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well a one man band, in fact two one man bands. Big thanks to Old Man Luedecke and Richard Kitson for last night’s show at The Greystones.

We’re back there on Friday August 24th with Torn Sail, Idiot Son and The Listeners. Perhaps you’ll join us then?


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more great bands made for another great night at Shakespeares last night. Thanks to The Payroll Union, The Administrators, The Rainy Day Club and everybody that came out. Our next gig at Shakespeares will be on Friday August 31st.

Next month begins for us at The Greystones though on Thursday August 16th when we’re joined by Old Man Luedecke and Richard Kitson. Details for that one are here.

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You either love it or hate it right? Well we’re pretty sure those that lived to tell the tale loved last night’s Otis Gibbs show at The Greystones. Thanks to Otis, the survivors and also Mark Wynn who opened up the night.

We’re back at The Greystones on August 16th with Old Man Luedecke and Richard Kitson. Before then though it’s our monthly show at Shakespeares on July 27th when we bring you The Payroll Union, The Administrators and Tom Baxendale. Details for both shows can be found on the Gigs page.

In other news tickets are now available over the bar on The Greystones between 11am and 6pm for all of our upcoming shows there this year.

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On Thursday August 16th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Old Man Luedecke to The Greystones, Sheffield for the first time. One of Canada’s best loved and most intriguing roots singer-songwriters, the banjo players memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma appeal to anyone searching for new growth from old roots. Support comes from Richard Kitson. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/172031  and over the bar at The Greystones. Entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.


Old Man Luedecke, is one of Canada’s best loved and most intriguing roots singer-songwriters. “An original, he is a musical singularity to be savoured and shared”, says the Vancouver Folk Festival. His memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma appeal to anyone searching for new growth from old roots.

Old Man Luedecke was born in Toronto but has made his home for years in the music rich maritime province of Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. There his music has been wholeheartedly adopted and is becoming representative for its traditional storytelling folk elements. It speaks to a new generation of people craving such meaning in their music.

Luedecke is a young man with an old soul who doesn’t sugar coat his fears and this lets his songs breathe with a fresh breeze of bittersweet hopefulness. He channels a refreshing energy from folk giants like
Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger with maybe a hint of Loudon Wainwright III. But it’s Luedecke’s contemporary lyrics coupled with the irresistible rhythm of the old time banjo that connect and make him so loved with his audiences. Anchored in his music’s melodic confidence is an ability to tap into a common muddled and dark search for meaning. This keeps people singing his songs and praises after he’s travelled on.

His performances are exciting and totally entertaining. His uncliched banjo playing sparkles beautifully and dynamically. This coupled with his thumping foot creates a complete sound. People are drawn into singing along. His singing is his own. Clear and unadorned it is totally emotive and suits the sincerity of his tunes. In the breaks between songs come wild and charming stories of meeting heroes and easygoing but gripping musings on things ridiculous and sublime that may have a wink of contemporary vaudeville. Equally at home on festival main stages, theatres and living rooms, he can hold court in the occasional indie rock bar. Luedecke has been a featured performer at all the major folk festivals in Canada and Australia and an increasing number of American festivals, like Strawberry in California. He has appeared with and shared the stage at concerts and soft seaters with such performers as Feist, Tim O’Brien, Joel Plaskett, David Francey, Buck 65, The Be Good Tanyas and Jill Barber. He’s shared festival stages alongside Bela Fleck, Tim O’Brien, Jack Elliot, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley MacIsaac, and countless others.

Old Man Luedecke has received great recognition for his works, including Juno Awards (The Canadian Grammy) for “Proof of Love” and “My Hands Are On Fire and Other Love Songs.”



Richard Kitson is a folk/blues singer songwriter and guitarist from South Yorkshire who gained recognition after the release of his debut album Home and Dry in 2010. Kitson played guitar in Barnsley based Punk band Strawberry Jack for three years but began playing solo acoustic sets when they broke up in 2001 with a set at the famous Grapes Irish pub in his home city of Sheffield.

Kitson was born in Sheffield and lived there until the age of six until his parents moved a few miles north to Barnsley. Kitson is a self-taught guitarist who began teaching himself from books and by listening to his favourite guitar players at the age of fourteen. This coincided with Kitson’s first experience of listening to Bob Dylan and he quickly took up song writing alongside learning the guitar. Kitson began performing at an early age, playing harmonica in school talent competitions and singing in his local church choir.

2006 saw the biggest development in Kitson’s guitar playing style. He had been listening to Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and Irish guitar legend Rory Gallagher and became entranced by their finger style acoustic guitar playing. However, it was upon hearing folk/blues icons Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, John Renbourn and John Martyn that really woke Kitson up to the possibilities of the finger style guitar technique. Kitson has said of these musicians,“I was just getting to grips with the delta and country blues fingerstyle playing, thinking I’d reached a comfortable place in my playing. That was until I heard Bert Jansch who then turned me on to Davy Graham, John Renbourn and later John Martyn. It was like the guitar was completely unfamiliar to me, a foreign object in my hands. I basically started learning all over again, trying to play like them”.

Kitson recorded his eponymus first album in 2003 but could only afford to make 100 copies. The album has since disappeared but Kitson plans to release songs from it and others from what he calls his “early strumming period” in the not too distant future. However, it was the release of his second “debut” album Home and Dry that gained Kitson the credit many feel has been long overdue to him after over a decade in the music industry. Kitson is now planning a new album which all being well will be released before the end of 2012.

“Richard Kitson is fantastic” Sandman Magazine

“When I grow up I want to play guitar like Richard Kitson” Otis Gibbs


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