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On Saturday November 30th, WagonWheel Presents… heads to Shakespeares for the final time this year and we’ve quite a show to finish 2013 off with a bang. There’s a welcome return to Sheffield for Killing Fields Of Ontario who have just released brand new album How The World Ends, we have Alt-country/rock four piece The Farewell State and a WagonWheel debut of sorts for Laurel Canyons who were last with us when known as In Fear Of Olive. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/248295 or entry on the night will be £4. Doors open 8pm.


Laurel Canyons

Collected, composed and packing a ferocious punch, Laurel Canyons mine a fertile seam of Americana that blend elements of roots, folk, rockabilly and country. The name Laurel Canyons is a nod to some of their influences – an array of musical legends that lived in Laurel Canyon during its 60s and 70s bohemian heyday -but mixed in with this potent brew are elements of home, and Laurel Canyons are also unmistakably British in their unique sound.

Laurel Canyons have played hundreds of gigs, a slew of festivals and radio sessions, much radio play plus successful support slots played with a roster of established bands. On the way they have amassed widespread admiration from fans, musicians, radio DJs and music industry heads alike. Laurel Canyons are ready to spread up and down these Isles and beyond.

Singer Jake Cope and guitarist Paul J Burdett were best friends at school with the common goal of creating and performing the best songs they could muster. Later joined by the virtuosity of France Lahmar on bass guitar and the whirlwind on the skins that is Arv Teeroovengadum, they are close-knit gang of mates who make a lightning strike impression with a rich heritage of musical influence that spans a century.

Discovered two years ago by the seasoned managers of reformed art rockers Magazine, Laurel Canyons are now on the cusp of releasing their first album. As vital as it is timeless, this debut sets out their stall as a tight knit group brimming with talent and passion. Recorded above a betting shop in their hometown of Doncaster, the songs distil the everyday honest realities of getting by on your wits, exploring relationships and making the best of the hand you’re dealt.

Although the music game often seems to elude genuine talent, there should be no cause for worry with this gang. The outstanding and timeless quality of their music and the emotional investment therein can only bring just rewards. Only those with wooden hearts and cloth ears will miss such artistry.

Really, really great songs, boss lyrics too and sympathetic arrangements played with real feeling and soul… what is there not to like?Richard Hawley

Laurel Canyons nearly blow the roof off. Driven by drummer Arv Teeroovengadum, he beats the skins to within an inch of their lives. With some top notch vocals from Jake Cope, these guys are a class act.Sheffield Star

A high quality piece of indie-rock that has a hint of The Waterboys to it on occasion and will hopefully spread like wildfire. Laurel Canyons are a band worth hearingThe Sound Of Confusion




Killing Fields of Ontario have the rare talent for turning the unspoken fears and realities of life into a fluid musical product. Combining stabs of melancholy with dark spasms of madness, their forthcoming album ‘How the World Ends’ (released 4th Nov 2013) has moments that are similar to the introverted storytelling tenderness of Villagers ‘Awayland’, and others that demonstrate a more streetwise modern angst like Frightened Rabbit’s ‘Pedestrian Verse.

Formerly based in Leeds, the band is now spread all over the UK. Since forming in 2008 they’ve supported acts such as Broken Records, Sparrow and the Workshop, Chris Mills, Otis Gibbs, and Elliot Brood. The 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.

The complex, expansive sounds and emotional weight of Broken Records, The National or Frightened Rabbit. All hail the apocalypse.NME

Barnstorming folk rock that expands with heart-on-sleeve emotion… the sound of preppy, college-rock types calling the shots at a ceilidh.Q Magazine

The frontmen swapped between guitar, banjo, mandolin and keyboards to produce a sumptuous set rich in variety, texture and nuance. On a couple of occasions all 4 musicians sang beautiful a capella breaks which tingled the spineCounterfeit Magazine

Foot-stompingly upbeat gung-ho songs like ‘Tired of Being a Man’ were delivered with electric force and uplifting enthusiasm. Capable of soft and sweet tunes too, Killing Fields Of Ontario really showed that they are more than a one trick pony; definitely worth catchingLeeds Music Scene



The Farewell State

Starting out as one voice from local widescreen rock outfit The Letter, with influences ranging from the likes of Fugazi and Afghan Whigs to Sparklehorse and My Morning Jacket, The Farewell State was originally an outlet for new songs of Simon Roberts. Having now morphed into an instrument-swapping Alt-country/rock four piece, channelling the sounds of the likes of Bon Iver, Ryan Adams and even Neil Finn into the mix,  the band are crafting something that lasts with noise and melody.


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a rather fine way to kick off our new run of shows at Shakespeares. Big thanks to In Fear Of Olive, The Clench, Roaming Son and everybody that came out. A great crowd and great night.

We’re back at Shakespeares on April 27th with Garforth & Myers and The Fontana Instincts. Our next show at The Greystones is this one.

In other news we now have a confirmed date for Southern Tenant Folk Union. They’ll be back in Sheffield on Sunday September 30th. Tickets are on sale now: http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents


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that was a rather wonderful way to round off our run of March shows at The Greystones. Fabulous gig from The Deadly Gentlemen last night, not forgetting The Payroll Union and Dave Sleney who got the night off to a great start. Thanks to everybody that came out.

