Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Quiet Loner’

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.

 

 

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

On Tuesday October 8th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Rod Picott back to The Greystones. Rod will be touring the UK in support of brand new record Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil. His most intimate recording to date, just guitar and harmonica, it has drawn comparisons to Springsteen’s Nebraska and has been hailed as his best album yet. Opening the show will be Quiet Loner. Advance tickets priced at £11 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/468256 and the venue, or entry on the night will be £13. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***ROD PICOTT***

July 2019 found Rod Picott releasing his eleventh album, titled Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil. The new album is completely acoustic, featuring only guitar, harmonica and Picott’s weathered vocals. Many of the songs on Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil are influenced by a health scare that Picott endured in the winter of 2018. The condition was hunted down and solved but the weeks long incident of a freight train running through his chest played a profound role in the writing and recording of the album. Alone with his modest recording gear, Picott set about making an album as honest, raw and uncontrived as his spine would allow. Already known for the intimacy and vivid narratives of his previous work, Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil opens the door wider still. The songs are confessional and honest. The recording itself is unpolished and raw. Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil takes a small turn away from the blue collar anthems he’s been lauded for and finds Picott exploring his own inner life with the same deft and revealing hand he’s honed over the last nineteen years. Rod Picott’s health is now in check.

The opening song, “Ghost” reveals Picott’s inner voice announcing itself with introspection, openness and poetic revelation.

One of the songs, “Mama’s Boy” was written with Picott’s long-time co-writing partner Slaid Cleaves. The song asks questions of masculinity and self identification in a world that can be so often cruel and limited. Picott’s own working class childhood is explored nakedly.

Now in his fifties, Rod Picott has garnered a loyal cult audience across the U.S. and Europe. He tours tirelessly and continues to garner rave reviews for both his songwriting skills and darkly humorous, compelling live show.

A prolific writer, Picott has recently turned his hand to poetry (God In His Slippers, Murmmeration – Mezcalita Press) short fiction (Out Past The Wires – Working Title Farm) and has a novel in the works titled A Bony Right Fist. Born in the small mill town of South Berwick Maine and residing in Nashville TN since 1994 Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil is the latest release from former construction worker Rod Picott.

Picott sings with a bare and bones grace reminiscent of Springsteen’s Nebraska and the off the cuff lyrical and musical directness of the late Jason Molina. Too many important artists fly under the musical radar today, and Picott is yet another valid wordsmith that needs to be heard.” – Glide Magazine

Picott draws us into his stories with the hypnotic cadence of a storyteller who knows that we’re compelled to listen to his tales of woe or joy because he’s seen inside our hearts.” – No Depression

Rod Picott has long been one of the great songwriters of his generation. His bonafides are well established, but this new record cements him as something different, It is the best of an impressive catalog and there are a few clear reasons for that.” – Jason Earle The Marinade Podcast

http://rodpicott.com/
http://www.facebook.com/RodPicott
http://twitter.com/RodPicott
http://www.instagram.com/rodpicott

 

***QUIET LONER***

Quiet Loner is the pen-name of singer-songwriter Matt Hill.

Inspired by the storytelling traditions of folk and country music, Matt Hill is a songwriter with tales to tell. Combining skillful picking with lyrical wordplay, his albums have been praised for their emotional qualities, their honesty and the way they connect with the listener.

His debut album was a was a country heartbreaker voted Americana UK Album of the Year 2004. His second album Spectrology (2010) enlisted top British folk musicians Inge Thomson and Roy Dodds and got 4-star reviews from the likes of Uncut and The Daily Mirror and radio play from Gideon Coe on BBC6 Music.

As an artist Hill is always trying to find new ways to present his songs – he’s sung on BBC1’s Flog it and had a song used in a BBC Radio 4 history documentary. He’s collaborated with artists and poets and even hung a song in a gallery. He’s presented musical lectures and once co-wrote a musical about surveillance.

As well being resident songwriter in a museum, he’s also run songwriting sessions in prisons, schools, young offenders units and in day care for people living with Alzheimer’s. In 2018 he collaborated with people experiencing homelessness to create an album and live show.

Since 2014 Hill has been curator and organiser of The Defiance Sessions one of the few regular music nights in the UK dedicated to songwriting that has a political or conscientious aspect. In 2015 he was one of the five musicians who founded We Shall Overcome an anti-austerity movement that aims to show support and solidarity with those in local communities hit by cuts, poverty and homelessness.

Quiet Loner shows that you can turn feelings of anger and despair into warm and uplifting music. With a mix of humour, sadness and anger, he gets the tone spot-on. A superb album. Evoking an authentic spirit of English folk music.Penny Black Music

http://www.quietloner.com
http://www.facebook.com/quietloner
http://twitter.com/quietloner
http://www.instagram.com/quietlonermusic

 

Facebook event page:

http://www.facebook.com/events/2068496660117527

 

Read Full Post »

thankfully it wasn’t a folk singer’s leg, and hopefully Kirsty McGee & Quiet Loner conquered a few new fans at The Greystones last night. Thanks to them and Charlie Tophill who opened the show with first of three fine sets of the evening.

We’ll be back on Friday June 15th when WagonWheel Presents… returns to Shakespeares for an “in the round” show with Jody Davies, Big Convoy‘s Mat Wale & John Batchelor, and Joe Armitage. Full details on this show can be found here. We hope you can join us then.

Read Full Post »

and it was quite a way to do it. We said it would be something different, and that certainly proved to be the case. Thanks to everybody that joined us for Quiet Loner‘s performance of The Battle For The Ballot, and some fine opening words from Kevin Titterton.

