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On Saturday November 30th, WagonWheel Presents… heads to Shakespeares for the final time this year and we’ve quite a show to finish 2013 off with a bang. There’s a welcome return to Sheffield for Killing Fields Of Ontario who have just released brand new album How The World Ends, we have Alt-country/rock four piece The Farewell State and a WagonWheel debut of sorts for Laurel Canyons who were last with us when known as In Fear Of Olive. Advance tickets priced at £3 are available from or entry on the night will be £4. Doors open 8pm.


***LAUREL CANYONS***



Collected, composed and packing a ferocious punch, Laurel Canyons mine a fertile seam of Americana that blend elements of roots, folk, rockabilly and country. The name Laurel Canyons is a nod to some of their influences – an array of musical legends that lived in Laurel Canyon during its 60s and 70s bohemian heyday -but mixed in with this potent brew are elements of home, and Laurel Canyons are also unmistakably British in their unique sound.

Laurel Canyons have played hundreds of gigs, a slew of festivals and radio sessions, much radio play plus successful support slots played with a roster of established bands. On the way they have amassed widespread admiration from fans, musicians, radio DJs and music industry heads alike. Laurel Canyons are ready to spread up and down these Isles and beyond.

Singer Jake Cope and guitarist Paul J Burdett were best friends at school with the common goal of creating and performing the best songs they could muster. Later joined by the virtuosity of France Lahmar on bass guitar and the whirlwind on the skins that is Arv Teeroovengadum, they are close-knit gang of mates who make a lightning strike impression with a rich heritage of musical influence that spans a century.

Discovered two years ago by the seasoned managers of reformed art rockers Magazine, Laurel Canyons are now on the cusp of releasing their first album. As vital as it is timeless, this debut sets out their stall as a tight knit group brimming with talent and passion. Recorded above a betting shop in their hometown of Doncaster, the songs distil the everyday honest realities of getting by on your wits, exploring relationships and making the best of the hand you’re dealt.

Although the music game often seems to elude genuine talent, there should be no cause for worry with this gang. The outstanding and timeless quality of their music and the emotional investment therein can only bring just rewards. Only those with wooden hearts and cloth ears will miss such artistry.

“Really, really great songs, boss lyrics too and sympathetic arrangements played with real feeling and soul… what is there not to like?” Richard Hawley

“Laurel Canyons nearly blow the roof off. Driven by drummer Arv Teeroovengadum, he beats the skins to within an inch of their lives. With some top notch vocals from Jake Cope, these guys are a class act.” Sheffield Star

“A high quality piece of indie-rock that has a hint of The Waterboys to it on occasion and will hopefully spread like wildfire. Laurel Canyons are a band worth hearing” The Sound Of Confusion




***KILLING FIELDS OF ONTARIO***



Killing Fields of Ontario have the rare talent for turning the unspoken fears and realities of life into a fluid musical product. Combining stabs of melancholy with dark spasms of madness, their forthcoming album ‘How the World Ends’ (released 4th Nov 2013) has moments that are similar to the introverted storytelling tenderness of Villagers ‘Awayland’, and others that demonstrate a more streetwise modern angst like Frightened Rabbit’s ‘Pedestrian Verse.

Formerly based in Leeds, the band is now spread all over the UK. Since forming in 2008 they’ve supported acts such as Broken Records, Sparrow and the Workshop, Chris Mills, Otis Gibbs, and Elliot Brood. The initial recordings were predominantly acoustic and banjo driven, however as new songs emerged the band became more electric, with bigger drums and bigger guitars (in a musical, not dimensional, sense). Using a varied combination of acoustic and electric instruments, the band create a sound that is powerful and modern, and yet still steeped heavily in folk roots.

“The complex, expansive sounds and emotional weight of Broken Records, The National or Frightened Rabbit. All hail the apocalypse.” NME

“Barnstorming folk rock that expands with heart-on-sleeve emotion… the sound of preppy, college-rock types calling the shots at a ceilidh.” Q Magazine

“The frontmen swapped between guitar, banjo, mandolin and keyboards to produce a sumptuous set rich in variety, texture and nuance. On a couple of occasions all 4 musicians sang beautiful a capella breaks which tingled the spine” Counterfeit Magazine

“Foot-stompingly upbeat gung-ho songs like ‘Tired of Being a Man’ were delivered with electric force and uplifting enthusiasm. Capable of soft and sweet tunes too, Killing Fields Of Ontario really showed that they are more than a one trick pony; definitely worth catching” Leeds Music Scene




***THE FAREWELL STATE***



Starting out as one voice from local widescreen rock outfit The Letter, with influences ranging from the likes of Fugazi and Afghan Whigs to Sparklehorse and My Morning Jacket, The Farewell State was originally an outlet for new songs of Simon Roberts. Having now morphed into an instrument-swapping Alt-country/rock four piece, channelling the sounds of the likes of Bon Iver, Ryan Adams and even Neil Finn into the mix, the band are crafting something that lasts with noise and melody.




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