AGS TO OPEN FOR HANS CHEW ON UK TOUR

This summer Ags will be opening five dates for his friend (and fellow At The Helm Records roster member) Hans Chew and his band on their UK tour. Hans is a piano playing singer-songwriter originally from Chattanooga and now residing in New York City. He has previously played piano for several bands including Hiss Golden Messenger.

Catch Ags and Hans together on these dates. More info on the Shows tab!

JULY
8th – BRIGHTON, The Prince Albert
9th – BRISTOL, Thekla
10th – LONDON, The Borderline
11th – MANCHESTER, Night & Day Cafe
12th – NOTTINGHAM, The Bodega

‘NOTHIN’ UNEXPECTED’ TO GET PHYSICAL US RELEASE ON SOFABURN RECORDS

Ags’ second album ‘Nothin’ Unexpected’, released in the UK on At The Helm Records in February 2017, will have a physical release in the US on SofaBurn Records next month.

SofaBurn have had a close relationship with At The Helm since the release of Jeremy Pinnell’s ‘Ties of Blood & Affection’ on both labels in 2017. The physical distribution of ‘Nothin’ Unexpected’ will mark the first time Ags’ music has been distributed in the US in anything other than digital format.

The CD will be available in the US from 9th March 2018.

END OF YEAR RECOGNITION FOR ‘NOTHIN’ UNEXPECTED’

Ags’ second album ‘Nothin’ Unexpected, released in February 2017, has received recognition from a number of quarters in end-of-year lists and radio shows! Here is a list of a few that have included the album, and songs from it, in their round-ups:

MAGAZINES & BLOGS

Nightshift Magazine – ‘Tunes of 2017’   READ

Country Exclusive – ‘Top 25 Albums of 2017’   READ

D’Country Spirit – ‘Seleccion De Improbables’  (print only)

The Daily Country – ‘The Best Albums of 2017 You May Not Have Heard’  READ

American Roots UK – ‘2017 Albums of the Year’  READ

ALTCOUNTRY.NL – ‘De Favorieten van 2017’  READ

Saving Country Music – ‘2017 Essential Albums List’  READ

Country Music People – ‘Best of 2017’, ‘Songs of the Year’  (print only)

RADIO & PODCASTS

The International Americana Music Show – ‘Best of 2017’  LISTEN

BBC Radio Oxford – ‘Songs of the Year 2017’  LISTEN

BBC Radio Shropshire – ‘Best of 2017’  LISTEN

 

This list will be updated as and when any other and of year lists are published.

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 TO TOUR WITH JEREMY PINNELL IN OCTOBER

October will see the return to these shores of the incredible Ohio/Kentucky native Jeremy Pinnell, who will be promoting his superb new album ‘Ties of Blood and Affection’ on a co-headline tour with Ags.

Ags and Jeremy previously teamed up in both Witney and London on a short UK run of Jeremy’s in October 2015 but now they are back together for a full tour. You can catch them at the following venues – please see the ‘Shows’ tab for more info on each.

Fri 13th Oct – HARROGATE, Warehouse Recording Co. (w/ Robert Vincent)

Sat 14th Oct – GLASGOW, Private House Concert

Sun 15th Oct – ABERDEEN, The Blue Lamp

Mon 16th Oct – GATESHEAD, Prohibition Cabaret Bar

Tue 17th Oct – YORK, The Basement

Thu 19th Oct – STAMFORD, Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge

Fri 20th Oct – OXFORD, The Isis Farmhouse

Sun 22nd Oct – BRISTOL, The Golden Lion (Jeremy only)

Tue 24th Oct – PLYMOUTH, The Junction

Thu 26th Oct – LONDON, Westfield House, Ealing

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 IN CO-BILL WITH DOUG SEEGERS AT SOUTHERN FRIED!

Don’t miss Ags playing with country sensation Doug Seegers at Southern Fried in Perth, Scotland next weekend!

Ags has played at the festival twice before and was there when Doug made his Southern Fried debut in 2015. This year they share the bill on Saturday afternoon 29th July at the Salutation Hotel. Ags will open the show with a solo set of his new and old songs while Doug will be playing a set of Hank Williams classics.

Be sure to catch this show if you can get there! Tickets are priced at £12.50 for weekend pass holders or £17.50 (£15 concessions). Buy yours HERE.

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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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