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another fine night of live music at Shakespeares i think it’s fair to say. Thanks to The Payroll Union, Ash Gray plus Tommy R. Jones and you if you were one of the people there to see them. We certainly enjoyed it a lot.

We’ll be back in the Bard’s Bar on Saturday April 26th with James Apollo, Daniel Whitehouse and Paul Littlewood. You can read full details on that one here.

Next up though we return to The Greystones on Tuesday April 22nd where we’ll be in the company of the Kelley McRae duo, David J. Roch and Richard Kitson. A full preview is here. It looks set to be another great night. We hope you can join us there.

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it’s more than safe to say that that was a damned good night at The Greystones last night. Welcome to the World Grassoline‘s Here But Not At Home Vol. 2 EP. Thanks to them and their guests Canyon Family and Tom Baxendale and all who came along too. The EP is sounding very good here, keep an eye on the band’s Facebook page for details of where you can get your copy if you haven’t already.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones on April 22nd when we’re joined by the Kelley McRae duo, on their first UK tour from the US. Support comes from David J. Roch and Richard Kitson. Tickets are just £5 from The Greystones or £5.50 including booking fee here.

Our next show however is at Shakespeares on Saturday March 29th with The Payroll Union, Ash Gray and Tommy R. Jones. You can read all about this fabulous triple bill here. Hopefully we’ll see you there.

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On Saturday March 29th, WagonWheel Presents… returns to Shakespeares with another fine triple bill of acts from home and abroad. Currently hard at work on their Faith & Fear In Philadelphia project we have local boys The Payroll Union. From Austin, Texas via New York comes American singer/songwriter Ash Gray, and following on from last year’s Tramlines performance we welcome back Tommy R. Jones. Advance tickets priced at £4 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/262090 or entry on the night will be £5. Doors open 8pm.



The Payroll Union

The Payroll Union are a four-piece Americana band with an obsession for American history. Inspired by country, rock ‘n’ roll and southern gothic, they formed in 2009 and have shared stages with artists such as Bellowhead and Johnny Dowd. They have played numerous festivals including Galtres, Off The Tracks, Music In The Gardens, Tramlines, Magpie’s Nest, Kendal Calling, Dragonfly and a headline slot at Sensoria 2012. After bringing out two EPs, they released their debut album, The Mule & The Elephant, in February 2013. With songs about conspiratorial Masons, persecuted Mormons and dueling politicians, the album’s narrative charts the rise of American democracy in the early 19th century. The band are currently working with the history department at the University of Sheffield on a collaborative music and history project (Faith & Fear In Philadelphia).

A spectacular success when it could very easily have failed, The Payroll Union have a great future ahead of them.” Americana-UK.com

“For the uninitiated, The Payroll Union are hands-down one of the most exciting bands we’ve seen in ages” Toast Magazine



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Ash Gray

At long last Texas songwriter Ash Gray finally gets around to releasing his debut solo album. The title Once I Got Burned is hopefully not a comment on his 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. But it does see a shift away from the gypsy punkgrass of the Butchers and the psych-pop of The Girls as Ash turns in an album of stone Texas country-rock.

Born in the US to parents form Yorkshire, Gray first began to make inroads into the UK music scene when he assembled the Anglo-American ‘punk-grass’ band, the High-Class Family Butchers during a late-90s sojourn in London. Achieving notoriety (and not-inconsiderable airplay) with their back-porch covers of pop classics and guerrilla-gigging, the Butchers have continued over the years with a flexible line-up including members of Menlo Park, The Ralfe Band and folk poster-boy Seth Lakeman’s band. For a time they even included Harper ‘Son of Paul’ Simon, oddly enough.

Relocating to New York with short-lived hard rock throwback band Cycle Sluts From Hell, Gray began shifting gears after realising that his female guitarist KG was a great harmony singer who blended perfectly with his backing vocalist Helen. He formed Ash Gray & The Girls in late 2008 as an acoustic trio, with him on vocals and guitar and these two singers. After some fine-tuning and the occasional personnel-change, the band launched the album Born In The Summer with a four-night stand at SXSW in Austin in 2012. Returning to the UK at the end of last year, Ash is currently residing in Sheffield, the land of his forefathers. The circle remains unbroken.

