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There’s been a change to support at next Monday’s Chris Mills show. Sadly Case Hardin can no longer make it but we’re very happy to have old friend Liam Dullaghan along instead, hell it’s been too long since we saw him anyway. The updated gig preview can be found here.

We’ve updated our You Tube channel today with a few more videos of artists heading our way. One of which is Amelia Curran, tickets for whom are now available here.

If you take a look at the ‘Forthcoming Acts’ links on the right of this page, the link for Stiv Cantarelli now takes you to his Bandcamp page where you can listen to his forthcoming new album ‘Innerstate’, recorded with members of Richmond Fontaine and featuring a Willy Vlautin duet.

In the next few days we’ll have previews coming for our October shows and news on those new dates we promised you. And don’t forget this coming Friday at The Greystones we have Otis Gibbs with support from Old Lost John and Joe Solo. Full details are here.

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On Monday September 12th, the man described as “one of the foremost authors of the 21st Century American songbook” makes a highly anticipated return to Sheffield. WagonWheel Presents… is delighted to welcome Chris Mills to The Greystones, with a fabulous supporting cast of Quiet Loner and Liam Dullaghan. Chris is touring in support of “Heavy Years : 2000-2010“, a retrospective record taking in his four previous studio albums which also features two brand new tracks.  Advance tickets priced at £7 are available from Wegottickets.com ( http://www.wegottickets.com/event/121134 ) and over the bar at The Greystones. Entry on the night will be £9. Doors open 7.45pm for an 8pm start.


At this point, much ink has been spilled decrying critically acclaimed songwriter Chris Mills’ seemingly perpetual commercial obscurity as has been used to laud his complex and ever evolving body of work, so we won’t bother doing that here. Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we?

With the release of the decade encompassing retrospective Heavy Years: 2000-2010 (Ernest Jenning Record Company) long time fans have a new opportunity to trace Mills’ evolution from Chicago alt-country refugee to an astute purveyor of orchestral pop and true American song-craft, while the uninitiated may quite possibly be on the verge of discovering their favorite new songwriting voice.

Heavy Years: 2000-2010 collects tracks from Mills’ last four studio albums (Kiss It Goodbye, The Silver Line, The Wall to Wall Sessions, and Living in the Aftermath), as well as two completely new collaborations with producer Alap Momin (DJ Oktopus of Dalek). By combining recent material with tracks from out of print gems, this collection gives testament to Mills’ consistent ability to wrap savvy commentary and emotional realism into mini-studio masterpieces. At turns slyly romantic and heartbreakingly cleareyed, Mills’ songs are packed with enough winks and asides to let the listener know that even though things seem tragic, at least they’re not alone.

Emerging from the Chicago roots rock renaissance of the late 90’s, and quickly signed to dearly departed indie Sugar Free Records, Mills rose to local prominence through collaborations with Mekons Jon Langford and Sally Timms, and on bills with acts like Steve Earle, Wilco, Neko Case, My Morning Jacket et. al. But while many would find comfort solely mining the rich soil of Americana music en vogue at the time, Mills was never completely at home within the genres somewhat narrow confines – perhaps first evidenced on tracks like “Signal/Noise”, the closing number on 2000’s Kiss It Goodbye, a post-modern homage to Phil Spector’s wall of sound masterminded by producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Josh Ritter, Califone, Iron and Wine).

Over the course of the next decade Mills would travel constantly throughout the United States and Europe, developing a loyal following and touring with artists including Ben Folds, Andrew Bird, Califone, Bishop Allen, The Handsome Family, and Lucero. Heavy Years: 2000-2010 draws from the four albums he created during this period, and documents how Mills’ evolving production and musical ideas kept pace with his constantly developing song writing acumen.

Finally settling in Brooklyn, NY, Mills is currently working on songs for his next project, tentatively titled, The Soldier Is The Castle.

His hidden elegance lies in the twist of lovesick metaphor, the wistful chord, the revisionist take on the slamming doorNME

‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet’ is a gem of pop grandeur that showcases Mills’ emotional vocal delivery.” Chicago Sun Times

Over the last few years Mills has quietly assembled an immensely impressive catalogue. His songs are literate, funny and endearingly hangdogThe Independent

a thoroughly confident declaration of independence from an artist finally, fully realizing his remarkable talents as a singer, songwriter and performer.” No Depression



Quiet Loner is the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill. His recording and live work as Quiet Loner has won him many accolades, including Americana UK Album of the Year 2004 for his debut LP ‘Secret Ruler of the World’, and he has played with kindred spirits like Lambchop, Joe Pernice, Neko Case and Chris Mills.

As Quiet Loner he sings songs about love, loss, infidelity, suicide, attempted murder, capital punishment, the database state, terrorism, religion, war, fallen angels, the secret rulers of the world and the redemptive power of country music. Hill is an accomplished raconteur and powerful live performer delivering a show that is emotional, often funny, usually political, occasionally angry, sometimes satirical 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. His new album ‘Spectrology’ is a stark and honest collection of performances recorded deep in the English countryside during the big freeze of January 2010. Produced by Mat Martin (Kirsty McGee, The Brute Chorus) it contains eleven songs of experience and wisdom, and features contributions from Inge Thomson (Bonnie Prince Billy, Broken Family Band), Roy Dodds (Fairground Attraction,Hank Wangford) and long term collaborator Alan Cook (Jackie Leven).

The wordplay is pure Costello. Delicate songwriting, with hints of folk and Americana. Bleakly beautifulUncut

An outstanding record. Uplifting and inspiringMaverick Magazine

It’s not an overstatement to say it’s up there with Ryan Adams’ “Heartbreaker”. Believe me, you need to hear this album.” Whisperinandhollerin

dissecting heartbreak with surgical precision. Highly recommended”  Americana UK



After almost three years in the making, former member of The HaveNots, Liam Dullaghan has delivered his debut solo album ‘Making History’.  One reviewer of an early solo show commented “his voice is cracked and aching, barely getting the words out at times, his guitar playing as though every string plucked causes him physical pain, but his muse is alive and flourishing, and will hopefully emerge from the darkness more often“.    With influences ranging from Chris Mills himself, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, through to Kate Bush, Weezer, Townes Van Zandt and The Lemonheads a veritable treat is in store.

an amalgam of the joys of The Replacements, Teenage Fanclub, Pernice Brothers and Big Star. Think sweet Americana fused with power pop and you’re halfway there. Think one of the best records of its type to pass this way in an ageThe Irish Times

a splendid record full of achingly pretty momentsThe Guardian


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