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but it was a real pleasure to have M.G. Boulter bring the seaside to town last night playing songs from his latest album Clifftown with his fabulous band. Big thanks to them and E.R. Thorpe for a wonderful opening set. We hope those of you who joined us at The Greystones enjoyed it as much as we did.

It’s a little while until our next show as we ease back in to a more normal schedule. WagonWheel Presents… will return on Thursday June 30th when we welcome Rod Picott for his rearranged UK tour. Support comes from Paul Handyside. Tickets are on sale here, as always they’re cheaper in advance than on the door.

All incoming show updates can be found here, we’ll hopefully see you at one of them.

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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.

 

 

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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/
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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

 

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it proved to be only 60% of a weekender, but what we were left with was pretty special. Thanks to everybody that joined us on Friday and Saturday, not least Rod Picott, Boss Caine, M&J Blues, Andy P. Davison, Franc Cinelli, The Fargo Railroad Co. and The Lucky Strikes for the exceptional entertainment.

Sadly the weather put paid to Sunday’s two gigs at The Greystones, and left us hanging on 298 WagonWheel Presents… shows promoted. But we’ll be back for more very soon. Next will likely be Monday May 14th when we welcome Kirsty McGee & Quiet Loner. Keep an eye on the Gigs page for details of this and more new shows we’ll be adding over the next few weeks.

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***UPDATE***

Unfortunately due to the weather and travel conditions for all concerned, we’ve sadly had to cancel today’s (Sunday) shows. For anybody who has bought advance tickets, refunds will be available from point of purchase. Really sorry to have to do this after three great shows already this weekend. We hope to arrange alternative dates for all the acts who were due to play today as soon as possible.

 

Over the weekend of March 16th, 17th and 18th, WagonWheel Presents… brings our second WagonWheelWeekender to The Greystones, Sheffield. We’ll be bringing you five shows across the three days, featuring the usual mix of local, UK and international talent that you’d come to expect from a WagonWheel show.

On Friday night we’re joined by US singer/songwriter Rod Picott, playing songs from brand new double album. The sprawling twenty-two song Out Past The Wires ranges from whispery ballads to guitar driven rockers and hits every musical spot between. Opening the show will be Boss Caine, the main musical vehicle of hard living, permanently gigging, story telling, troubadouring, award winning, UK singer songwriter, Daniel Lucas.

Saturday afternoon sees the first of two “in the round” shows, when sharing songs and stories will be father & son duo M&J Blues, free-wheeling troubadour Franc Cinelli and The Black Thunder Revue frontman Andy P. Davison playing a solo set. All three acts will be on stage from the off for this early show.

We’ve a fine double bill of bands for Saturday night, with local favourites The Fargo Railroad Co. joined by The Lucky Strikes. The Fargo Railroad Co. are a southern rock / Americana inspired 4 piece band, whilst The Lucky Strikes have been described as “Blues/ Garage/ Americana, spaghetti-western, fiddle powered, howlin’, heavin’ rock and roll”. We think that adds up to a great show. Franc Cinelli returns to get the night under way too with a short solo/acoustic set.

For Sunday afternoon we return to the “in the round” format, this time in the company of Fargo’s Jody Davies airing some solo material, Charlie Tophill strumming out cheerful pessimism on an acoustic guitar and a man who’s been playing WagonWheel shows almost as long as we’ve been doing them, John Batchelor.

Finally on Sunday night, Southern Tenant Folk Union return to Sheffield with their ‘work in progress’ tour, road testing songs from forthcoming new album Willie Rough. 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. Support comes from Paul Handyside, the folk and roots singer songwriter who began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah!

Doors for all evening shows open at 8pm and shows finish by 11pm.

Doors for afternoon shows open at 3pm and shows finish by 5.45pm.

Advance tickets prices are:

Friday night £10
Saturday afternoon £5
Saturday evening £8
Sunday afternoon £5
Sunday evening £12
Weekend ticket (all 5 shows) £35

Weekend tickets and tickets for each individual show are available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents

Tickets for each individual show are also available from the venue between 12 & 6pm daily.

All prices will be more on the door.

Full previews for each show are available at the links below:

Friday night : Rod Picott + Boss Caine
Saturday afternoon : M&J Blues + Franc Cinelli + Andy P. Davison
Saturday night : The Fargo Railroad Co. + The Lucky Strikes + Franc Cinelli
Sunday afternoon : Jody Davies + Charlie Tophill + John Batchelor
Sunday night : Southern Tenant Folk Union + Paul Handyside

 

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