We still have more to come this week though. On Friday night (March 30th) it’s the first of our new run of shows at Shakespeares where we’ll be hosting a night on the last Friday of each month. We kick off with In Fear Of Olive (launching new EP Saluting Magpies), The Clench and Roaming Son. All the details can be found here. The evening will also mark our 150th show.

Our next show at The Greystones is on April 21st when we’re joined by Amanda Shires, Garron Frith and Mat Wale. See here for details of how you could win a pair of tickets for this show and a copy of Amanda’s latest CD.

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WagonWheel Presents… begins our new regular monthly night at Shakespeares on Friday March 30th, and we have a fantastic three band bill lined up to kick things off. Launching their new EP Saluting Magpies will be hotly tipped Doncaster band In Fear Of Olive. Bringing their cowboy rock ‘n’ roll we have the gentlemen of The Clench and the night fires into action with some dirty twang from Roaming Son. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from WeGotTickets.com (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/157403) or entry will be £4 on the night. Doors open 7.45pm.


On March 26th In Fear of Olive release their second EP “Saluting Magpies”. Once again the band recorded with acclaimed roots producer Keith Angel (Kate Rusby, Martin Simpson, John Boden, John Tams). In Fear of Olive, comprising of Jake Cope, France Lahmar, P.J.Burdett and Arv Teeroovengadum further consolidated their growing live reputation in 2011 with over 70 gigs and performances at boutique festivals together with BBC Radio plays and sessions for the likes of Clive Anderson’s Loose Ends on Radio 4. Louis Theroux, who was also on the show, is now a big fan declaring, “…the band sounded terrific, kind of Doorsy”.

After support slots with Alabama 3, Southside Johnny, Haight Ashbury and more, In Fear Of Olive were confirmed as tour support for Howard Devoto’s cult band Magazine where audiences were calling for that most unusual of things for an opening act… an encore.

The Magpies EP sees Jake Cope’s songwriting stretching to impressive breadth and depth – much more personal and aggressive at times. This had some unexpected payback that threatened to end the band before it really took off. “I was in a state of change when I started to write these songs” explains Jake. “I didn’t go looking for it” he jokes “Change can drive you crazy if you’re unprepared. In those moments of panic you know all you can do Is grab what you can and make some sense of It all and it all comes out in that song” (Saluting Magpies)

In Fear Of Olive may be from Yorkshire, but they have a distinct American rootsy vibe that permeates their not so traditional folk style.

Twanged-up skiffling rock and roll from the Deep South – deep South Yorkshire, that is. Energised by Johnny Cash, Bright Eyes and Bob Dylan, this quartet has the Richard Hawley seal of approval and ours too.” – The Word Magazine

Really, really great songs, boss lyrics too and sympathetic arrangements played with real feeling and soul… what is there not to like?” – Richard Hawley



The Clench deliver whiskey-fuelled, blues-swamp-funk-country rock, to put it in a not very small nutshell. The six piece band caused a bit of a stir on the Sheffield live circuit since unleashing their debut EP ‘Pain Don’t Hurt’ which they since followed up with the acclaimed album ‘Walking In The Devils Tracks’. They aim to make ‘music to ride horses by’ and their sound conjures up images of Western desert landscapes and cowboys.

A brave and uncompromising smirk at cowboy rock – 8/10Toast Magazine

A band out of time with no place in polite society – 9/10″ Exposed Magazine

Doesn’t so much buck the trend as fit it with spurs and place JR Ewing’s hat on its head.Sheffield Star

A truly stunning swoon that’d make any red-blooded listener want to canter off into the distance. It’s sexy, sultry and visually evocative. The band’s Western-drenched material is intoxicatingly evocative.” Sheffield Telegraph

Tight as Wrangler jeans with sounds as big as Tennessee, these boys are ones to watch.” The Culture Vulture



Roaming Son are a Sheffield based band that mix earthy heartfelt vocals with twangy dirty guitars, greasy bass and jungle drums to create a sound that is influenced by the classic rock’n’roll recordings of the 50’s / 60’s but while adding a distinctive modern flavour. From brash to beautiful, the sound of chainsaws & rainbows.

100 % Sheffield Rock’n’Roll” – Sheffield Scenester


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There are quite a few things happening at the moment, so here goes with the latest news.

In September we’re delighted to be welcoming Chris Mills back to Sheffield. He’ll be at The Greystones on the 12th in support of his career retrospective release ‘The Heavy Years’. Ticket details are on the Gigs page.

Before then on August 20th we’ll be joined by indie/folk outfit In Fear Of Olive who have been all over BBC Radio lately and one of our favourite bands from last year, Walton Hesse. Ticket details and the full line up for this show will be announced shortly.

We’re also pleased to have added singer/songwriter Mat Wale to the line up of our next show on June 29th when he’ll be opening for Matt Andersen. Richard Kitson also supports. You can read the full updated preview for this gig here.

Torn Sail will be back with us later in the year too, we’ll have more news on that and more soon.

Finally thanks to everybody who came out to The Greystones on Sunday night for The Clench, Garforth & Myers and Roaming Son. A great night with a fantastic crowd.

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