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and pretty high too. 2017 you have a lot to follow. A fantastic night with the ever wonderful Wild Ponies, following on from some fine work by Roaming Son opening the show with an acoustic set. Big thanks as always to both of them and all of you who made it out to Shakespeares to join us.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones for our next show on Saturday March 25th when we welcome Vera Van Heeringen plus Adam Myers & Emma Johnstone. You can find full details for this show here. See you then?

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On Friday October 19th, WagonWheel Presents… brings a double bill of two great American singer/songwriters to Shakespeares. John Statz makes a welcome return to Sheffield, and is joined by fellow Denver based musician Megan Burtt as they undertake a joint UK & Ireland tour. Support comes from A Prayer Away who open the show. Advance tickets priced at £7 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/443303 or entry on the night will be £9. Doors open 8pm.

 

***JOHN STATZ***

The truth is that John Statz got his heart broken in 2017. And another truth is that he did it to himself. Unpacking the pain and understanding the reasons behind a failed relationship led the Denver-based singer-songwriter to record his most intimate album to date, tracked in his living room with some of his closest friends. Ernest Hemingway once gave the advice that one should, “write hard and clear about what hurts”, and so John did. John takes us into the steep terrain of desire, hope, and longing that sometimes lingers beyond the defined end of a relationship. We retrace our steps. We look at what we thought we knew. We ultimately discover and face the truth under the stories we told ourselves along the way. Darkness on the San Juans is a pause for reflection, and then it is an open road back to oneself.

One of the more prolific young songwriters working in the Folk/Americana genre today, John Statz has released eight studio albums and performed all over North America (including Canada and Mexico) and Europe, all in just twelve years’ time. The Boston Globe has called John’s music electric, urgent folk; aching, sweet country-rock while American Songwriter has said that he writes the kind of songs that float through your mind and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening. On his last three albums John worked with some of the best producers in the genre: Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), Jeffrey Foucault, and Megan Burtt. For this go around, John invited Nathan Edwards—a former college buddy who is now a recording technology professor at their alma mater, The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh—to co-produce an elemental, heartfelt acoustic record.

John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was 15, which turned out to be perfectly timed for a teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes. It wasn’t until Statz was 19 and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, later on, friends and collaborators. The first record, Dusk Came Slow, was engineered by the very same Nathan Edwards who co-produced Darkness on the San Juans, completing a circle of sorts between past and present. John moved to Denver in 2010 where he casually gardens in his backyard, cooks almost entirely in cast-iron cookware, and reads presidential biographies in chronological order.

“John Statz writes songs you can’t shake. They follow you around all day and run through your head at 3 a.m.” Jeffrey Foucault

http://johnstatz.com

 

***MEGAN BURTT***

Rocky Mountain raised Singer-Songwriter Megan Burtt says “I’ve always written songs. I took piano lessons when I was young, but when I picked up my dad’s old classical guitar, things took off.”  Inspired by Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Burtt taught herself to play, dreaming of a musical career. “I didn’t know any girls who played music, but Blue, Bonnie Raitt’s Nick of Time and the women on the MTV videos I saw, let me know it was possible.” Megan now splits her time between Brooklyn, NY, Denver, CO and on the road.

After high school, she moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music. There she made two EPs she calls her “practice records.” She formed her first band, further developed her musical ear, honed her songwriting chops, guitar playing, and became a confident bandleader and live performer. At graduation, Megan was awarded the prestigious excellence in songwriting award, being the only non-songwriting major in her class to receive this recognition.

Upon graduation, Burtt moved to Mississippi to investigate the roots of American blues music. After a stint there, she played music in Vietnam for a couple of months, then returned to the States to record It Ain’t Love, a 12 song collection she made with the friends Louis Cato (of Jon Batiste and Stay Human, house band for Stephen Colbert), guitarist Adam Tressler, and James Williams. Following the release, Megan quickly gained notoriety winning the 2010 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, the 2011 Kerrville New Folk Competition, and SW Region 2011 Mountain NewSong Competition.

In 2013, Burtt began writing and preproduction on the songs that would become her second album The Bargain, which charts her recovery from a serious illness with songs that move from darkness to light.

December 2017 marked the 6th year Megan performed throughout the Pennsylvania prison system with her band. “The maximum security inmates we play for are some of my favorite audiences. It’s incredible to perform for people who are truly grateful you’re there.”

Megan has toured nationally and abroad as a headlining artist, and as support for acts including Gregory Alan Isakov, Mark Cohen, Brett Dennen, Glenn Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket, Lissie, and Leanne Rimes. In 2015 she collaborated with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, as a featured artist.

