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that aren’t really Sunday nights are always a good thing. But a Bank Holiday eve in the company of John Statz and The Fargo Railroad Co. is even better as last night at The Greystones proved. Thanks to John, Fargo, and everybody that came along too for another great evening.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Backroom on Wednesday May 10th when Rachel Ries comes back to Sheffield with new songs and a new band name, performing now as Her Crooked Heart. Huw Costin opens the show. Full details can be found here. Maybe we’ll see you there?

 

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and no there isn’t a hole on The Greystones stage, Mr Richard Kitson more than makes up for in quality song writing and the gift of the gab. He can play a guitar a bit too. Another excellent “Evening With…” himself last night, along with guests Joe Solo, Georgina Gilmartin plus bonus offerings from Richard & Georgina’s Recharging Radios project and a cheeky Fargo number to finish off. Big thanks to all who played and everyone that joined us.

Next for WagonWheel Presents… we return to The Greystones on Sunday April 30th when John Statz comes to Sheffield as part of his European tour for brand new album The Fire Sermon. Opening the show will be The Fargo Railroad Co. with an acoustic set. You can find full details for this show here. See you then?

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On Sunday April 30th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes US singer/songwriter John Statz back to The Greystones when he returns to the UK with his brand new record The Fire Sermon, the follow up to 2015’s Tulsa. Support comes from The Fargo Railroad Co. who open the show with an acoustic set. Advance tickets priced at £7 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/382438 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £9. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***JOHN STATZ***

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New album The Fire Sermon sees John Statz present ten brand new songs about burning into, through, and out of love. John takes up the story…

I have been writing love songs lately, specifically about the kinds of romantic love that burn. Namely, all of them. When we first enter a new relationship we are filled with burning desire. Sometimes we later take those same relationships for granted and seemingly burn right through them. At the end we might find ourselves literally burning old love notes, or simply bridges, which turns out to be an excellent time to listen to that fire in our bellies. Hit the road, see something new, spend time on ourselves before striking a new match.

This album and these songs are partially my story, partially your story, partially his story, and partially her story. THE FIRE SERMON presents ten brand new songs, each of them about relationships in different places, while also suggesting a larger album-long narrative for the listener to discover.

This past summer while backpacking in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming I spent several afternoon thunderstorms huddled in the tent, trying to make some sense of the lengthy and heavily-annotated poem, The Wasteland, by T.S. Eliot. (I’d needed a really light book for the sake of the weight on my back, but light reading it was not.) I was particularly taken with the third section of the poem, entitled “The Fire Sermon”, with endnotes informing me that the name was taken from “a sermon by the Buddha denouncing the fires of passion, hatred, and infatuation with which the senses burn.” At the very end of the section Eliot simply repeats, “Burning burning burning burning.”

Previous offering Tulsa is a beautiful blend of soft Americana and smooth folk with echoes of The Jayhawks and Whiskeytown. After years of DIY touring everywhere from Eastern Europe to Mexico, the Wisconsinite who now resides in Colorado fell in with fellow Midwesterner Jeffrey Foucault, a critically acclaimed songwriter and veteran of the Americana circuit. A fan of Statz’s 2012 album Old Fashioned, produced by Bo Ramsey, Foucault offered to produce his next record while the two were on tour together in Colorado.

John Statz can stand beside the best and above the rest with his songwriting alone.No Depression

John writes the kind of songs that float through your mind, seeking purpose and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening.” American Songwriter

“John Statz writes songs you can’t shake. They follow you around all day and run through your head at 3 a.m.” Jeffrey Foucault

http://johnstatz.com

 

***THE FARGO RAILROAD CO.***

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The Fargo Railroad Co. have gone from strength to strength since forming in 2013 and have steadily built a reputation as one of Sheffield’s hottest live acts. Drawing on a vast range of musical influences, from old school thrash metal to easy listening, jazz to blues, rock & funk to folk, country and bluegrass, they found common ground in the broad and deep ocean of Southern Rock. They released their debut album, live recording Sharing The Load, in early 2015 and had a busy summer of festival appearances. They rounded off 2015 with a sold out second birthday show and a live acoustic EP, before the end of 2016 saw them release their first full length studio album This One’s For You in front of another sell out crowd. Tonight they perform an acoustic set.

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After Jeffrey and Josh came John, John Statz. Our third visitor of the year originating from Wisconsin provided yet more proof of the quality of song writers they’re breeding there. A great set following on from fine support by King Quentin and Andy P. Davison at The Greystones last night. Thanks to all who played and all who came and listened, it’s fair to say we thought it was a wonderful show.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Backroom on Thursday June 25th with Good Lovelies plus support from Paul McClure. You can read all about this one here.

However our next show is on Friday June 19th. In association with Four Rivers, we welcome Curtis Eller’s American Circus to Shakespeares. The Silver Darlings will be kicking off proceedings at this one. A full preview can be found here. You don’t want to miss this one.

