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Over the weekend of March 16th, 17th and 18th, WagonWheel Presents… brings our second WagonWheelWeekender to The Greystones, Sheffield. We’ll be bringing you five shows across the three days, featuring the usual mix of local, UK and international talent that you’d come to expect from a WagonWheel show.

On Friday night we’re joined by US singer/songwriter Rod Picott, playing songs from brand new double album. The sprawling twenty-two song Out Past The Wires ranges from whispery ballads to guitar driven rockers and hits every musical spot between. Opening the show will be Boss Caine, the main musical vehicle of hard living, permanently gigging, story telling, troubadouring, award winning, UK singer songwriter, Daniel Lucas.

Saturday afternoon sees the first of two “in the round” shows, when sharing songs and stories will be father & son duo M&J Blues, free-wheeling troubadour Franc Cinelli and The Black Thunder Revue frontman Andy P. Davison playing a solo set. All three acts will be on stage from the off for this early show.

We’ve a fine double bill of bands for Saturday night, with local favourites The Fargo Railroad Co. joined by The Lucky Strikes. The Fargo Railroad Co. are a southern rock / Americana inspired 4 piece band, whilst The Lucky Strikes have been described as “Blues/ Garage/ Americana, spaghetti-western, fiddle powered, howlin’, heavin’ rock and roll”. We think that adds up to a great show. Franc Cinelli returns to get the night under way too with a short solo/acoustic set.

For Sunday afternoon we return to the “in the round” format, this time in the company of Fargo’s Jody Davies airing some solo material, Charlie Tophill strumming out cheerful pessimism on an acoustic guitar and a man who’s been playing WagonWheel shows almost as long as we’ve been doing them, John Batchelor.

Finally on Sunday night, Southern Tenant Folk Union return to Sheffield with their ‘work in progress’ tour, road testing songs from forthcoming new album Willie Rough. Southern Tenant Folk Union are the Edinburgh based six-piece string band that over a series of albums have produced a thought provoking and arresting take on roots & folk music. Support comes from Paul Handyside, the folk and roots singer songwriter who began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah!

Doors for all evening shows open at 8pm and shows finish by 11pm.

Doors for afternoon shows open at 3pm and shows finish by 5.45pm.

Advance tickets prices are:

Friday night £10
Saturday afternoon £5
Saturday evening £8
Sunday afternoon £5
Sunday evening £12
Weekend ticket (all 5 shows) £35

Weekend tickets and tickets for each individual show are available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents

Tickets for each individual show are also available from the venue between 12 & 6pm daily.

All prices will be more on the door.

Full previews for each show are available at the links below:

Friday night : Rod Picott + Boss Caine
Saturday afternoon : M&J Blues + Franc Cinelli + Andy P. Davison
Saturday night : The Fargo Railroad Co. + The Lucky Strikes + Franc Cinelli
Sunday afternoon : Jody Davies + Charlie Tophill + John Batchelor
Sunday night : Southern Tenant Folk Union + Paul Handyside



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On Saturday March 17th, WagonWheel Presents… brings a fine double bill of bands to The Greystones in The Fargo Railroad Co. and The Lucky Strikes for show #3 of our WagonWheelWeekend. Plus there’s support from Franc Cinelli who opens the show. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/424858 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 8pm. Our WagonWheelWeekend is happening across March 16th, 17th and 18th. Full weekend tickets for all five shows (including this one) are also available priced at £35 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/424859. For details of the full weekend line up see http://www.wagonwheelpresents.co.uk.



The Fargo Railroad Co. are a southern rock / Americana inspired 4 piece band from Sheffield, UK. Established in 2013 they have already gathered a loyal fan base and continue to add to their numbers playing shows throughout the UK. What is clear is that these boys enjoy being on stage and love playing the music they are producing.

They share a distinct and united love of music with a breadth of appreciation that is truly eclectic – all of this has come together to form their current sound, which has settled in the broad and deep ocean of Southern Rock. Looking at the mighty works of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, ’38 Special etc, doffing a cap to the sweet 70’s sound of Cash, Young, Dylan whilst bringing in more contemporary vibes of Blackberry Smoke and Jason Isbell.

