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day in the sun saw us enjoying two stages full of great music at Shakespeares yesterday. Big thanks to Stoney, Joe Solo, The Barker Ranch Highwaymen, Mat Wale, The Holding Hands, Paul Handyside, The Swells, Andy Whitehouse, The December Flowers, All Day Dog’s Breakfast, The Farewell State, Buffalo Ghost, Alexis & Ash running the downstairs desk, John Batchelor who found time for a guest spot with Mat Wale whilst keeping everything sounding like it should upstairs and not least everybody that came along. It was great to see so many friendly faces (especially some in WagonWheel T-shirts too), and lots of people sticking around for most of the day. But a bit of a rest now…

WagonWheel Presents… will be back in action on Friday September 20th when we return to Shakespeares for a slightly smaller scale show but equally quality packed. We’ll be in the company of M.G. Boulter and Banjo Jen and tickets are on sale here now. That’s swiftly followed on Monday September 23rd by our next show at The Greystones when we welcome John Statz and Andy P. Davison & The Soul Preachin’ Co. Keep an eye on the Gigs page for news on upcoming shows.

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returns to Shakespeares this coming Sunday July 21st. Our show starts at 2pm and this year we’re joined by Stoney, Joe Solo, The Barker Ranch Highwaymen, Mat Wale, The Holding Hands, Paul Handyside, The Swells, Andy Whitehouse, The December Flowers, Georgina Gilmartin, The Farewell State and Buffalo Ghost. Entry is free all day as always.

A full preview and stage times for the day can be found here. Be sure to keep in touch with our WagonWheel Presents… Instagram or Facebook where we’ll post any news or updates on the day.

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shouldn’t have kept anybody away from The Greystones last night, and those who were there to enjoy an evening with Rachel Harrington certainly picked a winner. Big thanks to Rachel, Richard Kitson for an ever entertaining opening set, and everybody that joined us.

Next up for WagonWheel Presents… we’re at Shakespeares this coming Sunday July 21st for our annual Sunday Social. As usual we’ve got two stages of free live music, this year featuring sets from Stoney, Joe Solo, The Barker Ranch Highwaymen, Mat Wale, The Holding Hands, Paul Handyside, The Swells, Andy Whitehouse, The December Flowers, Georgina Gilmartin, The Farewell State and Buffalo Ghost. We’ll be kicking off at 2pm sharp in the Stable Yard, for the complete list of set times take a look at the full preview here. We hope to see you then.

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***UPDATE***

Unfortunately due to the weather and travel conditions for all concerned, we’ve sadly had to cancel today’s (Sunday) shows. For anybody who has bought advance tickets, refunds will be available from point of purchase. Really sorry to have to do this after three great shows already this weekend. We hope to arrange alternative dates for all the acts who were due to play today as soon as possible.

 

Over the weekend of March 16th, 17th and 18th, WagonWheel Presents… brings our second WagonWheelWeekender to The Greystones, Sheffield. We’ll be bringing you five shows across the three days, featuring the usual mix of local, UK and international talent that you’d come to expect from a WagonWheel show.

On Friday night we’re joined by US singer/songwriter Rod Picott, playing songs from brand new double album. The sprawling twenty-two song Out Past The Wires ranges from whispery ballads to guitar driven rockers and hits every musical spot between. Opening the show will be Boss Caine, the main musical vehicle of hard living, permanently gigging, story telling, troubadouring, award winning, UK singer songwriter, Daniel Lucas.

Saturday afternoon sees the first of two “in the round” shows, when sharing songs and stories will be father & son duo M&J Blues, free-wheeling troubadour Franc Cinelli and The Black Thunder Revue frontman Andy P. Davison playing a solo set. All three acts will be on stage from the off for this early show.

We’ve a fine double bill of bands for Saturday night, with local favourites The Fargo Railroad Co. joined by The Lucky Strikes. The Fargo Railroad Co. are a southern rock / Americana inspired 4 piece band, whilst The Lucky Strikes have been described as “Blues/ Garage/ Americana, spaghetti-western, fiddle powered, howlin’, heavin’ rock and roll”. We think that adds up to a great show. Franc Cinelli returns to get the night under way too with a short solo/acoustic set.

For Sunday afternoon we return to the “in the round” format, this time in the company of Fargo’s Jody Davies airing some solo material, Charlie Tophill strumming out cheerful pessimism on an acoustic guitar and a man who’s been playing WagonWheel shows almost as long as we’ve been doing them, John Batchelor.

