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turned out well in the end, especially for those that made it to The Greystones for a fine evening with Good Lovelies and Fortunate Ones. Thanks to them and you if you were there.

WagonWheel Presents… will be back there on Tuesday April 16th for the return of North Dakota songsmith Josh Harty plus an acoustic set from The Fargo Railroad Co., full details of which you can find here. You certainly don’t want to miss this one.

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and no shows meant last night’s belated start to 2019 was eagerly awaited, fortunately we had Angel Snow (and guitarist Joe Wilkins) on hand to deliver a spectacular set at The Greystones which more than made it worth the wait. Big thanks to them and Gemma Gray for the fine support, plus everybody who joined us.

We haven’t got quite so long to wait until the next one, WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Backroom on Monday April 8th when we’re welcome once again the Good Lovelies. Almost four years since their last Sheffield show, they’ll be in the UK with a full band for the first time and touring with them will be fellow Canadian artists Fortunate Ones (with whom there’ll be a few collaborations on the night too). You can find the full preview for this show here, tickets are on sale here, or take a look at the Coming Soon… page for a taster of what’s ahead.

We hope you can join us too.

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On Friday September 20th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes M.G. Boulter back to Sheffield when he joins us at Shakespeares. Most recently in town supporting The Beautiful South’s Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott at the City Hall, M.G. returns for his first headline show since last year’s Blood Moon EP release tour. Opening the show will be Banjo Jen. Advance tickets priced at £7 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/463881 or entry on the night will be £9. Doors open 8pm.

 

***M.G. BOULTER***

M.G. Boulter is a songwriter and musician who currently lives on the Thames coast in England. He has released a number of records including his latest full length album With Wolves The Lamb Will Lie in 2016 (named by the Daily Telegraph as one of the best Folk albums of that year). He has also worked alongside many other artists and has been involved in The Simone Felice Group, Emily Portman’s Coracle Band, The Duke and the King and Blue Rose Code, as well as his long time partners, The Lucky Strikes.

In the late summer of 2017 M.G. and Birmingham string quartet The Froe met at the unique Fishermen’s Chapel by the Thames Estuary in Essex to record a selection of songs that were to become the ‘Blood Moon’ EP.

The main chapel was cleared to make way for microphones and mixing desks and the songs were gradually brought to life amongst the clacking of trains from the London-Southend railway line and the hubbub of the chapel’s community gatherings (all of which are captured on the recordings if you listen close enough).

Opening with the title track, ‘Blood Moon’, the EP is another example of Boulter’s character driven song writing style, vignettes of seemingly unexceptional lives heavy with universal messages. Here you find the helpless Marie “smoking and leaning against a vending machine” and the slurry taxi conversation of ‘The Lie’, “You were right, the party sucked from the conversation down to the punch”. The Froe’s singular arrangements add a counterpoint to Boulter’s missives.

Produced by Andy Bell and released on Hudson Records this EP represents the continuation of a musical collaboration that started during the making of M G Boulter’s 2016 album With Wolves the Lamb Will Lie.

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***BANJO JEN***

Based in Sheffield, British singer-songwriter Banjo Jen is the “all-singin’, all-dancin’, badass banjo-pickin’ girl”.

A relative newcomer to the UK Americana and folk scenes, she’s already making waves! Using banjo as the lead instrument for her songs, weaving clever lyrics with catchy melodies, and incorporating Appalachian step-dancing and no-nonsense Yorkshire charm and humour into her sets, she’s quickly gained a loyal local following which is now spreading beyond the Yorkshire border! Tipped by Maverick magazine for a ‘long musical career’, highlights so far have included playing in Austin TX during SXSW 2017 and being selected by the Americana Music Association UK to showcase at both Red Rooster festival and The Long Road festival in 2018.

Banjo Jen’s debut EP ‘Lost & Found’ was released in 2018, offering a flavour of her distinctive songwriting. Playing the traditional ‘frailing’ style of banjo, and accompanied by punchy double bass, she is influenced by aspects of folk, country, blues and ‘old-time’ music – though she doesn’t stick to any particular tradition and makes her own rules up as she goes along! This, combined with a skill for finding a great melody and an interesting story, makes for unique and highly original songs; songs of sinning and straying, of characters and conflicts, of running from the law and of running from yourself. As the one and only Dolly Parton says, ‘We’re all just a bunch of sinners, but we do the best we can’.

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On Monday September 23rd, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes John Statz back to The Greystones. The Denver based singer/songwriter returns for a solo tour of the UK in support of latest album Darkness on the San Juans. Opening the show will be Andy P. Davison & The Soul Preachin’ Co. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/468023 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***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

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***ANDY P. DAVISON & THE SOUL PREACHIN’ CO.***

Embarking on a full time solo career following the demise of The Black Thunder Revue, Andy has gone back to his love of roots music: Blues, Folk, Americana and Rock n Roll.

A new album released this spring was recorded with long time collaborator Alan Smyth at 2Flys Studios, and features backing band The Soul Preachin’ Co: double bass from Andy Dye of Fargo Railroad Co fame, and Ewan Ashburn, drummer for Black Thunder Revue.

If My Mouth Doesn’t Say It My Face Surely Will” features slide guitars, harmonica, dirty riffs, dirty voices and a rhythm section to die for. Live shows vary from the full power trio, to more stripped back solo and duo sets.

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another year gone already? 2018 saw a modest total of 15 WagonWheel Presents… shows (though we did lose 2 to Snowmageddon that wiped out the Sunday of our Weekender), with a total of 37 different acts, 11 of whom were brand new faces to our little stage(s). That’s still not bad going i reckon. Among those 15 was our 300th show, we’re almost starting to get the hang of it.

We’ll be back for more in 2019, and we’ve got a few belters lined up already. Confirmed shows for next year are:

Angel Snow @ The Greystones, Tuesday March 5th

Good Lovelies @ The Greystones, Monday April 8th

Josh Harty + The Fargo Railroad Co. @ The Greystones, Tuesday April 16th

Curtis Eller’s American Circus + Paul McClure @ The Greystones, Friday June 7th

Rachel Harrington @ The Greystones, Sunday July 14th

Full details for all of the above including ticket links can be found over on the Gigs page.

Big thanks as always to everybody that’s joined us this year and been a part of what we do. Here’s hoping Santa is kind with the tunes he brings you all, and all the best for 2019 and beyond.

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for another year at least, and that wasn’t a bad way to do it at all. Magic night at The Greystones with Stoney, Cortney Dixon and Neil McSweeney. Thanks to them and everybody that joined us.

WagonWheel Presents… will be back for more in 2019. We’ll be announcing more shows for next year in the coming weeks, keep an eye on the Gigs page for updates or in all the other usual places.

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There was certainly an early present for anybody who was lucky enough to be at The Greystones with us last night for a typically fine show from Otis Gibbs. Thanks to Otis and Paul McClure for a great opening set, plus of course all of you who joined us.

WagonWheel Presents… has one more show to go for 2018, Friday November 16th finds us back at The Greystones with Stoney and Neil McSweeney. It will certainly be something special to round the year off. You can find a full preview for this show here, or grab yourself a ticket here to guarantee your place. See you there?

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