Queen's Head

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 13/03/19 Cinnabar featuring Pat Thomas

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

With great pleasure we welcome the internationally renowned free jazz pianist Pat Thomas with a group of fellow experimental musicians who were involved in the birth of the British Free Jazz music scene and who continue to enthusiastically explore the boundaries of the music they love.

(photo by siobhan-bradshaw)
Pat Thomas ( piano and electronica) The 2014 winner of the UK prestigious Paul Hamlyn Composers award Pat Thomas started playing at the age of 8 and studied classical music and played reggae. Pat is one of the true ground-breakers of improvised electro-acoustic music and has played with luminaries such as Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, Phil Minton, John Russell, Lol Coxhill, Roger Turner and the rest of the world!
Aaron Hawkins ( alto and soprano saxophones) a member of the Bristol Freetone Collective. Played with bands and fellow artists including Fuzz Against Junk The Pat Thomas Quintet, Dominic Lash, Damo Suzuki, Evan Parker, Steve Noble, as well as being part of the The Albert Ayler Project, The Phil Gibb's Quartet and more.
Geoff Hawkins ( tenor saxophone) was taught by the legendary Lee Konitz. Geoff similarly has a biography that reads like a who's who. He's played with Evan Parker, Eddie Prevost Band, Mike Cooper, G T Moore, Paul Lytton ( Instant Composers Pool ), Eugene Chadborne, The Albert Ayler Project, Jon Edwards, Pete McPhail, Kenny Washington and many many more.
Paul Anstey ( bass guitar ) has toured Europe with Spirit Level alongside Charlie Mingus Trumpet player, Jack Walrath. Regular radio broadcasts for Jazz in Britain and Jazz Today and works with Tony Orrell’s Klaunstance and Thinko Jazz, Pete Rosser Trio and John Burgess Trio.Paul has been a sideman with Andy Sheppard, Paul Dunmall, Alan Skidmore, Barbara Thompson, Elton Dean, Harry Beckett, Keith Tippet, Henry Lowther
Roger Turner ( drums ) who main band has been Red Square with Jon Seagroatt and Ian Staples ( 1974-2014 ). He's been part of the Oxford Improvisers and had various projects with Pat Thomas, Geoff Hawkins, Dom Lash, Pete Macphail, Alexander Hawkins, Otto Fischer and Tony Bevan. From 2015 onwards he's been with the Bristol Free Sound Collective

Supported by The Plancktone Club


Wednesday 3/04/19 Get The Blessing


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.

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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. -

Supported by Music in Monmouth

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