See you then?

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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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So since we last updated you here on what we have to come in 2015, we’ve added a bunch of new shows to the gig list and it’s looking rather tasty indeed. Brand new names to the WagonWheel Presents… stage include Cale Tyson, Paul McClure, Luke Whittemore and Broken Flowers. Confirmed for a June return are Canada’s Good Lovelies, whilst Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers visit again in May. We also welcome back M&J Blues, The Rainy Day Club, Canyon Family, Ian Bramall, The Clench, The Fargo Railroad Co., Roaming Son and Boss Caine.

That all leaves our current schedule looking like this:

  • Big Convoy + Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers + Micky Denny @ Shakespeares, Saturday February 28th
  • Good Luck Mountain + Jack Harris @ Shakespeares, Thursday March 5th
  • Josh Harty + Kelley McRae duo + M&J Blues @ The Greystones, Thursday March 26th
  • Tomorrow We Sail + Idiot Son + The Listeners @ Shakespeares, Saturday March 28th
  • The Rainy Day Club @ Shakespeares, Saturday April 25th
  • Cale Tyson + Canyon Family + Luke Whittemore @ Shakespeares, Wednesday May 6th
  • Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers @ Shakespeares, Friday May 22nd
  • Roger Davies + Ian Bramall @ Shakespeares, Saturday May 30th
  • John Statz @ The Greystones, Wednesday June 10th
  • Good Lovelies + Paul McClure @ The Greystones, Thursday June 25th
  • The Clench + The Fargo Railroad Co. + Broken Flowers @ Shakespeares, Saturday June 27th
  • Roaming Son + Boss Caine @ The Greystones, Friday July 10th

Click on the Gigs page for more details. Advance tickets for all shows are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents. Prices are always more on the door.

There’ll be much more to come later in the year too, keep an eye out for new dates with Otis Gibbs, Wild Ponies, The Black Thunder Revue and perhaps a Tramlines show as well…

 

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On Wednesday June 10th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes US singer/songwriter John Statz to The Greystones. John will be in the UK as part of a Europe wide tour to promote his brand new album “Tulsa” (produced by recent visitor to The Backroom, Jeffrey Foucault).

Support comes from King Quentin and Andy P. Davison of The Black Thunder Revue plays a solo set. Advance tickets priced at £6 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/302565 and the venue (12-6pm) or entry on the night will be £8. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

 

***JOHN STATZ***

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John Statz recorded his new album with an all-star band in the middle of a Vermont ice storm. After years of DIY touring everywhere from Eastern Europe to Mexico, the Wisconsinite who now resides in Colorado fell in with fellow Midwesterner Jeffrey Foucault, a critically acclaimed songwriter and veteran of the Americana circuit. A fan of Statz’s last album (2012’s Old Fashioned, produced by Bo Ramsey), Foucault offered to produce his next record while the two were on tour together in Colorado.

The resulting Tulsa is beautiful blend of soft Americana and smooth folk with echoes of The Jayhawks and Whiskeytown. “John writes songs you can’t shake,” says Foucault. “They follow you around all day and run through your head at 3 a.m. Open hearted, horizon-line songs.”

“Jeff kicked my ass. He pushed me to crank out well-written songs,” continues Statz. “He’s such a great
songwriter himself and I felt like I had to step up my game. And then there is the absolutely amazing band…” The band John speaks of features Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums, Mark Spencer (Son Volt) on electric guitars and pedal steel, Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass, Jeffrey Foucault on guitars and vocals, Caitlin Canty singing harmonies and Matt Lorenz on fiddle.

“Tulsa feels like how I was always supposed to make a record. Hunkered down for three days, living and eating with the band, tracking live, all during the raging ‘Polar Vortex’.”

John Statz can stand beside the best and above the rest with his songwriting alone.No Depression

John writes the kind of songs that float through your mind, seeking purpose and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening.” American Songwriter

http://johnstatz.com

 

***KING QUENTIN***

King Quentin

Original members Jody Davies (also of The Fargo Railroad Co.) and Harry Steele met at in 2002 and (after Harry convinced Jo to let him cut his hair) began writing music together in 2003. Jo sings and plays guitar while Harry plays the drums or the occasional home made cajon. Two full length albums have been recorded. King Quentin exist to remind people what music is all about: emotion and memory making. There are no delusions of grandeur, just authentic and honest lyrics and good music.Once described by Sheffield’s then premier music magazine, Sandman, as “a slice of raw magic”.
King Quentin have been described as having a Country and Americana sound with bluegrass influences.
***ANDY P. DAVISON***
Andy P. Davison
The Black Thunder Revue are a four piece bluesy rock n’ roll band full of passion and melody. Originally formed in 2007 under the name Socrates Johnson they continue to build their reputation as a quality live act since coming together in their new form in 2013. The sound is rooted in Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll, but draws on many styles. Tonight Andy takes it back to basics with a set of his solo material.
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