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Over the weekend of March 16th, 17th and 18th, WagonWheel Presents… brings our second WagonWheelWeekender to The Greystones, Sheffield. We’ll be bringing you five shows across the three days, featuring the usual mix of local, UK and international talent that you’d come to expect from a WagonWheel show.

On Friday night we’re joined by US singer/songwriter Rod Picott, playing songs from brand new double album. The sprawling twenty-two song Out Past The Wires ranges from whispery ballads to guitar driven rockers and hits every musical spot between. Opening the show will be Boss Caine, the main musical vehicle of hard living, permanently gigging, story telling, troubadouring, award winning, UK singer songwriter, Daniel Lucas.

Saturday afternoon sees the first of two “in the round” shows, when sharing songs and stories will be father & son duo M&J Blues, free-wheeling troubadour Franc Cinelli and The Black Thunder Revue frontman Andy P. Davison playing a solo set. All three acts will be on stage from the off for this early show.

We’ve a fine double bill of bands for Saturday night, with local favourites The Fargo Railroad Co. joined by The Lucky Strikes. The Fargo Railroad Co. are a southern rock / Americana inspired 4 piece band, whilst The Lucky Strikes have been described as “Blues/ Garage/ Americana, spaghetti-western, fiddle powered, howlin’, heavin’ rock and roll”. We think that adds up to a great show. Franc Cinelli returns to get the night under way too with a short solo/acoustic set.

For Sunday afternoon we return to the “in the round” format, this time in the company of Fargo’s Jody Davies airing some solo material, Charlie Tophill strumming out cheerful pessimism on an acoustic guitar and a man who’s been playing WagonWheel shows almost as long as we’ve been doing them, John Batchelor.

Finally on Sunday night, Southern Tenant Folk Union return to Sheffield with their ‘work in progress’ tour, road testing songs from forthcoming new album Willie Rough. Southern Tenant Folk Union are the Edinburgh based six-piece string band that over a series of albums have produced a thought provoking and arresting take on roots & folk music. Support comes from Paul Handyside, the folk and roots singer songwriter who began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah!

Doors for all evening shows open at 8pm and shows finish by 11pm.

Doors for afternoon shows open at 3pm and shows finish by 5.45pm.

Advance tickets prices are:

Friday night £10
Saturday afternoon £5
Saturday evening £8
Sunday afternoon £5
Sunday evening £12
Weekend ticket (all 5 shows) £35

Weekend tickets and tickets for each individual show are available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents

Tickets for each individual show are also available from the venue between 12 & 6pm daily.

All prices will be more on the door.

Full previews for each show are available at the links below:

Friday night : Rod Picott + Boss Caine
Saturday afternoon : M&J Blues + Franc Cinelli + Andy P. Davison
Saturday night : The Fargo Railroad Co. + The Lucky Strikes + Franc Cinelli
Sunday afternoon : Jody Davies + Charlie Tophill + John Batchelor
Sunday night : Southern Tenant Folk Union + Paul Handyside



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as the great Lonesome Bob once sang, and while last night wasn’t what we originally had planned at The Greystones, we found ourselves in the company of Ash Gray, Blind River Scare, John Batchelor and Adrian Bates instead for what still proved to be a great night. Thanks to them and those who made it along.

We’re back at The Greystones in August with Rachel Harrington plus Paul McClure (Friday 11th) and Curtis Eller’s American Circus (Wednesday 30th). Tickets for those are on sale here or from the venue.

Before then though for WagonWheel Presents… it’s our Tramlines show on Sunday July 23rd at Shakespeares. Details of who is joining us this year can be found here. Two stages, free entry, our show starts at 2pm, see you there?

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On the afternoon of Sunday March 18th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Jody Davies, Charlie Tophill and John Batchelor to The Greystones,  appearing “in the round” for a singer/songwriter show. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/424857 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the day will be £6. Doors open 3pm. This is show #4 of our WagonWheelWeekend happening across March 16th, 17th and 18th. Full weekend tickets for all five shows (including this one) are also available priced at £35 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/424859. For details of the full weekend line up see http://www.wagonwheelpresents.co.uk.



If being in three bands wasn’t enough, Jody Davies also airs a more stripped down set of songs in his rare performances of his solo material. With just his vintage Gibson J-45 (you may know her as Dolly), expect raw, heartfelt songs and to hear one or two of the stories behind them.



Charlie Tophill was raised in the penny arcades of a stony-beached seaside town in Kent. It was in this salty backwater that she first began singing for shrapnel and playing guitar for pennies.

After following the bright lights to North Yorkshire, she performed and toured with several bands – The Smoking Years, The Sam Griffiths Band and Curtis Eller’s American Circus – before returning to her solo roots.

Now Charlie performs her quirky brand of indie-pop with charm and humour, strumming out cheerful pessimism on an acoustic guitar. Her songs vacillate between light-hearted observation and intense feeling; catchy melodies and lyrically erudite songs delivered with honesty and warmth.




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 few years you’ll have been more likely to catch John playing alongside Mat Wale in alt-country band Big Convoy, or more recently with instrumental rock outfit The Hill People.



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On Wednesday June 28th, in a late change to the originally advertised show, WagonWheel Presents… brings a quartet of fine singer/songwriters to The Greystones. Joining us for the evening will be Sheffield’s own resident Texan Ash Gray, from South Wales making a last minute addition to his tour of The North Blind River Scare‘s Tim Manning, a rare solo outing for John Batchelor and fresh from recording his debut EP Adrian Bates. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/408419 or entry on the night will be £4. Doors open 8pm.


***ASH GRAY***


Ash Gray is a troubadour in the truest sense.

Born in US East Coast steeltown of Pittsburgh, the middle son of expat Yorkshire parents, he’s had an eye on the highway practically ever since he was old enough to play a gig.Raised in Austin, Texas – the Live Music Capital Of The World – Ash cut his musical teeth on the vibrant East Sixth Street, South Lamar and beyond, playing for tips in roots-rock bands like Roosterbilly and The Self-Righteous Brothers, the late 90s saw the emergence The High Class Family Butchers after time spent in London, time spent in New York City saw Ash scratching that hard-rock itch as guitarslinger with legendary Epic recording artists The Cycle Sluts From Hell before shifting gear, forming the acoustic folk-pop harmony band Ash Gray & The Girls in 2012.

Returning to the UK, Ash decided to rediscover his roots, eventually setting up base in Sheffield. Falling in with the Steel City’s own acoustic and Americana scene, Ash has been gigging regularly across the UK ever since, dividing his time fairly equally between Austin and Sheffield (and London and NYC as time allows). Taking his lead from one of Texas’ greatest musical sons, it seem Ash Gray just can’t wait to be on the road again. A new solo album is due this summer.





Blind River Scare is a vehicle for the Original Americana, Alt-Country & Roots influenced songs of South Wales based singer, songwriter & guitarist Tim Manning. There have been various incarnations of the band over the years, dating back to their original releases in 2005. The latest recording “Pastures New” features a three piece line up, reflecting the bands more acoustic side. Tonight Tim plays a solo show.





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 few years you’ll have been more likely to catch John playing alongside Mat Wale in alt-country band Big Convoy, or more recently with instrumental rock outfit The Hill People.





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. He is set to release debut EP “Small World”.



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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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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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