues clubs to music cafes and while he’s shared bigger stages at city concert venues he often prefers the intimacy and opportunity to connect with the audience through carefully orchestrated performances at smaller venues.

“Richard Kitson is fantastic” Sandman Magazine

“When I grow up I want to play guitar like Richard Kitson” Otis Gibbs




Tom Baxendale

The Rainy Day Club were are a Sheffield three piece whose distinct songs combined elements of alt. country, new wave, rockabilly, pre-Beatles pop and post-Dylan americana. Their debut album, Pale White Hands – recorded by Bromheads’ Tim Hampton at his Crystal Ship studio – was released in 2013. Tonight frontman Tom Baxendale plays a set of his solo material ahead of a rumoured return for the band in the coming months.




Blue Rooster

Sheffield’s Blue Rooster offer a blend of original blues, country and rockabilly. A sometime duo, tonight main man Tom performs a solo set.




Growlin' Al Gordon

Growlin’ Al Gordon performs traditional blues, folk and spirituals of America, as well original songs heavily influenced by them.



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