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Queen's Head
Monmouth

Gigs at the Queens Head are every Sunday and occasional Wednesdays

All gigs are free admission and start at 8.30 pm. Programming consists of National and International touring artists as well as providing a platform for many of the high quality, creative players in the region.

 

Sunday 13/05/18……WILL KILLEEN

 

Wednesday 16/05/18 John Law's Re-Creations project

***** Jazz Special *****

John Law’s ‘Re-Creations’ quartet are on tour promoting their new project based on arrangements of tunes from the jazz and pop repertoire. The recordings proved so successful that they’ve expanded their repertoire by adding, alongside jazz tunes by Monk and others, arrangements of tunes including Adele, Daft Punk and Kate Bush, Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, two tunes by Radiohead, and a baroque version of Summertime alongside a fun arrangement of Mungo Jerry’s In The Summertime!
This is a highly creative quartet which is also having fun with well-known tunes that the public know so it’s a really accessible, yet interactive project.

John is no stranger to the Queens Head and his approach has been always fresh and engages a positive and responsive audience. He is joined by Sam Crockatt (saxophones), James Agg (bass) and Billy Weir (drums).

One of the UK’s most imaginative and versatile jazz pianists. International Piano Magazine
An under-recognised giant of British modern jazz/new music piano. Downtown Music Gallery New York
Supported by Music In Monmouth

 

Sunday 20/05/18…….JIVEOHOLICS

Delighted to have The Jiveoholics back at The Queens Head. They are the premiere Jump Jive and Party band in Wales. The Jiveoholics are great fun! With a wealth of experience performing live to audiences of all kinds they present a superb humorous, high octane show with jumping rhythms and a pumping beat.

 

Sunday 27/05/18…….SP3..PAYNE/HOBDAY/MISKIMMEN

 

Wednesday 30/05/18 Rose/Stapleton/Pultz-Melbye

***** Jazz Special *****

Adam Pultz-Melbye double bass, Simon Rose baritone saxophone, Paul Stapleton sound sculpture. Astonishingly creative gig with Stapleton's home created instrument and Berlin based Rose's sympathetic baritone, under pinned by Pultz-Melbye's sonorious bass playing. This is a strong, exciting trio and they've worked together a great deal in different constellations. They've been recording at SARC last March and performing in Ireland and England.

Simon Rose is a musician, author and researcher from London, England based in Berlin, Germany playing Baritone Saxophone. His academic work is primarily concerned with the creative process.
Adam Pultz-Melby is from Denmark, also now Berlin based and is an active performer as a solo artist and with numerous international projects. A fascination with resonance, acoustics and psychoacoustics has led to the development of unique instrumental techniques and approaches to the double bass that causes the instrument to sing and vibrate in original and unexpected ways.
Its a second visit for Paul Stapleton and his self-designed instrument, the BoSS Bonsai Sound Sculpture, (BoSS, 2010) which brings a whole new catalogue of sound into the live performance and yet retains the instantaneous facility of interacting with the other players. A truly unique experience.
"These guys have that extra-sensory antennae that allow them to think in mutual blocks of sound and more sound. It works and works and works. That’s rare!… Highly recommended.” Gapplegate Music Review
“The improvisations could be the migratory songs of android whales or the piezoelectric abrasions that develop inside an old timepiece. Without the visuals, the sounds constructed are chimeric fantasies.” Mark Corroto – All About Jazz
Supported by Music in Monmouth and The Plancktone Club

 

Sunday 03/06/18…….RED RIVER BLUES

 

Wednesday 06/06/18 TrioHLK

Jazz guitar, contemporary classical piano and masterful percussion.

 

Sunday 10/06/18…….BELLEVILLE SWING

 

Wednesday 13/06/18 Kevin Figes Quartet

***** Jazz Special *****

Figes' Quartet play his own distinctive compositions and have performed all over the UK for many years to enthusiastic audiences to widespread critical acclaim and airplay.
There is a striking level of empathy and interplay within the Quartet that comes from a combination of highly accomplished players, all great improvisors in their own right, who have worked closely together for some time.
The compositions are constantly developing to produce work which is challenging and contemporary . Influences include David Binney, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, John Escreet, Hermeto Pascoal, Soft Machine and much '70s prog rock. The aim is to produce personal music in a fearless and evolving way.
Kevin Figes (Saxes and compositions), Jim Blomfield (Piano), Riaan Vosloo (Bass), Mark Whitlam (Drums)

 

Sunday 17/06/18……DAN JAMES

 

Wednesday 11/07/18 Burum

Welsh super group bringing jazz and Welsh folk tunes together as one.

 

Wednesday 18/7/18 Hiby-Bardon-Hession

***** Jazz Special *****

Having played an astonishingly powerful gig at the Queens in 2016 the Hiby-Bardon-Hession trio return to bring an intense evening of extemporised collective soundscapes.
The combined but restrained focus of their last performance was akin to the darkening and impending thrill of a brewing thunderstorm never quite breaking but bound to at any minute. A delight for the audible senses spilling out to the cliches of hair raising on the arms and neck and of course the unbelievable, near telepathic, understanding of the players drawing you in like a rip-tide on a dark night.

A world class trio from three players with huge international reputations combining Wuppertal and Leeds in a common European understanding.
Hans Peter Hiby - tenor/alto saxophones, Michael Bardon - double bass, Paul Hession - drum set ()

 

Wednesday 1/08/18 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. >
Coltrane Dedication has followed the mission with an impressive collective of like minded players - on this occasion we have Caractacus Downes and Lyndon Owen (Saxes), Dominic Lash (Bass), Ian Poole (Drums), Mark Sambell (Piano). Supported by Music in Monmouth

 

Wednesday 12/09/18 Tassos Spiliotopoulos' Swedish Band

Tassos returns from Stockholm with his quartet.

 

Wednesday 14/11/18 7Steps - Miles Davis contemporary interpretations

Tomos Williams (Burum) brings his Welsh/Irish band using the breadth of the Miles Davis catalogue.


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