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a sprinkling of new songs, but still the fine show we’ve come to expect from Rachel Ries, who returned to The Greystones last night in her new guise of Her Crooked Heart (complete with Sarah Smout on cello once again). Thanks to Rachel, Sarah, the Torn Sail two for a spellbinding opening set, and those who made it out to support live music on a warm Wednesday night.

It will be Wednesday once again when WagonWheel Presents… is back at The Greystones on May 24th. It’ll be a first visit to Sheffield for Canadian songstress Whitney Rose and her band, with support coming from A Prayer Away (new project from Jody Davies of The Fargo Railroad Co. & King Quentin). You can find a full preview for this show here. Maybe we’ll see you then?


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great music at The Greystones last night. Big thanks to Torn Sail, Richie Syrett, Canyon Family and all those who continue to support live music.

WagonWheel Presents… heads back up Greystones Road this coming Tuesday March 12th when we’ll be joined by Richmond Fontaine’s Dave Harding, The Farewell State and William Barstow. Another great night in store. A full preview can be found here, we hope you can join us again then.

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On Friday night WagonWheel Presents… returned to Shakespeares for our first show there of 2013 and we kicked things off in style. Big thanks to Roaming Son, Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles and Coma Girls, plus of course all of you who were there to see them.

We’ll be there again on Friday April 5th with The Lucky Strikes, Neil McSweeney and Quiet Loner. You can read all about that one here.

Before then we have two shows in quick succession at The Greystones. On Friday March 8th we’ll be in the company of Huw Costin & Torn Sail, Richie Syrett and the Canyon Family. The preview for that one is here. Following swiftly on March 12th, Dave Harding of Richmond Fontaine will be with us as he tours in support of his latest solo album (which you can hear here). Support comes from The Farewell State (a solo set) and William Barstow. Details on this one are here. We hope to see some of you again next week.

WWP 01.03.13

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On Friday March 8th, WagonWheel Presents… brings another fabulous three band bill to The Greystones. Huw Costin returns with his band Torn Sail as they prepare for the release of their debut album. We welcome back Manchester’s Richie Syrett for a full band set and new to the WagonWheel stage we have Sheffield’s Canyon Family. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/198773  and over the bar at The Greystones. Entry on the night will be £6. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.


Torn Sail

Torn Sail is the new band fronted by Huw Costin, perhaps better known for his work with Earth The Californian Love Dream and collaborations with left-field disco artists Smith & Mudd. Costin has also worked with Brian Eno & Mark Lanegan. Torn Sail rose from the ashes of The Cold Light of Day, put together by Richard Warren AKA Echoboy in 2008. When Warren quit to go solo a year later, the band – Huw Costin – vocals & guitar, Lee Horsley – hammond & piano, John Thompson – bass, Jim Widdop – Pedal Steel, dobro, guitar, and Jeff Davenport – drums,  locked themselves in the studio to record their debut album, making the occasional rare live appearance.

The first track completed – Birds- was released to critical acclaim on cult balearic label Claremont 56 in April 2011 with a Tiago remix. The vinyl sold out in seconds. A second 12” of remixes by Cos/Mes and Frankie Valentine is available now. Work on what is promising to be a beautiful, laconic, deep and meaningful album was recently completed with a release due soon on Claremont 56.



Richie Syrett

Richie Syrett is a singer/songwriter whose typically melodic and ragged style makes a grateful nod to a number of rootsy influences whilst all the time maintaining it’s own signature sound.

After a collection of ramshackle recordings developed an appreciative audience, Richie independently released his first album. The record swiftly attracted an impressive number of new listeners and fans across all ages; stretching from the nearby murky waters of the Manchester Ship Canal to the muddy banks of the Mississippi and beyond.

Recorded on a shoestring once more, the new album Good Morning Midnight showcases an emerging and maturing songsmith whose novel writing explores a whole range of themes. Be them songs that are inspired by the extraordinary, the mundane, the sacred or the profane, all provide a perfect platform for one very distinctive vocal.

Make your own comparisons and draw your own conclusions but be sure to take note of an upcoming artist fast approaching their prime.

Profoundly melodic Americana-flecked folk-rock – Syrett has developed an individual vision which shows much promise for the future.” Americana-uk.com



Canyon Family

Born in 2012 and making their live debut at that summer’s Tramlines festival, Canyon Family play hazy Americana. Myrt sings. Lucy does too. Rob plays guitar and Ben bangs those drums. They dig Mazzy Star, Fleetwood Mac, Cowboy Junkies, Vashti Bunyan, Susan Christie and 90s teen film, Practical Magic.

The music is ethereal and one tambourine short of Mazzy Star‘s long lost sister.Sloucher.org


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A big thank you once again to everybody that’s been to, played at or helped out in any way with any of our shows this year. It’s been quite a busy one with 26 gigs, 54 different acts and 17 new faces on the WagonWheel Presents… stage (you can see all our past gigs here).

We currently have 8 confirmed shows for next year as follows:

Feb 10th @ The Greystones : Amelia Curran + The Listeners
Feb 21st @ The Greystones : Otis Gibbs + Boss Caine
Feb 23rd @ The Greystones : Bob Collum + Big Convoy
March 1st @ Shakespeares : Roaming Son + Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles + Coma Girls
March 8th @ The Greystones : Torn Sail + Richie Syrett + Canyon Family
April 5th @ Shakespeares : The Lucky Strikes + Neil McSweeney + Quiet Loner
June 1st @ The Greystones : Roaming Son + Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers
June 8th @ The Greystones : Matt Andersen

As previously mentioned here we’re running some ‘early bird’ special offers on tickets for some of next year’s shows. Tickets for all the above are also available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents

A very merry Christmas and all the best for 2013 to you all.


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tickets are now available via http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents for a couple more shows we have coming up next year, namely Torn Sail + Richie Syrett + Canyon Family at The Greystones on Friday March 8th, and The Lucky Strikes + Neil McSweeney + Quiet Loner at Shakespeares on Friday April 5th.

However for a limited time only you can also snap up a few early bird seasonal special offer cheaper tickets for three of next year’s WagonWheel Presents… gigs here, here and here

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for 2012 at least. Friday night’s performances from Quiet Loner, Mark Wynn, Huw Costin and William Barstow at Shakespeares were a fitting end to another year of great live music. Thanks to them and those that were there to enjoy it. In all we’ve put on 26 shows this year, featuring 54 different acts, 17 of which were new to the WagonWheel stage.

We’ll start all over again on Sunday February 10th when Amelia Curran joins us at The Greystones. Keep an eye on the Gigs page over the next couple of weeks where we’ll be adding more shows to those for next year which currently also include Otis Gibbs, Boss Caine, Bob Collum, Big Convoy, Roaming Son, Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles, Coma Girls, Torn Sail, The Lucky Strikes and Neil McSweeney.

WWP 30.11.12

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