27/07/14 GiganticsWhat better way to get into the Festival mood with a fantastic party band. With a line-up of the best of Monmouth's musicians and featuring the guitar meister Lyndon Webb this will be an awesome night.
30/07/14 Coltrane Dedication***** Wednesday Festival Jazz Special ***** Putting an alternative take on the conventional for Festival week, once again the Queen's Head push out with the chameleon quintet that is 'The Coltrane Dedication'. Constantly varying their line up to provide a new experience and shed off any established processes, be they good or bad habits, this year the later tunes of John Coltrane will be moulded, barked, re- and de-constructed, and shaken out of their hearts. Always a different night; an emotional blast and a new angle. Heading up on saxes are Caractacus Downes and Lyndon Owen; prog-rock aqua-lung bass from Dane Cranenburg (did you get the 'Gong' connection), the polyrhythmic pereginations of Iolo Whelan on drums, and Mr Dave 'McCoy' Jones proving that pianos are built strong for a reason.
02/08/14 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.
10/08/14 Posh Frock and Beat BoxWhat a revelation on the debut performance. Delighted to have them back for a real Ceilidh. This is a mix of Irish folk and Americana which will ensure a real party night!!!
17/08/14 James HollingsworthGreat original stuff from this Bristolian songmeister. James is a true talent and a very special privilege to have him with us again. Refreshingly inventive and accessible www.jameshollingsworth.com
23/08/14 Will KilleenRedefining the blues by improvisation and extension - a truly great guitarist adding layers of multicultural influences. Will is always a joy to engage with and takes you to delightful places
31/08/14 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. Big urban blues influences executed with that easy, smooth rolling motion - like listening to good cigars and whisky
10/09/14 Chris Hodgkins Trio***** Wednesday Jazz Special ***** Welcome back to the smooth, lyrical trumpet playing of Chris Hodgkins playing a selection of self penned compositions from his 'Boswell Suite', and a few old favourites thrown in. Chris is recording a new CD this very week, so will be taking a studio break to bring his very 'London' brand of mainstream cool - David Price on piano and Ashley John-Long on bass.
07/09/14 Rob and Rosie Morris and FriendsRob and Rozi Morris return to the Queens with a group of friends to play and entertain. The line up will be Rob and Rozi, Ian Luther and Heather Mcfarlane - one of the top Scottish fiddle players – plus special guest Lyndon Owen Music will be a combination of folk, country ,Eastern European and original material!!! With this line-up we are assured of a great night!!!
14/09/14 Jelly Roll JonesThis wonderful band from Cardiff were amazing on the debut performance early in the year. A band you must not miss!!!!
21/09/14 EarlA great hit last time they played with the full band so get your dancing shoes on and be ready to boogie. A mixture of original songs and interesting covers. Songs of love, protest and stupidity
28/09/14 JeffersonA mixture of youth and experience this is a Band which may one day really make a name for themselves. With the experience of Chris and Clyde from Red River Blues allied to hugely talented young musicians it’s a truly exciting band! You may be able to one day say” I saw them at the start”
05/10/14 Albino FrogsThe great party band are back at the Queens. With a great repertoire of original numbers which are so relevant in today’s world and a band that sets out to have fun. Its party time!
8/10/14 Duski Tour***** Wednesday Jazz Special ***** Composer and bassist, Aiden Thorne, brings his refreshing core trio of Greg Sterland (Tenor Sax) and Mark O’Connor (Drums) expanded with the guitar and keyboards of Tom Ollendorf and Paul Jones. As part of their Jazz Services National tour we can expect an evening of new, original jazz compositions, executed by highly accomplished and sensitive players.
12/10/14 Rich O’Brien ProjectMerging grooves reminiscent of a Marcus Miller or Soulive record with ambient melodies that explore a range of musical styles, The Rich O'Brien Project’s modern blend of jazz, funk, soul and r’n’b appeals to astute listeners and dance floor goers alike. With the rich ‘grooves for moves’ and soulful melodies characteristic of smoke-filled jazz clubs
15/10/14 Akode***** The Plancktone club presents ... Wednesday Jazz Special ***** Returning Anglo/Norwegian project AKODE promising a night of true free improvisation. British firebrand baritone saxophonist Alan Wilkinson's quartet with guitarist Kim Johannesen, bassist Ola Høyer, and drummer Dag Erik Knedal Andersen return after three years of collaboration, they've stoked the smoldering potential of their initial meetings into a proper fireball of surprising dynamic possibilities and nerve-jangling intensity.
19/10/14 Ian Luther. A fantastic mixture of his own compositions and covers done in his own inimitable fashion this is always a great night
26/10/14 Little RumbaIf you can you imagine songs from an island populated by Jewish Argentinean Celts, stuck in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, reached only by radio stations from New Orleans, Cuba and Jamaica - then you’re ready for Little Rumba - a great world music trio. www.littlerumba.com
02/11/14 Dan JamesA true Troubador. A great driving mand-cello player with a mixture of favourites and own penned numbers. Ranging across a wide spectrum of musical tastes. A great gig!!
19/11/14 Preston Glasgow Lowe UK Tour***** Wednesday Jazz Special ***** A real treat in contemporary fusion from 3 of London's most creative instrumentalists. Travelling well beyond the format of the 'guitar led trio' the virtuosity of playing presents a level of energy and creativity it is little wonder they have shared stages with the likes of John Schofield, Tommy Smith, Robert Mitchell, Foreign Exchange, and so many more that you need to checkout the biographies.
23/11/14 Eira/Snow;Eira/Snow embodies a wide range of instruments giving an amazing range of timbres including Double Bass, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone Saxophones, Armenian Douduk, Turkish Mey and Zurnah, Hungarian Tarogato, Clarinet, electronic tanpura and a range of percussion. Much influenced by the current European trend in atmospheric sound-scaping coupled with extemporary creativity, parallels can be drawn with contemporary players as well as folk traditions.
26/11/14 Deep Whole Trio***** The Plancktone club presents ... Wednesday Jazz Special ***** Brace yourselves for the alchemy that is Paul Rogers on bass, Paul Dunmall saxophones and bagpipes, and Mark Sanders on Drums.
01/12/14 Coltrane Dedication***** Wednesday Jazz Special ***** Return of the punch packing quintet, launching off the later tunes of the venerable Mr John Coltrane and going anywhere they want. Always a different night; an emotional blast and a new angle. Heading up on saxes are Caractacus Downes and Lyndon Owen with a powerhouse rhythm section of Drums, Bass and Piano.
Some dates for your diary ...
11/03/15 Nat Birchall Quintet
25/03/15 Simon Rose/Willi Kellers
22/04/15 Dörner/Lash/Turner***** The Plancktone club presents ... Wednesday Jazz Special ***** Major European improvisors descend again on the Queens for a night of extreme abstraction.
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