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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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.

AGS TO OPEN FOR JEREMY PINNELL AND MAX FENDER

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This October Ags will be opening two shows for Jeremy Pinnell and Max Fender on their OH/KY European tour! Jeremy is a Kentucky native who released his incredible hardcore country debut ‘OH/KY’ in 2014, while Max is the frontman of Ohio alt.rock stalwarts Alone at 3am.

Ags will be opening the shows for Jeremy and Max at Aces and Eights Saloon Bar, London on 20th October and Fat Lil’s, Witney on 21st October. See below for Jeremy and Max’s full schedule and check out the ‘Shows’ page for full details of the London and Witney shows.

October 14 Eindhoven, NL @ Stage Music Cafe
October 15 Den Haag, NL Haags Pop Centrum
October 16  Amsterdam, NL Checkpoint Charlie
October 18 Freiburg, Germany @ @ The White Rabbit
October 20 London, UK @ Aces and Eights
October 21  Witney, UK @ Fat Lil’s
October 22  Sheffield, UK @ ROTA / Audacious Art Experiment
October 23  Newcastle, UK @ Ampersand Inventions
October 24 Aberdeen, UK The Blue Lamp

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.