‘NOTHIN’ UNEXPECTED’ TO BE RELEASED BY AT THE HELM RECORDS IN 2017!

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At The Helm Records have announced they are teaming up with Ags Connolly and will be releasing his second album, ‘Nothin’ Unexpected’, on February 3rd 2017.

You can stream the debut track ‘I Hope You’re Unhappy’ now via Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/at…/i-hope-youre-unhappy-ags-connolly

On following 2014′s ‘How About Now’, Ags said: “It was great to have producer Dean Owens and the same superb musicians on board again, not to mention contributions from The Mavericks’ Michael Guerra on accordion and Grand Ole Opry staff member Eamon McLoughlin on fiddle. I believe in the strength of the songs and I’m excited about how these guys helped bring them to life. I hope you will be too.”

At The Helm Records are and independent record label based in Brighton, England.

‘WHEN COUNTRY WAS PROUD’ NAMED AMONG TOP 50 COUNTRY SONGS OF LAST 30 YEARS BY COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE

Ags’ song ‘When Country Was Proud’ has been named among the Top 50 country songs of the last 30 years by Country Music People magazine.

The October issue features a list of great songs released in the genre since 1986, a list that includes the likes of George Jones, Randy Travis, George Strait, Dale Watson and many more, not least Ags’ good friend Jeremy Pinnell.

The inclusion marks yet more recognition for the music from ‘How About Now’, the debut album soon to be followed up in early 2017.

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COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE GIVES ‘TRADITIONAL’ 5 STARS!

Despite the ‘Traditional’ cowboy songs limited release album only being a stop-gap release before Ags’ second album of originals is released later this year, Country Music People saw fit to give it 5 stars in their August issue!

Reviewer Chris Smith called the album  ”an informative and very entertaining piece of work, and quite possibly a collector’s item for the future”.

Copies of ‘Traditional’ are still available at £10 each. You can buy by PayPal using agsconnolly@googlemail.com or by sending cash/a cheque to 29 High Street, Finstock, Oxfordshire, OX7 3DA.

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*** NEW LIMITED EDITION ‘TRADITIONAL’ CD ***

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From Ags…

Hey folks, while I’m working on getting my second album out later this year, I thought you might like some new music to keep you going. Or maybe old music! I recently went into the studio to record a number of old-school cowboy songs and have now put them together in an album called ‘Traditional’. For the time being, this CD is only being released in limited numbers.

I was originally drawn to these songs by the field recordings, collections and interpretations of men like John and Alan Lomax, Ed McCurdy, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Woody Guthrie, among others. I love their honesty and directness. Most of these songs are ‘traditional’ or, in other words, have no known writer. Countless versions of each probably exist, but these are my favourite versions.

The tracks are as follows:

1. Goodbye, Old Paint 
2. Fair Lady of the Plains
3. St James Infirmary 
4. Strawberry Roan
5. Rambling Gambler
6. The Buffalo Skinners
7. Roving Gambler
8. Diamond Joe
9. Red River Valley
10. South Coast
11. Mole in the Ground
12. Shenandoah

This album will only be available on CD and is purely being self-released. The only place to get it is direct from me.

The CD costs £10.00 (includes postage) and there are three ways to buy it:

1. BY PAYPAL – you can use the e-mail address agsconnolly@googlemail.com to make payment over Paypal. Be sure to specify what the payment is for and include your address.

2. BY POST – Send cash or a cheque to 29 High Street, Finstock, Oxon, OX7 3DA.

3. LIVE! – Once I receive stock I will have copies of the CD at all my live shows until they sell out.

NON-UK orders – please e-mail agsconnolly@gmail.com to confirm postage costs.

The CDs are now being manufactured so orders will be dispatched as soon as I receive them.

It’s been a long-held ambition of mine to record this CD, so I hope you like it. I think it’s important to keep this stuff alive.

Cowboy up and get ya one!

JOIN AGS’ MAILING LIST!

Have you joined Ags’ mailing list yet?

If not, you should. It’s the best place to keep up to date on all his latest music news. In the coming weeks and months there will be some VERY cool stuff going on (yes, including the release of album number 2!), so you really don’t want to miss out.

On the right hand side of this page you’ll find a box where you can simply enter your e-mail address and a security code to ensure you are added to the list.

