It just wouldn't be fair to only tell you about what is going to be on at the pub without giving you access to some of the great piccys and write-ups we have for previous gigs. So, have a trawl through our Archive and whet your appetite for what is one of the best menus of live music in Wales.
Sunday 01/10 James Hollingsworth
Wednesday 27/9/17 Örjan Hultén's Orion
***** Jazz Special *****Örjan Hultén, one of Sweden's foremost saxophonists and improvisers, is a musical explorer always looking for the next challenge. In his compositions Örjan Hultén moves effortlessly across boundaries and musical genres. Here and there Middle Eastern and Balkan traits can be heard while one can distinguish traces from Wayne Shorter or Joni Mitchell in other parts. Örjan Hultén Orion is featuring four of Sweden’s top musicians, each of them a wellknown and celebrated musician/bandleader in his own right. This is the first time the quartet is touring the UK. Örjan Hultén – saxophones, Torbjörn Gulz – piano, Filip Augustson – bass, Peter Danemo - drums
Sunday 24/09 The Drift
Wednesday 20/09/17 JOHN PAUL GARD TRIO
***** Jazz Special *****A special treat for not only jazz fans but music fans everywhere. JP on organ and "left footed bass" is truly a special musician who we can never get enough of. This is an outstanding trio and its a Gig NOT TO BE MISSED!!
Sunday 17/09 Eira/Snow"Horovel at the Queens Head" - World music fused with various jazz and folk elements. A real eclectic mix from this diverse duo.
Sunday 10/09 Big Sky QuartetBig Sky Quartet, four kindred spirits with a wealth of musical experience and talent have turned their backs to the London scene and have put down roots in the Welsh Borders, creating their own blend of self-penned lyrical tunes propelled along by distinctively Brazilian and world rhythms. Happily following in the giant steps of musicians like Weather Report, Joe Lovano and Chick Corea, Big Sky are producing an accessible, melodic jazz fusion that is picking up new fans wherever they play. A great Gig last time they played and we are assured of a superb evening!!!
Sunday 25/06 HEAVY QUARTET
Sunday 18/06 GRUIG (IRISH)
Wednesday 14/6/17 Duski
***** Jazz Special *****
Sunday 11/06 IAN LUTHER
Sunday 04/06 NORTH STAR( FOLK/AMERICANA, TAMZIN & MATT)
Sunday 28/05 BRIDGET & THE BIG GIRLS BLUES
Sunday 21/05 JUNIOR HACKSAW (BLUES/ROCK)
Sunday 14/05 JANE PEARL/LYNDON WEBB/THAD KELLY
Wednesday 10/5/17 Big Sky
***** Jazz Special *****Big Sky Quartet, four kindred spirits with a wealth of musical experience and talent have turned their backs to the London scene and have put down roots in the Welsh Borders, creating their own blend of self-penned lyrical tunes propelled along by distinctively Brazilian and world rhythms. Happily following in the giant steps of musicians like Weather Report, Joe Lovano and Chick Corea, Big Sky are producing an accessible, melodic jazz fusion that is picking up new fans wherever they play.
Sunday 07/05 TAFFY WAS A THIEF( BLUES/ROCK BAND FROM NEWPORT)
Wednesday 3/5/17 Partikel
***** Jazz Special *****"One of the most exciting trios in improvised music" Jazz Podium
Sunday 30/04 WILL KILLEENBack with his superb blues guitar work which transcends the stereotypes in technique, interpretation and repertoire. Anything from primitive blues to sarabands with a sprinkle of Hopi Indian
Sunday 23/04 EARL
Sunday 16/04 JOHN PAUL GARD TRIOAN EASTER SPECIAL!!!!! John Paul Gard; Alex Hutchins and Toby Perrett usually only play once a year at the Xmas gig as Alex is always abroad. However he is in the country and they coming to play Easter Sunday. If you have heard them I dont have to say anything else. If not get here early for an amazing gig. Hammond Organ,guitar and drums and the JP left leg bass. It does'nt get much better!!!!!
