Ags Connolly is a traditional country artist from Oxfordshire, widely considered to be one of the best country singer-songwriters ever to emerge from the UK.
Known as both a honky tonker and singer-songwriter, Ags has delved into Tex-Mex and border influences for his fourth album, the excellent 'Siempre' (Spanish for "always"). Folk Radio's Mike Davies wrote of it: "He fully embraces the border country Tex-Mex sound, even to the extent of learning to play bajo quinto, a guitar variant with five paired courses of strings."
In Americana UK, our friend Alan Fitter added: "Connolly has the perfect voice for this kind of music – he even has the slight sibilance all good country singers should have and there are echoes of Charlie Rich and Los Lobos’s Louis Perez in his delivery...if you like Texas-style music superbly sung and wonderfully played then ‘Siempre’ could be the album for you."
A constant presence on the UK, Ireland and European touring circuit, Ags has built a reputation over the years as an uncompromising country traditionalist. His last album, Wrong Again, was named Album of the Year at the 2020 UK Country Music Awards.
We're delighted to add Savannah Gardner, one of the fastest-rising names on the country-roots circuit, as Ags' opening guest. The fiery California native first brought her timeless voice and magnetic stage presence to the Sound Lounge last summer on one of patron Paul Sexton's specially-curated shows. She won even more new admirers as one of the performers on Paul's recent Buddy Holly Night.
Though Savannah's high-octane blend of traditional and modern-day musical ingredients is heavily influenced by classic country and the 1970s outlaw movement, she's unbound by genre as she intertwines soul, blues and bluegrass into her songs. She's now based in the UK, where her parents are from, and has been a featured guest on BBC Introducing and Denmark Street Radio. She's also been named “Artist to Watch” on Country Radio UK and had two No. 1 singles in the British iTunes Country Charts with the Wanted Sisters Band.
Savannah has played festivals such as C2C in London, The Long Road and Ramblin' Roots, and continues to catch the attention of audiences across the UK with her unique and authentic sound.
“There’s an air about Gardner both as a musician and a person that just invites you in – no fuss or frills – to sit back and enjoy the delights she brings to the stage. Country and Americana fans alike, you have your new favourite artist.” - Monty Sewell, Rock N' Load Magazine