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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.

 

Wednesday 3/04/19 Get The Blessing

“THIS IS TRIP HOP-INFORMED CONTEMPORARY JAZZ-ROCK AT ITS VERY BEST” Rosanne Hanley, Time Out
“SERIOUSLY CREATIVE … WONDERFULLY IRREVERENT” Charles Waring, Mojo Magazine
“THE MOMENTUM OF CREATIVITY IS UNDIPPED” Neil McKim, BBC Music Magazine
“GTB HARNESS ROCK AND JAZZ WITH UNCOMPROMISING POWER” Mike Flynn, Time Out

Formed by bassist Jim Barr and drummer Clive Deamer (rhythm section of seminal act Portishead and tour drummer for Radiohead) alongside Jake McMurchie (on sax and electronics) and Pete Judge (trumpet and electronics) the Bristol-based four-piece have gained truly international repute as a new force in music.
Blending their mutant jazz sensibilities with spacey electronics and post rock atmospheres their plaudits continue. Once described as “total outsiders” and “the punk entry” when they won the BBC Jazz Award for Best Album they’ve not compromised their mission but rather pulled the world towards their way of thinking.
“…they may well be the most original and exciting band on the British scene at the moment.” Jazzwise Magazine
The band are currently touring to promote "Bristopia", an album that pays tribute to its origins and hometown by careering around the city's one-way system (not always in the correct direction of travel), darting into some of its hidden alleyways and lesser-known night-time hot-spots, and occasionally just stopping to take in the dizzying vistas of sprawling buildings and distant hilltops.

For tonight's gig, Jake McMurchie (saxophone), Pete Judge (trumpet) and Jim Barr (bass) will be joined by brilliant young drummer Matt Brown.

Checkout:
Website: www.gettheblessing.com
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This gig is only possible by very kind patronage, in memory of ALICE JOHNSON.
Supported by Music in Monmouth

 

Wednesday 17/07/19 Akode

***** Nu-music Special *****

The Anglo-Swedish power collaboration fronted by Alan Wilkinson. Diverse, Intense, profound and downright challenging in all the right ways.

 

Wednesday 4/09/19 Sean Noonan's Picnic in Snow Trio

***** Nu-music Special *****

Norbert Buerger - Guitarist from Buerger from the Hell
Christian Schantz - Bass
Sean Noonan - Drums

Playing improvised music from Noonan's Book of Comprovisation

The dining room table confines us three times a day, and quite frankly, that gets old. So come on out and experience Sean Noonan's Picnic in the Snow since its more than any ordinary picnic! You’ll see, it will be one meal that you'll remember for years to come.

"Independence might be the ruling concept of this drummer/leader’s career. It defines a common relationship not only among his hands, feet, and voice, but between his art and almost everything else in drumland". Modern Drummer Magazine

"The drummer and composer Sean Noonan approaches postmodern jazz and world music from the same angle of self-discovery ....he manages to make his pieces speak coherently, and in a unified voice." The New York Times

"You think this might be boring? C’mon man, relax, this is Sean Noonan…it’s like nothing else out there." Something Else! S. Victor Aaron

Supported by the Plancktone Club

 

Wednesday 18/09/19 Burum

***** Celtic Jazz/Folk Special *****

Welsh Celtic-Jazz fusion of world reknown. Always welcome to the Queens, a feast for the y'ears.
Burum includes some of Wales's most creative jazz and folk musicians: mixing these ingredients together creates a unique and extraordinary band sound.
Burum's repertoire is drawn from Welsh traditional music, adapted and re-imagined for a modern jazz sextet. The band's music fuses a deep respect for the original folk melodies themselves with the flexibility and dynamics of jazz improvisation - beautiful, melancholic melodies are performed alongside fiery solos and deep grooves.

Burum toured India in 2014 and 2015, playing in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Goa, Kolkata and Bangalore. Burum have played at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC, and at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany, France, as well as the International Brecon Jazz Festival, Wales' premiere Jazz Festival.
"Compelling and remarkable, bewitching the listener with creative twists and imaginative improvised sections" - Musician Magazine
"the band's approach sounds as fresh and inventive as ever. The Welsh folk tradition seems to offer an unending supply of memorable melodies for the group to explore. - jazzmann.com.


Supported by Music in Monmouth

 

Wednesday 16/10/19 Hession/Beck/Lash Trio

***** Nu-music Special *****

The first alternative music gig to be staged in the Queens Head was in August 2005 and we're pleased to welcome back two of the players who were part of that somewhat ground breaking activity; Paul Hession (Drums) and Mick Beck (Tenor Sax, Bassoon and Descant Recorder). Joined on this occasion by Dom Lash (Bass) who has become a Plancktone Club regular in recent years.
All three are recognised as exceptional improvisors on the world stage. Hession and Beck have collaborated for many years and probably recognisable to the more contemporary generation through their work in the Squarepusher Jazz Trio.
Reviews:
Paul Hession: His torrential polyrhythmic style and ability to raise the stakes in formidable company establish him as a prime mover in the attempt to inject excitement and power back into total improvisation. The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music
A major contemporary musician The Penguin Guide to Jazz

Mick Beck:... sure to convince free improvisers that there definitely is a god.  The Guardian
an uncompromising and intense approach to non-idiomatic free music, delivered with an irrepressibly mischievous sense of humour. Ridiculously entertaining Jazzwise

Dom Lash:... following in an illustrious lineage from Barry Guy through Simon Fell ... breathtaking John Sharpe, All About Jazz
almost vertiginous contrasts ... a master of the extreme Paul Medley, Oxford Times

Supported by the Plancktone Club

 

Wednesday 4/12/19 Sirkis/Bialas IQ

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

Details to follow


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