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of fine acts rounded off a trio of great gigs this month for WagonWheel Presents… at Shakespeares last night. Many thanks to The Payroll Union, House Of Charms and House Of Trees for three great sets and a lovely crowd that was there to hear them. Tramlines may have been and gone but the live music comes to Sheffield all year round.

It’s back to The Bard’s Bar on Friday August 2nd when we’ll be in the company of The Black Thunder Revue (ex-Socrates Johnson), Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius and Dirdsbead. You can read all about that one here, we hope you can join us then.

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For one month only WagonWheel Presents… heads to Shakespeares on the first and last Friday of the month this August. So although the date is Friday August 2nd, we’ll still be doing what we usually do, providing a line up of 3 quality acts. Joining us for the evening will be The Black Thunder Revue (the band formally known as Socrates Johnson), Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius and Dirdsbead. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from  http://www.wegottickets.com/event/232578 or entry on the night will be £4. Doors open 8pm.

***THE BLACK THUNDER REVUE***

Socrates Johnson

Socrates Johnson were formally a four piece bluesy rock n’ roll band, whose male/female fronted retro sound was full of passion and melody. Originally formed in 2007, they went through some line up changes, but continued to build their reputation as a quality live act. Following on from recent recording activity the band have now renamed themselves The Black Thunder Revue. Described as sounding like a cross between Tom Petty and Neil Young, they offer something a little different on the current underground scene. One early review of the former band commented how they “strummed and harmonised like West Coast veterans”. We can only agree when they also summed up with “well worth a look”.

Socrates Johnson stepped up and filled the place with an energy and talent that is uncommon for a gig that only cost three quid. Each track was well constructed, masterfully performed and an absolute pleasure to hear.Toast Magazine

If you closed your eyes it could be Big Pink in ’68Sandman Magazine

http://www.myspace.com/socratesjohnsonband

***CHRIS MURPHY & BOXER GENIUS***

Boxer Genius

Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius are a folk, alt-rock band from Sheffield. Originally formed by Murphy in 2004 (and recording under the name The Greenlovers), the band have garnered a reputation for a powerful, epic, folk-rock sound, but yet have won plaudits from fans of a wide variety of musical genres.

Fantastic feedback has always followed the guys around and following in the wake of the single ‘Brighton’ released in February 2008, and the success of the album ‘Another Reunion’ from which it was taken, Exposed magazine described them as “ridiculously accomplished” while the Sheffield Star labelled Murphy “a maker of epic songs and muscular ballads”.

Recent years have seen line up changes and departures but the four piece are now back to a full complement and will be releasing brand new album From Dark To Neon very soon.

http://www.chrismurphyandboxergenius.com

***DIRDSBEAD***

Dirdsbead

A relatively new face to Sheffield, Dirdsbead takes inspiration from the likes of Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Bert Jansch plus some more contemporary artists such as Elvis Perkins, Josh T. Pearson and Sharon Van Etten. Having previously played in bands, this new project brings his own personal take on all things music and life and has already resulted in the release of his debut EP.

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i think it’s fair to say, worked out ok in the end after a few technical difficulties at Shakespeares last night. Thanks to Last Harbour, Tomorrow We Sail and The Listeners for what proved to be a quite lovely show, and to everybody that came out. We hope your patience was rewarded.

We return to Shakespeares on Friday November 30th for our final show of the year with Quiet Loner, Mark Wynn, Huw Costin and William Barstow. Details on that are here.

Next however we’re back at The Greystones tomorrow with Josh Harty, Daughter Of Frank and Socrates Johnson. The lowdown on that one can be found here, we hope you can join us.

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On Sunday October 28th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Josh Harty back to Sheffield for his first headline show at The Greystones. The North Dakota songsmith was with us in 2011 when he supported Rod Picott and made quite an impact. Support comes from Daughter Of Frank and Socrates Johnson who will be performing a stripped down set. Advance tickets priced at just £5 are available from WeGotTickets (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/171029) and from the venue. Entry on the night will be £7. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

***JOSH HARTY***

It doesn’t get more Americana than Josh Harty. His father, both a preacher and the Police Chief of his boyhood small town, was also Harty’s music mentor. “I was either going to jail, or to hell,” Harty muses. That kind of humour, that hell-bound hope, is in the centre of Harty’s music. Music captured on the new disc, polished in performance in America, and now ready for another UK tour in support of Nowhere.

Together with his father, Harty says he “sang in just about every church, Lions Club, Elks Club, and senior citizen centre within 200 miles of Fargo.” When his parents moved out of the area when Harty was a Senior in high school, his devotion to the school’s music program and its director led him to relocate to an apartment with his older brother,5 years his senior. They lived near the Empire Tavern in downtown Fargo, and for the impressionable young musician, watching the cast of characters come and go was like going to songwriting college. The hard life, lies and perseverance in the face of both, surface to the top of Harty’s music like a beer mug ring left behind on a wooden bar top.

