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seems to be, that wasn’t bad? Felt like a pretty good Sunday to me, not least due to an outstanding bunch of live sets from Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians, Joe Solo, Ash Gray & The Burners, Franc Cinelli, The Black Thunder Revue, Quiet Loner, Killing Fields Of Ontario, Idiot Son, Paul Handyside, Rory Cannon, Mat Wale & Little Convoy, Colin Mounsey, Massy Ferguson and Dave Woodcock. Big thanks as always to all of them, and to everybody that came along to a busy day at Shakespeares for our Tramlines show.

Our next show sees us venture to the Hop Hideout for the first time on Friday August 4th for an unplugged performance from The Fargo Railroad Co. Unfortunately, unless you were one of the lucky few who secured a ticket within the first hour or so of them going on sale, this show is already sold out.

So your next chance to join us for a WagonWheel Presents… show will likely be on Friday August 11th when Rachel Harrington returns to The Greystones. We’ve also got an opening set from Paul McClure and full details can be found here, maybe we’ll see you there?

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On Sunday July 23rd, WagonWheel Presents… returns to Shakespeares for our fifth annual Tramlines show. Once again we’ve got two stages of live music, with Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians, Ash Gray & The Burners, The Black Thunder Revue, Killing Fields Of Ontario, Paul Handyside, Mat Wale & Little Convoy plus all the way from Seattle, USA, Massy Ferguson joining us in the Bard’s Bar. Taking to the stage in the Stable Yard will be Joe Solo, Franc Cinelli, Quiet Loner, Idiot Son, Rory Cannon, Colin Mounsey and Dave Woodcock who gets things under way with a solo set. Our show starts at 2pm. Entry is free all day, no wristband required.



Described by Americana UK as “The next big thing from Sheffield”, Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians released latest album Medicine in 2015 to great critical acclaim. They deliver booze soaked rock ‘n’ roll echoing Springsteen, Strummer and with a nod towards the likes of The Hold Steady.

“The perfect rock and roll band… absolutely alive with electricity and excitement”Now Then Magazine



***ASH GRAY & THE BURNERS*** 8.40pm Bard’s Bar

Born in the US to parents form Yorkshire, Gray first began to make inroads into the UK music scene when he assembled the Anglo-American ‘punk-grass’ band, the High-Class Family Butchers during a late-90s sojourn in London. Currently residing in Sheffield with a new album due imminently, tonight the Texas songwriter plays with his band The Burners.



***THE BLACK THUNDER REVUE*** 7.20pm Bard’s Bar

The Black Thunder Revue are a Sheffield based dirty, bluesy Rock n Roll band. With influences firmly set in Mississippi blues they bring a fresh, exciting sound that’s full of passion and melody.



***KILLING FIELDS OF ONTARIO*** 6.10pm Bard’s Bar

Killing Fields of Ontario 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.




***PAUL HANDYSIDE*** 5pm Bard’s Bar

Paul Handyside is a folk and roots singer songwriter  who began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! Handyside formed Bronze in 2001 before concentrating on solo recordings in the late 2000s. With elements of traditional British folk and sixties protest songs emerging in Handyside’s now well established and diverse musical palette, current shows are based around the trio of Paul, producer Rob Tickell on slide guitar and Dave Porthouse on melodeon and double bass.http://www.paulhandyside.com 

***MAT WALE & LITTLE CONVOY*** 3.50pm Bard’s Bar

Mat Wale has been writing and recording since early 2004. Rising out of the tumultuous Chesterfield music scene of the mid 2000s that spawned ‘avanGaad’, ‘Vigilante Wing’ and ‘The Culture Thieves’ among others. Whether working with Alt. Country behemoths ‘The Rackets’ (2006-2013 on and off), Grunge/Electro/ Folk duo ‘Arrogant Whale’ (2006-2010), Country Rock outfit ‘Big Convoy’ (2011-Present) or performing solo, Mat is untouched by his peers in terms of sheer volume of work. Unwaveringly sticking to his ‘Lo-Fi’ ideals and grass roots approach to making music.



***MASSY FERGUSON*** 2.30pm Bard’s Bar

It seems strange to call Seattle rock-americana outfit Massy Ferguson “up and comers”. But despite 11 years as a band, that seems to be the ironic position they find themselves in. After a breakout new album “Run It Right Into the Wall” that climbed into the Top 50 of the US Americana charts and a showcase at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville the band is definitively making a name for itself. And, perhaps finally, differentiating that name from the tractor-combine company that inspired the moniker.



***JOE SOLO*** 9.20pm Stable Yard

Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.



