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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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On Friday November 16th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Stoney to The Greystones for a long overdue Sheffield headline show. Stoney will be accompanied by a small troupe of excellent local musicians for a stripped back and intimate show, revisiting some of the more tender moments from his extraordinary and eclectic body of work spanning 15 years, in addition to debuting brand new songs to be released in the new year on Hudson Records. Support comes in the shape of Stoney’s long time pal, Neil McSweeney; one of Sheffield’s finest songwriters, and award winning Newcastle singer/songwriter Cortney Dixon. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/449803 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***STONEY***

It’s astonishing to think that it’s been 12 years since Stoney’s much celebrated genre-defying debut “The Scene & The Unseen” was first released – it’s a testament to the timelessness of Mark Stoney’s unique songwriting & production talent that it still sounds fresh today. The highly eclectic record established the precocious multi-instrumentalist as a prominent if peripheral figure in the “New Yorkshire” Scene (as the NME then labelled it) and his reputation as an exciting live performer found him frequently frequently sharing the stage with a diverse range of artists ranging from Arctic Monkeys to Laura Marling. 

Stoney’s keen ear for classic melody combined with unique production and a sharp lyrical potency opened doors for the gifted indie juggernaut on both sides of the Atlantic; and following a performance at the SXSW festival in 2008, Stoney left Sheffield and hopped the pond to set up home and studio with “Some quirky poet and painter friends” in a rickety old house in Austin, Texas. However, what was expected to be “a year or two of sunshine” to work on new material turned into seven. During this time, a musical diversion led Stoney to co-found the much lauded high energy “Dirt-Pop” trio Bobby Jealousy, who released two critically acclaimed albums, and toured the US extensively for two years.

Stoney describes this period as “an exhilarating, volatile, beautiful, ugly and unsustainable mess that imploded as quickly as it arose”.Reeling a little following the demise of the band, Stoney resumed work once again on his next full solo album, and things started to take a darker, albeit more sophisticated turn; poetically documented in his last full length release, the fearlessly passionate “More Than Animals”.  Combining hauntingly beautiful lyrics, soaring melodic arrangement and profoundly intimate vocals, the record was met with a flurry of critical praise upon it’s Stateside release and led to many major US film & TV placements. But with his personal life in array, it was to also bookmark the end of his time in Austin.

“To cut a long story short; at the end of 2014 I left Austin very much a broken man. I returned to Sheffield alone with my marriage over and just a suitcase and a guitar. I cringe a little at the cliche of that, but it’s true. I was in a lot of pain, causing a lot of pain and drinking to oblivion. I’d also developed severe carpal tunnel that rendered my fingers numb if I tried to play for more than a few minutes at a time, and making music, my primary channel of release and expression started to became increasingly synonymous with sheer frustration. I was rudderless and a bit of a sorry mess.” 

“…The last 3-4 years for me have been about rehabilitation, spiritually, mentally and physically.. Being back in Sheffield, where it all started, has provided me again with haven to wrestle the fog with my feet on the ground and look for some answers. That process began with writing with others and getting out of my own head for a bit. The new songs emerging I think reflect the death, surrender and eventually the hope & resurrection that precede new beginnings with a vulnerability I’m still learning to get comfortable with..”

“..One moment the gifted lone operator affects the kind of trenchant rock-riff panache associated with the younger Bowie, the next he’s rattling off urban nightlife images with the droll elegance of The Kinks…” **** The Independent

“More than Animals is triumphantly Poetic and Diverse – both beautiful and devilishly menacing” The Huffington Post

“…Everything blends for one entirely gratifying experience, More Than Animals is easily likely to be one of the year’s best records…” The Big Takeover Magazine

“The British Singer songwriter at times recalls a younger David Bowie with the dapper swagger of the Kinks. He can easily switch between coy rock songs about nightlife and Elliot Smith-inspired bedroom folk to great effect” NPR

“…It’s real talent that does what it wants. It doesn’t ask for permission to push the boundaries or try to meet up with anyone’s expectations at the local bar. It says “fuck you” with a lovely lilt all its own. Meet Mark Stoney. An underground artist who has decided to explore the upper regions of the earth’s crust and share his musical musings…” Rockworld Magazine

http://www.facebook.com/stoneystuff

 

***NEIL McSWEENEY***

Folk singer-songwriter Neil McSweeney emerged from the flowering of Sheffield music that gave the world the likes of Slow Club and Richard Hawley and has since established himself as ‘a songwriter of rare ability’ (R2). Setting lyrics that deal with the contrasts and contradictions of life to romantic melodies as hopeful as they are melancholy, McSweeney’s finely crafted songs have been championed by his peers as well as across national radio and mainstream and specialist press. Since the release of his last album, Cargo, McSweeney has made increasingly big waves on the English folk scene picking up main stage festival appearances and collaborating with the likes of Jon Boden and Fay Hield.

