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many better ways to round off another year of shows, and indeed 11 years of promoting, than an evening with the fabulous Wild Ponies and a fine contribution from Mat Wale who opened the show at The Greystones yesterday. Another great night, big thanks to everybody that was part of it.

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and four times the fun. Fantastic night with Jody Davies, Andy P. Davison, Richard Kitson and Ryan Farmer playing in the round at Shakespeares last night. We were expecting something special and they more than delivered that. Big thanks to them and everybody that made it along, if you didn’t you really don’t know what you missed.

WagonWheel Presents… heads to The Greystones on Monday night for the final time in 2017. We’re excited for the return of Wild Ponies, support from Mat Wale and it’s our 11th birthday too. Full details can be found here, we hope you can join us then.

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and pretty high too. 2017 you have a lot to follow. A fantastic night with the ever wonderful Wild Ponies, following on from some fine work by Roaming Son opening the show with an acoustic set. Big thanks as always to both of them and all of you who made it out to Shakespeares to join us.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Greystones for our next show on Saturday March 25th when we welcome Vera Van Heeringen plus Adam Myers & Emma Johnstone. You can find full details for this show here. See you then?

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well until 2017 at least, but an evening with Boss Caine, Joe Solo and Dave Woodcock & the latest new Dead Comedian was a pretty fine way to finish off another year of WagonWheel gigs. Big thanks to them and everybody who joined us on Friday night.

WagonWheel Presents… will return to live action on Friday February 3rd when we welcome Wild Ponies to Shakespeares. Roaming Son will be along to open the show with an acoustic set too. Tickets are on sale here (as well as for the rest of our confirmed 2017 shows should you be looking for any stocking fillers). Maybe see you there?

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and back again, a wonderful return to The Greystones for Wild Ponies last night after a typically fine opening spot from Mat Wale & Friends. Thanks to both bands and all who came along to enjoy them with us.

Next in The Backroom we welcome Curtis Eller’s American Circus plus The Silver Darlings on Wednesday August 3rd. Tickets are on sale here.

We’ll be at Shakespeares before then though for our Tramlines show on Sunday July 24th. 14 acts over 2 stages and all free entry, keep on eye on the Facebook event for updates. See you there?

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Some things don’t change, like a quality pairing of Massy Ferguson and Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians. Big thanks to them and those who braved the dark new world to enjoy some fine music with us on a Friday night at The Greystones.

WagonWheel Presents… returns to The Backroom this coming Wednesday June 29th in the company of Wild Ponies. Mat Wale & Friends open the show, full details of which you can find by clicking here. We hope you can join us there.

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On Monday October 30th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Wild Ponies back to The Greystones as they bring their brand new record Galax to the UK. Wild Ponies are a Nashville-based outfit fronted by Virginia natives Doug and Telisha Williams, who have previously toured and recorded as acoustic folk duo Doug & Telisha. It promises to be another special one. Mat Wale opens the show. Advance tickets priced at £10 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/403010 and the venue (12-6pm) or entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***WILD PONIES***

Although they’re based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans.

Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017’s Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band’s history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha took some of their favorite musicians from Nashville (Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard and Audrey Spillman) and met up with revered Old-Time players from Galax, Virginia (Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer). Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), it returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots.

Growing up, a young Doug Williams spent many an hour watching and learning as his grandfather played banjo alongside local musical legends like Snake and Kyle Dean. Although both of his grandparents have now passed away, they would surely be proud to see Doug and Telisha gathered in the shed with Snake, Kyle Dean, Kilby, and a diverse handful of the best musicians from Nashville. The result is a broad, bold approach to Appalachian music, created by a multi-cultural band whose members span several generations.

Wild Ponies proudly dive into their old-school influences with songs like “Pretty Bird” — a rendition of the Hazel Dickens original — and the traditional mountain song “Sally Anne.” “My grandfather used to say, ‘It oughta been the goddamn National Anthem!'” Doug says of the latter song, which kicks off the album with gang vocals and fiddle. Even so, don’t mistake Galax for a traditionally-minded folk album. Wild Ponies offer up plenty of contemporary material, too, building a bridge between past and present. The lyrics reflect a similar mix of old and new, with Doug and Telisha Williams writing songs inspired by family heirlooms (including a wooden-bound, 70 year-old book of poems written by Doug’s grandfather, whose lines form the basis of “Here With Me”), the Catawba tree on the farm, the nostalgic pull of one’s birthplace, a mother’s tough lough, leaving and believing, and the cyclical natures of death and love. Although named after the town in which it was recorded, Galax looks far beyond the southwestern tip of Virginia for its source material.

“We didn’t want to go home to Virginia and just make an Old-Time record,” explains Doug. “We wanted to make something that still sounded like Wild Ponies. We asked everybody to stretch and reach towards something new, something different. We wanted to not only reconnect with our roots, but learn how those roots can also weave into our current world.”

Once everyone had arrived at the farm, Neilson Hubbard set up a makeshift studio in the shed.  Just a few nice microphones in a circle. There’s no cell phone signal on the mountain. No WiFi. No distractions. Instead, everyone focused on making raw, genuine music, filling Galax’s track list with upright bass, acoustic guitar, twin fiddles, Telecaster, banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, harmonies, gang vocals, and even some stripped-down percussion. They recorded the songs live, never once pausing the process to listen to the performance they’d just captured. It wasn’t until Wild Ponies returned home to Nashville that they finally heard the wild magic documented during those mountaintop sessions.

Released on August 25th on Gearbox Records, Galax salutes Wild Ponies’ traditional roots while exploring new, progressive territory. It’s an album about the pieces of our past that stick with us, informing our present while pushing us toward a future. An album about a town, a country, and a world that’s forever spinning toward something new. An album that redefines Wild Ponies’ sound, while highlighting influences that have always rested just beneath the surface.

“We’ll always be the pinball that bounces between folk, rock & roll and country,” says Telisha, “and this Old-Time style will always weave its way through everything we do. It’s been there from the start, even on the loudest songs we’ve made. It only took us a couple of days to record it, but this is the album we’ve been making our whole lives. We just needed the right people and the right songs to finish it.”

“Americana fans are strongly urged to check out this band” R2 Magazine (4 stars)

http://www.wildponies.net

 

***MAT WALE***

Mat Wale has been writing and recording since early 2004. Rising out of the tumultuous Chesterfield music scene of the mid 2000s that spawned ‘avanGaad’, ‘Vigilante Wing’ and ‘The Culture Thieves’ among others. Whether working with Alt. Country behemoths ‘The Rackets’ (2006-2013 on and off), Grunge/Electro/ Folk duo ‘Arrogant Whale’ (2006-2010), Country Rock outfit ‘Big Convoy’ (2011-Present) or performing solo, Mat is untouched by his peers in terms of sheer volume of work. Unwaveringly sticking to his ‘Lo-Fi’ ideals and grass roots approach to making music, at last count he has independently released 18 E.P.s, 7 albums and provided the soundtrack to Welsh indie film ‘Big Font, Large Spacing’.

http://www.matwale.com

 

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