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Hard Feelings when a band “pulls something out of the back catalogue” for a run of tour dates. So good to hear Oil & Rain in a fine, fine set from Case Hardin at Shakespeares on Thursday night, which rounded off a great night of music following Paul McClure and A Prayer Away. Thanks to them and those that made it out to support live music.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to Shakespeares on Saturday October 28th for another special show. We’ll be joined by Jody Davies, Richard Kitson, Andy P. Davison and Ryan Farmer who’ll be playing “in the round”. Full details can be found here. Maybe we’ll see you there too?

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and it turns out he did know how to use it. Marlene Dietrich will be pleased. A packed house at The Greystones last night were pretty pleased too after witnessing the almighty spectacle of Curtis Eller’s American Circus. Big thanks to Curtis & the family, everybody who came along, and Richard Kitson who did a fine job opening the show.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Backroom on Saturday September 9th when we bring you the spectacular triple bill of The Fargo Railroad Co., The Sea Whores and M.G. Boulter. You can find full details for this one here, we hope you can join us then.

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and no there isn’t a hole on The Greystones stage, Mr Richard Kitson more than makes up for in quality song writing and the gift of the gab. He can play a guitar a bit too. Another excellent “Evening With…” himself last night, along with guests Joe Solo, Georgina Gilmartin plus bonus offerings from Richard & Georgina’s Recharging Radios project and a cheeky Fargo number to finish off. Big thanks to all who played and everyone that joined us.

Next for WagonWheel Presents… we return to The Greystones on Sunday April 30th when John Statz comes to Sheffield as part of his European tour for brand new album The Fire Sermon. Opening the show will be The Fargo Railroad Co. with an acoustic set. You can find full details for this show here. See you then?

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it was all going off on Friday night as Richard Kitson launched his brand new album In Your Own Time with us at The Greystones. The night began with King Quentin opening the show before Richard and an array of guests entertained a near full house. A wonderful time indeed, the record is on sale now.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones on Sunday September 4th when we’re looking forward to the highly anticipated return of Rod Picott. Support comes from Walton Hesse (Matt plays a solo set). Full details for this show can be found here, we hope you can join us then.

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always make for a good night. That was certainly the case yesterday in the mighty fine company of Curtis Eller’s American Circus who put on a typically wonderful show. Big thanks to Curtis & the family, those lovely Silver Darlings and every body who came along and filled The Greystones.

WagonWheel Presents… is back in The Backroom on Friday August 19th when The Yorkshire Bluesman Richard Kitson launches his brand new album In Your Own Time. Opening the show will be King Quentin to add to what already promises to be another special night. You can find a full preview and ticket details for this show here. Who’s coming?

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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 Wednesday August 30th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Curtis Eller’s American Circus back to The Greystones. Curtis Eller’s American Circus is preparing to embark on a 16 date tour of the UK. The iconoclastic banjo player will be accompanied by a brutish, inelegant backing band drawn from a stable of incendiary musicians from the US and England. The American Circus, have developed a devoted international following based on dynamic, unhinged live performances and a disquieting catalog of strange recordings populated by a ghastly parade of historical luminaries. Lace up your dancing shoes. We’ll see you under the dusty canvas of the bigtop! Plus support from Richard Kitson. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/397577 and the venue (12-6pm). Entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***CURTIS ELLER’S AMERICAN CIRCUS***

Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. After beginning his show business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat, the Detroit native turned to the banjo and lit out for New York City where he rose to obscurity as “New York’s angriest yodeling banjo player”. Siting Buster Keaton, Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley as his primary musical influences, Eller became a staple of the beer halls, burlesque houses and underground theaters of the eastern seaboard. Fame proved elusive.

​Having spent years toiling in the musical sweatshops of the industrial north, Eller uprooted his family and resettled in some faded, tobacco town in the North Carolina Piedmont to begin the arduous task of assembling a new version of his band, The American Circus. The latest version of the ensemble is a brutish and inelegant rock & roll outfit specializing in banjo music for funerals, gospel tunes for atheists and novelty dance fads for amputees. A lavish, Hollywood, dance sequence unfolding on the floor of a Chicago meatpacking plant in 1894. 

Eller’s numerous compositions describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Past recordings have seen a ghastly parade of historical luminaries, from Abraham Lincoln and Buster Keaton to Amelia Earhart and Joe Louis, sharing the spotlight with a host of Civil War generals and corrupt 19th century politicians.

The group’s latest phonographic recording, “How to Make It in Hollywood”, is a compact collection of glittery show tunes, sentimental tear-jerkers and rock & roll rave-ups whose lyrics are populated with two-bit prize fighters, Hollywood has-beens, lapsed gospel singers and forgotten pop stars. Eller relentlessly tours the US and Europe with an expanding and contracting cast of misfits. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, a new album is also due later this year.

http://www.curtiseller.com

 

***RICHARD KITSON***

In 2014 Folk Radio UK described Richard Kitson as ‘one of the best guitar pickers of his generation’. Kitson has earned this reputation over a decade of honing his skills both as a solo acoustic performer and occasional band leader. Kitson’s love of the blues began when he heard the song ‘Bye Bye Bird’ by Sonny Boy Williamson II not long after he started teaching himself to play the harmonica at the age of eleven. A desire to learn the guitar soon followed. After pestering his parents for an acoustic guitar they relented and by the age of fourteen he was teaching himself to play under the influence of Bob Dylan, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Rory Gallagher and Mississippi John Hurt. These musicians (among many others) helped Kitson develop his fingerstyle and slide guitar playing alongside his original song writing.

From 2001 Kitson began honing his performing skills in Sheffield folk clubs and other venues in and around South Yorkshire, often supporting established touring artists such as Wilko Johnson, Otis Gibbs, Peggy Seeger and John Tamms. In a typical set Kitson can be found playing classic country and delta blues covers by the likes of his aforementioned influences alongside his self-penned folk/blues style songs. A skilled raconteur, Kitson often embellishes his sets with humorous links and background stories to his songs.

Richard Kitson has quietly emerged as one of the best guitar pickers of his generation; one who marries blues and folk styles into a fresh new sound.” Folk Radio UK

When I grow up I want to play guitar like Richard Kitson.” Otis Gibbs

http://www.richardkitson.co.uk

 

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