This is neu folk, dark and deep – the late Robert Fisher would have smiled and recognised a kindred spirit 9/10Americana UK

Deeply felt, brooding songs rich in imagery…he has the tools to make a real impactThe Guardian

http://www.neilmcsweeney.com

 

***CORTNEY DIXON***

Cortney Dixon is a 21 year old singer-songwriter with big hair and a pink paisley telecaster.

With a unique voice and distinctive style, Cortney performs and writes an eclectic mix of music with beautiful melodies and catchy guitar riffs, whilst incorporating elements of ska and big pop vibes. No doubt this comes from growing up listening to the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, The Specials, David Bowie, and most recently getting into the likes of St Vincent and Sigrid.

Cortney has spent the last 3 years working on her craft, playing gigs around the UK with her 5 piece band and writing with others such as Mark Stoney. This young Geordie is getting ready to release her very first singles in the new year.

http://www.cortneydixon.co.uk

 

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on a rather high note, stunning sets from Chris Pureka and Stoney last night at The Greystones brought the month to a close. Thanks to them and everyone who came along.

WagonWheel Presents… returns for four shows in October, the first of which sees us return to The Backroom on Tuesday October 10th with Josh Harty plus M&J Blues. Full details for this show can be found here, we hope you can join us then or at one of these.

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referred to “a colossal triple bill”, and i think last night went some way to proving that right. Massive thanks to The Fargo Railroad Co., The Sea Whores, MG Boulter and everybody who helped fill The Greystones. A great night i hope you’d agree.

WagonWheel Presents… is back in action on Wednesday September 27th when we return to the same venue for the Sheffield debut of Chris Pureka. Completing the line up for what promises to be another special night will be Stoney. Full details are here, hope you can join us then.

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a bad way to spend a Sunday, was it? Thanks to everybody that came out to our Tramlines show at Shakespeares yesterday. Was nice to see lots of faces around for most (and some for all) of the day. We’re pretty sure you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Big thanks of course as well to The Fargo Railroad Co., Stoney, The Payroll Union, Paul McClure, Walton Hesse, Tom Baxendale, Coma Girls, Boss Caine, The Ragged Edge, David Venn, The Clench, Bob Collum, The Sea Whores and Roaming Son for the fine entertainment. 2017 would have a lot to follow…

WagonWheel Presents… regular shows are here all year round though and we return to The Greystones on Wednesday August 3rd in the company of Curtis Eller’s American Circus. Those lovely Silver Darlings will be along to open the show too. You can find full details here. Maybe we’ll see you then too?

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On Wednesday September 27th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes the Portland based singer/songwriter Chris Pureka to The Greystones. Described by Billboard as “summoning the spirits of Gillian Welch’s Revelator or Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker“, Pureka’s sixth album Back In The Ring is a stunning piece of work. Also joining us to open the show will be Stoney. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/403006 and the venue (12-6pm) or entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***CHRIS PUREKA***

It’s rare for an artist to bridge the divide between critical acclaim and dedicated fan engagement. Chris Pureka is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose body of work has resonated deeply with these seemingly disparate milieus. Her bold vulnerability in processing the intimacies of her life in song has long appealed to those listeners who crave authenticity. Now, five years coming, she shares with us another powerful entry in her life’s work, her sixth release, the aptly titled, Back in the Ring.

Chris’s elegant emotionality as a vocalist, and her flair and immediacy as a lyricist have garnered her favorable comparisons to Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, and Patty Griffin. She’s earned accolades from such distinguished taste-making outlets as The New York Times, Paste, Magnet, Billboard.com, and The AllMusic Guide. She’s shared the stage with such diverse and esteemed artists as Dar Williams, The Lumineers, The Cowboy Junkies, Gregory Alan Isakov, Martin Sexton, and Ani DiFranco. Along the way, Chris has remained fiercely independent, selling nearly 50,000 albums through her own label, Sad Rabbit Records.

Chris’s journey in music mirrors her path toward self-discovery. At 16, writing songs became a way of journaling. “I was shy and introverted, and songwriting was a very personal process. I never had any intention of performing,” she shares. Post high school, she went on to complete a biology degree at Wesleyan University, and afterwards, worked in a microbiology research lab at Smith College. Meanwhile, she established a music career parallel to her biology work through touring and issuing a clutch of well-received indie releases. In 2006, when Chris found herself turning down too many opportunities as a musician, she shifted her priorities to become a full-time artist.

