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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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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 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.




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.



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On Sunday July 23rd, WagonWheel Presents… returns to Shakespeares for our fifth annual Tramlines show. Once again we’ve got two stages of live music, with Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians, Ash Gray & The Burners, The Black Thunder Revue, Killing Fields Of Ontario, Paul Handyside, Mat Wale & Little Convoy plus all the way from Seattle, USA, Massy Ferguson joining us in the Bard’s Bar. Taking to the stage in the Stable Yard will be Joe Solo, Franc Cinelli, Quiet Loner, Idiot Son, Rory Cannon, Colin Mounsey and Dave Woodcock who gets things under way with a solo set. Our show starts at 2pm. Entry is free all day, no wristband required.



Described by Americana UK as “The next big thing from Sheffield”, Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians released latest album Medicine in 2015 to great critical acclaim. They deliver booze soaked rock ‘n’ roll echoing Springsteen, Strummer and with a nod towards the likes of The Hold Steady.

“The perfect rock and roll band… absolutely alive with electricity and excitement”Now Then Magazine



***ASH GRAY & THE BURNERS*** 8.40pm Bard’s Bar

Born in the US to parents form Yorkshire, Gray first began to make inroads into the UK music scene when he assembled the Anglo-American ‘punk-grass’ band, the High-Class Family Butchers during a late-90s sojourn in London. Currently residing in Sheffield with a new album due imminently, tonight the Texas songwriter plays with his band The Burners.



***THE BLACK THUNDER REVUE*** 7.20pm Bard’s Bar

The Black Thunder Revue are a Sheffield based dirty, bluesy Rock n Roll band. With influences firmly set in Mississippi blues they bring a fresh, exciting sound that’s full of passion and melody.



***KILLING FIELDS OF ONTARIO*** 6.10pm Bard’s Bar

Killing Fields of Ontario initial recordings were predominantly acoustic and banjo driven, however as new songs emerged the band became more electric, with bigger drums and bigger guitars (in a musical, not dimensional, sense). Using a varied combination of acoustic and electric instruments, the band create a sound that is powerful and modern, and yet still steeped heavily in folk roots.




***PAUL HANDYSIDE*** 5pm Bard’s Bar

Paul Handyside is a folk and roots singer songwriter  who began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! Handyside formed Bronze in 2001 before concentrating on solo recordings in the late 2000s. With elements of traditional British folk and sixties protest songs emerging in Handyside’s now well established and diverse musical palette, current shows are based around the trio of Paul, producer Rob Tickell on slide guitar and Dave Porthouse on melodeon and double bass.http://www.paulhandyside.com 

***MAT WALE & LITTLE CONVOY*** 3.50pm Bard’s Bar

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. Whether working 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 is untouched by his peers in terms of sheer volume of work. Unwaveringly sticking to his ‘Lo-Fi’ ideals and grass roots approach to making music.



***MASSY FERGUSON*** 2.30pm Bard’s Bar

It seems strange to call Seattle rock-americana outfit Massy Ferguson “up and comers”. But despite 11 years as a band, that seems to be the ironic position they find themselves in. After a breakout new album “Run It Right Into the Wall” that climbed into the Top 50 of the US Americana charts and a showcase at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville the band is definitively making a name for itself. And, perhaps finally, differentiating that name from the tractor-combine company that inspired the moniker.



***JOE SOLO*** 9.20pm 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.



***FRANC CINELLI*** 8pm Stable Yard

Bucking the trend with his free-wheeling alternative folk Franc Cinelli is the songwriters’ songwriter. From uptempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and lovestruck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads; Franc has carved his own musical path. Like all good troubadours, he spent a lot of time touring by himself before making records. Not just the length and breadth of the UK (quite literally from Hastings to Stornoway) but throughout the East Coast of the USA, Texas & Tennessee, and in his native Italy.



***QUIET LONER*** 6.50pm Stable Yard

Quiet Loner is the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill. Quiet Loner sings songs about love and fear, life and death, despair and hope. On a live stage Hill is an understated yet powerful performer delivering a show that is emotional, political, occasionally angry but nearly always gentle and human. Inspired by the storytelling traditions of American folk and country music, Hill’s songs also have a distinctly British lyrical bite.



***IDIOT SON*** 5.40pm Stable Yard

Reticent would most probably best describe the Andy Thompson approach to live performance. Whilst his band Idiot Son where conceived at the turn of the century, you could probably count on two hands the number of times they have been found outside of London. The musical output is equally sporadic, album “Lummox” was released in 2004 on their own Poppycock label, featured shimmering, solitary acoustic guitar and cello alongside conventional drums and bass, all winding around Thompson’s wry observations of the capital city and its stories. They returned in 2015 after a recording absence of ten years with their second album, the similarly sublime ‘Stibbington’.



***RORY CANNON*** 4.30pm Stable Yard

Up & coming folk rock singer/songwriter Rory Cannon has been described as a flawless guitar talent with an enchanting voice. He’s been gigging regularly around the North for the last year or so and recently released the EP Lies.



***COLIN MOUNSEY*** 3.20pm Stable Yard

Colin Mounsey’s tunes draw on a wide and varied range of influences such as Ben Folds, Sparklehorse, Nick Cave and Bruce Springsteen. Last album ‘Let Love Win’ was the result of several days of frantic writing, a lot of late nights, and quite a bit of alcohol. Colin describes it as sounding “sort of like Radiohead meets Cher with a hint of John Denver, some Johnny Cash rolled in for good measure and a brilliant MC”. The MC being “to make it sound different”.