They released their debut album, live recording Sharing The Load, in early 2015 and had a busy summer of festival appearances. They rounded off 2015 with a sold out second birthday show and a live acoustic EP, before the end of 2016 saw them release their first full length studio album This One’s For You in front of another sell out crowd. 2017 saw them play both Maverick and SummerTyne festivals as well as a host of other dates around the country.




The Lucky Strikes formed in 2006 and have been described as “Blues/ Garage/ Americana, spaghetti-western, fiddle powered, howlin’, heavin’ rock and roll”, which they think fits pretty well. Following their self-titled debut album the band released a number of concept records, The Chronicles of Solomon Quick (2009), Gabriel Forgive my 22 Sins (2011) and The Exile and the Sea (2013), the latter a project to recount the folk stories and local legends of the Thames coast where they live. In addition to this the band has released a number of singles and handmade rarity compilations, as well as a limited edition book to accompany The Exile and the Sea. The Lucky Strikes maintain a busy touring schedule and have played as diverse places as the Southbank Centre in London to a boat in Bristol. Their music has featured on a variety of TV shows in both the USA and UK and in the summer of 2013 they worked with the Old Trunk Theatre Company to produce the multi-arts production, The Vagabond Diaries.

Like the Waterboys on trucker pills” – Q Magazine




Bucking the trend with his free-wheeling alternative folk Franc Cinelli is the songwriters’ songwriter. From uptempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and lovestruck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads; Franc has carved his own musical path. Like all good troubadours, he spent a lot of time touring by himself before making records. Not just the length and breadth of the UK (quite literally from Hastings to Stornoway) but throughout the East Coast of the USA, Texas & Tennessee, and in his native Italy.



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thanks to all who came out to our Tramlines show at Shakespeares yesterday, especially of course The Lucky Strikes, The Nøse, Mike Hughes, Grassoline, Paul Littlewood, Tomorrow We Sail, David J. Roch, Quiet Loner, Ash Gray, M.G. Boulter, Neil McSweeney, Tom Baxendale and Jacob Fletcher. We enjoyed that a lot.

We’re back in the Bard’s Bar at the end of August. We’ve got a bunch of new shows in the works, details of what has been confirmed so far can be found here on our Gigs page. Maybe we’ll see you at one of them.

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On Sunday July 27th, WagonWheel Presents… in association with Neil McSweeney and Shakespeares brings two stages of live music to this year’s Tramlines festival. Upstairs in the Bard’s Bar will feature band sets from The Lucky Strikes, The Nøse, Mike Hughes, Grassoline, Paul Littlewood, Tomorrow We Sail and David J. Roch. The outdoor stage in the stable yard will include acoustic sets from David J. Roch, Quiet Loner, Ash Gray, M.G. Boulter, Neil McSweeney, Jacob Fletcher and Tom Baxendale. Live music begins at 3.30pm and entry to both stages is free!




From Leigh-On-Sea they’re carrying on the finest musical traditions of the Thames Delta, from initial forays in garage-blues towards an impressive melange of roots music and southern rock.



***THE NøSE*** 9pm


The Nøse sees Neil McSweeney bringing the noise with three piece band. Something more than a little different to his singer/songwriter show.



***MIKE HUGHES*** 8pm


Building on an amazing 2013 which saw him gain fans and radio play from the likes of Dermot O’Leary (BBC Radio 2), Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2 & 6Music), and Cerys Matthews (BBC Radio 6music) as well as a nationwide tour supporting Miles Kane, new single ‘The Road’ cements Mike as one of 2014’s most promising new artists.



***GRASSOLINE*** 7pm


Chesterfield’s Grassoline play a bluegrass influenced brand of alt-country featuring guitar, double bass, fiddle, banjo and mandolin and sometimes more.





Paul Littlewood has a signature arrangement style, a way of doing songs. No fancy tricks, no production wizardry, just subtly changing low-key textures and a voice. Poignant and ethereal blues music.





Tomorrow We Sail is a group of seven musicians based in Leeds and Sheffield. Formed in 2009 they have spent time developing and honing their sound into what is now a vast landscape of reverb-soaked guitars, orchestral strings, piano, accordion and multi-layered vocals.



