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a sprinkling of new songs, but still the fine show we’ve come to expect from Rachel Ries, who returned to The Greystones last night in her new guise of Her Crooked Heart (complete with Sarah Smout on cello once again). Thanks to Rachel, Sarah, the Torn Sail two for a spellbinding opening set, and those who made it out to support live music on a warm Wednesday night.

It will be Wednesday once again when WagonWheel Presents… is back at The Greystones on May 24th. It’ll be a first visit to Sheffield for Canadian songstress Whitney Rose and her band, with support coming from A Prayer Away (new project from Jody Davies of The Fargo Railroad Co. & King Quentin). You can find a full preview for this show here. Maybe we’ll see you then?


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better ways to spend a Tuesday night than an evening in The Backroom at The Greystones with Rachel Ries, Tom Baxendale and Yellowcake. Big thanks to all of them and all of you who were there to enjoy it with us.

Our next show there is on Tuesday April 19th in the company of Josh Harty, M&J Blues and The Fargo Railroad Co. (acoustic set). You can find full details of that show here.

Next though for WagonWheel Presents… we’ll be back at Shakespeares on Sunday April 17th for a solo show with banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer Curtis Eller. Support comes from Hungarian Lanterns. You can read the full preview for this show here. Maybe see you then? #MoreBanjo!

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was one Tweet describing last night’s show. We’d be hard pressed to disagree. We enjoyed two delightful sets from Austin Lucas and Adam Faucett (that voice!) at Shakespeares last night. Magic is absolutely the right word. Thanks to Austin, Adam, and all who came along including music lovers from Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester plus even a few from Sheffield too.

We’ll be in the Bard’s Bar again on Sunday April 17th with a solo show from Curtis Eller. Before that though, WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones on Tuesday March 15th. Rachel Ries comes back to Sheffield with brand new EP Cardinal plus there’s support from Tom Baxendale and Yellowcake. The full preview for this show can be read here. Advance tickets can be bought here.

Maybe see you then?

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On Wednesday May 10th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Rachel Ries back to The Greystones. Returning to the UK with a brand new EP and a brand new name, Rachel will once again be joined by Sarah Smout on cello. New beginnings see Rachel now performing under the name Her Crooked Heart, with To Gentlemen being the debut EP release. Support comes from Huw Costin of Torn Sail. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/392040 and the venue (12-6pm) or entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 7.45pm.



HER CROOKED HEART is the new name; the new music of Rachel Ries – multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, hired gun, singer. Her Crooked Heart’s first release, To Gentlemen (CD & 7” vinyl EP), hits the ground spinning May 5, complete with Rachel’s own limited edition artwork and featuring members of Bon Iver & Field Report. 

Along with numerous and diverse collaborators through the years, Rachel has proven herself ever-curious to expand her sound, her scope, and sail on past the confines of ‘singer-songwriter.’ After all, sometimes what the heart wants is a syncopated horn line and a string section; a choir of angels and a bass synth, leaving devastation in their wake.

But one thing has remained true since RR’s first homespun release: her sly and compassionate voice, excavating the depths of an all-too-human heart, armed with levity and a pen. It’s the messy humanity that’s of interest here. The trying and failing; the loving and losing and loving again. The choosing to be brave even when you’re shaking in your tattered boots. So please, make welcome: Her Crooked Heart. She’s been here all along.




Inspired by Buckley, Cash, Drake, Cope and Kilmister, Costin writes songs for the mystified and heartbroken.

Huw Costin is a British singer-songwriter known for his emotional vocal style, melancholic lyrics, and a penchant for writing nifty pop songs when the mood takes him. He’s worked with both Brian Eno and Mark Lanegan, but mostly, his musical journey has been a ramble around the more obscure reaches of the indie world.  Known for his output with leftfield disco artists Smith & Mudd as well as rock bands Manatee, The Kull, and Earth The Californian Love Dream, Costin is currently recording and performing with his band Torn Sail, as well as promoting his second solo album.

As influenced by the folk, country, and rock of the 60’s and 70’s as the Nottingham ambient scene of the early nineties, Costin has been compared to the likes of Big Star, Ian Brown, Elbow, and Jeff Buckley.

His debut solo album – Regrets – found it’s way into the NME Yearbook as a top 10 album despite being unfinished and unreleased. Follow up Something/Nothing is attracted equally high praise.