Wednesday 08/03 SILLY BILLY******** Cancelled *********
Sunday 12/03 RAGTIME JUG BAND
Sunday 19/03 RED RIVER BLUES
Wednesday 22/3/17 Coltrane Dedication
***** Jazz Special *****South Wales' stalwarts of Ashley John Long (bass), Dave Jones (piano), Ian Poole (drums), Caractacus Downes and Lyndon Owen (Saxophones) are set to give another evening of barnstorming improvisation using some of the great later tunes of Mr John Coltrane as their spring board.
Sunday 09/04 Skylark
Sunday 02/04 MAYFIELD and the Rhythm RatsThis is becoming an annual jamboree! Chris Mayfield celebrates his birthday again with another evening of down to earth blues, rolling and strolling along with the superb Rhythm Rats.
Sunday 26/03 THE FORFEITS
Sunday 05/03 CAPA MANA - BALKAN BAND.A recently formed Balkan Band from S.Wales. With members of the Heavy Quartet we can expect something special!
Wednesday 1/3/17 Sirene 1009:
***** Jazz Special *****Improviser, guitarist and constructor Han-earl Park (박한얼) has been crossing borders and performing fuzzily idiomatic, on occasion experimental, always traditional, open improvised musics for twenty years presents 'Sirene 1009', the stupendous ensemble featuring the indomitable low-end growl of Dominic Lash, the unstoppable hits and clangs of Mark Sanders, and the controlled vocal mayhem of Caroline Pugh. Somewhere out there, there’s an SUV-sized violin tailgating, a No Wave guitarist desperately trying to survive in the Appalachian Mountains, someone dropping sheets of metal during a Jazz Session, an evolutionary biologist finding themselves speaking in tongues (Awash in Blue).
Sunday 26/02 BELLEVILLE SWINGA foot tapping special engendered by Django and the rest of the Hot club de Paris. Belville Swing always project that atmosphere normally developed by mixing coffee, absinthe and Gitanes.
Sunday 19/02 LEE Mc CRORY
Wednesday 15/2/17 Sirkis/Bialas IQA welcome return to the Queen's Head, the Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a collaboration between Israeli UK resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis, known for his work with the Lighthouse trio (ACT), Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Larry Corryel, John Abercrombie & the Asaf Sirkis Trio, and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas. The quartet features London based, Scottish bassist Kevin Glasgow, and the acclaimed Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK).
Sunday 12/02 FLEETWOOD CAVE (MARION FLEETWOOD, JIGANTICS FIDDLE PLAYER)Two of British folk's most exciting musicians, sharing a love of performing live and for original and traditional music. Marion Fleetwood is no stranger having played the Fiddle with the Jigantics where we also headr her astonishing vocal repertoire. Gregg Cave who founded the Rock/Folk group Cave and also TRADarrr has been touring the UK and Europe performing at Concerts and Festivals. Two superb musicians!!! www.fleetwoodcave.com
Sunday 05/02 STEVE PAYNE/BILLY BOY MISKIMMEN (WONDERFUL BLUES, GUITAR & YARDBIRDS HARMONICA PLAYER)
Wednesday 1/2/17 A Big Hand
Sunday 29/01 THE DRIFTS(CLYDE,RED RIVER BLUES OTHER BAND)
Sunday 22/01 JAMES HOLLINSWORTH
Sunday 15/01 TERRI BRAMAH
Sunday 08/01 EARL
Sunday 31/12 ALBINO FROGSAND THEN...........NEW YEARS EVE.
Sunday 18/12 LITTLE RUMBATo make it a weekend to remember we follow the wonderful Saturday gig with probably the most popular band that play at The Queens Head.
Saturday 17/12 XMAS SPECIAL !!! JOHN PAUL GARD/ALEX HUTCHINSFor the fourth year in a row John and Alex put aside all bookings and return to the Queens Head for their Saturday before Xmas gig. This has become a special event and there are not enough superlatives to describe this amazing trio. Anyone who has heard them will know what I mean and if you hav'nt just google Alex and be blown away. As always its free admission but do get here earl. 8.30pm start.
