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is we enjoyed a fabulous evening at The Greystones last night in the company of Neil McSweeney and Stoney. Big thanks to both of them (one of whom may have to learn to run a little faster), and everybody that filled the room and joined us.

WagonWheel Presents… will be back in The Backroom on Wednesday July 10th for the visit of Seattle’s Massy Ferguson when they tour the UK in the support of brand new album Great Divides. Not only that but after two years away, Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians return to open the show. It’ll be all the bar room rock ‘n’ roll you can cram in to one night, full details can be found here, be sure to grab you ticket.

 

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for another year at least, and that wasn’t a bad way to do it at all. Magic night at The Greystones with Stoney, Cortney Dixon and Neil McSweeney. Thanks to them and everybody that joined us.

WagonWheel Presents… will be back for more in 2019. We’ll be announcing more shows for next year in the coming weeks, keep an eye on the Gigs page for updates or in all the other usual places.

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There was certainly an early present for anybody who was lucky enough to be at The Greystones with us last night for a typically fine show from Otis Gibbs. Thanks to Otis and Paul McClure for a great opening set, plus of course all of you who joined us.

WagonWheel Presents… has one more show to go for 2018, Friday November 16th finds us back at The Greystones with Stoney and Neil McSweeney. It will certainly be something special to round the year off. You can find a full preview for this show here, or grab yourself a ticket here to guarantee your place. See you there?

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On Thursday June 27th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Neil McSweeney back to The Greystones. One of Sheffield’s finest songwriters, he returns to The Backroom for a rare headline solo show playing two sets. There will also be support from Stoney. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/463883 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***NEIL McSWEENEY***

Folk singer-songwriter Neil McSweeney emerged from the flowering of Sheffield music that gave the world the likes of Slow Club and Richard Hawley and has since established himself as ‘a songwriter of rare ability’ (R2). Setting lyrics that deal with the contrasts and contradictions of life to romantic melodies as hopeful as they are melancholy, McSweeney’s finely crafted songs have been championed by his peers as well as across national radio and mainstream and specialist press. Following the release of his previous album, Cargo, McSweeney made increasingly big waves on the English folk scene picking up main stage festival appearances and collaborating with the likes of Jon Boden and Fay Hield.

McSweeney’s fourth & latest album, A Coat Worth Wearing (Hudson Records) was produced by award-winning folk producer Andy Bell. Building on the success of its predecessor it shows a marked development in Neil’s sound and approach. Its nine songs were conceived as a piece and subsequently recorded together, largely in full-band live-takes, over seven days in the beautiful Welsh countryside.

This is neu folk, dark and deep – the late Robert Fisher would have smiled and recognised a kindred spirit 9/10Americana UK

Deeply felt, brooding songs rich in imagery…he has the tools to make a real impactThe Guardian

http://www.neilmcsweeney.com

 

***STONEY***

It’s astonishing to think that it’s been 12 years since Stoney’s much celebrated genre-defying debut “The Scene & The Unseen” was first released – it’s a testament to the timelessness of Mark Stoney’s unique songwriting & production talent that it still sounds fresh today. Stoney’s keen ear for classic melody combined with unique production and a sharp lyrical potency opened doors for the gifted indie juggernaut on both sides of the Atlantic. Now back in Sheffield working on new projects and new songs set to be released soon on Hudson Records.

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On Friday November 16th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Stoney to The Greystones for a long overdue Sheffield headline show. Stoney will be accompanied by a small troupe of excellent local musicians for a stripped back and intimate show, revisiting some of the more tender moments from his extraordinary and eclectic body of work spanning 15 years, in addition to debuting brand new songs to be released in the new year on Hudson Records. Support comes in the shape of Stoney’s long time pal, Neil McSweeney; one of Sheffield’s finest songwriters, and award winning Newcastle singer/songwriter Cortney Dixon. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/449803 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***STONEY***

It’s astonishing to think that it’s been 12 years since Stoney’s much celebrated genre-defying debut “The Scene & The Unseen” was first released – it’s a testament to the timelessness of Mark Stoney’s unique songwriting & production talent that it still sounds fresh today. The highly eclectic record established the precocious multi-instrumentalist as a prominent if peripheral figure in the “New Yorkshire” Scene (as the NME then labelled it) and his reputation as an exciting live performer found him frequently frequently sharing the stage with a diverse range of artists ranging from Arctic Monkeys to Laura Marling. 

Stoney’s keen ear for classic melody combined with unique production and a sharp lyrical potency opened doors for the gifted indie juggernaut on both sides of the Atlantic; and following a performance at the SXSW festival in 2008, Stoney left Sheffield and hopped the pond to set up home and studio with “Some quirky poet and painter friends” in a rickety old house in Austin, Texas. However, what was expected to be “a year or two of sunshine” to work on new material turned into seven. During this time, a musical diversion led Stoney to co-found the much lauded high energy “Dirt-Pop” trio Bobby Jealousy, who released two critically acclaimed albums, and toured the US extensively for two years.

Stoney describes this period as “an exhilarating, volatile, beautiful, ugly and unsustainable mess that imploded as quickly as it arose”.Reeling a little following the demise of the band, Stoney resumed work once again on his next full solo album, and things started to take a darker, albeit more sophisticated turn; poetically documented in his last full length release, the fearlessly passionate “More Than Animals”.  Combining hauntingly beautiful lyrics, soaring melodic arrangement and profoundly intimate vocals, the record was met with a flurry of critical praise upon it’s Stateside release and led to many major US film & TV placements. But with his personal life in array, it was to also bookmark the end of his time in Austin.

