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certainly wasn’t too quiet at Shakespeares last night when filled with the musical delights of The Farewell State, Mat Wale & The Rackets and The Man With The Screaming Brain. Thanks go to all of them and all who came and listened and enjoyed.

WagonWheel Presents… will next be in the Bard’s Bar on Friday September 27th with a mighty double bill of Neil McSweeney and M.G. Boulter. You can check out the details on that one here.

Preceding that though will be back in The Backroom at The Greystones on Friday September 13th. We’ve a fantastic trio of singer/songwriters lined up for an evening in the company of Quiet Loner, Garron Frith and The Listeners. Ticket details and the full preview for this one can be found by clicking here. We hope you can join us then.

WWP 30.08.13

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how good was that?! We said Friday night would be special and i think it’s fair to say we were right. Massive thanks to Boss Caine, Dave Woodcock, Joe Solo and Richard Kitson for four wonderful sets, and to everybody that came out to support live music.

We’ll be back at The Greystones with more of the same on Friday September 13th when we’re joined by Quiet Loner, Garron Frith and The Listeners. Full details for that one are here.

Before then however the next WagonWheel Presents… show takes place at Shakespeares on Friday August 30th. We’ve a great night instore with The Farewell State, Mat Wale & The Rackets and The Man With The Screaming Brain. The full preview for this gig is here. See you then?

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little bonus edition of WagonWheel Presents… at Shakespeares last night. Thanks to those that came and listened to The Black Thunder Revue, Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius and Dirdsbead, and especially the bands themselves of course. We’ll be back in the Bard’s Bar in our usual slot of the last Friday of the month on August 30th when we’ll be joined by The Farewell State and Mat Wale & The Rackets. Keep an eye on the gigs page for details.

Our next show sees us return to The Greystones on Friday August 16th with four great singer/songwriters lined up for what should prove to be a highly entertaining night in the company of Boss Caine, Dave Woodcock, Joe Solo and Richard Kitson. The full preview for this show can be found here. We hope you can join us then.

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On Friday August 30th, WagonWheel Presents… will once again be at Shakespeares with another fine triple bill of live musical entertainment for your listening pleasure. This month it’s an all local affair with The Farewell State, Mat Wale & The Rackets and The Man With The Screaming Brain completing the variety packed line up. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/235836 or entry on the night will be £4. Doors open 8pm.

***THE FAREWELL STATE***

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.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Farewell-State/195736200456415

***MAT WALE & THE RACKETS***

Mat Wale & The Rackets

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 nearly 200 shows and recorded 4 EP’s together until their initial demise in late 2009. More recently he’s been performing solo shows showcasing his country tinged songs of love and heartbreak and performing as part of alt-country outfit Big Convoy. But for a short while at least, The Rackets are back, with a stripped down acoustic line up promoting the re-release of their EPs.

http://www.myspace.com/matwale

***THE MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN***

The Man With The Screaming Brain

The Man With A Screaming Brain might not actually have a screaming brain, but he will have his ukulele in tow, singing the folk/punk songs he’s been bringing to South Yorkshire for the last few years and kicking the evening off in style.

http://soundcloud.com/myscreamingbrain

Facebook Event page:

http://www.facebook.com/events/560295790701475

Last.fm Event page:

http://www.last.fm/event/3663976

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On Wednesday November 7th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes US singer/songwriter Rod Picott back to Sheffield when he joins us at The Greystones. Hailed by his friend and sometime writing partner Slaid Cleaves as “up there with the best of Springsteen, Steve Earle and Woody Guthrie“, many reviews are claiming most recent album Welding Burns as Rod’s finest work. Support comes from Mat Wale who will be showcasing material from former band The Rackets ahead of the issue of an EP of previously unreleased material. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from WeGotTickets (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/171023) and from the venue. Entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

***ROD PICOTT***

Rod Picott is the songs he sings. Since before Woody Guthrie songwriters have soaked their public image in the sepia tones of the working life but Picott bears the real life scars of living that life. Rod Picott’s songs are inhabited by sheetrock hangers, drinkers, circus hands, boxers and working girls and he sings about his characters with intimacy. Listening to a Rod Picott album you can smell the gasoline on a mechanics hands and the perfume of lovers in dark corners.

The son of a welder and former Marine, Picott grew up in the small mill town of South Berwick, Maine. His father’s record collection spanned Ray Charles to John Philip Sousa and James Brown. His older brother introduced him to the punk poetry of Lou Reed and Patti Smith. The tall, wiry framed Picott worked construction jobs from his high school graduation until the release of his first cd, Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues in 2001.

In the Folk and Americana world Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Fred Eaglesmith have been declared some of the best writers working and they have all recorded songs written or co-written by Rod Picott. Picott’s “Broke Down” released on Rounder Records by co-writer and artist Slaid Cleaves became the most played song on Americana radio and was awarded the song of the year award at the Austin Music Awards. In 2010 “Broke Down” found new life in the soundtrack to the Brian Koppelman written and directed film Solitary Man starring Michael Douglas. In that same year Picott’s song “Circus Girl” was featured in the PBS documentary Circus.

Rod Picott has released five solo cds and one cd with sometimes duo partner Amanda Shires, all to excellent reviews and extensive touring. Picott has been featured in No Depression magazine, on BBC Radio 2 where he has recorded several sessions for Bob Harris, and in Maverick magazine. Picott has produced for Rounder Records, toured as opening act for Alison Krauss and Union Station and played the prestigious Shrewsbury Folk and Maverick festivals in England and the Take Root & Blue Highways Festivals in Holland. The very definition of a modern troubadour Picott tours the U.S. in a Jeep Cherokee with a current odometer reading of 276,300 miles. Picott also tours annually in Europe and the U.K. to the tune of 130 plus shows yearly. Picott is lauded for his narrative and melodic songwriting, passionate delivery and darkly humorous onstage storytelling.

Rod Picott’s 2011 release Welding Burns spent 10 straight weeks on the AMA chart and reached #1 on The FAR Chart. Picott was voted #1 Songwriter of the year #1 Male artist of the year and Welding Burns was voted the #5 CD release of 2011 by the FAR Chart reporters.

quite simply another blue collar classic from Maine’s finest songwriterMaverick Magazine

The songs are both beautiful and disturbing, and are the work of an artist who deserves to be heard. I hope he sells a million copies.Mary Gauthier

the best of the current crop of Americana singer-songwritersAmericana-UK.com

http://www.rodpicott.com

***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.

http://www.myspace.com/matwale

Facebook event page:

http://www.facebook.com/events/113597402130395

Last.fm Event page:

http://www.last.fm/event/3410036

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thank you to everybody that came out on Friday night for what proved to be a fabulous show with James Apollo, The Farewell State and Mat Wale & The Rackets. Three fine performances and a great night all round. We head back to Shakespeares on Friday December 9th for this show.

Before then we’re at The Greystones for our next show on Wednesday November 30th with Amelia Curran, Daughter Of Frank and The Listeners. You can read all the details on that one here. We hope you can join us.

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certainly a wonderful way to celebrate five years worth of  WagonWheel gigs last night at The Greystones. Thank you to everybody that came along in the sell out crowd, not least Neil McSweeney & The Gents, Torn Sail and The Payroll Union for their fine musical efforts. And also a timely occasion to thank again all the folk who’ve played at or been to one our near 150 shows to date. Apologies to those we had to turn away on the door, we’d like to take the opportunity to remind all that advance tickets for every one of our shows are available here: http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents

On November 11th we promote our first show at Shakespeares when we’ll be joined by James Apollo, The Farewell State and Mat Wale & The Rackets. Details as always are on the Gigs page.

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