Two stunning country artists, Ags Connolly from Oxfordshire and Leo Rondeau from Austin TX, in a double headliner of solo acoustic performances.
Leo Rondeau deals in stories candid and honest and plainspoken. Based in Austin, Texas, his own story finds root in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota where Rondeau grew up surrounded by country music listeners and pickers spanning three generations. A child of the rural American west and owning family lineage within the Turtle Mountain band of the Chippewa Indian tribe, his own history and worldview are ingrained in the lines of his songs.
In his writing, Rondeau has been heavily influenced by the dolorous and at times bleak illustrations of Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Townes Van Zandt. His marked presence within the scenes of his stories is even reminiscent of early Tom Waits tunes in their somber appreciation of the darker realities of life. The listener finds a departure from these influences, however, in Rondeau’s trademark hopefulness.
Leo has performed at popular American festivals such as Pickathon, SXSW, Bristol Rhythm and Roots as well as the Australian festival Dashville Skyline amongst countless venues in America and abroad.
"Rondeau's a treasure for discerning song-junkies and rowdy two-steppers alike" - Austin Chronicle
Ags Connolly is a traditional country singer-songwriter from Oxfordshire. His second album 'Nothin' Unexpected' was released in February 2017.
"The best singer-songwriter in the country field that this country (UK) has ever turned out." - Country Music People
"There's no telling where or how the holy ghost of country music finds its souls to inhabit, but with results like this, it's hard to argue that it hasn't found a home in Ags Connolly" - Saving Country Music
As a live performer, Ags has headlined shows across the UK, Europe and the US while also opening for various international artists including Rosanne Cash. Ags has been featured on both Bob Harris's BBC Radio 2 Country show and his 'Under The Apple Tree' sessions, while being championed from various quarters including The Guardian and the Independent on Sunday. In 2016, Country Music People magazine named his song 'When Country Was Proud' as one of the top 50 country songs from the last 30 years.