“To cut a long story short; at the end of 2014 I left Austin very much a broken man. I returned to Sheffield alone with my marriage over and just a suitcase and a guitar. I cringe a little at the cliche of that, but it’s true. I was in a lot of pain, causing a lot of pain and drinking to oblivion. I’d also developed severe carpal tunnel that rendered my fingers numb if I tried to play for more than a few minutes at a time, and making music, my primary channel of release and expression started to became increasingly synonymous with sheer frustration. I was rudderless and a bit of a sorry mess.” 

“…The last 3-4 years for me have been about rehabilitation, spiritually, mentally and physically.. Being back in Sheffield, where it all started, has provided me again with haven to wrestle the fog with my feet on the ground and look for some answers. That process began with writing with others and getting out of my own head for a bit. The new songs emerging I think reflect the death, surrender and eventually the hope & resurrection that precede new beginnings with a vulnerability I’m still learning to get comfortable with..”

“..One moment the gifted lone operator affects the kind of trenchant rock-riff panache associated with the younger Bowie, the next he’s rattling off urban nightlife images with the droll elegance of The Kinks…” **** The Independent

“More than Animals is triumphantly Poetic and Diverse – both beautiful and devilishly menacing” The Huffington Post

“…Everything blends for one entirely gratifying experience, More Than Animals is easily likely to be one of the year’s best records…” The Big Takeover Magazine

“The British Singer songwriter at times recalls a younger David Bowie with the dapper swagger of the Kinks. He can easily switch between coy rock songs about nightlife and Elliot Smith-inspired bedroom folk to great effect” NPR

“…It’s real talent that does what it wants. It doesn’t ask for permission to push the boundaries or try to meet up with anyone’s expectations at the local bar. It says “fuck you” with a lovely lilt all its own. Meet Mark Stoney. An underground artist who has decided to explore the upper regions of the earth’s crust and share his musical musings…” Rockworld Magazine

http://www.facebook.com/stoneystuff

 

***NEIL McSWEENEY***

Folk singer-songwriter Neil McSweeney emerged from the flowering of Sheffield music that gave the world the likes of Slow Club and Richard Hawley and has since established himself as ‘a songwriter of rare ability’ (R2). Setting lyrics that deal with the contrasts and contradictions of life to romantic melodies as hopeful as they are melancholy, McSweeney’s finely crafted songs have been championed by his peers as well as across national radio and mainstream and specialist press. Since the release of his last album, Cargo, McSweeney has made increasingly big waves on the English folk scene picking up main stage festival appearances and collaborating with the likes of Jon Boden and Fay Hield.

This is neu folk, dark and deep – the late Robert Fisher would have smiled and recognised a kindred spirit 9/10Americana UK

Deeply felt, brooding songs rich in imagery…he has the tools to make a real impactThe Guardian

http://www.neilmcsweeney.com

 

***CORTNEY DIXON***

Cortney Dixon is a 21 year old singer-songwriter with big hair and a pink paisley telecaster.

With a unique voice and distinctive style, Cortney performs and writes an eclectic mix of music with beautiful melodies and catchy guitar riffs, whilst incorporating elements of ska and big pop vibes. No doubt this comes from growing up listening to the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, The Specials, David Bowie, and most recently getting into the likes of St Vincent and Sigrid.

Cortney has spent the last 3 years working on her craft, playing gigs around the UK with her 5 piece band and writing with others such as Mark Stoney. This young Geordie is getting ready to release her very first singles in the new year.

http://www.cortneydixon.co.uk

 

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lots of thanks to The Payroll Union, The Fargo Railroad Co., The Sopranistas, Neil McSweeney, Ash Gray, Roaming Son, William Barstow, Richard Kitson, Quiet Loner, E.R. Thorpe, Steve Roberts, Rod Picott and Mat Wale & Friends for a whole weekend of great music at The Greystones. Plus of course to those of you came along, many for more than one gig too (i think the record was three?). It was really rather good, even if i say so myself.

So that’s our 2016 for WagonWheel Presents… well and truly kicked off. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve heard this weekend, take a look at our listings for the months ahead here. Next up we’ve got Austin Lucas and Adam Faucett at Shakespeares on Tuesday March 1st. We’ll be back at The Greystones on Tuesday March 15th with Rachel Ries plus support from Tom Baxendale and Yellowcake.

See you then?

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plenty of rain, a slight change of plan, but our Tramlines show at Shakespeares yesterday still delivered 14 great acts over 2 stages that all added up to 1 pretty damned fine day. Big thanks to Neil McSweeney, Ash Gray & Couch Fire, Mat Wale & Friends, Walton Hesse, Joe Solo, Anytown, The Janskys, Pete David (The Payroll Union), Robert Chaney, Pete Gow (Case Hardin), Richard Kitson, E.R. Thorpe, William Barstow, Blue Rooster and everybody that came along throughout a very busy day and made it a special one.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to action in our regular monthly Saturday slot at Shakespeares on August 29th when we’lll be in the company of King Quentin, The Sea Whores and The Ragged Edge. More details can be found on the Gigs page. We hope you can join us then.

Don’t forget you can keep up to date with the latest gig news on our Facebook page where you’ll also find a few more photos from yesterday.

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