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two done then. An enjoyably eclectic night was had at Shakespeares last night with Roaming Son, The Fontana Instincts and Grassoline. Thanks to them and everybody who came out.

Show number three of four in nine days will be tomorrow at The Greystones when Southern Tenant Folk Union make a long overdue return to Sheffield after four years since what has been described as a legendary show at The Grapes. Support comes from House Of Charms and the show starts at 8pm. We hope you can join us there. The show is previewed in this week’s Sheffield Telegraph here and also covers Tuesday night’s Royal Wood gig.

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from our run of four gigs in nine days. We enjoyed a great show from Jess Klein last night at The Greystones and big thanks to Dave Sleney who stepped in at the last minute to support.

Our next stop is this Friday night at Shakespeares when we’re joined by Roaming Son, The Fontana Instincts and Grassoline before we return to The Greystones on Sunday when we welcome Southern Tenant Folk Union back to Sheffield with support from House Of Charms. Details on those and the rest of our upcoming shows including Royal Wood on October 2nd can be found here.

Thanks to everybody that came out last night, hopefully we’ll see some of you again in the week.

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a rather fine way to kick off our new run of shows at Shakespeares. Big thanks to In Fear Of Olive, The Clench, Roaming Son and everybody that came out. A great crowd and great night.

We’re back at Shakespeares on April 27th with Garforth & Myers and The Fontana Instincts. Our next show at The Greystones is this one.

In other news we now have a confirmed date for Southern Tenant Folk Union. They’ll be back in Sheffield on Sunday September 30th. Tickets are on sale now: http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents


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On Friday September 28th, WagonWheel Presents… once again brings three great bands to Shakespeares. Joining us this time around we have  twangy rock ‘n’ roll from Roaming Son, an acoustic set from The Fontana Instincts and some old time country folk from Grassoline. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/181139 or entry on the night will be £4. Doors open 7.45pm.


Roaming Son are a Sheffield based band that mix earthy heartfelt vocals with twangy dirty guitars, greasy bass and jungle drums to create a sound that is influenced by the classic rock’n’roll recordings of the 50′s / 60′s but while adding a distinctive modern flavour. From brash to beautiful, the sound of chainsaws & rainbows.

100 % Sheffield Rock’n’Roll” – Sheffield Scenester



The Fontana Instincts have spent the last two years playing all over England, taking audiences by surprise with their fresh take on Americana. A British Indie band maybe, but with American roots and West Coast influences close to heart. Unique and honest, the Fontana Instincts have an authentic sound and stage presence that’s hard to dismiss.

Once described as the ‘the love child of Waylon Jennings and Mariane Faithful, brought up on a diet of Grateful Dead and Noel Gallagher records’, the band has stamped their mark on the Midlands and garnered a reputation for being one of the best live bands in the area. Having spent 2011 and 2012 readying their debut album, Carousel, it is now finally available on CD and download.



Chesterfield’s Grassoline play a bluegrass influenced brand of alt-country featuring guitar, double bass, fiddle, banjo and mandolin. Late last year they released their debut CD “Mountain & Grave”. Americana UK described the 6 tracks as having “the makings of something really special”. We wouldn’t disagree.

Grassoline are not made for these times. Theirs is a music of epic grandeur and epic heartbreak that is so complete within itself that it is not of the tradition, it’s not just bluegrass or folk tinged transplanted balladry, it’s the living music of a colonised landscape. Grassoline are a band more than worthy of your attention whether on record or live.” Americana-UK.com


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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 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



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



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.


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We’ve a few more names added to our diary to tell you about.

In October it will be 5 years since the very first WagonWheel show, and we’ve a great night lined up to mark the occaision. On Monday 31st October at The Greystones we’ll be joined by Neil McSweeney and Pete David & The Payroll Union, as well as the previously mentioned Torn Sail.

Quiet Loner will be back with us on September 12th as one of the supports for the Chris Mills show.

Before that in August, our line up for the 20th will be completed by The Fontana Instincts. You can find the full lowdown on this show in our Forthcoming Gig Previews section.

Completing the bill for next month’s Jeff Caudill show will be local singer/songwriter Dave Sleney:

Before all that we’re at The Greystones next Wednesday when we’re joined by Matt Andersen with support from Richard Kitson and Mat Wale. The full preview for that gig can be found below.

Tickets details for all the above shows and more can be found over on the Gigs page.

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On Saturday August 20th, WagonWheel Presents… brings another great triple bill to The Greystones. We welcome back Walton Hesse who played two fantastic shows at The Grapes last year, we have a solo set from Tom Campbell of The Fontana Instincts, and we’re also joined by Doncaster band In Fear Of Olive who look set for great things. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from WeGotTickets.com (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/123420) or entry will be £4 on the night. Doors open 7.45pm for an 8pm start.


In Fear Of Olive may be from Yorkshire, but they have a distinct American rootsy vibe that permeates their not so traditional folk style. They have recently been picking up lots of BBC Radio play and are set to appear at several festivals throughout the summer as they support the recent release of their EP ‘All We Can Do Is Wonder’, recorded with renowned folk/roots producer Keith Angel.

“Really, really great songs, boss lyrics too and sympathetic arrangements played with real feeling and soul… what is there not to like?” Richard Hawley



Burst into being from the sunny imagination of songwriter Matt Grayson, Walton Hesse are a lapsed congregation of optimistic outcasts standing on the shoulders of Big Star and Wilco, peering into the shaft of a 13th Floor Elevator.

Frontier facing and burdened by a twisted nostalgia this alt-country psych creation blend the melodious harmonies of Matt and Nicola Crosby, haunted by the ghostly union of Gram and Emmylou to bring Arizona desert plains to the streets of Manchester. The dual status of banjo playing lead guitarist Dom Marsh creates a butterfly of sound to intertwine a flawless rhythm section of Dan Fleming on drums, Scott Carey on bass and Dor Knightley on keys.

Walton Hesse have been friends forever, born of a chance encounter and a ten year love affair the North Mancunian scum scrub up golden in the sunshine, blend MC5, Creedance and Hank Williams to shake the peaches from your dusty tree. Walton Hesse make you homesick for a place you’ve never lived… so don’t look now, listen, and bring it home.



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

They’ve been working hard over recent months on recording their debut album, which they hope to release later this summer. Tonight Tom plays solo.


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