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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.

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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 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/

 

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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

 

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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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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.

 

***DAVE WOODCOCK & THE DEAD COMEDIANS*** : 10pm Bard’s Bar

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

http://www.davewoodcock.net

 

***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.

http://www.facebook.com/ashgraymusic

 

***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.

http://www.facebook.com/pg/blackthunderrevue

 

***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.

 

http://www.killingfieldsofontario.com/

 

***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.

http://www.matwale.com

 

***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.

http://www.massyfergusonband.com

 

***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.

http://joesolomusic.com

 

***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.

http://www.franccinelli.com

 

***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.

http://quietloner.com

 

***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’.

http://www.facebook.com/idiotsonuk

 

***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.

http://www.facebook.com/pg/rorycannonmusic

 

***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”.

http://soundcloud.com/colin-mounsey

 

***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.

http://www.davewoodcock.net

 

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but not the 13 who made it to The Greystones on Tuesday night to enjoy Quiet Loner‘s 13th WagonWheel Presents… show and a typically storming set from Joe Solo too. Big thanks to Matt, Joe and all those who came out to support live music. We’re back at The Greystones in February for our WagonWheel Weekend.

Our next show however is at Shakespeares on Saturday November 28th with an almighty triple bill of Roaming Son, The Fargo Railroad Co. and The Black Thunder Revue. Tickets are less than a fiver if you buy in advance here and you can read a full preview of the show here. Maybe we’ll see you there?

WWP 18.11.15

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