***DAVID J. ROCH*** 4pm Bard’s Bar (duo) 9.35pm Stable Yard (solo)


Whether on record or playing live, David effortlessly conveys emotional intensity using a voice which The Guardian says “can soar to ethereal heights as effortlessly as it plumbs red-raw depths” and in doing so he finds the perfect vehicle to expresses his deeply moving lyrics and stunning melodies.



***QUIET LONER*** 8.35pm


Quiet Loner is the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill. Quiet Loner sings songs about love and fear, life and death, despair and hope. On a live stage Hill is an understated yet powerful performer delivering a show that is emotional, political, occasionally angry but nearly always gentle and human.



***ASH GRAY*** 7.35pm


Ash Gray has just released debut solo album Once I Got Burned after spending nigh-on twenty year career fronting The High-Class Family Butchers and Ash Gray & The Girls, or holding down the lead guitarist’s job in various rock bands in Austin and New York.



***M.G. BOULTER*** 6.35pm

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As well as being the singer & guitarist with The Lucky Strikes, M.G. Boulter has released various solo albums. As a player of an array of stringed instruments, he also worked alongside many other artists including Conor Oberst, Neil McSweeney, Duke and the King and Rosalie Deighton, while remaining a long standing member of the Simone Felice Group.



***NEIL McSWEENEY*** 5.35pm


Neil McSweeney is a songwriter and musician based in Sheffield. His acoustic guitar playing style combines folk, blues and country influences but it is his voice, likened by The Guardian to a male Tracy Chapman, and his direct and personal lyrics for which he is most recognised.



***TOM BAXENDALE*** 4.35pm


Tom Baxendale’s songs combine elements of alt. country, new wave, rockabilly, pre-Beatles pop and post-Dylan americana.



***JACOB FLETCHER*** 3.30pm


Previous album ‘All The Dead Roads To The Kingdom’ was written and recorded whilst travelling through Eastern Europe, Russia and the USA. The record draws heavily on influences from all of those places, from the bleak sad beautiful world of ‘Burn’ to the edgy chaotic rhythmic pulse of ‘Don’t Go Down’, the album’s recordings showcase Jacob’s haunting voice and interest in variations of mood dynamics & instrumentation.



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Down at Shakespeares we enjoyed some delightful tunes from Tom Baxendale, saw Grassoline take things to a whole new level and experienced another great set from The Lucky Strikes who are simply one of the finest live bands around. Big thanks to all of them and you if you were there. More fool you if you weren’t.

The next and final WagonWheel Presents… gig for this year sees us return to Shakespeares on Saturday November 30th with Laurel Canyons, Killing Fields Of Ontario and The Farewell State. Details can be found here. All yours for just £4. Even less if you buy here in advance. Maybe we’ll see you then.

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2013 all wrapped up for WagonWheel Presents… as far as shows at The Greystones go. It was another evening of the finest quality live music with Royal Wood, Peter Katz and Big Convoy. Thanks go to them and all those who came along too. We’ll return to The Backroom in February. Show details are here.

It’s not all done and dusted though, November still sees us with two more shows to come at Shakespeares. On Wednesday November 20th we welcome back The Lucky Strikes along with Grassoline and Tom Baxendale. Details are here. Our final show of the year will be on Saturday November 30th with Laurel Canyons, Killing Fields Of Ontario and The Farewell State. You can hear a track from all six acts still to come here.

See you there maybe?

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a blue t-shirt was all it took to deliver a terrifyingly good show? We won’t dress it up any more. A fantastic show last night at Shakespeares from Rod Picott & The Shy Dogs and Wild Ponies. Thanks to them and those that weren’t too spooked to brave the Bard’s Bar.

Our next show there is on Wednesday November 20th with The Lucky Strikes, Grassoline and Tom Baxendale. You can read all about that one here.

Before then though we return to The Greystones on Saturday November 9th with a wonderful double bill of Canadian singer/writers in Royal Wood and Peter Katz. Mat & John from Big Convoy open the show with an acoustic set. The preview for this one is here.

Advance tickets for both of the above shows are available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents Maybe we’ll see you there?

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