Posts Tagged ‘Matt Andersen’

A is for… well let’s not get into that, except to say thanks to the amazing Matt Andersen for yet another fantastic show. Thanks of course also go to M&J Blues for a fine opening set and you if you were one of the many people that filled the Bard’s Bar at Shakespeares last night. We certainly had a great time.

We’re back at Shakespeares twice next month. Firstly on October 14th we have a triple bill of Roaming Son, Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers and Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles before October 21st sees the return of Otis Gibbs.

Meanwhile on October 16th we’re back at The Greystones when we’re joined by Rod Picott. You can find previews for all of next month’s shows by clicking here.

Maybe we’ll see you at one of them.

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Sheffield artist Martin Bedford has created a fresh new batch of posters for several of our upcoming shows as you can see below. Click here to take a look at Martin’s website, or if you find yourself in town then you can see much more of Martin’s work at Eten Cafe (next to the Cathedral) where there’s an exhibition of his poster art on until November 1st. You can find more details of the exhibition here.

Tickets for the below and all WagonWheel Presents… shows are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents and for all shows at The Greystones are also available from the venue between 12 & 6pm. More details for all upcoming dates can be found by clicking here.


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a bad way to spend a Saturday night, was it? An evening of fine music from The Listeners, Mat Wale, Anytown and Huw Costin. Big thanks to all of them and all who came along to Shakespeares last night too. We certainly enjoyed it a lot.

Our next show sees us back in the Bard’s Bar on Saturday September 27th when we’re joined by Matt Andersen and M&J Blues for what promises to be another special night. A full preview for this show can be found by clicking here. We hope you can join us then.

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show for August, but it was pretty good fun for those that made it out to Shakespeares on Thursday night i think? Thanks to you if you were there and of course to Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians, Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius and J. Tilley.

September will see us make two visits to the Bard’s Bar, starting one week today on Saturday 6th with The Listeners, Mat Wale, Anytown and Huw Costin. You can find full details for that one by clicking here. And WagonWheel Presents… will be back in out usual last Saturday of the month slot on the 27th when we’re joined by Matt Andersen and M&J Blues. The preview for that one is here.

Maybe we’ll see some of you then?

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Well it already feels like an age since our Tramlines show at the end of last month. The good news is we’ve lots to look forward to for the rest of 2014 including some cracking new shows. Recent additions include Otis Gibbs at Shakespeares on October 21st following on from a mighty triple bill of Roaming Son, Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers and Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles at the same venue on the 14th of the same month.

It’s a while still until WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones, but when we do it will be more than worth the wait as we’ll be in the company of Rod Picott on October 16th. And after opening for and backing Rod on his last UK tour, Wild Ponies join us for their own headline show in The Backroom on November 20th.

November will also see dates at Shakespeares for Canyon Family and The Fargo Railroad Co, before the 29th of that month when we look to recreate what proved to be a very special night last year with Boss Caine, Dave Woodcock, Joe Solo and Richard Kitson.

There’s a duo of shows to come in September in the Bard’s Bar. Saturday 27th sees the eagerly awaited return of Matt Andersen with support from M&J Blues. Preceding that on Saturday 6th there’s a WagonWheel debut for Anytown, who count members of Dead Like Harry among their number. Alongside them will be The Listeners, Mat Wale and Huw Costin.

Before all those though, we have a night of three fine local acts at Shakespeares on Thursday August 28th in the shape of Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians, Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius and J. Tilley of Grassoline playing a solo set. A full preview for this show can be found by clicking here. A full list of confirmed gigs can be found by clicking here.

Advance tickets for all confirmed shows are available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents Prices will always be more on the door.

That won’t be all for this year, and there are shows in the works for 2015 too. Keep an eye on the Gigs page for details.


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On Saturday September 27th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes multi award winning Canadian singer/songwriter Matt Andersen back to Sheffield. The man described as “Canada’s greatest guitarist” is undoubtedly one of the finest live performers around and comes to Shakespeares after winning the 2013 European Blues Award for best solo act. Matt will be touring the UK in support of brand new album Weightless. M&J Blues open the show. Advance tickets priced at £9 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/279240 or entry on the night will be £11. Doors open 8pm.



