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/“
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 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!!
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.
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.
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
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).
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 20/07/16 Philip Clouts' Anglo-Welsh EnsembleA 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.
Wednesday 28/09/16 Tassos Spiliotopoulos Swedish BandPleased 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!
Wednesday 2/11/16 Hans Peter Hiby TrioHans Peter Hiby first encountered British drummer Paul Hession in the Winter of 1986 when they started playing together as a duo in Hiby's home-town of Wuppertal. Having grown up and spending much of his childhood with Caspar Brötzmann, Hiby has deep roots within the Wuppertaler free jazz community. At which point we feel duty bound to declare:!!!WARNING!!! this gig carriers a Placktone Club Health Warning Performance liable to produce catharsis and other simliar challengesHiby/Hession has played throughout Germany as well as surrounding countries and on occasions augmented the duo with bass players Marcio Mattos, Roberto Bellatalla and Peter Kowald. The duo has now evolved into the new trio with double bass player Dieter Manderscheid, who is known for his work with Gerd Dudek, Frank Gratkowski and Gerry Hemingway.
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