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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 1/9/19 John Paul Gard Trio

***** Jazz/Funk Special *****

John Paul Gard Trio Kicking off a profound month of top class music we have the most strutful groove in funkdom, Mr John Paul Gard, master of the Hammond organ with a left foot able to lay down bass lines which you just have to move to.

But wait! there’s more ...
Mr Matt Hopkins, Bristol based guitarmeister, is taking the other side of the stage to lay down and lift up those melifluous tunes and the superb rhythm machine that is Mr Toby Perrett on drums.

 

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 - Music In Monmouth

 

Sunday 08/09/19 Yazid Fentazi and EIRA/Snow;

***** World Jazz *****

EIRA/SNOW; has the great honour for this gig to play with international renowned Oud player, Yazid Fentazi, in this special collaboration.
Having played together previously at the Mwalimu Express at Rich Mix in Shoreditch we found an obvious musical synergy and one of those rare instant moments of creating something very powerful between the three players.
Yazid is a superb innovator, composer and producer of Arabic fusion and a true clear voice for music. His love of native Algeria exudes through his playing and manages to combine a sense of the familiar with a thirst of the exotic.
EIRA/snow; is a union between Caractacus Downes and Lyndon Owen, two multi-instrumentalists who combine influences as diverse as the music of the Celts to that of the Middle East, Spain to the lands of eastern Europe; a true fusion from two players who have a long standing and close understanding.

“ … there’s a sense of being taken on a musical ‘world tour’ at every Eira/Snow gig … but for all this Eira/Snow’s pieces are primarily folk tunes with infectious melodies and strong grooves and an essential simplicity that ensures that they remain accessible no matter how far the band may push them.” Ian Mann www.thejazzmann.com 1/2/2017

Supported by Music in Monmouth

 

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 25/9/19 Kevin Figes Quartet

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

“First class British contemporary jazz” Jazz Views
“Its this combination of rich writing with an outstanding band that gives Figes's ... such distinction” Independent on Sunday - Jim Blomfield
A welcome return of this accomplished quartet playing Figes own distinctive compositions, having performed all over the UK for many years to enthusiastic audiences. Three CDs have been released “Circular Motion”, “Hometime” and “Tables and Chairs” 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.
Kevin Figes (Saxes and compositions), Jim Blomfield (Piano), Thad Kelly (Bass), Mark Whitlam (Drums)

 

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 - Music In Monmouth

 

Wednesday 23/10/19 Coltrane Dedication

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

By special demand the barnstorming quintet, harbingers of the new, explore the ductility of some of the most powerfully simple tunes written by a master musician, Mr John Coltrane.

Always a profound evening, the intensity of the dynamic between these five players produces a single entity whose unity and trust in each other is palpable.
The Queens Head, Monmouth, is close to being their spiritual home, and how you can tell!
Lyndon Owen & Caractacus Downes (Saxes), Ashley John Long (Bass), Dave Jones (Piano), Ian Poole (Drums).

Sponsored by SFM, supported by Queens Head and Music in Monmouth

 

Wednesday 13/11/19 DUNS

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

Paul Dunmall, Dominic Lash and Mark Sanders
Details to follow - Music In Monmouth

 

Wednesday 4/12/19 Sirkis/Bialas IQ

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

Details to follow - Music In Monmouth

 

Wednesday 8/01/20 Pillow Talk

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

Details to follow - Music In Monmouth


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