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and certainly no punches pulled by Rod Picott in a great set at The Greystones last night. Thanks to Rod and Paul Handyside for a fine support slot, and all of you that were ringside.

WagonWheel Presents… will return on Monday September 19th when Curtis Eller brings his solo rock ‘n’ roll banjo show to The Backroom. Support for this one comes from Richard Dilks and as always you can find tickets at http://www.wegottickets.com/wagonwheelpresents, we hope you can join us then too.

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but it was a real pleasure to have M.G. Boulter bring the seaside to town last night playing songs from his latest album Clifftown with his fabulous band. Big thanks to them and E.R. Thorpe for a wonderful opening set. We hope those of you who joined us at The Greystones enjoyed it as much as we did.

It’s a little while until our next show as we ease back in to a more normal schedule. WagonWheel Presents… will return on Thursday June 30th when we welcome Rod Picott for his rearranged UK tour. Support comes from Paul Handyside. Tickets are on sale here, as always they’re cheaper in advance than on the door.

All incoming show updates can be found here, we’ll hopefully see you at one of them.

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a rainy day in the UK, but things certainly brightened up at The Greystones last night in the company of John Statz and M&J Blues who opened our first show of 2022.

It was great to see some friendly faces too, thanks to everybody that joined us. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Hopefully it’s the start of things moving back in the right direction. If no cursed songs strike, and John did successfully close the portal, then WagonWheel Presents… will be back again on Friday April 8th when we’re joined by M.G. Boulter and E.R. Thorpe. After singular shows in 2020 and 2021, two in a year will be something of a novelty. Full details for this show can be found here or you can head straight to our WeGotTickets page to secure your place.

We’d love you to join us then…

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On Thursday June 30th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Rod Picott back to The Greystones. Rod has garnered a loyal cult audience across the U.S. and Europe. The Nashville based musician (usually) tours tirelessly and continues to garner rave reviews for both his songwriting skills and darkly humorous, compelling live show.

He returns to the UK in support of latest release Paper Hearts & Broken Arrows, his fourteenth album, following on from the lockdown project double CD Wood, Steel, Dust & Dreams featuring new recordings of all Rod’s co-writes with Slaid Cleaves.

Support comes from Paul Handyside. Advance tickets priced at £12 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/517341 or entry on the night will be £15. Doors open 7.45pm. Please note we can only accept cash payment on the night for entry to the show, however The Greystones itself is now a cashless venue and they only accept card payments at the bar.


Rod Picott has released thirteen albums over the last twenty years and at the age of fifty-seven his engine is still running strong. Picott, a former construction worker, traded his hammer for a guitar and never looked into the rear view mirror. Picott has written two poetry collections God In His Slippers and Murmuration (Mezcalita Press). His book of short stories titled Out Past The Wires is published by Working Title Farm. Rod Picott was born in New Hampshire, raised in Maine and has lived in Nashville Tennessee for twenty-five years. He is unnaturally prolific and released four albums in the last three years to rave reviews.

Picott has had songs placed in television and film projects including The FX series Justified and the Michael Douglas film Solitary Man. His song “Circus Girl” was featured in the PBS documentary Circus.

Picott types with two fingers as he failed typing class – though excelled in English and Literature. Rod Picott has toured as the opening act for Alison Krauss & Union Station and won the song of the year award at The Austin Music Awards for his song “Broke Down” co-written with Slaid Cleaves. Picott’s latest release is a double cd titled Wood, Steal Dust & Dreams featuring the twenty-three songs co-written with Slaid Cleaves over the last thirty years. 

2022 will see the release of Rod Picott’s fourteenth album titled Paper Hearts & Broken ArrowsIt is a collection of some of the strongest songs Picott has put to tape, ranging from a heartbreaking narrative of boxer Sonny Liston’s tragic life to a full-throated and rocking declaration of loyalty. The album was produced by noted producer/ videographer Neilson Hubbard (John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Orphan Brigade). Pre-sales are accompanied by a raw collection of the acoustic demos recorded at Picott’s minimal home studio ­– bumped guitars, cursing, barking dogs and overhead planes are included. 

“seriously gifted” – No Depression

“Picott sings with a bare and bones grace reminiscent of Springsteen’s Nebraska and the off the cuff lyrical and musical directness of the late Jason Molina. Too many important artists fly under the musical radar today, and Picott is yet another valid wordsmith that needs to be heard.” – Glide Magazine



Paul Handyside is a folk and roots singer songwriter.

He began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! The jangle pop band had album releases on Kitchenware and Arista Records from 1982 to 1991 and toured extensively worldwide. During the nineties he toured and recorded with friend and Kitchenware labelmate Martin Stephenson.

Handyside formed Bronze in 2001. Still embracing chiming, Rickenbacker driven pop, and increasingly alt country, they released two albums. 2007’s debut solo album Future’s Dream was followed in 2013 by Wayward Son and further developed his own brand of folk-tinged Americana. 2016’s Tide, Timber & Grain introduced elements of traditional British folk and sixties protest songs to Handyside’s now well established and diverse musical palette.