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AGS RECORDS ALBUM 2!!

Last week Ags was back in Scotland to record his long-awaited second album.

Stuart Nisbet was once again on guitars, Kev McGuire played stand-up bass and Jim McDermott was behind the drums. Dean Owens reprised his role in the producer’s chair and Garry Boyle was again on engineering duties. In addition, Andy May played piano again and two special guests from the US also contributed.

The album has now been mixed and is awaiting mastering. Details on its release will be made available as soon as possible.

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(L-R): Jim McDermott, Kev McGuire, Ags, Stuart Nisbet. (Not pictured): Dean Owens and Garry Boyle.

U.S. TOUR COMPLETE!

Ags’ US tour with singer-songwriters Jack Grelle and Ryan Koenig came to a fitting conclusion on Sunday 28th February as they played Off Broadway in St, Louis MO – Jack and Ryan’s hometown.

It was the 16th date of a hugely successful tour which encompassed 7 states and 12 cities. Matt Meyer, drummer for Pokey LaFarge, and Jack’s regular bass player Brice Barecevic made up the rhythm section while Ryan chipped in on mandolin, harmonica, fiddle and backing vocals (when not performing his own songs on guitar). Jack also made his debut on lead guitar.

Talks are already underway for a follow-up next year but in the meantime, here’s a few shots from this go round:

The first night of tour. Café Berlin, Columbia, MO.

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The band onstage at The Buzz Mill, Austin TX.

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The last night at Off Broadway. St Louis, MO.

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For more pictures and updates, don’t forget to check out Ags on Facebook!

U.S. TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED!!

This February Ags will be travelling to the US to embark on a 16-date tour with Missouri country acts Jack Grelle and Ryan Koenig.

The dates have now been finalised and are as follows:

2/12  Columbia, MO – Café Berlin
2/13  Columbia, MO – Café Berlin (Ags solo, daytime)
2/13  Kansas City, MO - Westport Saloon
2/14  Wichita, KS  – The Elbow Room
2/15  Austin, TX – The Buzzmill
2/16  Ameripolitan Awards
2/17  Austin, TX – The White Horse
2/18  Austin, TX – The Driskill
2/19  Fredericksburg, TX – The Pecan Grove Store
2/20  Houston, TX – D&W Lounge
2/21  Lafayette, LA – Artmosphere
2/22  Baton Rouge, LA - Dyson House
2/23  New Orleans, LA – Mag’s 940
2/24  New Orleans, LA – Euclid Records
2/25  Atlanta, GA – Little Vinyl Lounge
2/26  Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia
2/27  Paducah, KY – The Maiden Alley Cinema
2/28  St Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Jack, Ryan and Ags will be backed by a band and each playing their own material. They’ll also be calling in at the Ameripolitan Awards in Austin, TX on Tuesday 16th Feb! Be sure to get along to one or more of these shows if you’re close by!
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T-SHIRTS AND CAPS AVAILABLE NOW!!

You can now buy official Ags Connolly t-shirts and caps online! Ags has hooked up with the people at dizzyjam.com to present a new ‘Ameripolitan’ range.

There are men’s and women’s t-shirts in a variety of colours, plus two colours of trucker cap available. You can link directly to purchase these on the Shop page of this website, or go to agsconnolly.dizzyjam.com.

Please note that these items will not be available at shows for the time being, they are online only.

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AGS TO PLAY THOMAS FRASER MEMORIAL FESTIVAL IN SHETLAND

This November Ags will be travelling to the Shetland Islands to perform at the Thomas Fraser Memorial festival, which takes place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th.

Ags will appear at Burra Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, alternating headliner duties with Canadian bluegrass fiddle player April Verch and Nashville honky-tonker Scott Icenogle (with his band A11). The festival has been held semi-regularly since 2002 in memory of Shetland fisherman and hillbilly singer Thomas Fraser, whose recordings have posthumously been released after his death in 1978.

Ags will then play four dates on mainland Scotland. Details as follows:

Mon 16th – Inverness, Market Bar

Tue 17th – Nairn, Links Studio

Thu 19th – Perth, The Tavern

Fri 20th – Edinburgh, The Bluebird Café

For more information on the festival please see the official website. For information on all Ags’ performances please see the ‘Shows’ page on this site.