The first review of one of Ags’ sets at Southern Fried Festival in Perth has emerged. Ags played sets on Friday 25th July and Saturday 26th at the Salutation Hotel, opening for Dean Owens and My Darling Clementine respectively.
For the latter, Ags was joined onstage by stand-up bass player Nico Bruce and electric guitarist Stuart Nisbet. Stuart played guitar, mandolin and pedal steel on the ‘How About Now’ album so it was a welcome reunion.
The festival was heralded by many as the best for years and Ags’ contribution received a great deal of praise. Read the Bluezulu review and see more great pictures HERE.
Ags will play a headline show at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen, Scotland on 24th October 2014.
The show is being promoted by Almost Blue Promotions, who have previously promoted artists like Sam Baker, Madison Violet and the producer of Ags’ album ‘How About Now’, Dean Owens.
Tickets are £8 in advance or £10 on the door. More info and ticket details can be found at the Almost Blue website.
SavingCountryMusic.Com, the premier site on the internet for the preservation of REAL country music, has given ‘How About Now’ its first US-based review.
The site proclaims that the album “gets better with every song”, while stating that Ags “deserves to be considered right beside his Stateside counterparts as one of the carriers of the country music holy ghost whose carefully-crafted songs can speak to the human heart universally, irrespective of borders”.
Read the full review HERE.
A good time was had by all as Ags helped Australian country singer Nicki Gillis kick off her UK and Europe tour at The Railway Inn, Culham on Friday 16th May. Even 60s country singer Frank Ifield was on hand, although he left the singing to the whipper-snappers this time. You can catch them on tour at these venues.
Meanwhile, Ags has a busy weekend coming up from 23rd – 26th May. Opening for CASH, the Witney Music Festival and Rokefest offer several chances to catch him live over the Bank Holiday. Check out the ‘Shows’ page for more info.
Ags has been booked to play the prestigious Southern Fried Festival in Perth, Scotland this coming July.
The star-studded line-up for 2014 includes Steve Earle, Rosanne Cash, Buffy Sainte-Marie, John Fullbright and Sturgill Simpson among many others at this unique roots festival.
The festival runs from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th July. Ags will be playing late on the Friday night at the Songwriters’ Snug along with Dean Owens, the producer of Ags’ debut album. Then on Saturday 26th, Ags will be opening the show for My Darling Clementine at the Salutation Hotel.
For more information and tickets, see the festival website: http://www.southernfriedfestival.co.uk/
A special one-hour radio show featuring Ags and presenter Will Banks will air on BBC Radio Oxford on Easter Monday, 21st April.
The show will feature Ags talking about his own music plus introducing country records from the Outlaw era and beyond. Don’t worry if you miss it – the show will be available to catch in iPlayer for 7 days after broadcast.
BBC Radio oxford can be heard at 95.2FM or online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiooxford. ‘Ags Connolly’s Country Outlaws’ airs at 6pm on Easter Monday.
Esteemed and ageless music magazine Record Collector have reviewed ‘How About Now’ in their April 2014 issue.
Veteran journalist Terry Staunton praises the album’s “authentic tearjerkers” and hails Ags as “one of the most promising new talents on the Brit country scene”.
You can read the full review HERE.
Country Music People magazine, the foremost country magazine in the UK, has awarded ‘How About Now’ five stars and CD of the Month in their March issue.
Editor Duncan Warwick reviewed the album as being “one of the best records you are likely to hear this year” while stating that “Ags Connolly is the closest we’ve ever come to an English Willie Nelson”.
The March issue is out now.
The Independent on Sunday has called ‘How About Now’ “a compelling debut” in a review written by veteran journalist Nick Coleman.
The review also compares Ags’ voice to the likes of Van Morrison, Charlie Rich and Waylon Jennings. Read the full review HERE.