Finally on Sunday night, Southern Tenant Folk Union return to Sheffield with their ‘work in progress’ tour, road testing songs from forthcoming new album Willie Rough. Southern Tenant Folk Union are the Edinburgh based six-piece string band that over a series of albums have produced a thought provoking and arresting take on roots & folk music. Support comes from Paul Handyside, the folk and roots singer songwriter who began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah!

Doors for all evening shows open at 8pm and shows finish by 11pm.

Doors for afternoon shows open at 3pm and shows finish by 5.45pm.

Advance tickets prices are:

Friday night £10
Saturday afternoon £5
Saturday evening £8
Sunday afternoon £5
Sunday evening £12
Weekend ticket (all 5 shows) £35

Weekend tickets and tickets for each individual show are available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents

Tickets for each individual show are also available from the venue between 12 & 6pm daily.

All prices will be more on the door.

Full previews for each show are available at the links below:

Friday night : Rod Picott + Boss Caine
Saturday afternoon : M&J Blues + Franc Cinelli + Andy P. Davison
Saturday night : The Fargo Railroad Co. + The Lucky Strikes + Franc Cinelli
Sunday afternoon : Jody Davies + Charlie Tophill + John Batchelor
Sunday night : Southern Tenant Folk Union + Paul Handyside

 

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On July 21st WagonWheel Presents… the latest edition of our Sunday Social live at Shakespeares. We’ve got another day of great music across two stages and as always entry is free, no wristbands required. Join us from 2pm for performances from Stoney, Joe Solo, The Barker Ranch Highwaymen, Mat Wale, The Holding Hands, Paul Handyside, The Swells, Andy Whitehouse, The December Flowers, Georgina Gilmartin, The Farewell State and Buffalo Ghost.

 

***STONEY*** : 9.30pm Bard’s Bar

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.

http://www.facebook.com/stoneystuff

 

***JOE SOLO*** 8.40pm Stable Yard

Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.

http://joesolomusic.com

 

***THE BARKER RANCH HIGHWAYMEN*** : 7.40pm Bard’s Bar

Featuring the combined talents of Ash Gray, Andy P. Davison and Jim Widdop, The Barker Ranch Highwaymen bring West Coast-esque harmonies via Austin TX, Chesterfield and Derby. Three great musicians make for one outstanding trio.

 

***MAT WALE*** 7pm Stable Yard

Mat Wale has been writing and recording since early 2004. Rising out of the tumultuous Chesterfield music scene of the mid 2000s that spawned ‘avanGaad’, ‘Vigilante Wing’ and ‘The Culture Thieves’ among others. With Alt. Country behemoths ‘The Rackets’ (2006-2013 on and off), Grunge/Electro/ Folk duo ‘Arrogant Whale’ (2006-2010), Country Rock outfit ‘Big Convoy’ (2011-Present) or performing solo, Mat has ordinarily been a fixture on the local live circuit until moving away last year, so this makes for a now rare Sheffield show.

http://www.matwale.com

 

***THE HOLDING HANDS*** : 6.20pm Bard’s Bar

The brand new band featuring the songs of Tom Baxendale and members of The Payroll Union among the line up.

 

***PAUL HANDYSIDE*** : 5.40pm Stable Yard

Paul Handyside is a folk and roots singer songwriter. He began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! The jangle pop band had album releases on Kitchenware and Arista Records from 1982 to 1991 and toured extensively worldwide. During the nineties he toured and recorded with friend and Kitchenware labelmate Martin Stephenson. Handyside formed Bronze in 2001. Still embracing chiming, Rickenbacker driven pop, and increasingly alt country, they released two albums, The Statue in the Stone and A Common Prayer. His debut solo album Future’s Dream, a combination of pop, country and modern day hymns was released in 2007 to great reviews. Latest album Tide, Timber & Grain saw elements of traditional British folk and sixties protest songs emerging in Handyside’s now well established and diverse musical palette.

http://www.paulhandyside.com

 

***THE SWELLS*** : 4.50pm Bard’s Bar

Tripped out guitar pop band The Swells are a North West based 5 piece featuring former Walton Hesse frontman Matt Grayson. Simplistic, Big Star-esque songwriting awash with the noise and ambience you’d find on a Sonic Youth or Spacemen 3 LP. Sentiment and melody meet space and noise.

http://www.facebook.com/swellsuk

 