Those in the upper Midwest who have watched Harty grow since his move to Madison, Wisconsin in 2005 know what he can make happen live. His warm, woeful voice is buoyed by charismatic guitar playing. He can hush a bar room. When he lets his guitar do the talking audiences are carried all the way in.

there is a dignity to this music making that leaves us feeling enriched for the experienceNo Depression

” ‘Whisky and morphine have been good friends to me’ is the opening line of Josh Harty’s third album. It pretty much ensures you know right from the start that this is not going to be a cheerful album and it doesn’t disappoint. Nor does this excellent album disappoint in any other fashion, except for the simple fact that it is only seven tracks longBackroads Music

This is a release that deserves a wide audience and one that is, in its quiet way, up there with anything else you’ll hear this yearAmericana-UK.com

http://www.joshharty.com

***DAUGHTER OF FRANK***

Acoustic folk rocker Daughter Of Frank, aka Victoria Hogg, has been writing and singing her own songs from an early age. Record and publishing deals were secured which saw her working with a band under the name ‘Victorialand’ alongside some top producers (see http://www.myspace.com/victorialands). Now concentrating on her work as a solo artist, Victoria is making a welcome return to Sheffield and the live scene where you can expect a typically captivating performance.

http://www.myspace.com/daughteroffrank

***SOCRATES JOHNSON***

Socrates Johnson are usually a four piece bluesy rock n’ roll band, whose male/female fronted retro sound is full of passion and melody. Originally formed in 2007, they’ve gone through some line up changes, but continue to build their reputation as a quality live act. Described as sounding like a cross between Tom Petty and Neil Young, they offer something a little different on the current underground scene. One early review commented how they “strummed and harmonised like West Coast veterans”. We can only agree when they also summed up with “well worth a look”.

Socrates Johnson stepped up and filled the place with an energy and talent that is uncommon for a gig that only cost three quid. Each track was well constructed, masterfully performed and an absolute pleasure to hear.Toast Magazine

If you closed your eyes it could be Big Pink in ’68Sandman Magazine

http://www.myspace.com/socratesjohnsonband

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http://www.facebook.com/events/103776129780994

Last.fm Event page:

http://www.last.fm/event/3405029

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WagonWheel Presents… heads back to Shakespeares on Friday April 27th with another great triple bill. We’re joined by Socrates Johnson, Garforth & Myers plus The Fontana Instincts. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/158415 or entry on the night will be £4. Doors open 7.45pm.

***SOCRATES JOHNSON***

Socrates Johnson are a four piece bluesy rock n’ roll band, whose male/female fronted retro sound is full of passion and melody. Originally formed in 2007, they’ve gone through some line up changes, but continue to build their reputation as a quality live act. Described as sounding like a cross between Tom Petty and Neil Young, they offer something a little different on the current underground scene. One early review commented how they “strummed and harmonised like West Coast veterans”. We can only agree when they also summed up with “well worth a look”.

Socrates Johnson stepped up and filled the place with an energy and talent that is uncommon for a gig that only cost three quid. Each track was well constructed, masterfully performed and an absolute pleasure to hear.Toast Magazine

If you closed your eyes it could be Big Pink in ’68Sandman Magazine

http://www.myspace.com/socratesjohnsonband

***GARFORTH & MYERS***

Garforth & Myers play unique and dark contemporary folk music. After initially meeting whilst involved separate musical projects Rory Garforth & Adam Myers started working on material together, this would form the basis of a selection of demos which attracted the attention of producers Keith Angel and Andy Seward; perhaps best known for their work with such folk/roots luminaries as Jon Boden, Kate Rusby, Martin Simpson, John Tams, Chris Drever et al. Their initial release, the four track EP ‘Bonfires’ will be followed by their full debut album of the same name this year.

Acoustic music like this and of this standard will always straddle the border between folk, pop, jazz etc and may even be popped into a new category altogether, whether it likes it or not. Cross pollination is always good though, especially if it draws audiences in from several directions. These particular ears are keen to hear more.Northern Sky

http://www.reverbnation.com/garforthmyers

***THE FONTANA INSTINCTS***

The Fontana Instincts evolved around Derby singer/songwriter Tom Campbell, becoming a full band that blends alternative, americana, indie, rock, psychedelic, folk, blues and country influences. Their unique and varied style has been winning them many fans.

They’ve spent most of last year working hard on recording their debut album, which they expect to release soon.

http://www.facebook.com/fontanainstincts

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rounded off in fine style at Shakespeares last night with Socrates Johnson, Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles and Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians. Thanks to them and those of you that were there to hear them.

Our next show will be in February at The Greystones with Quiet Loner, Dan Raza and Greg Harrisburg. You can find all the details here. For a limited time only you can also find discounted advance tickets here.

We’ve just confirmed shows in May for both Hans Chew and The Good Lovelies. We’ll bring you ticket details next week along with a look ahead to what else we already have line up for 2012.

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2011 done for us at The Greystones.  Thank you to everybody that was there to witness a delightful evening’s entertainment from Amelia Curran, Daughter Of Frank and The Listeners. Indeed thank you to everybody that’s joined us there this year.

Our next show at The Greystones is on February 9th with Quiet Loner, Dan Raza and Greg Harrisburg. Tickets are on sale here and we’ll have a preview up on the site next week.

Before that though we have our final show of 2011 at Shakespeares on Friday December 9th. Our last gig of the year finds us in the company of Socrates Johnson, Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles and Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians who will be performing an acoustic set. Full details here. We hope you can make it down to help us see off a great 12 months in style.

 

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