Consistently high quality and faultlessly performed.” **** R2 magazine

An excellent uplifting album that reaches back to the sounds of the summer of love but twists it enough deliver a set of tracks that are home in the present.” Beat Surrender




Tommy R. Jones

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tommy R. Jones plays a range of music from rock to funk to grunge to blues to country to folk either solo are as part of numerous bands he’s been involved with over the years. His solo offerings focus on the mellower end of that spectrum.

Mr Jones’ expertise in forging affecting, stripped back songs is plain to see and the passion by which these types of songs will live or die is also presentSandman Magazine



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Tickets are on sale now for a couple of brand new shows as well as a few recently confirmed dates. Just added to the diary are two dates at Shakespeares in October. On the 16th we’ll be joined by Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide and Chris Otepka of The Heligoats in what makes for a very exciting double bill. Following that on the 31st, Rod Picott & The Gun Shy Dogs come to the Bard’s Bar as Rod tours his brand new album. Support comes from Wild Ponies (aka Doug & Telisha Williams). Tickets for both of there shows are available now from http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents

Recently booked dates at The Greystones include a double bill of Canadian singer/songwriters featuring Royal Wood and Peter Katz on Saturday November 9th. In September braving Friday the 13th will be Quiet Loner, Garron Frith and The Listeners. Before that in August on the 16th we’ve four great songwriters sharing a bill in the shape Boss Caine, Dave Woodcock, Joe Solo and Richard Kitson. Tickets for all our Greystones shows are now available from the venue (12-6pm) and our WeGotTickets page linked above.

In other news, on Sunday July 21st we’re taking part in this year’s Tramlines festival. We’ll be in the Shakespeares’ beer garden from early afternoon with some stripped down bands and solo acts appearing on the acoustic stage. Acts will include Roaming Son, Big Convoy, Boss Caine, The Farewell State, Richard Kitson, The Listeners, Tommy R. Jones and more. Entry is free!

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On Sunday July 21st, WagonWheel Presents… makes our first foray into festival territory when we’ll be taking over The Stableyard Stage at Shakespeares for Tramlines. Bringing you eight acts across the afternoon and evening, come and relax in the fine beer garden and enjoy all the following for absolutely free! The bands involved will be doing things a little differently, offering stripped down acoustic sets, the solo acts will be doing what they already do best.


Roaming Son

100 % Sheffield Rock’n’RollSheffield Scenester Tonight they’ll be paring it down to something a little more laid back like those at their recent EP launch were lucky enough to witness.



Big Convoy

From the ashes of ‘Mat Wale & The Rackets’ and ‘Whiskey Cove’ comes Big Convoy, an alt. Country band five years in the making.



Richard Kitson

“When I grow up I want to play guitar like Richard Kitson” Otis Gibbs Folk/Blues inspired by the likes of  Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, and John Martyn.



The Listeners

The Listeners were f*cking brilliant last nightRichard Hawley The Listeners is Emma Thorpe. She sings in cinematic detail songs born of tradition, alive in the present day, revealing & fragile, excecuted spare and sharp.



Boss Caine

…Tom Waits singing Ryan Adams if they had both had the good fortune to grow up in Yorkshire….” – The Fly Boss Caine are a folk/Americana collective from York. Radio 2’s Bob Harris is a big fan. You will be too.



The Farewell State

The Farewell State was originally an outlet for new songs of The Letter’s Simon Roberts, having now morphed into an instrument-swapping Alt-country/rock four-piece, channelling the sounds of the likes of Bon Iver, Ryan Adams and even Neil Finn into the mix.



Tommy R. Jones

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tommy R. Jones plays a range of music from rock to funk to grunge to blues to country to folk either solo are as part of numerous bands he’s been involved with over the years.



Dave Sleney

As well as the country tinged indie pop sounds of his former band The Enquiry, Dave is renowned for heartfelt material in the downbeat singer/songwriter tradition. Also known for not being afraid to chuck in the odd classic cover.


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