***ANDY WHITEHOUSE*** : 4.20pm Stable Yard

Andy Whitehouse is recognised as a talented songwriter with a predilection for story and illuminating metaphor. He launched his first solo album, Almost Home in February 2017. This sits alongside two albums by the band he fronts, The Silver Darlings, on the Anklebreka Records label. He has performed across the UK supporting Martin Stephenson, Mick Thomas, Curtis Eller and has guested with Chris Wood. Likened to Nick Cave, Jacques Brel and Leonard Cohen, his songs are performed to a backdrop of “ethereal and atmospheric” guitar. While he continues to front The Silver Darlings he also travels solo, sharing stories of weary pilgrims, drunken sailors, and battered optimists stumbling through relationships with mysterious saints, magical changelings and jaded lovers. His songs are characteristically set in times and places of change and uncertainty – tidal, liminal, darkening and yet patterned with warmth and hope.

http://www.facebook.com/AndyWhitehouseSolo

 

***THE DECEMBER FLOWERS*** 3.40pm Bard’s Bar

Gemma Gray plays Americana & folk tunes inspired by Stateside travels, recounting tales of love, dreams and all the things in between. Some of those songs formed the basis of debut solo EP My Joshua Tree that was released last year. 2019 brings a new full band sound with The December Flowers.

http://www.facebook.com/thedecemberflowers

 

***GEORGINA GILMARTIN*** 3.10pm Stable Yard

Georgina Gilmartin is an alternative folk singer/songwriter, who since making her debut at an open mic in 2011 has become a stalwart of the Barnsley music scene. Observations on life, people, and other assorted objects, have produced several EPs worth a material.

http://www.facebook.com/georginagilmartinmusic

 

***THE FAREWELL STATE*** : 2.30pm Bard’s Bar

Returning from a period of stasis with new members, new songs and a new album to be released before the year is out, The Farewell State are a ragged glory quartet with ear-worm melodies and emotional country-punk soul. It ain’t always pretty but it’s usually tuneful.

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

 

***BUFFALO GHOST*** : 2pm Stable Yard

Buffalo Ghost is a music collective created in 2017 to write and record music featuring collaborators and friends. Based around the songs of singer/songwriter Joe Armitage, 2018 saw several band performances of alternative orchestral folk, while currently Joe is playing a handful of solo dates around the release of a more stripped back acoustic album.

http://www.facebook.com/buffaloghost

 

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seems to be, that wasn’t bad? Felt like a pretty good Sunday to me, not least due to an outstanding bunch of live sets from Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians, Joe Solo, Ash Gray & The Burners, Franc Cinelli, The Black Thunder Revue, Quiet Loner, Killing Fields Of Ontario, Idiot Son, Paul Handyside, Rory Cannon, Mat Wale & Little Convoy, Colin Mounsey, Massy Ferguson and Dave Woodcock. Big thanks as always to all of them, and to everybody that came along to a busy day at Shakespeares for our Tramlines show.

Our next show sees us venture to the Hop Hideout for the first time on Friday August 4th for an unplugged performance from The Fargo Railroad Co. Unfortunately, unless you were one of the lucky few who secured a ticket within the first hour or so of them going on sale, this show is already sold out.

So your next chance to join us for a WagonWheel Presents… show will likely be on Friday August 11th when Rachel Harrington returns to The Greystones. We’ve also got an opening set from Paul McClure and full details can be found here, maybe we’ll see you there?

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***UPDATE***

Unfortunately due to the weather and travel conditions for all concerned, we’ve sadly had to cancel today’s (Sunday) shows. For anybody who has bought advance tickets, refunds will be available from point of purchase. Really sorry to have to do this after three great shows already this weekend. We hope to arrange alternative dates for all the acts who were due to play today as soon as possible.

 

On Sunday March 18th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Southern Tenant Folk Union back to The Greystones as part their ‘work in progress’ tour, road testing songs from forthcoming new album Willie Rough. You can also expect songs from across all seven previous albums, especially their self titled debut record which has recently had a 10th anniversary reissue. Support comes from Paul Handyside. Advance tickets priced at £12 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/418077 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £14. Doors open 8pm. This is show #5 of our WagonWheelWeekend happening across March 16th, 17th and 18th. Full weekend tickets for all five shows (including this one) are also available priced at £35 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/424859. For details of the full weekend line up see http://www.wagonwheelpresents.co.uk.

 

***SOUTHERN TENANT FOLK UNION***

Southern Tenant Folk Union are the Edinburgh based six-piece string band that over a series of albums have produced a thought provoking and arresting take on roots & folk music. Past winners of the ‘Americana Artist Of The Year’ award the band have taken their music onto BBC One TV’s prime political show ‘The Andrew Marr Show’ plus Irish TV’s world famous chat show ‘The Late Late Show’ as well as onto stages at prestigious festivals (Celtic Connections, Belfast Open House Festival, Orkney Folk Festival, Belladrum Festival, Electric Picnic & many more). They run their own record label and work completely independently releasing their own music.