Sunday 11/12 HEAVY QUARTETThe amazing red hot band are back for their annual pre-Xmas show.Constantly evolving, the Heavy Quartet continue to blow your socks off! All their output is a funky collection of grooves, mixing a big brass sound with intricate improvisation. A group that shuns the common labels, the Heavy Quartet represent vibrant musical irreverence and unpredictable eclecticism. This nine piece….yes they are not a quartet…always have the Pub jumping. Thwey have a new album out and are offering free dowmloads to everyone at the Gig. YOU DONT WANT TO MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!!! Check out the website www.reverbnation.com/heavyquartet
Sunday 04/12 GRUIG – IRISH BAND
Sunday 09/10 BRIDGET AND THE BIG GIRL BLUES
Sunday 02/10 JELLY ROLL JONES
Wednesday 28/09/16 Tassos Spiliotopoulos' Swedish Band
***** Jazz Special *****Pleased to welcome back Tassos in full flight of a UK tour with his new Swedish band where he is now resident. The musicians are Örjan Hultén ( Saxophone), Fredrik Rundqvist (Drums) and Palle Sollinger (Bass) are all established musicians in Stockholm and the new album is sounding great! Supported by Music in Monmouth
Sunday 25/09/16 TERRI BRAMAH
Sunday18/09/16 JOHN PAUL GARD/JON DALTON
Wednesday 14/09/16 BIG SKY – COLIN TULLY
***** Jazz Special *****
Sunday 11/09/16 RAGTIME JUG ORCHESTRA
Sunday 04/09/16 LEE MC CRORY
Sunday 28/08/16 BIG NANNA–JANE PEARL/LYNDON WEBB/THAD KELLY
Sunday 21/08/16 JAMES HOLLINGSWORTH
Sunday 14/08/16 SOUTHERN CROSS– ROB MORRIS/ROGER GREY et al
Sunday 31/07/16 EARL
Wednesday 27/07/16 Coltrane Dedication
***** Jazz Special *****Up for another evening of extempory, full-on improvisation from the power quintet that takes the later tunes of Mr John Coltrane and continues on the journey that starts in many places and never finishes; meeting the intricacies of life on the way! A band that sits on the shoulders of one of THE great musicians of the 20th century, a composer of outstanding strength in his simplicity, and a true master of his instrument - always searching, never content, and a man on a mission to make the world a better place.
Sunday 24/07/16 MayfieldMr Chris Mayfield, the 'strong deliverer' of gritty country and urban blues. Superb guitar playing from the killing floors of Lydney meatpackers to the cotton fields of Newnham.
Wednesday 20/07/16 Philip Clouts' Anglo-Welsh Ensemble
***** Jazz Special *****A new venture for Philip Clouts as he combines his accomplished compositional style, steeped both in the music of his native South Africa and in a diverse range of world musics which he has explored to critical acclaim, with a group of Wales finest players.
Sunday 17/07/16 The Forfeits'On the button' four piece with contemporary upbeat party tunes. Always gets the audience up and dancing, so make it an energetic summer's evening!
Sunday 10/07/16 Little RumbaWithout doubt one of the most popular bands to play at the Queens. You may have heard them before but they never cease to amaze!!!
Wednesday 22/06/16 Kevin Figes Quartet
***** Jazz Special *****Figes' Quartet play his own distinctive compositions and have performed all over the UK for many years with widespread critical acclaim and airplay.
Wednesday 08/06/16 Duski
***** Jazz Special *****Aidan Thorne's Duski project has grown over the years both in compositional strength and unity as a coherent playing outfit. Thorne's writing certainly does provide a refreshing repertoire which echoes broad and diverse sources. (Checkout the JazzMann's review).
29/05/16 Red River BluesBlues from Ross - straight down the line with a mixture of cigar box guitar, harmonica and sax expanding the unit to give that big six piece sound. A great night is assured www.redriverblues.com
22/05/16 Belleville SwingA foot tapping special engendered by Django and the rest of the Hot club de Paris. Belville Swing always project that atmosphere normally developed by mixing coffee, absinthe and Gitanes.
Thursday 19/05/16 BLUES SPECIAL : The Aguilar Blumenfeld Project (USA)
***** BLUES IN PARADISE UK TOUR 2016 *****Californian musicians Roy Blumenfeld & David Aguilar will be bringing their unique blend of swamp, blues and funk music to the Queens Head.
Sunday 15/05/16 Dan JamesA true Troubador. A great driving mando-cello player with a mixture of favourites and own penned numbers. Ranging across a wide spectrum of musical tastes. A great gig!!