Her latest album, Back in the Ring, is Chris’s first studio full length since 2010’s critically acclaimed How I Learned to See in the Dark. “I’m not interested in releasing songs I can’t get behind or records I don’t love,” she says of the five-year span between albums. The title of her latest playfully suggests something of an artistic comeback, but it also references the album’s themes of relationship conflict and making the decision to fight back against dark inner demons. “My music is the outward expression of the work I’m doing internally. What I do comes from my experiences, and I strive to express these experiences authentically. Speaking my truth, and being myself, is the way that I connect with people,” Chris confides. Her rise as an esteemed artist with captivating emotional integrity has been organic and always on her own terms. For someone who never had an intention of being a professional musician, it’s been a life of far-reaching changes and unexpected rewards.

http://www.chrispureka.com

 

***STONEY***

Alternative singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Stoney is usually found somewhere between Austin, Texas and Sheffield. After US band Bobby Jealousy went their separate ways in 2014, latest solo album More Than Animals followed.

One moment the gifted lone operator affects the kind of trenchant rock-riff panache associated with the younger Bowie, the next he’s rattling off urban nightlife images with the droll elegance of The Kinks” – The Independent

http://www.facebook.com/stoneystuff

 

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On Sunday July 24th, WagonWheel Presents… hosts our 4th annual Tramlines show at Shakespeares. Once again we’ll have live music across two stages starting from 3pm. Joining us in the Bard’s Bar will be The Fargo Railroad Co., The Payroll Union, Walton Hesse, Coma Girls, The Ragged Edge, The Clench and The Sea Whores, whilst the Stable Yard will see performances from Stoney, Paul McClure, Tom Baxendale, Boss Caine, David Venn, Bob Collum and Roaming Son who get the day under way with a rare acoustic set. Entry is free all day, no wristband required.

 

***THE FARGO RAILROAD CO.*** : 10.15pm Bard’s Bar

Fargo

One of Sheffield’s hottest live acts with a glorious mix of Americana & Southern Rock.

http://www.facebook.com/FargoRailroadCompany

 

***THE PAYROLL UNION*** : 8.55pm Bard’s Bar

Payroll

Sheffield based Americana band with an obsession for American history, inspired by country, rock ‘n’ roll and southern gothic.

http://www.thepayrollunion.com

 

***WALTON HESSE*** : 7.50pm Bard’s Bar

Walton Hesse

Psychedelic Cosmic Alt-Country from Manchester, following last year’s duo show the full six piece band return to our Tramlines stage.

http://www.facebook.com/waltonhesse

 

***COMA GIRLS*** : 6.45pm Bard’s Bar

Coma Girls

Like all good stories, Coma Girls history is a healthy mixture of fact, half-truths and almost fiction. Think Springsteen, Tom Petty, Baseball.

http://www.facebook.com/ComaGirls

 

***THE RAGGED EDGE*** : 5.40pm Bard’s Bar

Ragged Edge

The Ragged Edge are singer/songwriter Tim Fletcher’s country/folk ensemble, adding lead guitar, cello and fiddle in to the mix of his solo/acoustic material.

http://soundcloud.com/the-ragged-edge

 

***THE CLENCH*** : 4.35pm Bard’s Bar

The Clench

Cowboy tinged rock ‘n’ roll from Sheffield whiskey fuelled six piece.

http://www.facebook.com/TheClench

 

***THE SEA WHORES*** : 3.30pm Bard’s Bar

Sea Whores

Cinematic musical landscape of old world folk and modern mysteries of love, lust and obsession.

http://www.facebook.com/tswleeds

 

***STONEY*** : 9.30pm Stable Yard

Stoney

Alternative singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, usually found somewhere between Austin, Texas and Sheffield.

http://www.facebook.com/stoneystuff

 

***PAUL McCLURE*** : 8.25pm Stable Yard

Paul McClure

The Rutland Troubadour, supreme story teller with songs full of brutally honest lyrics and wit.

http://www.facebook.com/paulmccluremusic

 

***TOM BAXENDALE*** : 7.20pm Stable Yard

Tom Baxendale

Singer/songwriter with combined elements of alt-country, new wave, rockabilly, pre-Beatles pop and post-Dylan Americana.

http://tombaxendale.com

 

***BOSS CAINE*** : 6.15pm Stable Yard

Boss Caine

‘Yorkshire Cowboy’ – Daniel Lucas, a man whose ‘voice makes Louis Armstrong sound kinda girly’.

http://www.facebook.com/bosscaine

 

***DAVID VENN*** : 5.10pm Stable Yard

David Venn

Electric singer/songwriter with a great Paul Westerberg/The Replacements vibe.

http://www.facebook.com/david.venn.98

 

***BOB COLLUM*** : 4.05pm Stable Yard

Bob Collum

An American in London(ish) offering power pop influenceD Alt-Country.

http://www.bobcollum.com

 

***ROAMING SON*** : 3pm Stable Yard

Roaming Son

Sheffield’s 100% rock ‘n’ rollers offer something a little different with a rare acoustic set.

http://www.facebook.com/roamingsonuk

 

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