We’re back at The Greystones in March, for our second WagonWheel Weekend, that features 5 shows over 3 days including Rod Picott, Boss Caine, The Fargo Railroad Co., The Lucky Strikes, Franc Cinelli, Andy P. Davison, M&J Blues, Southern Tenant Folk Union, Paul Handyside, A Prayer Away, Charlie Tophill and John Batchelor. Tickets are on sale now.

Read Full Post »

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?

Read Full Post »

On Monday May 14th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Kirsty McGee & Quiet Loner to The Greystones. Kirsty McGee and Matt Hill (aka Quiet Loner) have been friends for about 20 years, as they both forged their own paths and careers as musicians and songwriters. Yet in all that time they have seldom performed together. They’re about to put that right with a European tour that will take in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the UK. Support comes from Charlie Tophill. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/434760 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***KIRSTY McGEE & QUIET LONER***

Kirsty McGee – a wandering maverick and spellbinding live performer – has spent the past fifteen years and seven albums blending jazz, folk, gospel and Americana. Her quiet revolution has gained her radio playlisting and sessions, awards and nominations. Fans include Emma Watson and Director Danny Boyle, whose 2014 thriller Trance featured Kirsty’s song Sandman as a cornerstone. Sandman has now had over a million listens on Spotify.

Quiet Loner (aka. Matt Hill) has long been drawn to the storytelling traditions of folk and country music. Back in 2004 his debut album was Americana UK Album of the Year. Since then he has developed a warm and engaging style that draws on personal experiences, as well as delving into social history. He’s shared the stage with Billy Bragg at Glastonbury and was recently ‘songwriter in residence’ at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

The two old friends promise an entertaining and intimate show and a special evening of solo and collaborative song.

http://www.kirstymcgee.com

http://www.quietloner.com

 

***CHARLIE TOPHILL***

Charlie Tophill was raised in the penny arcades of a stony-beached seaside town in Kent. It was in this salty backwater that she first began singing for shrapnel and playing guitar for pennies.

After following the bright lights to North Yorkshire, she performed and toured with several bands – The Smoking Years, The Sam Griffiths Band and Curtis Eller’s American Circus – before returning to her solo roots.

Now Charlie performs her quirky brand of indie-pop with charm and humour, strumming out cheerful pessimism on an acoustic guitar. Her songs vacillate between light-hearted observation and intense feeling; catchy melodies and lyrically erudite songs delivered with honesty and warmth.

http://www.charlietophill.com/

 

Facebook Event page:

http://www.facebook.com/events/227048981204936

Read Full Post »

On Thursday February 1st, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Quiet Loner to The Greystones for a performance of “The Battle For The Ballet”. For the duration of 2016 Matt Hill, aka Quiet Loner, was ‘songwriter-in-residence’ at the People’s History Museum in Manchester, resulting in a touring show (and album) ‘The Battle for the Ballot’ that tells the story of the fight for the right to vote in words and song. Support for the evening comes from Sheffield punk poet Kevin Titterton. Advance tickets priced at £6 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/420064 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £8. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***QUIET LONER***

Quiet Loner is the pen-name of singer-songwriter Matt Hill.

Combining skillful flatpicking with lyrical wordplay, his albums have been praised for their emotional qualities, their honesty and the way they connect with the listener. Inspired by the storytelling traditions of folk and country music, Hill brings a contemporary element to these traditional forms. Over 15 years, 4 albums and hundreds of performances Hill has gained a reputation as an understated yet powerful solo performer delivering a live show that is emotional, political, occasionally angry but nearly always gentle and human.

For the duration of 2016 Hill was ‘songwriter-in-residence’ at the People’s History Museum in Manchester, resulting in a touring show (and album) ‘The Battle for the Ballot’ that tells the story of the fight for the right to vote. He’s taken the show to venues and festivals across the country.

As an artist Hill is always experimenting to find new ways to present his songs – he uses slide shows and a lecture format, he’s collaborated with walking artist Morag Rose to create musical walks that explore radical history and surveillance, he’s exhibited a song in a gallery exhibition, he’s collaborated on a live show about working class history with poet Tony Walsh, he’s co-written a musical about surveillance, he delivers songwriting workshops and a few years ago even devised a variety/game show format for a song residency.

This constant need for evolution as an artist has been reflected in his own recorded output. His debut album was a country heartbreaker and was voted Americana UK Album of the Year 2004. His second album Spectrology (2010) enlisted some top British folk musicians and got 4-star reviews from the likes of Uncut and The Daily Mirror and radio play from Gideon Coe on BBC6 Music. His third ‘Greedy Magicians’ – a very personal and political album – was recorded live in a Salford chapel and took him in a more English folk direction. This led to Hill being invited by Billy Bragg to perform on the Leftfield stage at 2013 Glastonbury Festival where he appeared in a songwriters circle alongside Bragg and Amanda Palmer. In 2017 he was invited to showcase his work at the English Folk Expo.

Since 2014 Hill has been curator and organiser of The Defiance Sessions one of the few regular music nights in the UK dedicated to songwriting that has a political or conscientious aspect. In 2015 he was one of the five musicians who founded ‘We Shall Overcome’ an anti-austerity movement that aims to show support and solidarity with those in local communities hit by cuts, poverty and homelessness.

http://www.quietloner.com

 

***KEVIN TITTERTON***

Kevin Titterton is a punk poet from Sheffield, England. Writing about real life, working class struggle and his love of all things music and film.

http://www.facebook.com/kevtittertonpoet

 

Facebook Event page:

http://www.facebook.com/events/153103095290834

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »