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I’m Ags Connolly, a singer-songwriter from West Oxfordshire in the UK. My songs are mainly in the style of traditional country rather than the mostly unrelated pop version of the genre that exists today. Country is the simplest description, but I am a proud supporter of Dale Watson’s ‘Ameripolitan’ movement, which supports new music with a roots influence, away from the modern incarnation of country.
Having attempted to write songs for years, I found the confidence to take it seriously after attending a workshop with Nashville super-musician Darrell Scott. Since then I’ve performed my own songs regularly, including at the 2013 Country2Country Festival at the O2 in London, and sharing the stage with artists like Fred Eaglesmith, Paul Kelly, My Darling Clementine, Dean Owens and Dale Watson; the latter being at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas.
My influences come essentially from hardcore country including David Allan Coe, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Robert Earl Keen and Chris Knight. However, I also take major non-country influences from the likes of Loudon Wainwright III and Ron Sexsmith.
I released my first EP, ‘The Dim and Distant Past’, in 2012.
“There are any number of acts that try and create that authentic Johnny Cash/Willie Nelson sound, but there are few that get it at as spot on as Connolly.”
“…Ags’ voice is just so damn good, unhurriedly lolloping along the melodies like a cowpoke taking an easy stroll back from church on a glorious day…”
"...has a whiff of real authenticity that only comes with knowing your source material deeply..."
"Great. Sometimes country doesn't sound right unless you can imagine the guy being 80 and singing. I can with him."
Ginger from The Wildhearts