Live reviews of their concert performances have picked up on their ‘tight delivery and soaring, gorgeous harmonies’ saying that ‘STFU are a must see live band combining a rich blend of musical talent with a high octane Appalachian style’ and they perform their own brand of ‘thrilling traditional musicianship’. Through extensive touring they have seen audiences grow year on year and now consistently sell-out concert venues all over the UK and Ireland. Artistically successful their albums have been reviewed and praised in The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times and The Irish Times with their latest album awarded 4 stars in Q Magazine and described as containing ‘songs that embrace the traditional ambience of The Unthanks and the experimentation of Tunng’.

Started in 2006 by Belfast born and Liverpool/London raised musician Pat McGarvey, he has, through various different line-ups of the collective, driven ever increasingly forward in taking genre clichés and subverting them into more interesting shapes and patterns, attempting to create roots music that has depth both lyrically and musically. The name itself comes from a desire to find a union based name for the group and one that also suited the style of music. Unions thematically suiting a musical collective such as STFU (with small songwriters banding together) and also acting as intent for the band to counteract some of the media’s union bashing (and the excuses used to curtail worker’s rights in recent decades) by talking about the positive things unions have done for society. In trying to find a name they came upon and appropriated the ground breaking multi-racial tenant farmers collective from the new deal/dustbowl era the Southern Tenant Farmers Union.

The first two albums released when the band was based in London got them started on the Americana circuit in the UK and the success of the debut meant they had national distribution for the second. These albums both took a sometimes ‘straight bluegrass’ form (influenced mainly by The Stanley Brothers) as well as a nod towards Gene Clark, The Grateful Dead and Don Reno. A marked progression and the better distribution of the second cd saw them touring widely, being booked for a BBC Radio 2 session at Maida Vale (for the now sadly missed Mark Lamarr show ‘God’s Jukebox’) and establishing themselves in UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

With McGarvey moving to Edinburgh around the second album’s release the next year would see the original line-up all move on leading to McGarvey reforming the collective in Scotland and mostly working on songwriting by himself for the third album. Free to do what he liked McGarvey began to incorporate some other more unexpected yet appropriate lyrical ideas into the new material. Realising that even as folk music’s tales of human suffering, brutality, love, empowerment and death are usually set in the past they also serve as a warning for the future. That plus the reasoning that the sound of the future in any post technological society is more likely to be folk/acoustic based gave McGarvey the licence to experiment with more dark folk musical tones and ‘science fiction’ lyrics. Though not of course laser guns and silver jump suits, more descriptions & stories of a return to the hard agrarian, feudal landscape of just a few centuries ago in one possible future.

Recording the third album with a new line up in Nov 2009, including Adam Bulley on mandolin and Chris Purcell on guitar, went well despite the lead singer John Langan saying mid sessions he probably wouldn’t be able to tour (before going awol for several months forcing the band to recruit Ewan Macintyre to replace him). When ‘The New Farming Scene’ album was finally released on the band’s own label in June 2010 it received the best press of any album so far including a 4 star review in The Independent (and in an article criticising Mercury Music Prize 2010 the same reviewer, Andy Gill, named the album as one that should be considered for that award) and many other national reviews in The Sunday Times, Irish Times and Scotsman. The band appeared on live TV (The View on RTE 1) for the first time and also played the song ‘No Work Today’ on the legendary ‘Loose Ends’ show on BBC Radio 4. The year ended on a high with the band winning ‘Americana Artist Of The Year’ at the British Country Music Awards.

Touring with the new Scottish line-up the band began to play bigger venues and start to work collectively on the follow-up which came out in June 2011. ‘Pencaitland’ also got some great reviews (including first reviews in The Guardian and The Sun) though disappointed a few critics that had loved the previous album. Highlights included the John Carpenter influenced lead track ‘I Dream Of Burning Buildings’ (based on a synthesiser instrumental McGarvey had recorded in 1996) and the title track ‘Pencaitland’ – both songs making use of the bowed double bass on one of their records for the first time, a sound that continues to feature heavily live and in the studio. One track ‘The Rights & Interests Of The Laboring Man’, a song about union busting in early 20th century USA, was also donated to the Morning Star anniversary compilation cd “We’re All In This Together”.