It’s like the third Big Star album mixed with the Stone Roses… It’ll make you cry.”   NME

an emotive recollection of a love gone wrong”   UNCUT

“Huw Costin makes classic records with an attention to detail not often heard anymore – achingly beautiful, direct and gentle poetry” Mark Lanegan



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On Tuesday March 15th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Rachel Ries back to The Greystones as she tours the UK in support of brand new EP ‘Cardinal’. Rachel crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked hearted. With an electric guitar, clear voice and steady hand, she pulls the listener into her world of city grit, country dirt, and her open-eyed search for redemption and reason. Her songs are fine-tuned delicacy with a snarl and disarming candor. Support comes from Tom Baxendale and Yellowcake. Advance tickets priced at £7 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/346250 and the venue (12-6pm) or entry on the night will be £9. Doors open 7.45pm.



Rachel Ries

Rachel Ries, hailing from the prairies of middle America, crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked-hearted. With an electric guitar and piano; a clear voice and steady hand; she deftly pulls listeners in with disarming candor and holds them there with smart and tender poetry. This March, Ries will release Cardinal; a handcrafted EP of songs written while on residency in Rouen, France. For Rachel, each of the songs is a key; a direction; a red-blooded essential for living – be it bravery, belief in one’s path or the bonds of family and blood. Each Cardinal includes a limited edition linoleum block art print, handmade by Rachel herself.

Recorded by the inimitable Jeremy Messersmith in Minneapolis, Cardinal is Rachel’s 2nd handcrafted EP and follows in the wake of Ghost of a Gardener (2014). A well-lauded, ambitious album co-produced by David Vandervelde, Ghost features a duet with Gregory Alan Isakov, members of Cuddle Magic and cameos by Devon Sproule, Carrie Elkin, Danny Schmidt and many others. Many may know Rachel by her longstanding collaborations with Anaïs Mitchell and their country ep (2008).

Proudly carrying the torch of a heritage rich in the domestic arts, Rachel’s homemade preserves and hand-stitched notebooks can often be found at shows, nestled amid 180 gram vinyl, cds and t-shirts. If you need comparisons, think Joni Mitchell, Carole King or Jeff Buckley. If you don’t – just listen.

“Ghost of a Gardener is a technicolor treasure, in word and melody.” Maverick Magazine (5 stars)

“Gorgeous gush of warm-blooded harmonies” Uncut Magazine




Tom Baxendale

The Rainy Day Club were are a Sheffield three piece whose distinct songs combined elements of alt. country, new wave, rockabilly, pre-Beatles pop and post-Dylan americana. Their debut album, Pale White Hands – recorded by Bromheads’ Tim Hampton at his Crystal Ship studio – was released in 2013. Since the band’s demise, Tom has returned to concentrating on his solo material.




Ian Bramall

Singer/songwriter Ian Bramall has been described as sounding somewhere between Richard Hawley and Mercury Rev, nineties indie with folk sensibilities. More recently he’s joined forces with Sarah Sharp in the duo Yellowcake. Half brooding folk, half silly pop, half bad maths, it is an ongoing experiment exploring the perimeters of audience heart strings and tear ducts. Yellowcake accepts no liability for any emotion either caused or not caused during audio contact. It does however accept compliments and sweeteners freely. And dispenses them too.



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follow fabulous Fridays, and that’s what we enjoyed at Shakespeares last night in the company of the ever lovely Rachel Ries as well as Canyon Family and Ian Bramall. Thanks to them and you if you were there.

The next WagonWheel Presents… show is this coming Thursday November 20th when Wild Ponies come to The Greystones. Grassoline open this show and a full preview can be found here. You can listen to songs from both bands here too.

We’ll be finishing off 2014 back at Shakespeares on Saturday November 29th with Boss Caine, Dave Woodcock, Joe Solo and Richard Kitson. Full details for this one can be found here.

Maybe we’ll see at one of them?

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year nine of shows well and truly under way. Big thanks to The Fargo Railroad Co., The Farewell State and Mordrake who got the month off to a great start. Thanks as always to all who came along to Shakespeares too.

The next stop for WagonWheel Presents… is back at Shakespeares on Friday November 14th for the return of Rachel Ries. There’ll be music from Canyon Family and Ian Bramall as well. Another fine time awaits. You can read a full preview for this show here.

Maybe we’ll see you then?

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