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musical delights were enjoyed at Shakespeares last night. Thanks to Jess Klein and sideman Billy Masters, Mat Wale, John Batchelor and those that came along to listen as well. There was even some bonus acoustic Big Convoy when Mat & John shared the stage briefly. If you’d closed your eyes you could have sworn it was the Three Cranes in 2012.

It’s over a month until our next show, we return to the Bard’s Bar on Friday May 31st and head back to The Greystones on June 1st with Roaming Son and Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers. Check out the Gigs page for details, there’ll be more new shows listed there very soon too.

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We’ve added several new shows to our diary in the last week or so. All are now on sale via our WeGotTickets page at http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents

Coming to The Greystones on Tuesday March 12th we have Dave Harding of alt-country legends Richmond Fontaine as he undertakes his first solo tour of the UK. Support comes from The Farewell State (solo) and more.

On Friday April 26th our Shakespeares shows resume in their usual slot of the last Friday of the month. US songstress Jess Klein joins us for this one, something we’re very much looking forward too.

Friday June 21st once again sees us at The Greystones with an all too rare visit from The Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys and their unique blend of Country, Cajun and Western Swing paying tribute to the likes of Hank Williams, George Jones, Gram Parsons and The Louvin Brothers. We’re also very pleased to have Sheffield’s premier father & son rock ‘n’ roll duo M&J Blues play this show.

Last but by no means least, the Good Lovelies return to Sheffield on Wednesday June 26th following on from their fabulous set at The Greystones last year.

Tickets for Dave Harding can also be bought from The Greystones bar (12-6pm), The Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys and Good Lovelies tickets will be available from there next week.

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On Friday April 26th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes US songstress Jess Klein back to Sheffield when she joins us at Shakespeares. Following on from a wonderful show last September, Jess returns to the UK to promote the official release of her brand new album Behind A Veil. Support comes from local favourites Mat Wale and John Batchelor, collectively one half of and the songwriting team behind Big Convoy, but tonight playing individual solo sets. Advance tickets priced at £7 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/209374. Entry on the night will be £9. Doors open 8pm.


Jess Klein

Jess Klein will tell you; she’s moved to Texas and she’s not going back.  Indeed, since relocating to Austin in 2007, Jess Klein has been embraced by the quirky yet robust Texas music scene, and it shows in her latest release Behind A Veil a deep collection of americana-tinged musings on love, loss and redemption.

No stranger to culture shock, the Rochester, New York native first picked up the guitar and started writing songs while living as a student in Kingston, Jamaica in her late teens. After returning to the states, Klein moved to Boston and began performing locally, releasing her first album, Wishes Well Disguised independently. Soon after, in 2000 she was spotted and signed to Rykodisc. Her first release for the label, Draw Them Near, (3.5 stars, USA Today), launched Klein on a worldwide tour that saw her wow 70,000 attendees at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival with her relaxed confidence and rootsy soulfulness. After a move to NYC, Klein recorded her second solo effort for Ryko, Strawberry Lover (2005), which debuted as the No. 1 most added album at triple A radio a week before its release and garnered four stars from MOJO, as well as having the title track named one of the “Top Ten Sexiest Songs of the Moment” by the NY Daily News. Draw Them Near, Strawberry Lover and 2006’s City Garden would capture the attention of critics and fans worldwide.

Now a bonafide Austinite, Jess has shared the stage, recorded or collaborated with Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle,  Alejandro Escovedo, Shawn Colvin, John Fullbright, Drew Womack, Josh Abbott, Stoney LaRue, Matt the Electrician, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jimmy LaFave, Jon Dee Graham, Band of Heathens, Shelley King, Will Sexton, Suzanna Choffel, Randy Weeks and Ray Bonneville among others.

Behind a Veil (2012) marks Klein’s 2nd album with Austin based producer Mark Addison, the first being 2009’s critically acclaimed Bound to Love. In Bound to Love, Klein keenly embraced the dusty roots of Texas songwriters while reveling in her new surroundings.Behind a Veil goes deeper, chronicling her feelings during a particularly hard year; the loss of her father after a 5 year battle with ALS, a split with a long-time lover, and the self-empowering decision to move forward with no record label.

Jess explains: “You never really know what the big picture is to a situation – sometimes the meaning is veiled. It can seem really bad, but then later you can look back at the same moment and feel so grateful it went that way; I love that about life. Sometimes things are just really hard and really painful, but also beautiful.”
On Behind a Veil, Jess writes honestly and courageously about the conflicting emotions of love, loss, joy and pain. But even in the most delicate passages you can hear the triumph in her voice.

“She has one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to.” Mojo Magazine

“An excellent album – a career-maker in fact” No Depression


***MAT WALE***

Mat Wale

Mat Wale has been writing, producing and recording with various of his own band projects since 2004. As well as releasing a string of albums and EPs he also produced the ‘Medieval Death Folk’ EP for Mexican Kids At Home which remains to this day their definitive work. In 2008 he toured the US and UK with experimental indie band ‘avanGaad’. In 2009 he provided the soundtrack for Welsh indie film ‘Big Font, Large Spacing’.

Mat formed ‘The Rackets’ in late 2006. The band played neally 200 shows and recorded 4 EP’s together until their demise in late 2009. The band did later reform for occasional shows, and Mat found himself performing solo shows showcasing his country tinged songs of love and heartbreak. In 2012 Mat returned to band duties with new outfit Big Convoy.



John Batchelor

A 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 year or so you’ll have been more likely to catch John playing alongside Mat in their band Big Convoy, but tonight he plays an increasingly rare solo set.


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from our run of four gigs in nine days. We enjoyed a great show from Jess Klein last night at The Greystones and big thanks to Dave Sleney who stepped in at the last minute to support.

Our next stop is this Friday night at Shakespeares when we’re joined by Roaming Son, The Fontana Instincts and Grassoline before we return to The Greystones on Sunday when we welcome Southern Tenant Folk Union back to Sheffield with support from House Of Charms. Details on those and the rest of our upcoming shows including Royal Wood on October 2nd can be found here.

Thanks to everybody that came out last night, hopefully we’ll see some of you again in the week.

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we’ve enjoyed another night with three top quality acts at Shakespeares. Thanks to the Coma Girls, Boss Caine, Richie Syrett and everybody that came out on Friday. Our next gig at the Shakey is on Friday September 28th when we’re joined by Roaming Son, Walton Hesse and Grassoline. You can read all about that one here.

We return to The Greystones before that though. On Monday September 24th we welcome US singer/songwriter Jess Klein to Sheffield for the first time. We also have our old friend Dan Raza on the bill. Take a listen to both on our Coming Soon… page, we hope you can join us again.

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