Matt Andersen

With over 2 million views on YouTube, independent sales over 30,000 albums, a 2013 European Blues Award, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen. A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt has built a formidable following the old fashioned way – touring worldwide and letting the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread his reputation through word of mouth. Now with Weightless, his debut album for True North Records, Matt’s music has been captured on record as never before.

With Weightless, the New Brunswick native shifts his formidable talents as a blues performer to his song-craft. His reputation as a bluesman won him the 2013 Euro Blues Award for Best Solo /Acoustic Act, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012, and nabbed him 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. “The blues is a big part of what I do, and in my solo show some tunes are straight-up blues, for sure,” he says. “But I would never stand beside B.B. King and say, ‘I play blues, too.’ None of my albums are blues albums – I’ve won blues awards with them, but I wouldn’t say they’re blues albums.

That’s more than evident on Weightless, where Andersen comes out of the gate swinging with ‘I Lost My Way’, one of two co-writes with Joel Plaskett, where he is singing a soul/gospel melody over a reggae groove. Then he channels Van Morrison on ‘My Last Day’, before delivering a gorgeous country ballad co-written with David Myles, ‘So Easy’. With Dave Gunning, Andersen tells the all-too-common tale of Maritimers heading west to work on the oil sands, in ‘Alberta Gold’. Tom Wilson (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) helps craft a rockabilly ode to a battered rust-belt town, ‘City of Dreams’, while Andersen’s Wolfville, N.S. neighbour Ryan Hupman lends a hand on three songs, including the title track, ‘Between the Lines’ and the spiritual ‘What Will You Leave’.

Writing with Joel Plaskett, he’s always thinking about the hook and has a real melodic quality. I like having different angles on there. Dave Gunning is a really great storyteller, so the songs I wrote with him have more of a storytelling kind of vibe. Writing with Tom Wilson was trying to play catch-up, because he just keeps writing and writing.

Andersen’s extensive discography boasts seven albums, including one Christmas album, one live album, and two albums with harmonica player Mike Stevens. His most recent album, 2011’s Coal Mining Blues, was produced by Colin Linden and was recorded at Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, N.Y. This time out he turned to Steve Berlin of Los Lobos for production duties. Berlin brought Calgary guitarist Paul Rigby on board, who is best known as Neko Case’s right-hand man. Anyone who’s ever been wowed by Andersen’s guitar chops might wonder why he’d need another guitarist, but he says, “Paul is the kind of guitar player I’m not. He had great melody ideas for arrangements and guitar parts; I had to learn my songs again after Paul was done with them.

One thing Andersen won’t be doing in the near future is learning other people’s songs to flesh out his set. (Andersen plays at least 200 shows a year). That’s despite the fact that a performance of him transforming Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ has over 900,000 views on YouTube.

After hearing the instant classic material on Weightless, it’s hard to imagine any fan of Matt Andersen – old or new – leaving unsatisfied.

Canada’s greatest guitarist made one acoustic guitar sound like a fully staffed band. Outrageous skill and contagious joy.” The Times

If you haven’t yet heard Matt Andersen, you really must, and you should start here. Not only weightless, the Canadian’s latest feels effortless too, that shoulder-rub of a voice putting the icing on some staggeringly good Americana.Classic Rock (8/10)

With his distinctive smoky soulful voice and mastery of the guitar Andersen is made for the blues, indeed when in that genre his voice and physical bulk brings Grammy bluesman Solomon Burke to mind and there cannot be much higher praise than that. However with this album Andersen is making a compelling case for the quality of his offering in a much wider range of musical styles.” Maverick (4 stars)



***M&J BLUES***

M&J Blues

M&J Blues are father and son Mark & Jeff Lyall. They’re regular performers at many Sheffield venues doing their bluesy country rock ‘n’ roll thing. The ever popular duo will kick the night off in typically fine style.



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aren’t enough words to describe how good last night was. Thanks once again go to the amazing Matt Andersen, more than capably supported by a great set from Grassoline. A big thank you to them also and the fabulous crowd that turned out too.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones on Friday June 21st, and we’ve got a treat for fans of all things old time country, Cajun, Western swing and bluesy rock ‘n’ roll. Not only will we be joined by The Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys, but we also have M&J Blues getting the evening under way too. Full details are here. We hope to see you then.

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