NEW ‘LIVE IN ST. LOUIS, MO’ CD AVAILABLE NOW!!

In February 2016, Ags undertook a tour of several southern US states with a full band from St. Louis. They criss-crossed Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Louisana, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee, finishing up with a final show at the superb Off Broadway venue in St. Louis itself. And now you can hear it!

Released on CD only (in limited numbers and only available direct from Ags), this is the full 45 minute set he played that night with the band. The group consisted of Ags, the great singer-songwriter Jack Grelle (lead guitar), the trusty Brice Baricevic (bass) plus two members of world famous St Louis native Pokey LaFarge’s band – those being Pokey’s long-time sideman Ryan Koenig (harmonica, fiddle, mandolin, backing vocals) and the top class Matty Meyer (drums).

The tracks played that night were mostly taken from Ags’ first two albums (the second of which hadn’t been recorded at that point) plus two classic Johnny Paycheck numbers. The full track listing is as follows:

1. A Good Memory For Pain
2. I Hoped She Wouldn’t Be Here
3. I Saw James Hand
4. Neon Jail
5. Do You Realise That Now
6. Haunts Like This
7. Trusty Companion
8. Slide Off Your Satin Sheets
9. Get Out Of My Mind
10. I Hope You’re Unhappy
11. The Dim and Distant Past
12. When Country Was Proud
13. 11 Months and 29 Days

Needless to say this recording can’t be heard anywhere else and this band may never be together in a room again! And as Ags plays 95% of his shows as a solo act, this album is even more of a rarity…

HOW TO BUY
The CD is priced at £10.00 plus £1 postage for UK orders. Please contact Ags for international postage costs. Payment can be made the following ways:

Paypal – please e-mail agsconnolly@gmail.com with details of your order and you will receive a Paypal invoice. You do not have to be signed up to Paypal to pay in this way.

Cheque/cash – please send all orders to Ags Connolly, 29 High Street, Finstock, Oxon, OX7 3DA.

Any queries to agsconnolly@gmail.com. Grab a slice of history, folks!!

AGS PLAYS GLASGOW AMERICANA

This weekend Ags will make his first appearances at Glasgow Americana festival.

On Saturday 7th October Ags will play as part of the popular Hazy Recollections songwriters show, along with Martha Fields, Martha Healy and Saint Huck, starting at 4pm at The Glad Café.

Then later at 8.30pm, Ags will open for Mark Olson – originally of cult Americana band The Jayhawks – at the same venue.

For tickets and more info please go to www.glasgowamericana.com

AGS ON THE ROAD IN APRIL AND MAY!

From late April to late May 2017, Ags will be on the road with two different US acts.

First, he heads out around England with The Ponderosa Aces from California, on their first UK tour. The Aces play unrefined outlaw country music straight from the west coast, and their show is not to be missed. Ags will be opening all the shows bar Paris.

Then, Ags will be undertaking a full UK and Ireland co-headline tour with Nashville songwriter Pat Reedy. This will be very similar to the tour Ags went on with Jack Grelle back in 2015. Expect great songs, banter and one or two surprises…

Don’t miss Ags in your town!

w/ The Ponderosa Aces

APR 22 – MILTON KEYNES, the Stables; APR 23 – GULLIVER’s, Manchester; APR 24 – NEWCASTLE, Jumpin’ Jack’s; APR 25 – LEICESTER, The Musician; APR 27 – LONDON, The Borderline; APR 28 – WITNEY, Fat Lil’s; APR 30; BRIGHTON, The Haunt; MAY 1 – DOVER, The Priory

w/ Pat Reedy

MAY 4 – BALLYBOFEY, The Balor; MAY 5 – DERRY, Bennigan’s; MAY 6 – OMAGH, THe Weigh Inn; MAY 7 – STRABANE, Dixie’s Bar; MAY 9 – OXFORD, The Library; MAY 10 – COLYFORD, The Wheelwright Inn; MAY 11 – LIVERPOOL, 81 Renshaw; MAY 12 – NEWCASTLE, Heaton Perk; MAY 13 – ABERDEEN, The Blue Lamp; MAY 14 – PERTH, Vamos! (2pm); MAY 14 – KINROSS, Backstage at The Green Hotel;  MAY 16 – LONDON, Luna Lounge; MAY 17 – BRIGHTON, The Prince Albert; MAY 18 – BRISTOL, The Old Bookshop; MAY 19 – PLYMOUTH, The Junction;, MAY 20 – WITNEY, Fat Lil’s

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‘NOTHIN’ UNEXPECTED’ OFFICIALLY RELEASED!!

The new album ‘Nothin’ Unexpected’ has today (3rd February) been released on At The Helm Records.

You can buy it on CD and digitally wherever you would normally buy your music. If you buy it from www.atthehelmrecords.com you get a free 18 track label sampler while stocks last! And if you’re someone who still likes a record shop, you’ll find it in branches of HMV and all good independent record shops. For Oxfordshire folks, be sure to pop into Truck Store or Blackwell in Oxford, or Rapture in Witney.

Here’s what some reviewers have had to say about the album already:

“Dare I suggest that Ags Connolly might be the best singer-songwriter in the country field that this country has ever turned out? Yes, I think I do, and I think he is…and this is a fabulous record.”
– Country Music People

“For those who repeatedly throw up their arms as if looking for divine intervention in their quest for real country music, in Ags Connolly they have found their saviour.”
– Flyin’ Shoes Review

“The deeper you dig, the more gems you unearth.”
– MusicRiot.co.uk

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‘NOTHIN’ UNEXPECTED’ PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW!

PRE-ORDERS ARE NOW OPEN!!

You can now pre-order the new album ‘Nothin’ Unexpected’ from the At The Helm Records shop: http://atthehelmrecords.bigcartel.com/product/ags-connolly-nothin-unexpected-cd-pre-order

Early reviews for the album have been unequivocally favourable:

“Ags’ second album…has seen his writing not just mature but move forward leaps and bounds away from any pigeon-hole” – Rocking Magpie

“Occasionally…someone comes along that produces a body of work that gets noticed beyond our local circuit. Someone with the talent that equals or surpasses the huge pool that exists in the US. Someone like Ags Connolly.” – Your Life In A Song

CDs will ship in the week of release so should reach you on or before the release date of 3rd February.

Don’t be slow!

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‘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 an independent record label based in Brighton, England.

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‘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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*** 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!

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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