DUNDALK singer/songwriter Stewart Agnew will return to the Spirit Store for the first time this year on Saturday June 25, where he will be showcasing his forthcoming album to local fans for the first time.
Agnew has just finished recording the follow up to ‘Songs from the Gasstation’ in Grouse Lodge studios in Westmeath and hopes to have the as yet untitled album released in September.
Stewart had a new look band with him for the recording of the album and admits that he is excited about what will hopefully be a busy summer for him, culminating with his album’s release and an appearance at Electric Picnic.
He said: “Recording the album was really, really good especially working with the new band.
“I had Justin Lawless and Ken Murphy from Dundalk with me still and it was good to keep them two involved but Phil Wilkinson, who has performed with Duke Special in the past, and Anthony Clarke, who has played piano for the Libertines, also came over from London.”
Agnew admitted it is a “very exciting” time for him and is hopeful of big things from the album, which was produced by the legendary Roger Bechirian, who has worked with the likes of Elvis Costello and Bell X1 in the past.
Bechirian is also now acting as Agnew’s manager and is hopeful of landing the Dowdallshill man a record deal to help promote the new album to the maximum.
Stewart said that working with Roger was a real honour.
“Working with him was a really big plus for me.
“We spent four weeks together in Grouse Lodge recording and mixing the album and now it just has to be mastered.
“I know that Roger has been shopping it around to labels and he’s very excited about it.”
It is five years ago since Agnew last released an album but he expects the next few weeks to be extremely busy. This weekend he performs at the Temple House Music Festival in Sligo while before his Spirit Store gig on the 25th he is appearing on the Pat Kenny Radio Show on June 23 while later that evening he will be performing in Daly’s in Mullingar.
Then on Friday June 24 he will be on stage in The Vine in Wexford before a home town gig that he insists he is really looking forward to.
“I think this album is the best thing I’ve done in a really long time and I’m really excited to let people hear it.
“I’ve written a lot of stuff since the last album but a few people expecting to hear songs that I’ve been performing in recent years won’t hear them on this album. There’s a lot of new stuff on it.
“Songs like ‘For Annie’, ‘Penicillin Girl’ and ‘Street Devils’ can maybe be recorded after this,” he said.
The first single from Agnew’s new album will be released in the coming weeks.
Tickets for his Spirit Store gig are on sale now, priced e12 each from the venue or from www.spiritstore.ie