***FRANC CINELLI*** 8pm Stable Yard

Bucking the trend with his free-wheeling alternative folk Franc Cinelli is the songwriters’ songwriter. From uptempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and lovestruck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads; Franc has carved his own musical path. Like all good troubadours, he spent a lot of time touring by himself before making records. Not just the length and breadth of the UK (quite literally from Hastings to Stornoway) but throughout the East Coast of the USA, Texas & Tennessee, and in his native Italy.



***QUIET LONER*** 6.50pm Stable Yard

Quiet Loner is the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill. Quiet Loner sings songs about love and fear, life and death, despair and hope. On a live stage Hill is an understated yet powerful performer delivering a show that is emotional, political, occasionally angry but nearly always gentle and human. Inspired by the storytelling traditions of American folk and country music, Hill’s songs also have a distinctly British lyrical bite.



***IDIOT SON*** 5.40pm Stable Yard

Reticent would most probably best describe the Andy Thompson approach to live performance. Whilst his band Idiot Son where conceived at the turn of the century, you could probably count on two hands the number of times they have been found outside of London. The musical output is equally sporadic, album “Lummox” was released in 2004 on their own Poppycock label, featured shimmering, solitary acoustic guitar and cello alongside conventional drums and bass, all winding around Thompson’s wry observations of the capital city and its stories. They returned in 2015 after a recording absence of ten years with their second album, the similarly sublime ‘Stibbington’.



***RORY CANNON*** 4.30pm Stable Yard

Up & coming folk rock singer/songwriter Rory Cannon has been described as a flawless guitar talent with an enchanting voice. He’s been gigging regularly around the North for the last year or so and recently released the EP Lies.



***COLIN MOUNSEY*** 3.20pm Stable Yard

Colin Mounsey’s tunes draw on a wide and varied range of influences such as Ben Folds, Sparklehorse, Nick Cave and Bruce Springsteen. Last album ‘Let Love Win’ was the result of several days of frantic writing, a lot of late nights, and quite a bit of alcohol. Colin describes it as sounding “sort of like Radiohead meets Cher with a hint of John Denver, some Johnny Cash rolled in for good measure and a brilliant MC”. The MC being “to make it sound different”.



***DAVE WOODCOCK*** 2pm Stable Yard

And finally, when he’s not doing his full on rock ‘n’ roll thing with The Dead Comedians (as happening on the other stage later today), Dave Woodcock can occasionally be found acoustic guitar in hand belting out a solo interpretation or two.



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for another year. Last night we wound up our 2013 with three fantastic bands at Shakespeares. Big thanks to Killing Fields Of Ontario, Laurel Canyons, The Farewell State and everyone that came along to listen in the Bard’s Bar.

WagonWheel Presents… returns on Saturday January 25th with Big Convoy and more. Details on the gigs page of that show and what else we currently have planned so far for 2014. See you next year?

This guy enjoyed last night.

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Down at Shakespeares we enjoyed some delightful tunes from Tom Baxendale, saw Grassoline take things to a whole new level and experienced another great set from The Lucky Strikes who are simply one of the finest live bands around. Big thanks to all of them and you if you were there. More fool you if you weren’t.

The next and final WagonWheel Presents… gig for this year sees us return to Shakespeares on Saturday November 30th with Laurel Canyons, Killing Fields Of Ontario and The Farewell State. Details can be found here. All yours for just £4. Even less if you buy here in advance. Maybe we’ll see you then.

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2013 all wrapped up for WagonWheel Presents… as far as shows at The Greystones go. It was another evening of the finest quality live music with Royal Wood, Peter Katz and Big Convoy. Thanks go to them and all those who came along too. We’ll return to The Backroom in February. Show details are here.

It’s not all done and dusted though, November still sees us with two more shows to come at Shakespeares. On Wednesday November 20th we welcome back The Lucky Strikes along with Grassoline and Tom Baxendale. Details are here. Our final show of the year will be on Saturday November 30th with Laurel Canyons, Killing Fields Of Ontario and The Farewell State. You can hear a track from all six acts still to come here.

See you there maybe?

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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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rather enjoyed last night’s show at Shakespeares. Big thanks to Big Convoy, Killing Fields Of Ontario, The Kirkland Turn and those that made it out to join us. We’re next back in the Bard’s Bar on June 22nd with Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius, Sparkwood & 21 and The Silver Darlings.

Our next show though is tomorrow night, Sunday May 27th, when Whitehorse come to The Greystones with support from Roaming Son. We’ve also added some new dates for later in the year and recent additions to our listings include Huw Costin, The Payroll Union, Royal Wood, Josh Harty and Rod Picott. All tickets are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents and there are early bird offers onsale for a limited time for some shows. Full details on all upcoming shows can be found over on the Gigs page.

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