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added up to a very Sociable Sunday at Shakespeares yesterday. Thanks to everybody who joined us in the sunshine for great music from The Fargo Railroad Co., Hazjak, Ash Mountain, Boss Caine, Buffalo Ghost, Andy P. Davison, Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles, Charlie Tophill, Richard Dilks, William Barstow, Hungarian Lanterns and Gemma Gray.

Our next show sees us back at The Greystones on Saturday August 25th with The Fargo Railroad Co., The Swells and Benjamin William Pike. We’re also there just a week late on Saturday September 1st with The BearCats, Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers and Ryan Farmer. Tickets for both these shows (and more) are on sale here now. We hope you can join us for at least one of them.

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billed as England v Italy, but once again the only winner at Shakespeares last night was music. Big, big thanks to three magnificent bands and those of you who were there to enjoy Roaming Son, Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers and Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles with us. We can only hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Tomorrow night (October 16th) we return to The Greystones in the company of one of the great American songwriters, Rod Picott. There’s support from Mat Wale too. You can find full details of this show here.

We’re back in the Bard’s Bar on October 21st when Otis Gibbs comes to Shakespeares. Details for this one are here.

Maybe we’ll see you at one of those?

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A is for… well let’s not get into that, except to say thanks to the amazing Matt Andersen for yet another fantastic show. Thanks of course also go to M&J Blues for a fine opening set and you if you were one of the many people that filled the Bard’s Bar at Shakespeares last night. We certainly had a great time.

We’re back at Shakespeares twice next month. Firstly on October 14th we have a triple bill of Roaming Son, Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers and Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles before October 21st sees the return of Otis Gibbs.

Meanwhile on October 16th we’re back at The Greystones when we’re joined by Rod Picott. You can find previews for all of next month’s shows by clicking here.

Maybe we’ll see you at one of them.

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Sheffield artist Martin Bedford has created a fresh new batch of posters for several of our upcoming shows as you can see below. Click here to take a look at Martin’s website, or if you find yourself in town then you can see much more of Martin’s work at Eten Cafe (next to the Cathedral) where there’s an exhibition of his poster art on until November 1st. You can find more details of the exhibition here.

Tickets for the below and all WagonWheel Presents… shows are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents and for all shows at The Greystones are also available from the venue between 12 & 6pm. More details for all upcoming dates can be found by clicking here.


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Well it already feels like an age since our Tramlines show at the end of last month. The good news is we’ve lots to look forward to for the rest of 2014 including some cracking new shows. Recent additions include Otis Gibbs at Shakespeares on October 21st following on from a mighty triple bill of Roaming Son, Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers and Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles at the same venue on the 14th of the same month.

It’s a while still until WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones, but when we do it will be more than worth the wait as we’ll be in the company of Rod Picott on October 16th. And after opening for and backing Rod on his last UK tour, Wild Ponies join us for their own headline show in The Backroom on November 20th.

November will also see dates at Shakespeares for Canyon Family and The Fargo Railroad Co, before the 29th of that month when we look to recreate what proved to be a very special night last year with Boss Caine, Dave Woodcock, Joe Solo and Richard Kitson.

There’s a duo of shows to come in September in the Bard’s Bar. Saturday 27th sees the eagerly awaited return of Matt Andersen with support from M&J Blues. Preceding that on Saturday 6th there’s a WagonWheel debut for Anytown, who count members of Dead Like Harry among their number. Alongside them will be The Listeners, Mat Wale and Huw Costin.

Before all those though, we have a night of three fine local acts at Shakespeares on Thursday August 28th in the shape of Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians, Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius and J. Tilley of Grassoline playing a solo set. A full preview for this show can be found by clicking here. A full list of confirmed gigs can be found by clicking here.

Advance tickets for all confirmed shows are available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents Prices will always be more on the door.

That won’t be all for this year, and there are shows in the works for 2015 too. Keep an eye on the Gigs page for details.


