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So since we last updated you here on what we have to come in 2015, we’ve added a bunch of new shows to the gig list and it’s looking rather tasty indeed. Brand new names to the WagonWheel Presents… stage include Cale Tyson, Paul McClure, Luke Whittemore and Broken Flowers. Confirmed for a June return are Canada’s Good Lovelies, whilst Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers visit again in May. We also welcome back M&J Blues, The Rainy Day Club, Canyon Family, Ian Bramall, The Clench, The Fargo Railroad Co., Roaming Son and Boss Caine.

That all leaves our current schedule looking like this:

  • Big Convoy + Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers + Micky Denny @ Shakespeares, Saturday February 28th
  • Good Luck Mountain + Jack Harris @ Shakespeares, Thursday March 5th
  • Josh Harty + Kelley McRae duo + M&J Blues @ The Greystones, Thursday March 26th
  • Tomorrow We Sail + Idiot Son + The Listeners @ Shakespeares, Saturday March 28th
  • The Rainy Day Club @ Shakespeares, Saturday April 25th
  • Cale Tyson + Canyon Family + Luke Whittemore @ Shakespeares, Wednesday May 6th
  • Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers @ Shakespeares, Friday May 22nd
  • Roger Davies + Ian Bramall @ Shakespeares, Saturday May 30th
  • John Statz @ The Greystones, Wednesday June 10th
  • Good Lovelies + Paul McClure @ The Greystones, Thursday June 25th
  • The Clench + The Fargo Railroad Co. + Broken Flowers @ Shakespeares, Saturday June 27th
  • Roaming Son + Boss Caine @ The Greystones, Friday July 10th

Click on the Gigs page for more details. Advance tickets for all shows are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents. Prices are always more on the door.

There’ll be much more to come later in the year too, keep an eye out for new dates with Otis Gibbs, Wild Ponies, The Black Thunder Revue and perhaps a Tramlines show as well…


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was fun for those there to enjoy the fine musical entertainment from Quiet Loner, Garron Frith and The Rainy Day Club‘s Tom Baxendale. Thanks to them and those that came along too. WagonWheel Presents… is next at The Greystones on Saturday November 9th with Royal Wood and Peter Katz.

We’ve got four shows to come at Shakespeares before then though, the next of which is on Friday September 27th when we’ll be joined by Neil McSweeney, M.G. Boulter and Huw Costin. See you then?

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last night at Shakespeares proved that good things do come in threes, that being sets from The Clench, The Rainy Day Club and Mordrake. Thanks to them and those that came along too.

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Next month on Friday July 26th we’ll be joined in the Bard’s Bar by The Payroll Union, House Of Charms and House Of Trees. Before then though we’ve got something special lined up for Tramlines. On Sunday July 21st we’ll be taking over the Stableyard stage at Shakespeares for the afternoon and evening. You can read all about it here, thanks go to Martin Bedford for the poster. We hope to see you there.


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aren’t words of high enough praise to describe last night’s WagonWheel Presents… show at The Greystones. A delightful evening was had with the Good Lovelies and William Barstow. Thanks to them and everybody that was there to enjoy it.

We’re back at The Greystones on July 9th with an all Canadian double bill. Leeroy Stagger brings his band to The Backroom and support comes from Dennis Ellsworth.

Before then though we return to Shakespeares tomorrow night (June 28th) in the mighty fine company of The Clench, The Rainy Day Club and Mordrake. Full details on that one are here. We hope to see you then.

WWP 26.06.13


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On Wednesday November 20th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes The Lucky Strikes back to Shakespeares. On the road in support of their brand new album The Exile & The Sea, 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. Joining them for the Sheffield date of their tour will be Grassoline who recently released their brand new EP Here But Not At Home Vol. 1 and Tom Baxendale of The Rainy Day Club who tonight plays a solo set. Advance tickets priced at £6 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/241116. Entry on the night will be £7. Doors open 8pm.


The Lucky Strikes

Essex folk-rock champions The Lucky Strikes put the seal on a busy summer with the release of their long-awaited fourth album, The Exile And The Sea. And like its two predecessors, The Exile… is based around a concept, something that the band have retrieved from the prog-rock doldrums and breathed new life into. Previous long players, The Chronicles Of Solomon Quick and Gabriel, Forgive My 22 Sins were based on stories set in the Southern States of the US – inspired in part by their travels there. But this time the band have drawn on the local history of their Thames Estuary homeland for each song.

Submerging themselves in the folklore of the area, the band trawled local newspaper archives and journals as well as the working men’s clubs of their hometown to unearth stories of fishermen, ghosts, smugglers and poets. The infamous fire that partially destroyed Southend Pier in 2005 is retold in ‘The Beast Burnt Down’, where “timbers crack, black smoke moves skyward”.  Meanwhile, ‘Goldspring’ recalls the story of Goldspring Thompson, press-ganged in the 19th Century, only to escape and hide out for three days in the wheat fields of Canvey Island, surviving on corn and ditchwater.  All songs loosely gravitate towards one of Southend’s cultural landmarks, the now sadly closed Grand Hotel. Once the hangout of choice for Dr Feelgood and Eddie & The Hot Rods, it was the starting point for the album. Indeed the phantom that supposedly haunted the pub is the subject in the waltzing ‘Ghost And The Actress’. Aurally, the band’s sound has morphed through garage-blues and country-rock to a sound all their own, much more rooted in English and Celtic folk.

It’s more than two and a half years since The Lucky Strikes released the acclaimed Gabriel, Forgive My 22 Sins, but in that time the band has not rested. The writing and recording of The Exile has been intensive but has been built around extensive touring. Moreover, frontman Matthew Boulter has found time to release two solo albums, as well as touring and recording with Simone Felice which has brought greater depth, strength and experience to the partnership.  Now happily established on their own Harbour Song label, The Lucky Strikes are ready to set sail once again.

I honestly can’t think of anyone else who is exploring this musical ground right now and as such The Lucky Strikes are pretty unique9/10, Americana-UK

this one is a real contender and will floor you with it’s left jab, body shot, right hook and upper cut combo of guitars, fiddle, keyboards and drumsBeat Surrender

“dark and dirty Americana to chill your soul” Classic Rock Magazine

“simply too good to ignore” R2 Magazine




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

They’ve since followed up that release with their new EP Here But Not At Home Vol. 1 which has been winning them many more plaudits.

“Exquisite, jewel-like songs of a seriously pin drop nature.” Fatea Magazine

“This quartet aren’t your archetypal country band. This music is genuine. These are people with an exquisite talent who unpretentiously love making music.”  Now Then Magazine

“This is the proof, if it was needed, that Grassoline is a band of substance, as they have consolidated their sound with another set of perfect songs.  If you’re going to watch a band, then this is the band to watch.” Americana-UK.com



Tom Baxendale

The Rainy Day Club are a Sheffield three piece whose distinct songs combine elements of alt. country, new wave, rockabilly, pre-Beatles pop and post-Dylan americana. With their debut album, Pale White Hands – recorded by Bromheads’ Tim Hampton at his Crystal Ship studio – just released, this is an exciting time for the band. Tonight frontman Tom Baxendale plays a solo set of his solo material.


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