Wednesday 11/05/16 Burum
***** Jazz Special *****This sensitive fusion of Welsh folk music with jazz never fails to reach the heart. Burum have grown together, very much akin to the 'yeast' of their naming, to provide a close respect of their cultural roots combined with the extemporary explorations that improvisng provides. Little wonder they have represented 'Welsh jazz' in the USA, Brittany and India.
Sunday 08/05/16 The Heavy QuartetThe Heavy Quartet are one of the truly great bands to play at the Queens and also one of the most popular. All their output is a funky collection of grooves, mixing a big brass sound with intricate improvisation. A group that shuns the common labels, the Heavy Quartet represent vibrant musical irreverence and unpredictable eclecticism. This nine piece….yes they are not a quartet…had the Pub jumping when they last played and this gig will be no exception. http://www.heavyquartet.com/“
Sunday 01/05/16 Terri Bramah and Steve PayneWhat a pleasure to once again have the wonderful Terri Bramah performing at the Queens Head. This lady has got a superb voice and it was a joy to hear her performing with the Rhythm Rats at of their gigs Terri was always a favourite at the Queens and backed this time by the superb Steve Payne on guitar, this promises to be a special evening.
Wednesday 27/04/16 Coltrane Dedication
***** Jazz Special *****By special request following a magical and intense performance at Cafe Jazz in Cardiff, we have another night of new ground to be broken by the 'go anywhere' quintet. Picking up the later tunes of Mr John Coltrane and letting the powerful simplicity of them take us wherever we collectively go. Lyndon Owen & Caractacus Downes on Saxophones, Dave Jones; piano, Ian Poole, Drums.
Sunday 24/04/16 EarlGet your dancing shoes on and be ready to boogie. A mixture of original songs and interesting covers. Songs of love, protest and stupidity
Sunday 17/04/16 The Alco AcousticsA debut gig from a new band. Ali Park has often done a turn with Dan James at the Queens and we look forward to her gig with her own band. More info to follow
Wednesday 13/04/16 Partikel's String Theory
***** Jazz Special *****Partikel are seriously 'hot news' in the contemporary jazz world. 2015 has been a huge year for them: the release of their third album "String Theory" took the British Press by storm receiving multiple four and five star reviews and making onto a number of "best jazz albums of 2015" lists already. Combine this with a tour of China, a series of major festivals, and a hefty work schedule to 2016, this is really a band not to miss. "String Theory is one of the most successful jazz / classical collaborations I've heard, a genuinely convincing hybrid... the album is a brilliant realisation of all the ambitions and objectives Eagles had for the project.... an astonishing performance." Ian Mann
Sunday 10/04/16 JiganticsOne of the most popular bands to play at the Queens. The Jigantics are making a name for themselves all over the Country. With a line-up of the best of monmouths musicians and featuring the guitar meister Lyndon Webb this will be an awesome night. Get here Early!!!!
Sunday 03/04/16 The Rhythm RatsThe full on quintet for a night of earthy blues. Great original blues guitar from Chris Mayfield with one of THE sublime rhythm sections of Thad Kelly and Les Morgan. Plus Mick Paice and the superb Sax of Ben Waghorn. Add to this the incomparable Jane Pearl and you have one of the best bands around. Big urban blues influences executed with that easy, smooth rolling motion - like listening to good cigars and whisky. It’s the “ole boys” birthday and promises to be a wonderful evening!!!!!!!
Wednesday 30/03/16 Ant Law
***** Jazz Special *****A gig for the axemen! Described as "An Innovator" by The Guardian, Guitarist Ant Law was a scholar at Edinburgh University and Berklee College of Music. He now lives in London and works extensively with his own quintet, as well as (Grammy-winner and Chick Corea sideman) Tim Garland's "Lighthouse" (along with Jason Rebello and Asaf Sirkis), and with saxophonist/composer Paul Riley and Trio HSK.
Sunday 27/03/16 Bridget and The Big Girls BluesGreat performances of the great women of jazz and Blues. "Keeps on Churnin'" and hollers like a "Big Ten Inch Record", Bridget's the real deal - "She's Got Good Dry Goods" http://www.myspace.com/bridgetthebiggirlsblues
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