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On Tuesday October 14th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers back to Sheffield for another round of England v Italy when they go head to head again with local boys Roaming Son. Stiv & Co. will be touring the UK in support of brand new album Banks Of The Lea. More old friends making a welcome return will be Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles who open the show at Shakespeares. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/284999 or entry on the night will be £6. Doors open 8pm.



Roaming Son

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. In 2013 the band released debut EP ‘History Of Violence’ and were named ‘Best Live Act’ at the Sheffield Scenester awards.

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




Stiv Catarelli & The Silent Strangers

Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers are back, building on the success of their critically acclaimed debut Black Music / White Music with more post-punk revolutionary blues.

Having recorded their debut in an abandoned church amid the isolation of Italy’s Romagna hills, Stiv and the band decided to up sticks for the city for their next project; specifically the super-trendy environs of Hackney Wick, East London – on the banks of the River Lea – where they holed up in the infamous Gizzard studio with producer Peter Bennett (founder of Monkey Island, The Dublo and Morning Bride) and studio owner/engineer Ed Deegan (Billy Childish, Mudhoney, The Fall, The Cribs). In a nod towards the stripped down Thames Delta sound of Dr Feelgood et al, Dave Dulake, landlord of Southend rock’n’roll boozer The Railway Hotel, was also on hand to lay down some barrelhouse piano.

The result eschews much of the gentle Americana of their debut album, the band now immersing themselves fully in the dark and savage blues that they’d only just begun to hint at on record, but that had already made their live shows a thrilling and cathartic ride. If you’re thinking The Gun Club, Thin White Rope, The Scientists or Gallon Drunk, you’re getting close.

Stiv Cantarelli initially came to prominence as leader of Italy’s number one alt.country band Satellite Inn, who were recruited by North Carolina label MoodFood as a replacement for the ascendant Whiskeytown. Touring the States intensively, Cantarelli became firm friends with Portland, Oregon roots legends Richmond Fontaine, which has led to him releasing several records on their El Cortez label and employing them as his backing band on his solo debut Innerstate. It was this connection that found him at the wheel of a tiny Fiat beside Bob Mould for an Italian odyssey during the miserable winter of 2009. In the Silent Strangers, Stiv is joined by former Satellite Inn rhythm section Fabrizio Gramellini (bass) and Antonio Perugini (drums) along with new member Roberto Villa (guitar and sax).

A long night’s ramble through the musical fleshpots of the soul… The urge to listen again is powerful. 4/5”  R2 Magazine

An overwhelming success 9/10Americana-UK.com

This is bluesy country punk for grown-upsQ Magazine

A really fascinating album…. It will reward the time you give it. Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers take a no compromise approach to their recording and long term it definitely pays off.”  FATEA

Cantarelli has grown into a bluesman whose songs can break your heart, while also sounding like they could handle themselves in a bar room brawl.Classic Rock Blues

Fantastic album… Absolute killer.”  Pennyblackmusic.co.uk




Tsar Nicholas III

Tsar Nicholas III & The Exiles rose from the ashes of former Leeds bands ‘The Silver Tree Club’ and ‘Tenderloin’. Frontman Nick Wallace and guitarist Don Mort experimented with different line ups and instrumentation including accordion, ukelele and banjo before settling on the current incarnation. After adding Joel Smith on bass and Danny O’Neil on drums, Joel’s basement became the creative hub of the project, serving as a studio, rehearsal room, pub and padded cell. Out of that melting pot of ideas and personalities came their understated debut album ‘Letter of Marque’.

Whilst still being based around the gutteral narrative of Nick’s voice, follow up ‘King Of Corners’ took a different turn with the addition of Toby Wiltshire on sax, keys and anything they find that makes a good noise. The sound now is more raw and stripped down taking in moments of free improvisation, the energy of the blues and dark brooding songwriting. The obvious comparisons are made with Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Johnny Cash but imagine they were from the North of England and grew up with acid house and cheap Netto Scotch and turned that experience into something thrilling and feeling and melodic and powerful. The live shows are loose, edgy, raucous and never the same twice.



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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.

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