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little bonus edition of WagonWheel Presents… at Shakespeares last night. Thanks to those that came and listened to The Black Thunder Revue, Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius and Dirdsbead, and especially the bands themselves of course. We’ll be back in the Bard’s Bar in our usual slot of the last Friday of the month on August 30th when we’ll be joined by The Farewell State and Mat Wale & The Rackets. Keep an eye on the gigs page for details.

Our next show sees us return to The Greystones on Friday August 16th with four great singer/songwriters lined up for what should prove to be a highly entertaining night in the company of Boss Caine, Dave Woodcock, Joe Solo and Richard Kitson. The full preview for this show can be found here. We hope you can join us then.

WWP 02.08.13



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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.

WWP 26.07.13

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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.


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



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.




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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