In late 2017 Megan began a collaboration with four fellow red heads to form an Americana-Roots band called Gingerbomb. In addition to this new project, Megan is currently in the studio working on her third full-length solo record, slated for a Fall 2018 release.

http://meganburtt.com

 

***A PRAYER AWAY***

A Prayer Away are the latest outlet for the songs of Jody Davies (The Fargo Railroad Co. & King Quentin). Joined by vocalist Bess Popplewell, the duo made their live debut in 2017 opening for Whitney Rose where they proved to be quite a hit (not least with Whitney who wanted to take them home and mange them). Stripped down country, raw and soulful.

 

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On Friday June 15th, WagonWheel Presents… brings another singer/songwriter night to Shakespeares where appearing “in the round” will be Jody Davies (Fargo Railroad Co. / King Quentin), Big Convoy‘s Mat Wale & John Batchelor, plus making a live return after several years away from the stage will be Joe Armitage (Buffalo Ghost). Our previous gigs in this format have proven to be something special, and we’re looking forward to more of the same for what will be our 300th show. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/438412 or entry on the night will be £6. Doors open 8pm for an 8.30pm start.

 

***JODY DAVIES***

If being in three bands wasn’t enough, Jody Davies airs a more stripped down set of songs in a rare performance of his solo material. Tonight with just his vintage Gibson J-45 (you may know her as Dolly), expect raw, heartfelt songs and to hear one or two of the stories behind them.

 

***BIG CONVOY***

Big Convoy formed in 2011 and is ordinarily comprised of singer/ songwriters Mat Wale, John Batchelor, bass guitarist Joe O’Brien and drummer Tom Hudson. The band has independently released several EPs and recently returned to action with brand new recording Strings Attached after a few years away. Since their debut they have become an integral part of Sheffield’s thriving Alt. Country scene. Tonight Mat & John play an acoustic set as the comeback continues.

http://www.facebook.com/bigconvoyband

 

***JOE ARMITAGE***

Singer/songwriter Joe Armitage returns to the stage after more than seven years since his last show. Joe has recently been working on new material under the name of Buffalo Ghost, a project set to soon bear fruit as a full band bringing to life the recordings currently under production with various musical collaborators.

http://www.facebook.com/buffaloghost

 

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well until 2017 at least, but an evening with Boss Caine, Joe Solo and Dave Woodcock & the latest new Dead Comedian was a pretty fine way to finish off another year of WagonWheel gigs. Big thanks to them and everybody who joined us on Friday night.

WagonWheel Presents… will return to live action on Friday February 3rd when we welcome Wild Ponies to Shakespeares. Roaming Son will be along to open the show with an acoustic set too. Tickets are on sale here (as well as for the rest of our confirmed 2017 shows should you be looking for any stocking fillers). Maybe see you there?

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early for Christmas Blues… but last night was certainly a gift for live music fans. Big thanks to The BearCats, Luzon Valley Fearless, Andy P. Davison and all who came along to enjoy them with us at Shakespeares.

WagonWheel Presents… has one final show to go this year. We’re back in the Bard’s Bar on Friday December 2nd with Boss Caine, Mark Wynn, Joe Solo and Dave Woodcock, you can find full details for this one here. Maybe we’ll see you then?

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Whilst we’re not quite done with 2016 yet (you can read about our two remaining shows here and here), our first run of shows for 2017 are now on sale over at http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents  WagonWheel Presents… kicks off the new year at Shakespeares on Friday February 3rd with Wild Ponies plus support from Roaming Son who’ll be playing an acoustic set. There’ll be more to come in the Bard’s Bar soon.

Five dates are currently confirmed at The Greystones. Vera Van Heeringen joins us on Saturday March 25th, before Friday April 7th sees Richard Kitson launch his next EP with special guests Joe Solo and Georgina Gilmartin. John Statz returns on Sunday April 30th when he tours his brand new album before we spend Saturday June 3rd in the company of Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers. Finally a little further ahead on Sunday Spetember 10th we’ll be welcoming back Southern Tenant Folk Union.

Tickets for shows at The Greystones will be available in person from the venue soon (keep an eye on the Buy Tickets page). As always, as well as WeGotTickets, you can also buy advance tickets for all confirmed shows in person on the door any night that we’re promoting another show. Buying in advance is always cheaper too.

The latest listings can always be found on the Gigs page.

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weren’t advertised, but (possibly) were a bonus on top of three great sets at Shakespeares last night. Big thanks to Roaming Son, The Sea Whores, Tom Baxendale and everyone who came along.

We’ll be back there again on Saturday November 26th in the company of The BearCats, Luzon Valley Fearless and Andy P. Davison. Full details can be found here, we hope you can join us then too.

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