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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:03 pm 
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On Friday July 26th, WagonWheel Presents… brings another internationally flavoured triple bill to Shakespeares. Joining local boys The Payroll Union and House Of Charms will be Sweden’s House Of Trees. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from or entry on the night will be £4. Doors open 8pm.


***THE PAYROLL UNION***



Formed in 2009 in Sheffield, The Payroll Union’s mix of dirge country, rockabilly and southern gothic has seen them perform at Lovebox, Off The Tracks, Magpies Nest, Galtres and a headline slot at the 2012 Sensoria festival. Their first six-track EP, Underfed & Underpaid, released in April 2011, was produced by Bromheads’ Tim Hampton. Kevin Oliver of No Depression commented “How is it that one of the best undiscovered Americana acts hails from the Motherland instead of the upstart colonies?” For Folk’s Sake found a sound that “shifts the feet and stirs the blood”. Their second release, Your Obedient Servant, another 6-tracker, was released in September 2010. Their debut album, The Mule & The Elephant, recorded in August 2012, was released in January 2013. Set in 19th Century antebellum America, the narrative tells of profiteering politicians, jealous duels, expansionist opportunists, illegitimate wars, illegitimate children, mourning, betrayal, revenge and poverty.

“The Payroll Union are all suited and bearded and, while playing their acoustic murder ballads, could be seen as a bunch of Southern, God-fearin’, gun-totin’ brothers. The songs are peppered with exhortations to the Lord, whisky, hanging, heartbreak and evil deeds. Pete’s vocal delivery veers from hushed whispers to impassioned sermons and, similarly, the music changes on a dime from reverential faithfolk to uptempo secular hoedown and back again.” Counterfeit Magazine

“For the uninitiated, The Payroll Union are hands-down one of the most exciting bands we’ve seen in ages, and this EP commits that brilliance to disc.” Toast Magazine




***HOUSE OF CHARMS***



Formally of Baby Long Longs, The Wheel and Norton Lees came together with a collection of songs to perform as acoustic duo House Of Charms. Combining guitar and double bass, Counterfeit Magazine describe them as “rather entrancing, in a twee folk way. I don’t mean that with disrespect either. The House of Charms are, in a number of ways, what music is about. They genuinely appear to enjoy what they do. Quirky songs about love, life and the weather go down a treat.“




***HOUSE OF TREES***



House Of Trees have seen growing success over the last 18 months. Their heady blend of crooked jazz melodies against a backdrop of twisted folky fairy tale stories have captivated audiences all over europe in the past year, including tours in Germany, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, the Baltics, Portugal, Spain and The Mediterranean.

If Billie Holiday was singing Kurt Weill songs in a Tim Burton movie we might be getting somewhere close to describing the original songs of House of Trees. The group is a Swedish/English mix that blend jazz, folk and a pinch of classical to deliver a musical and lyrical journey from melancholic fairytales through dark blues to earthy jazz tunes.

The couple are based deep in the Swedish forest, hidden in a magical and spellbinding landscape from which the influence of the climate and wondrous woodland can be heard seeping through their music. There is also the feeling of something slightly dark at play in the stories of the songs, giant sea creatures, a town that repels tourism and a village held together with pins, that find their origins somewhere in those woodlands.

The darkness of the songs however is always counterbalanced with a sense of irony, a scary story dramatically portrayed but always with a wink and a smile. Their performances are full of this feeling, as if we have been allowed to glimpse through a keyhole, a momentary glance at something both familiar and bizarre, the unraveling of something that is all together terrible and beautiful, melancholic and amusing.




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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:58 pm 
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You can't stop the rock... or something like that. More live musics this Friday Sheffield.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:00 am 
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Hell yes. Tonight. Come or i send the scary drummer dude(ette?) to haunt your every waking moment.


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