JACK GRELLE CO-HEADLINE TOUR DATES CONFIRMED!

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The dates have now been confirmed for Ags’ forthcoming co-headline tour with US artist Jack Grelle this August and September.

Jack and Ags will be taking their co-headline show to Ireland and then all around the UK. Before that they’ll both be appearing at Summer Vintage Festival in San Salvo Marina in Italy. Here’s where you can catch them – two for the price of one…

AUG 10th – SAN SALVO MARINA, Summer Vintage Festival (Jack)

AUG 11th – SAN SALVO MARINA, Summer Vintage Festival (Ags)

AUG 29th – STRABANE, The Alley Theatre

AUG 30th – CULDAFF, McGrory’s

AUG 31st – BELFAST, The Sunflower Public Bar

SEP 2nd – BALLYBOFEY, The Balor

SEP 3rd – BELFAST, Duncairn Centre

SEP 5th – OXFORD, The Cellar

SEP 6th – LONDON, The Lock Tavern

SEP 7th – BRISTOL, Kingsdown Wine Vaults

SEP 9th – COLYFORD, The Wheelwright Inn

SEP 10th – NOTTINGHAM, Guitar Bar

SEP 11th – LIVERPOOL, View Two Gallery

SEP 12th – TWICKENHAM, House Concert (Private)

SEP 13th – BRIGHTON, The Verdict

SEP 15th – ABERDEEN, The Blue Lamp

SEP 16th – NEWCASTLE, Cumberland Arms

SEP 17th – WITNEY, Fat Lil’s

There may be another date added so keep your eyes peeled. For tickets and info please see the ‘Shows’ page. Jack is also appearing in several other European countries so make sure you check out jackgrelle.com for full details.

AGS TO OPEN FOR ROSANNE CASH

Ags will open for Rosanne Cash in Leeds on Tuesday 21st July.

Cash is playing Brudenell Social Club as part of her European tour as she continues to promote her triple Grammy-winning album ‘The River & The Thread’. She will play in a duo with her husband John Leventhal. Ags will also share the bill with Cash at Summertyne American Festival in Gateshead on Saturday 18th July.

Tickets for the Leeds show and more information can be found HERE.

AGS RETURNS TO SOUTHERN FRIED FESTIVAL!

Due to the last minute cancellation of the Frontier Ruckus UK tour, Ags will replace them at this year’s Southern Fried Festival in Perth, Scotland.

Ags made his debut at the festival last year to extremely positive reviews. He will open for Dean Owens and the Whiskey Hearts at 2pm on the Saturday in the Salutation Hotel. Dean was of course the producer of the ‘How About Now’ album and has played several shows with Ags in England and Scotland.

You can find more info and tickets for this show and the rest of the festival HERE.

ALL ABOARD THE AGS CONNOLLY RIVER CRUISE AT SUMMERTYNE!!

Don’t miss the Ags Connolly River Cruise at Summertyne Americana Festival in Gateshead this year!!

On Saturday 18th July at the Sage Gateshead, Ags will be playing the River Cruise in the morning as well as in the Late Lounge that night! The Cruise will board at 10.30am and depart at 11am, while the Late lounge kicks off around 8pm!

Local country/rockabilly trio Sour Mash will be opening for Ags on the cruise while Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra and Red Sky July will join him in the Late Lounge. Don’t miss it!

You can find tickets and info on the Ags Connolly River Cruise HERE.

You can find tickets and info on the Late Lounge HERE.

AGS PLAYS ‘I SAW JAMES HAND’…FOR JAMES HAND!

This is a very special video, uploaded to YouTube this week by Ags’ great Italian friend Michele Tico. It captures the moment from this February in Austin, Texas when Ags – in town for the Ameripolitan Awards - played the song ‘I Saw James Hand’ at The Rattle Inn with the man himself in attendance.

Watch right to the end to see James’ reaction…

LISTEN AGAIN TO ‘AGS CONNOLLY’S WOMEN OF COUNTRY’!

Over the Bank Holiday weekend Ags was once again in the BBC Oxford studios to record a country show with presenter Will Banks.

This time it was the turn of the ‘Women of Country’, featuring artists like Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton along with some more modern artists (including a couple from the Ameripolitan world!).

You can hear the show for the next 27 days HERE.

GLASGOW SHOW REVIEW!

Earlier this week Ags played to a packed house at The Admiral Bar in Glasgow. Among the assembled was Paul Kerr, Americana writer and reviewer for such sites as Americana UK, No Depression and his own Blabber n’ Smoke.

Paul reviewed the show and stated that Ags “might just be the UK’s best country act about today”.

His thoughts can be found HERE.

AGS REVIEWS THE AMERIPOLITAN AWARDS IN CMP!

A couple of weeks back Ags returned from the Ameripolitan Awards in Austin, Texas. He was charged with reviewing the show for Country Music People magazine and his thoughts can be found in the April issue!

Ags encountered a number of great artists during his trip, especially the one and only James Hand! Don’t miss the story of their meeting in the 3-page review, available from all good newsagents and from www.countrymusicpeople.co.uk

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LISTEN AGAIN TO ‘AGS CONNOLLY’S COUNTRY HEROES’

For those of you may have missed Ags Connolly’s second radio show for BBC Oxford, ‘Ags Connolly’s Country Heroes’, don’t forget you can hear it again for the next 17 days at the BBC website.

The show was broadcast on Tuesday 30th December and features Ags and presenter Will Banks discussing Ags’ heroes. Music on the show included James Hand, Sturgill Simpson, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline plus tracks from Ags himself. You can hear the show in its entirety HERE.

Rumours abound of a third show in the series coming this Easter. Stay tuned!

‘HOW ABOUT NOW’ RECEIVES END OF YEAR RECOGNITION

‘How About Now’ has been recognised in several quarters as being one of the best albums of 2014.

Released in February, the record received rave reviews initially and has steadily gained plaudits in the following months. Now, as some revisit the year’s releases, ‘How About Now’ has made it onto several end of year lists. Here’s a summary of them (subject to additions):

Saving Country Music – 50 Essential Albums of 2014

Truck Store/Rapture – No.2 in Top 50 Albums of 2014

MusicRiot.co.uk – Top 5 Albums of 2014

The International Americana Music Show – Best of 2014

The Troubador Show – Top 10 Albums of 2014

Country Music People - Duncan Warwick’s Albums of the Year

Independent on Sunday – Nick Coleman’s Albums of the Year

Blabber ‘n’ Smoke – Best of 2014

Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire – Albums of the Year

Tin Can Review – Best Albums of 2014, Honourable Mentions

Dublin City FM – Noel Casey’s Albums of the Year

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