***DAVE WOODCOCK*** 2pm Stable Yard

And finally, when he’s not doing his full on rock ‘n’ roll thing with The Dead Comedians (as happening on the other stage later today), Dave Woodcock can occasionally be found acoustic guitar in hand belting out a solo interpretation or two.



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three more to go this month. And on Thursday night we had three fabulous performances to kick off our March schedule from Sean Taylor, Paul Handyside and Andrew Oxley. Thanks as ever to those who made it out.

We return to The Greystones on March 18th with Matt Andersen and Boss Caine. Tickets are selling nicely for this one, you can guarantee your place by buying in advance here: http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents

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thanks to those who made it out to our first show of 2012 on Thursday night. A great night’s music from Quiet Loner, Greg Harrisburg and Neil McSweeney was a fine way to start the year.

We’re back for more on at The Greystones on March 8th with Sean Taylor, Paul Handyside and Andrew Oxley.

Anne, Greg (Harrisburg) and Matt (Quiet Loner) prepare for soundcheck

Anne, Greg (Harrisburg) and Matt (Quiet Loner) prepare for soundcheck

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Poster artist Martin F. Bedford has produced this for our March show with Sean Taylor, Paul Handyside and Andrew Oxley. You can see more of Martin’s work at his website: http://www.martinfbedford.com/ Full details for the gig on March 8th can be found here.

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On Thursday March 8th WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Sean Taylor to The Greystones. One of the hottest new names on the UK acoustic blues scene, he hits the road in March as he prepares to launch the follow up to his acclaimed album Walk With Me. The eleven song collection secured Sean spots at both the Cambridge Folk and Glastonbury festivals in 2010 and 2011 as well as two sessions with BBC radio’s Bob Harris. Returning to Sheffield after almost four years we also have former HURRAH! man Paul Handyside and local singer/songwriter Andrew Oxley opens the show. Advance tickets priced at £6 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents or entry on the night will be £8. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.


Sean Taylor has rapidly grown to be one of the hottest new names in the UK blues/acoustic scene. His incredible passion for performance, sheer talent and songwriting of the highest calibre is a testament to his frequent comparisons with John Martyn, Chris Isaak and Tom Waits.

He has had extensive coverage and outstanding reviews in publications such as ‘Uncut’, ‘Maverick’, ‘Classic Rock’, ‘Acoustic Guitar’ and ‘Rock N’ Reel’ to name but a few, and has been often accredited by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris and was asked to feature on his show twice consecutively.

The past year has seen Sean’s profile rocket – amongst an impressive array of festival appearances and a hugely successful September tour, Sean was also asked to represent the UK music industry and perform at the Labour Party Creative Network Launch (Sept 2011) – hosted by Ed Milliband – and was subsequently featured on the front page of Music Week.

Sean’s fourth album ‘Walk With Me’ attracted great reviews in major music press. The album was produced by Trevor Hutchinson (Lúnasa, Sharon Shannon, The Waterboys), and features pedal steel legend BJ Cole as well as a stellar array of other musicians including Vyvienne Long (Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan) and Dave Hingerty (The Frames, Josh Ritter).

Ever the prolific worker, Sean is currently hard at work recording his new album in Austin, Texas – title TBC and due for release in March 2012 – to coincide with this tour.

Atmospheric … fabulous music…BOB HARRIS BBC RADIO 2

A bluesy devotional intensity that rightly draws comparisons to John Martyn’  Q

Sean Taylor is the king of singer songwriter styling … mesmerising … A classic album’  MAVERICK

prodigiously talented singer songwriter … touchstones would be Tom Waits and John MartynR2

formidable and skilled … pleasingly atmospheric … recalls Chris Isaak  UNCUT



Singer/songwrighter Paul Handyside was founder member of eighties indie group HURRAH! who had several releases on Arista and Kitchenware records. Paul then went on to tour and record with fellow Kitchenware label-mate Martin Stephenson. In 2001 he formed Bronze and released two albums “The statue in the stone ” and “A common prayer” blending west coast harmonies with the energy of The Who. Now solo, Paul’s songwriting is a mixture of Americana, pop, gospel, folk and 19th century hymns.

Paul has covered “Bachelor kisses” for the tribute album “Love goes on anyway”, to celebrate the songwriting talent of the late Grant McLennan from the GoBetweens. More recently he completed new album “Future’s Dream” with producer and regular live sideman Rob Tickell. The record is available now on Malady Music.

A mighty fine albumAmericana-Uk.com

With the ’sensitive’ troubadour market already swamped and threatening to dull our senses forever, Handyside’s less obvious take is an absolute pleasure ’Planet Sound’ Channel 4 Teletext

an inspiring listen… an accomplished singer-songwriter plying his trade superbly wellMaverick

Handyside’s solo debut has just enough low-down twang and skipping drumbeats to qualify as Americana, but it’s as a singer-songwriter that he excels. His shimmering hymns offer care-worn sensitivity and reflections that are sentimental but not mawkish. And the title track’s huge chorus is an absolute joyQ Magazine



Andrew Oxley makes music he describes as “raw, aggressive, melodic, from the heart”. You may also recognise him from the band Crowley’s Dead. His solo material explores a more folk/rock sound that has been compared to the acoustic offerings of Pete Townshend and takes influence from the likes of Rory Gallagher and Richard Thompson. Andrew recently released new EP “For Your Tomorrow”.

Folk for people who don’t like folk” – Sandman Magazine


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