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a rainy day in the UK, but things certainly brightened up at The Greystones last night in the company of John Statz and M&J Blues who opened our first show of 2022.

It was great to see some friendly faces too, thanks to everybody that joined us. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Hopefully it’s the start of things moving back in the right direction. If no cursed songs strike, and John did successfully close the portal, then WagonWheel Presents… will be back again on Friday April 8th when we’re joined by M.G. Boulter and E.R. Thorpe. After singular shows in 2020 and 2021, two in a year will be something of a novelty. Full details for this show can be found here or you can head straight to our WeGotTickets page to secure your place.

We’d love you to join us then…

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On Wednesday March 16th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes US singer/songwriter John Statz back to The Greystones for our first show of 2022.

One of the more prolific thirty-something songwriters working in the Folk/Americana genre today, John Statz has released nine studio albums and performed all over North America and Europe over the course of his fourteen-year career. The Boston Globe has called John’s music “electric, urgent folk; aching, sweet country-rock”

Support comes from local favourites M&J Blues. Advance tickets priced at £9 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/533676 or entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm. Please note we can only accept cash payment on the night for entry to the show.

***JOHN STATZ***

It was somewhere in England while on tour in September of 2019 that Colorado songwriter John Statz – stressed out by rainy days, Brexit anxiety, and a disintegrating relationship back home – began to feel optimistic and plan his new record. Early Riser is a balancing act between the experiences in modern life that cause us worry or pain and those that bring us joy. The album is very much a product of the year 2019 and the cultural scene at the end of a decade, with songs referencing political divisions over Brexit, the destruction of Notre Dame, and the racist dog-whistles of a xenophobic president. John presents those weighty topics alongside more personal songs of reverence for travel and the outdoors, falling in and out of love, and his parents’ relationship. These songs are brought to life by an ace band featuring Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums, Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass, and Denver multi-instrumentalist Kate Hannington on keys, backing vocals, woodwinds, and guitars.

One of the more prolific thirty-something songwriters working in the Folk/Americana genre today, John Statz has released nine studio albums and performed all over North America and Europe over the course of his fifteen-year career. The Boston Globe has called John’s music electric, urgent folk; aching, sweet country-rock while American Songwriter has said that he writes the kind of songs that float through your mind and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening. John has worked with some of the best producers in the genre, including Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown) on his 2012 release Old Fashioned, Jeffrey Foucault (Kris Delmhorst, Caitlin Canty) on a 2015 album TULSA, and Denver songwriting friend Megan Burtt on 2017’s The Fire Sermon. He’s more recently taken a turn towards the production chair, self-producing 2018’s Darkness on the San Juans and co-producing 2020’s Early Riser, along with Kate Hannington, Billy Conway, and Jeremy Moses Curtis.

John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was fifteen, which turned out to be perfectly timed for an easily-distracted Wisconsin teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes. It wasn’t until Statz was nineteen and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, later on, friends and collaborators. John moved to Denver in 2010 where he escapes to the mountains as much as possible to hike and camp, cooks almost entirely in cast-iron cookware, and reads presidential biographies in chronological order.

“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

***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. They recorded and released live album In The Presence Of Friends in 2016 (now almost sold out) and continue to delight their ever growing army of fans. Whilst the gigs slowed down during the pandemic, they did release a limited edition 7″ single on Sheffield’s Steel & Wire Records during 2021 in support of the S6 Foodbank, a handful of copies remain at http://mjblues1.bandcamp.com

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and a late round up, but thanks to everybody that joined us at Shakespeares on Friday night, especially of course Franc Cinelli and M&J Blues, for the final WagonWheel Presents… of 2019. A great night’s music and a treat missed if you didn’t make it.

And that’s it until 2020, but we’ll be back for more then. We’ve got something good cooking for our first show of the new year, keep an eye on here or the Facebook and the Instagrams over the next few days for an announcement (or even just put Saturday January 25th in your diary now, you really won’t want to miss this).

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that was a pretty fun night i’d say. Big thanks to Rod Picott and Quiet Loner for fabulous sets, and you if you were there to enjoy it with us at The Greystones. That was our last show in The Backroom until 2020, but we’ll be back with more then.

WagonWheel Presents… rolls for the final time in 2019 on Friday November 1st when we welcome Franc Cinelli, M&J Blues and Boss Caine to Shakespeares. All the details for this one including the ticket link can be found here.

 

 

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On Friday November 1st, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Franc Cinelli to Shakespeares as he tours his brand new album Night Songs. Franc will be bringing his band to town for the first time, adding an extra dimension to his rootsy folk songs. Also joining us for our last show of the year we’ve got M&J Blues completing a suitably fine line up. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/483462 or entry on the night will be £6. Doors open 8pm.

 

***FRANC CINELLI****

Following on from the acclaimed The Marvel Age, Franc Cinelli returns with a long-awaited new album in September. Night Songs was written throughout the last year and recorded once again in his SongCircle Studio in West London and is probably his most soulful collection of material yet.

Having begun 2018 in New York City, creating a series of straight-to-vinyl 7” singles through Leesta Vall Recordings in Brooklyn, Cinelli returned to London to commence work on a new set of songs, some of which would eventually fall together in the completion of Night Songs. This new collection joins together a healthy dose of spiritual cleansing and demon conquering with the help of varied influences crossing both Eastern and Western folk music, from Blaze Foley and John Martyn to N. Ravikiran and Ravi Shankar.

“I suppose they’ve all come from a place of introspection,” he considers. “They were songs I needed to write, plain and simple. But the songs on the record definitely feel to me like they belong together and the title Night Songs helps me understand them better. There’s a special beauty found only in the stillness of night, in the silent lonely darkness dreams are born and reflections make way for answers. Night time isn’t the end of anything; it’s the beginning, it’s the seed of a brand new start.”

Playing guitar, keyboards and percussion, Cinelli is joined on Night Songs by his regular bandmates, Drew Manley on drums and Laurence Saywood on bass, alongside guest vocalist Chantal Brown from the band Vodun.

Born in Rome, Franc moved to London at a young age, learning to play violin and guitar while surrounded by a wide range of musical influences from Muddy Waters to Lucio Dalla. Like all good troubadours, he spent a lot of time touring before making his first records. His previous album The Marvel Age received effusive coverage from the likes of RNR, Classic Rock and Acoustic magazines, as well as Folk Radio UK who rated it Album of the Month, while his songs have been played on BBC national and regional shows, including Dermot O’Leary, Janice Long and Roddy Hart.

A rootsy, bluesy, folky confection whose superpower appears to be the ability to fuse a hummable tune with thoughtful, thought-provoking lyrics.✮✮✮✮ RNR Magazine


His most compelling effort to date, embracing the sounds of folk and rock & roll.Exposed Magazine

http://www.franccinelli.com
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***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. They recorded and released live album In The Presence Of Friends in 2016 and continue to delight their ever growing army of fans.

http://www.facebook.com/MandJBlues

 

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