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On Saturday February 28th, WagonWheel Presents… brings another great internationally flavoured triple bill to our regular last Saturday of the month slot at Shakespeares. Local boys Big Convoy make their first outing of 2015. From Tulsa, Oklahoma via the South of England comes Bob Collum with his band The Welfare Mothers and brand new album Little Rock. Plus there’s a welcome return for Micky Denny who opens the show. Advance tickets priced at £4 are available from or entry on the night will be £5. Doors open 8pm.



From the ashes of ‘Mat Wale & The Rackets’ and ‘Whiskey Cove’ comes Big Convoy, an Alt. Country band five years in the making. Comprised of singer/ songwriters John Bachelor and Mat Wale and now with an all new rhythm section of Tom Hudson and Joe O’Brien.

If you would have walked into ‘The Green Room’ any time in 2007, you could have found Mat and John playing songs and partying harder than any jobbing unsigned musicians had a right to. In 2012, with a lot of water under the bridge and whole lot of other stuff too, they finally come good on promises made and are in a band together, a year that also saw them release their self titled debut EP which was followed up with 2013′s “Life Is Easy When You Know How” and 2014′s mini album “The First World Problems Of Big Convoy”.



"Go West, young man", the cry went up of ages past. And they did. Except for one guy, who went East. And that’s Bob Collum, who in trading the prairies for the less fetching plains of Britain’s surly southeast has brought to these shores a tasty, tasteful taste of the music that both he and his native Tulsa, Oklahoma, call home.

In Tulsa, though, where everything is big as all outdoors – even indoors – nothing is done small, so on top of his power-pop influenced take on country music Bob has loaded, in a style akin to that of a pioneer with more cargo than wagon, about every last influence likely to be tried by a feller with a taste for audio adventure.

At the end of the 20th century millions of migrants swarmed America, looking for a better life, freedom, land, that kind of thing. Fast forward a hundred years and some change and one pilgrim name of Collum reverse the trend, arriving on Airstrip One just as the Millennium Bug bites and a troubled but excited world awaited a new hundred and got plenty: a reinvigorated B.C. bent on building upon the fantastic foundation of his first two albums and the formation of a new band.

Early this year, with his band, Bob & Co. – Marianne, Paul, Gareth and Allan to you – are releasing the latest CD, "Little Rock" that will succeed and excel a series of cult hits that began with ‘97’s More Tragic Songs Of Life.

like Elvis Costello, Collum is able to frame scenes and tell stories with vivid and compelling effect9/10 Americana UK

A turn of phrase to rank with Nick Lowe’s, and an instinct for hook and melody mean you’re thinking of the Byrd’s with a country edge to boot.” Bucketfull Of Brains

Collum is a lyricist of note, and can turn his hand to heartbreak, pain, love and loss with equal facility, all the time while displaying his penchant for the slightly skewed view of things.” Maverick Magazine



Micky Denny stomps out the blues, the reds & the pinks, exhuming Leadbelly, Blind Willie McTell & bootleg Dylan in a one man dynamo. Badass with a banjo & stomp box, Uncle Micky’s Bas-alachian bluegrass belongs in Cecil Sharp’s pantheon, and his original tunes – too new for Mr Sharp’s collection – are not to be missed.

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