The fourth album Loveless Town  was released in 2021. As is evident in the title track the songs have an even stronger resonance with country and Americana, the counterpoint to which is “Hartley Pit Catastrophe”, a true story from his native North East with its English folk sensibilities.

Tonight Paul is joined by regular sideman and producer Rob Tickell.


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On Friday April 8th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes M G Boulter back to The Greystones following the release of latest album Clifftown.

M G’s songwriting creates vignettes of ordinary life often set in the seaside location of his hometown. This writing form is crystallised in his latest work Clifftown, an album based on a fictional town which closely resembles that of Southend-on-Sea. Working again with producer Andy Bell and a host of friends from bands as diverse as Bellowhead and Spritiualised, M G has created an all encompassing personal history of growing up in seaside suburbia which is both affecting and observant.

Support comes from E.R. Thorpe. Doors 7.45pm. Advance tickets priced at £9 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/533677 or entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm. Please note we can only accept cash payment on the night for entry to the show.


M G Boulter is a songwriter and musician living on the Thames coast in Essex, UK. Serving his apprenticeship in numerous bands in the hotbed of the Southed-on-Sea pub rock scene (the precursors of which were household names such as Procol Harem, Dr Feelgood and Eddie and the Hotrods), M G came to lead, as singer and guitarist, the popular country rock band The Lucky Strikes, who Q Magazine once likened to “The Waterboys on trucker pills”. 

During the Lucky Strikes’s tenure (which produced 5 studio albums) M G met New York native and songwriter Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) and formed a close collaborative working relationship with him from 2012 to 2015. M G featured on the lap steel and mandolin for the majority of Felice’s UK and US tours and became a fixture in the touring incarnation of Felice’s band project The Duke and the King. In 2013 M G released his debut album The Water or the Wave, which saw him fulfil a personal ambition to record with the legendary drummer, Pick Withers (Dire Straits, Bob Dylan & Bert Jansch). 

2014-2017 saw a busy collaborative period for M G – he worked on long term projects with Scottish artists Blue Rose Code and Samantha Whates, as well as BBC Folk Award winner Emily Portman (as part of the Coracle Band). In 2015 he formed part of a new ‘supergroup’ featuring fellow songwriters Lucy Farrell (the Furrow Collective) and Neil McSweeney, contributing the song ‘Lulu the Bear’ to the subsequent EP Lulu the Bear and Other Songs. He also found time to contribute to projects by Rosalie Deighton, Vera Van Heeringen and wyrd folk luminaries, The Owl Service. In 2016 he was one of eight artists picked to join the Estuary Songwriting Project which sought to create a show’s worth of material inspired by the Thames Estuary.

Often touted as an ‘artist’s artist’ M G set about releasing his second solo album, With Wolves the Lamb will Lie, in 2016. Produced by Andy Bell the album drew upon the pastoral Sheffield setting where it was recorded to create a sublime mixture of classic singer songwriter material with a rich chamber folk backdrop. The album was picked as one of the top folk albums of the year in it’s end of year round up by The Daily Telegraph and R2 magazine referring to M G as “a weapon’s grade songwriter”. 

The success of With Wolves led to M G signing with folk and roots label Hudson Records, which led to the collaborative EP Blood Moon, recorded with Birmingham string quartet, The Froe. The EP was recorded in a Methodist fishermen’s chapel in the old seaside town of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex over just four days. The EP was hailed as a chamber folk masterpiece.  

M G’s songwriting creates vignettes of ordinary life often set in the seaside location of his hometown. This writing form is crystallised in his latest work Clifftown, an album based on a fictional town which closely resembles that of Southend-on-Sea. Working again with producer Andy Bell and a host of friends from bands as diverse as Bellowhead and Spritiualised, M G has created an all encompassing personal history of growing up in seaside suburbia which is both affecting and observant. 

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***E.R. THORPE***

E.R. Thorpe was born into music – her mother taught her to finger-pick, introducing her to the music of PJ Harvey, Sandy Denny, Susan Vega, Roy Harper and Bob Dylan along the way; Her father Kevin was well respected on the blues scene for his albums with Out Of The Blue; And her aunt managed Welsh psychedelic legends Man.

Despite this heritage Thorpe has shaped her own evocative sound. Sometimes wilfully naive, sometimes considered and precise – her choice of chords is particular and unusual and her finger-picking weaves a strange atmosphere – the likes of which you’d more likely find in a Lynch film or a novel by Bolano than in the sculpted folk of her inspirations. And like those who inspire her – Nick Cave, Patti Smith, William Blake, she loves to muse on nature & religion: God, the devil, good and evil, and like the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood she tries to tell it like it is – to reveal both the beauty and the devastation of life: Red Dust portrays human insignificance under darkening skies; Dinner For One traces the fading past of a destroyed relationship; You wouldn’t think that it took years for Thorpe to accept her own arresting voice and lyrical vision. Time well spent in distillation perhaps: This is music that is close to the source. These are songs, born of tradition, alive in the present day, revealing & fragile, executed spare and sharp.

Most recently Emma has been working alongside fellow singer/songwriters Huw Costin and Matt Hill as part of The Low Drift who released their debut album this March with a sold out launch show in Nottingham.


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