So after deciding a more focused album might alleviate any of the perceived problems surrounding ‘Pencaitland’ another themed album like the third was proposed that would this time take ‘modern horror’ as the lyrical background and use some of the arpeggiated and almost atonal musical ideas from 70’s and 80’s cult soundtrack composers (such as the aforementioned John Carpenter as well as Fabio Frizzi, Goblin and Tangerine Dream) to set the scene for the subject matter. These series of notes actually fitted very well on the 5 String Banjo (when it was muted with a tea towel) and mimicked the sound of 1970’s sequencing keyboards like the Moog. Key to the sound too was Jed Milroy’s clarinet playing and Marty Camino’s expert and powerful double bass tone with plenty of the aforementioned bowing.

Modern horror was the overarching theme then that would give the songwriters something to start from but also allow complete freedom as it could include ideas as diverse as problems with capitalism to a personal horror of socially awkward situations or a fear of crime or of redundancy or a loss of self-confidence; anything that could be adapted into an interesting and, crucially, well written song or piece of music.

This began to be a hard sell to the collective and, despite some good songs emerging initially, tension began to develop as the themed nature of the album’s direction couldn’t be agreed upon. Personalities began to push and be pushed as songs that didn’t fit everyone’s own ideas were proposed. Compromise was eventually reached ahead of the recording session and though some members didn’t get the straight bluegrass album they wanted and others didn’t get the darker more extreme album they wanted the end result was an album that in its making became something else. Highlights included the Donald Ker poetic adaptation (by Carrie Thomas) ‘Days By The Seaside With Ice Cream’, the post-apocalyptic stomper ‘Chest Freezer’ (filmed for Balcony TV in Dublin) and the horror-arpeggiated ‘Crash’ inspired by the JG Ballard novel. Also coming to the fore was the song writing ability of Chris Purcell with three excellent songs full of atmosphere and beauty, namely the title track ‘Goodbye Sun’, ‘Relic Of A Reasonable Mind’ (with its daring use of eBow by Adam Bulley) and the co-write with McGarvey of ‘Conscience Falls’.

Released in January 2013 ‘Hello Cold Goodbye Sun’ was almost universally awarded 4 star reviews (in The Independent, Q Magazine, Scotland On Sunday, The Scotsman, Mail On Sunday & many more), became number one in the Americana UK Chart by March and appeared in The Herald’s Top 50 Scottish Albums of 2013 list. Amongst the sold out album release tour the band were asked to play at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow and to appear on live national TV twice. Firstly in Ireland for ‘The Late Late Show on RTE 1’ (the world’s longest running chat show) and later in the year on BBC One TV’s ‘The Andrew Marr Show’ where political song ‘Men In Robes’ was performed in front of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Since the release and the album tour, the band line-up had changed again and just as before as some people moved on then some new people joined each bringing different experience, interesting ideas and new influences to the collective. People like talented Scottish singer songwriter Rory Butler (winner of Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections in 2012), fiddle player Dirk Ronneburg (from Cera Impala & The New Prohibition), mandolin player Danny Hart (from STFU label mates Blueflint) and, from Inverness, double bass player Craig Macfadyen. Work has started on the 6th album and it promises to take the disparate influences the band has, expand upon them, and progress the experiment ever further whilst always posing the question “what can we do with these acoustic instruments?”. The band continue to tour in the manner of Willie Nelson, that is with an exciting live show that engages the audience, talks & tells stories, discusses issues, is informal and also one that displays the fully eclectic and interesting music from across the band’s career to date. And like Willie they play the hits.

http://www.southerntenantfolkunion.com

 

***PAUL HANDYSIDE***

Paul Handyside is a folk and roots singer songwriter. His song writing style has been compared to artists as varied as Chris Difford, Billy Bragg, Robyn Hitchcock, Green Gartside, Elvis Costello, Jeff Buckley and Martin Carthy.He began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! The jangle pop band had album releases on Kitchenware and Arista Records from 1982 to 1991 and toured extensively worldwide. During the nineties he toured and recorded with friend and Kitchenware labelmate Martin Stephenson.Handyside formed Bronze in 2001. Still embracing chiming, Rickenbacker driven pop, and increasingly alt country, they released two albums, The Statue in the Stone and A Common Prayer. His debut solo album Future’s Dream, a combination of pop, country and modern day hymns was released in 2007 to great reviews. The second album Wayward Son followed in 2013 and further developed his own brand of folk-tinged americana.

The latest album Tide, Timber & Grain was released in April 2016 with elements of traditional British folk and sixties protest songs emerging in Handyside’s now well established and diverse musical palette. This time the recordings were based around the trio of Paul on vocals, guitar and harmonium; producer Rob Tickell on weissenborn slide guitar, bass and guitar; Dave Porthouse (the original bass player from Hurrah!) on melodeon and double bass.

http://www.paulhandyside.com

 

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