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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:47 pm 
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On Saturday September 6th, WagonWheel Presents… brings a fine 4 act bill to the Shakespeares stage. We welcome back old friends in the form of The Listeners, Huw Costin and Mat Wale and say hello to WagonWheel debutants Anytown featuring members of Dead Like Harry. Advance tickets priced at £4 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/284998 or entry on the night will be £5. Doors open 8pm.


***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, executed 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

http://listeners.tumblr.com/


***ANYTOWN***

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The songwriting and vocal talents of Matt Taylor and Alice Faraday have made them part of the creative driving force behind Sheffield’s premier folk-rockers, Dead Like Harry, a band who have built a big reputation in recent years for their innate showmanship and rousing tunes. As a duo, Alice and Matt explore a more acoustic based, folk sound, their from-the-heart songs winning them commissions for TV and exposure on national and local radio, as well as invitations to perform at major festivals and supports for major artists.

Matthew has been songwriting and performing his songs since his early teens and in 2004 was joined by former classmate Alice who brought her own interpretation to the songs. After several years travelling with Dead Like Harry, Alice and Matthew wrote and recorded Winter Sky, their debut EP, during a snowy week in Sheffield at the end of 2011. The EP is a collection of songs inspired by the season and resulted in the duo doing their first gigs outside of the electric band.
Throughout 2012 the pair continued to play their EP live while working on new material and during the summer Matt had several of his songs chosen for use on Channel 4 as well as having his song 1000 Miles used by Sky Sports. They have performed at several festivals, including Ely Folk Festival, Cornbury Festival, Green Man, Off The Tracks, Glastonbury (2009), Merry Tom Festival, Spratton Folk Festival, Tramlines Festival and have supported bands as varied as Ezio, Connie Lush, Chumbawamba, The Strawbs, Scouting For Girls and Mostly Autumn.

In 2013 Robin Baker, also from Dead Like Harry, joined Alice and Matthew on bass and guitar duties and they are set to release a new EP soon.

They sing intricate tales of people and places and Winter Sky is a beautifully crafted song” – Sheffield Scenester Magazine

http://www.facebook.com/AnytownMusic


***MAT WALE***

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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://soundcloud.com/mat-wale


***HUW COSTIN***

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Inspired by Buckley, Cash, Drake, Cope and Kilmister, Costin writes songs for the mystified and heartbroken.

Huw Costin is a British singer-songwriter known for his emotional vocal style, melancholic lyrics, and a penchant for writing nifty pop songs when the mood takes him. He’s worked with both Brian Eno and Mark Lanegan, but mostly, his musical journey has been a ramble around the more obscure reaches of the indie world. Known for his output with leftfield disco artists Smith & Mudd as well as rock bands Manatee, The Kull, and Earth The Californian Love Dream, Costin is currently recording and performing with his band Torn Sail, as well as promoting his second solo album.

As influenced by the folk, country, and rock of the 60’s and 70’s as the Nottingham ambient scene of the early nineties, Costin has been compared to the likes of Big Star, Ian Brown, Elbow, and Jeff Buckley.

His debut solo album – Regrets – found it’s way into the NME Yearbook as a top 10 album despite being unfinished and unreleased. Follow up Something/Nothing is attracting equally high praise.

It’s like the third Big Star album mixed with the Stone Roses… It’ll make you cry.” NME

an emotive recollection of a love gone wrongUNCUT

Huw Costin makes classic records with an attention to detail not often heard anymore – achingly beautiful, direct and gentle poetryMark Lanegan

http://www.huwcostin.com/


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:57 am 
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