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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:38 pm 
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On Friday September 13th, WagonWheel Presents… brings a great triple bill of singer/songwriters to The Greystones. It’s been a busy summer of festival appearances for Quiet Loner, including being hand picked by Billy Bragg to appear at his Radical Round Up on the Leftfield stage at Glastonbury following the release of his politically charged album Greedy Magicians. Garron Frith makes a long overdue return to the WagonWheel stage in support of his latest record Away From The Bright Lights after a nationwide tour opening for 10cc’s Graham Gouldman. And taking a break from the studio where she’s currently hard at work on her forthcoming new record will be Emma Thorpe, aka The Listeners. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/221741 and the venue (12-6pm). Entry on the night will be £6. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.


***QUIET LONER***

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Quiet Loner is the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill.

Quiet Loner sings songs about love and fear, life and death, despair and hope. On a live stage Hill is an understated yet powerful performer delivering a show that is emotional, political, occasionally angry but nearly always gentle and human.

Inspired by the storytelling traditions of American folk and country music (he doesn’t hide his admiration for Van zandt, Prine, Waits or Kristofferson), Hill’s songs also have a distinctly British lyrical bite (he loves Morrisey, Bragg and Costello).

His most recent album ‘GREEDY MAGICIANS’ is a collection of contemporary protest songs seething with disgust and shot through with melancholy at the state of our coalition-led nation. Recorded in May 2012 in front of a live audience at Sacred Trinity Church in Salford, the powerful songwriting draws on Hill’s own family history to tell a familiar story of struggle against power.

In 2013 he performed at Manchester’s People’s History Museum in a special show telling the story of the album’s creation. He was invited by Billy Bragg to perform on the Leftfield stage at Glastonbury Festival where he appeared in a songwriters circle alongside Bragg, Amanda Palmer and Sean MacGowan.

Hill has long been a familiar figure on the UK’s Americana and alt.country scene and his debut album was voted Americana UK Album of the Year 2004. His second album SPECTROLOGY (2010) topped the Americana UK album chart and got 4-star reviews from the likes of Uncut and The Daily Mirror and radio play from BBC6 Music. His live credentials have include support slots for Lambchop, Joe Pernice, Neko Case. Richmond Fontaine, Mark Eitzel and Chris Mills.

The wordplay is pure Costello. Delicate songwriting, with hints of folk and Americana. Bleakly beautifulUncut

Probably the most important record of the year5/5 Maverick Magazine

It’s not an overstatement to say it’s up there with Ryan Adams’ “Heartbreaker”. Believe me, you need to hear this album.” Whisperinandhollerin

An anthem for resistance – 10 out of 10Americana UK

A powerful rallying callBilly Bragg

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***GARRON FRITH***

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Resembling a hybrid of John Martyn and Gerry Rafferty on the inside sleeve photo of his second album, the Stalybridge singer-songwriter also demonstrates throughout a similar knack for innovative songwriting talents as the aforementioned duo.

Away From The Bright Lights is awash with fine, sensitively delivered Frith originals that superbly demonstrate his versatility: smooth acoustic soul on ‘Not The Man’ stomping bare bone blues on ‘Pretty Penny’, an absorbing full-band sound with sweeping violin and a perfectly laid-back rhythm section on ‘This One’ the mandolin and violin colours the celtic flavours of ‘RocknRollBand’ and the rich strain of gritty Americana that runs through ‘Good Thing’.

What sets Frith apart is his warm and welcoming voice, which maintains its authority and stamps its mark on an album of understated confidence, possessing a beautifully brooding mood and atmosphere.

If the calibre of, Ryan Adams or Josh Ritter would have delivered this everyone would be gushing about songs like “Not the Man”, “The Remedy” and “Good Thing”.4/5 Daily Express

An outstanding album from start to finish.” Penny Black Music

The new record is quite simply a bluesy/folk rock marvel.” Fatea Magazine

http://www.garronfrith.co.uk


***THE LISTENERS***

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“Tell them I came, and no one answered. That I kept my word”

From ‘The Listeners’, by Walter de la Mare.

The Listeners is Emma Thorpe – on her own or with her collaborators. She sings in cinematic detail from a small town on the North Nottinghamshire borders.

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, excecuted spare and sharp.

The Listeners were f*cking brilliant last nightRichard Hawley

Alternately gentle and dramatic… like PJ Harvey pissed off, unplugged and wearing a kaftan.Music Mart

Stirring stuff…like Nico back from the grave for an autumn night’s campfire singalong, while their hushed mid-set tracks recall “Ocean of Noise” Arcade Fire.This City

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One week today!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:41 am 
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Tonight!

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Starts 8.15pm.

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Slight change of plan, sadly no Listeners tonight. Instead there'll be a solo set from The Rainy Day Club's Tom Baxendale.

***THE RAINY DAY CLUB***

The Rainy Day Club are a Sheffield three piece whose distinct songs combine elements of alt. country, new wave, rockabilly, pre-Beatles pop and post-Dylan americana. With their debut album, Pale White Hands – recorded by Bromheads' Tim Hampton at his Crystal Ship studio – this is an exciting time for the band. Tonight frontman Tom plays a solo set.

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